What I'm about to write today is true. It's going to piss some people off and it should.
If you are a citizen of this country, you have a responsibility. You have a responsibility to become informed and educated about your government and it's leadership. In fact it should be a moral and civic duty. If you fail to take an active interest in government, you do U.S. citizens a disservice. Your apathy sucks. It is contagious and it is killing our country.
I actually know people who forbid any talk of government or politics in their home. I suppose that's within a home owner's rights. A cowardly homeowner.
I started blogging about the time Hank Paulson ripped US taxpayers off for 1 trillion and later wrote a book about how he "saved" us. I cannot tell you how many times I have dreamt of meeting that asshole at a cocktail party someplace. Perhaps I will meet him at one of those homes that forbids talk of politics.
When exactly did we lose control of our country? I think we could argue any number of dates including 1913 and the creation of the FED. I have given this a lot of thought over the years. When was the precise moment when Americans said screw it- there's no point in worrying about government? What we think does not matter. I have a date. It was July 19, 1969.
On July 19, 1969, Senator Teddy Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. At best, Senator Kennedy was just a drunken piece of shit and a coward. At worst, he was a murderer. We will never know for sure. We will not know how long Mary Jo survived in that car. What we do know is this. Kennedy was never charged with manslaughter or murder. His family paid off the Kopechnes'. He was never charged or tried because of his status and a few cowardly and morally bankrupt prosecutors. Mary Jo Kopechne died that day at Chappaquiddick. So did any sense of fair play and justice in America. That was the day when the elite and powerful, and government said "fuck you." We're giving Kennedy a pass and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chappaquiddick_incident
That's the day I point to. That point in time when doing the morally right thing and setting the example still mattered. That's the day when Frankenstein Government unveiled our two tiered criminal justice system. They continue to rub our noses in it to this day. Nixon, Clinton, Obama. Wall Street fraud and a global, economic catastrophe. That's why people say fuck it. But that doesn't make it the right or morally responsible thing to do. There is a civics lesson here.
The next time some coward criticizes you for having an opinion on politics, please send them this piece. Tell them that our country was hi jacked by cowards sometime around Jul 19, 1969. That there are still a few of us that believe in being informed, trying to act responsibly, and do the right thing. And just because we are the minority, perhaps, doesn't mean we are on the wrong side of this. Or that we are going to go away because the cowards don't like the subject matter.