I’ve been pondering why both Trump and Sanders are showing so well.
I think it all comes down to one little thing. Attitude.
In particular, an FU attitude toward The Powers That Be.
On both “sides” of things, I think the same “attitude” has formed. The FU attitude.
Makers and Takers both.
On the one hand, you have the Takers. They are the ones on the dole, daily having government assholes in their faces and just trying to not be flushed down the economic drain. Single mothers on food stamps working a minimum wage job wondering just how their life got so F’ed up and seeing kids, often just like theirs, with no hope or worse. Frisked or shot by an out of control Police State. Deciding that FU, I’ll take Socialism over this crap.
OTOH, you have the Makers. They are the ones busting their hump to keep the whole system working. Suffering under ever more Government Regulation, Taxes, & Stupidity making it ever harder to “make a buck” and at the end of the day being both dead tired and with little to show for it. Carrying not only their own family, but a half dozen others (as employees or as taxes for The Dole). Wondering just how the system got so F’ed up compared to their parent’s generation; and wondering what hope their kids will have of “making it” with all this crap on their heads. Buried in debt from birth with $19 Trillion of national debt, layers of State, County, and City debt, and somewhere north of $200 Trillion of “unfunded” crap to pay; THEN they get to pay for the College Debt Credit Card. Deciding that FU, I’ll take a Bulldog Trump over this crap.
They BOTH are being eaten alive by too expensive a Government doing things it ought not to do, for the benefit of The Well Connected and Evil Bastards. The Suckers on the Government Tit.
They BOTH want it to end, just not agreeing on the means.
So from bailouts of “too big to fail” banks that just make them bigger (and enrichened the well connected Evil Bastards running them) to a bloated and ineffective ObamaCare to NGOs sucking down $Billions from The Government that mostly goes to junkets and fat pay packages for crap, to wars in places we really don’t give a damn about that kills our sons (and increasingly our daughters) and friends while costing way too much that ends up in the pockets of War Profiteer Evil Bastards, to an EPA that long ago ran out of real work and now is busy making rules just to keep the money flowing (that incidentally kill the profits of the Makers while at the same time killing the jobs that the Takers would really like to have) to Police that now make way over $100,000 / year (at least here in Kalifornia) paid to kill the children of the Takers and fleece the cash off of any Maker who has the audacity to drive on the road with more than lunch money on them: It’s ALL a load of CRAP and both the Makers and Takers are fed up with it and saying FU!
Just each in their own way.
So the question is:
How do we get these two sides to recognize they BOTH want the same thing? To get rid of the leaches, parasitic NGOs, Government Money Suckers, and “death for a profit” adventures in foreign lands & Police As Murdering Enforcers, along with the Evil Bastard Crony Capitalists sucking at the Public Tit; and replace it with a lean, limited government that makes the Evil Bastards go work for a living while making sure that those who are hurting get enough help.
We are ALL PO’d beyond belief with where our “system” has ended up.
We ALL want the same thing ( a system that works, doesn’t suck our blood, and where everyone gets a fair shake and nobody is left out in the cold).
So how do we kill the monster that is, and plant a new seed of hope for all of US, while getting the leaches to realize that it is a bad parasite that kills the host and maybe they ought to go away?
I’m tired of having the Power Elite Evil Bastards playing a game of “let’s you and him fight while I watch and make book” and I’d really like to know how we can end it.
If it doesn’t end soon, it will end very very badly. That is the lesson of history. From The Fall Of Rome, to “Let Them Eat Cake” and “The French Haircut”, to The American Revolution and old King George getting an earful, to W.W.I, II, and all the Arab Springs of generations… I’d really rather avoid W.W.III and a series of Government Collapses as we’ve seen on parade in Greece and in South America for at least 1/2 a Century that I personally remember.
So how do we plot a path out of this quagmire that does not take the roads of economic collapse and / or war? Is there no way to get The Powers That Be to understand that The Little Guy can get really really pissed off and hunt them down and “deal with it”?
Have they never read the history of The Russian Revolution, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the …. Do they not ‘get it’ that being rich and important is NOT enough if you have done it by raping the people who live all around you? And maybe The Little Guy can get cranky enough to burn BOTH your houses down (since their house is now a cardboard box, it’s not like they care so much…) in the cause of a restart?
How do we get Them to understand that they are no smarter than us, and no more worthy, and certainly not more moral; and all it takes is a tiny bit more PO’ed and We The People can turn into We The Mob? As an example, my Father was smarter than I am. I’d not quite appreciated it as he came from a disadvantaged background and had some of that baggage. In particular, he never finished High School. Yet he did more in his life than I have done in mine. Not by much, but enough. I’d guess his I.Q. at about 135 to 145+ based on other folks who’s numbers I know. There are many such folks in ‘We The People” who are far far smarter than TPTB thinks… or is. In my home town one of the local police was I.Q. 136 measured. Just a street cop. Nice guy, too.
The Point? Never confuse an advantaged birth, or a Special Relationship with Government for skill, ability, or intelligence. It isn’t.
Which brings me to this end point.
Before us are two paths. One fairly clear. It goes via wars, conflicts, collapse of governments, shrinking economies and stupid suffering. That is the path the world is presently following. The other goes via a Square Deal for all of us, shutting down the “Privilege by Palm Greasing Government”, ending wars for no gain, and generally pulling all the Fat Big Dogs off the Public Tit and telling them they need to go find something of real value to do.
How do we get off of the present path and onto that other path? The one that BOTH the Makers and the Takers want? It’s only the Suckers that don’t want it… And I’m getting really really tired of those Suckers… And we all know how that ends when We The Mob finally gives up and goes after those Suckers… I’d really rather find a different path than the historical one. I remember history, and I’d rather not repeat it.
So how do both the Makers and Takers “make a deal” to cut out the Suckers so we all can get back to a normal life, and a much better one at that?
Since it was referenced in comments, I thought I’d add this image of an American Themed version: