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Tue Mar 25, 2014, 04:15 PM

35. Actually that's the scary part

Slowly but surely our right to demonstrate legally is more and more limited and groups are delegated to obscure places. Major demonstrations that involve 10's of thousands of people aren't covered by our media. It's now SWAT teams with Tasers and pepper sprays who swoop down to quell any expressions of dissent. The MSM is "hired" to sell the populace on how un-American protesters are and dehumanize them as ungrateful takers. I remember when OWS was making their mark and the media focused in on some of the homeless who attached themselves to the group for some food, shelter, and probably some company and used them to denigrate the movement. Similar to using the beach bum on food stamps who buys lobster to sell the idea that all SNAP recipients are abusing their benefits.

You're so right about the "majority of idiots in the country" taking generations to wake up and back. I talk to an online friend every day. She really has a heart of gold and has been a good friend. She lives in New Hampshire, isn't really political at all, but sure has absorbed the media bs about poor people. Now she's struggled most of her life. Her hubby is going to retire at 72 in a few weeks and right now still works about 7 days a week making about $10 per hour. They just paid off their house. Two sons, a DIL and granddaughter live there as well. I think they are representative of the "majority" who are blind to what goes on in their country and who vote Republican. Politics and government are just too complex for them and they don't want to spend time thinking about it when it's so much easier to parrot what they hear around them. Of course I've been educating her as much as I can before she says "Ok let's talk about the weather." I like to think I've made a little headway but I don't count on it. So I keep trying.

I'm an immigrant from Germany and arrived here in Nov. 1950 while in the 2nd grade. My NYC early education instilled intense patriotism in the country I immediately loved. I only returned to Germany once in 1990, a few months after the wall came down. I was able to finally meet my father in East Berlin. I met many, many people while there, both young and old. What struck me most was the interest and knowledge all of them had in world around them, in politics, and in history.

It gets depressing to know that at least half or more of our population is so easily swayed to vote against their own interests. To know that some are just plain ignorant and others just don't want to bother to be informed. They aren't aware of the danger. I just keep hoping that leaders will emerge at every level - local, state, and national. I greatly admire our President. But I know that one man can't do it all himself. WE have to do all we can but in the light of Citizens United, I'm afraid we need more WE with money. Are there any PEPSI brothers out there?


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