The politics and the policies of the previous and current administrations are identical. “The King is dead. Long live the King.”
What did Americans do to deserve this? King Barack “The Great Hope” Obama had such potential, or so many of us thought. It turns out that he is just a little more grammatically and politically correct than was his predecessor, the stumbling and bumbling King George Walker Bush who accomplished more than any previous President. Bush was able to bring the U.S. down to its knees --- and for that he will always be remembered.
However, will Americans be able to survive the new King who is nothing more than the “bouncing ball” we are supposed to follow when singing the whims and direction dictated by the Corporate-Military Complex. It’s a rhetorical question, since already we are plummeting to our collective doom.
Pick an issue, any issue. We are screwing-up all of them. There is nothing the U.S. will not do to reap huge profits for its Masters. We’ll fight anyone, anywhere on the planet. We’ll destroy our environment and ecosystem for big bucks. We’ll step on the little people and grind them into dust. We’ll build walls and fences pretending to separate Mexico and the U.S., but we’ll let illegals in to work for businesses looking for cheap labor. We’ll suck our taxpayers dry, like an angry horde of blood-thirsty mosquitoes. As a nation and a people we are a mess and it’s not going to get any better.
How do we stop the spiraling-down effect of our nation’s diminishing evolution? It seems as though we have the Midas touch in reverse. Everything we touch goes to “Hell in a hand-bag” and we don’t even try to stop ourselves. We are poisoning everything in the name of greed.
There is a small movement at this time seems more practical than most. It may be the last glimmer of hope for the American people to get their government back on-track, but it’s a shot in the dark. Article V of the U.S. Constitution calls for a convention of state delegates that can propose constitutional amendments in the same way that Congress does. Friends of the Article V Convention hopes to educate the people regarding Article V and to recognize that Congress no longer works for the people of the United States.
It is time to screech Congress to an emergency stop. We cannot depend on a runaway Congress to come to its senses. “That ship has sailed.” However, without a real plan of change the U.S. will remain Corporate-Military America, the land of the ultra wealthy and miserably financially imprisoned. We all need to step-up and save ourselves. It’s a dirty job, but no one else is going to do it.
Peter Stern, a former director of information services, university professor and public school administrator, is a disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Driftwood, Texas.