15 September 2005

Crocodile Tears for the Rich and Powerful

In my discussion on various blogs, I keep running up against this conservative meme that we need to protect the rich and powerful. We're told that the lazy poor need to get a kick in the butt to stop them from being a drain on the nation's wealth. (Nothing's said about the lazy rich. It isn't as if most billionaires work for a living.) We're told that we should do all we can for the rich since they give us our jobs. (No mention is made here about the fact that we give them our labor.) We're told that the U.S. needs to beef up its military even more because it's currently vulnerable to so many threats. (By some accounts, the U.S. spends more money on its military than every other country combined. Who should feel threatened?) We're told that Christians, who are by far the overwhelming majority in the country, need to be protected from non-Christian bullies. (Could these people recount to me the last time they stood at a ceremony where they were expected to say, "May we all attain enlightenment and save all sentient beings" or were asked to swear to tell the truth by placing their hand on the Bhagavad Gita?)

Isn't it an odd coincidence that these same ideas, so beneficial to the wealthy class who owns the media and runs the American plutocracy, are parroted by the glazed-eyed conservatives who's main window on the world is Fox News--that grand mouthpiece of the plutocracy.

My ideas on this? The rich don't need your help, man. They've got armies of high-paid lawyer, armies of lobbiest, and . . . well, armies . . . all in order to present their interests 24 hours a day. Anyone who loses any hairs worrying about the rich and powerful is the ultimate chump. But we all make choices. And if you decide to spend your life energy supporting people who would kill someone half way across the world if it meant an extra serving of caviar at dinner, that's your decision, rife with all of its existential karmic implications. My sympathies lie elsewhere.

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