Upon browsing Kinsella's site today I saw a video of some Wall St. guy ranting on about the travesties of bailing out dead beat homeowners. The irony of it all. In time many people will become conditioned to the arseholery, and self centred sales pitches, and develop something similar to shell shock. A layer of armor so to speak, that surrounds the senses and automatically tunes out much of the fear and grief and brings a settling into the parameters of a frame of mind that is comfortable for them. That can vary greatly, and I think we are seeing an amount of this already. On one side of the spectrum there are the forces of the weirdosphere squeaking ever louder and gaining legitimacy in some peoples minds. The counterbalance is the objective thinkers. There seems to be a growing firming up of the positions of the two. Which will emerge dominant, I can't say but I know it takes far less effort and ability to let others tell you what to think. Either way, in time the words from the other side become largely irrelevant to the chosen view.
Which brings me to Hero and Bum. I mentioned this in regards to Obama around the time of his election, and am watching this scenario and how it is being worked by various self interests. Like the Wall St. dude mentioned above. Those shell shocked into hearing only his rant without questioning his hypocracy are an ever growing number. The circle the wagons mentality people, who never bother to consider the consequences of their narrow views. The leaders of the Wagon people don't reflect upon the regular people whose money and futures they themselves, and their employers lost in their quests for self satisfaction. Unfortunately these types must be tolerated. These are the collective I refer to as Carpet Baggers. As things progress, we hear more and more from this group as they go about criticizing things such as the program to help homeowners while they stand measuring the porridge in their bowls and crying that it is not enough. Still, they take the porridge anyway. Thoughtful of them. Now we hear them screeching but do we hear real alternatives from them? I haven't. What I have heard is endless simplistic attacks, that appear intended simply to oppose Obama's administration, and cast negativity. Or more to my theme, turn Obama from Hero, to Bum in the minds of the people. Continuous politicking it would seem.
In the words of their fallen shiney face, "There's a time for politics".
If anyone thinks that fixing the monsterous mess that is the American economy is an easy task, then I suggest much more reading. If they think that waving a magic wand over the problems in the meddle east, (that's not a typo) is possible, then I suggest they are too dumb to reason with. The sheer complexity of the many issues that Obama is expected to address effectively is, beyond the level of most people's personal education, experiences and understanding.
I believe the World is the victim of a fraud the scale of which has never been seen before. Dealing with those who are complicit either wittingly or unwittingly is not something that can be accomplished in a matter of mere weeks, nor months for that matter. Undoing the structure that has been put in place to perpetrate this fraud will be an extraordinary battle, which will meet extraordinary resistance, and would require extraordinary determination.
Some monsterous battles will need to be fought, and not on a battlefield spilling the blood of boys, and non combatants but in the halls of Governments. The Regulatory bodies. The battle ground of common sense, and sense of purpose. Stock markets and investment vehicles have outgrown their original purposes, and have to be completely revamped. Companies who produce frankenseeds and prey upon the World's poor must be stopped dead in their tracks. Significant steps have to be taken to deal with intransigent States that depend on foreign aid. Huge Energy conglomorates have to be reined in and made to act as responsible citizens of the World, not merely self interested Corporate entities. Governments, such as our own must focus on setting an example of responsibility, instead of one of expedience.
In order to begin, perhaps someone could start an organization called Greedaholics Anonymous.
Hi, my name is _________, and I am a Greedaholic. I am prepared to embark on a 12 step program to cure my wanton soul.
That said, I have another bit of perspective to add. From an article about Latvia;
"In Latvia, people seem genuinely shocked at how quickly the rug was pulled out from under them and how hard their country is falling. But Vanags says Latvia has been through tough times before and will survive this crisis.
"If you take older generation people who lived through the Soviet Union, through the breakup of the Soviet Union, through the Russian financial crisis, I think they're very fatalistic about it."
For them, he says, "it is just another crisis."
But for younger people, who have never seen this, who have grown up in a market economy in Latvia, I think it is much more of a shock. They thought that wages would go on rising forever. Well, they're not."http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/02/26/f-rfa-parry.html