Sorry for the long silence, but I've been off writing. I've also been watching Occupy Wall Street gather momentum.
I've seen a lot of posturing and postulations, statistics, pie charts, colorful graphs, and rhetoric that has been tossed back and forth with much vigor on both sides. It's always been my feeling that the truth lies somewhere between the extremes.
We can all pound our chests and jump up and down about who is right and who is wrong, but there is one thing I've observed during the course of all my readings, and it is simply this: When this many people are this angry, there is a cause, even if the people cannot clearly articulate the reasoning behind their movement.
And governments that ignore the people do so at their own peril.
Keep these events before your eyes at all times:
The United States of America was born of a revolution against what our leaders saw as unfair taxation and governmental oppression.
Frustration over England's disregard for our plight led to protests. I'm sure if the Internet had existed in those days, there would have been posturing and postulations, statistics, pie charts, colorful graphs, and rhetoric. But when push came to shove, the people of this country rebelled against England's 1%.
The royalty of the Great French Revolution never thought their people would rise up against them, yet they did. The French citizens rebelled against the 1%.
Several politicians have bemoaned Occupy Wall Street's lack of a central leader. Remember, Hitler and Stalin clearly articulated the frustrations of the people to ride their way to power. Look at what horrors they birthed into the world.
People are demanding to heard. They want their governmental leaders to pay attention to the people, not the corporate lobbyists. The feeling of disconnect between the people and their government has been brewing for many years. It's not about Democrat or Republican--it's about THE PEOPLE.
It is vital that the United States Government listen to the people and address these issues in a proactive manner. Forget re-election, ladies and gentlemen. This is about stepping up to the plate and governing.
We are at a turning point in American history. Our future is in our past. It is here before our eyes.
It is time to wake and respond.