February 26th, 2011

eloquent with rage 2011

There's More to Fear than Fear Itself

It's becoming clearer and clearer that the union busting going on in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states has a focused purpose. Unions are the main contributors to Democrats in this country, by far. By disbanding unions and collective bargaining nationwide, Republicans ensure Democrats will no longer have the funds to compete against them in any way, in any contest, in any vote. Here's a brief essay about it.

What I don't understand is this: Why are more people not talking about it?? I'm an unknown poet living in southern New Jersey, and I don't have much of a voice beyond my circle of friends, family, fellow poets and arts community members and colleagues. Why aren't Democratic leaders screaming this from the highest mountain? Why aren't liberal-minded celebrities writing newspaper columns, à la Barbra Streisand, who seems to inject her two-cents into the press anytime she gets her... nose bent out of shame? Speaking of The Press, where are the editorials on NPR, who will be completely dismantled if Republicans have their way? What is Jon Stewart doing that is so important he can't bring attention this monumental assault on our liberty? Where is Bill Maher? Rachel Maddow? What the heck is going on??

Truthfully, I can't express how frightened I am of this. With the United States headed to one-party rule, I fear for my physical safety and financial security. Republicans preach smaller government yet want to regulate women's rights and bodies beyond logic and belief. They claim all life is sacred yet they want illegal immigrants who were brought here as children deported to a country of drug crime, police corruption, and widespread poverty. They continue to trot out trickle-down economics as reason to lower taxes on wealthy Americans. They warn of Obamacare Death Panels yet want to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Worst of all, they do it with smiles and promises of a better America for all. If this doesn't scare you, it should. I'm sorry to say it, but not sorry that I feel it has to be said.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid, more afraid than you've ever been. Be afraid now before it's too late, and don't be afraid to do something about it.

Edited to add: fritterfae pointed out to me that Rachel Maddow has been talking about this. I'm glad, very glad. Who else is talking about it? If you know who, please post a comment. Thanks!