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No, things are not okay

Poverty is everywhere.

Even in a social democracy like Canada there are overt signs which make me despair for the kind of societies we have built. The BMWs stopped at almost every red light in the city center see the obligatory disheveled occupant asking for change. Waste baskets at the food courts are constantly surveilled for something that may have been rejected that is still good.

There is something deeply wrong.

Bernie Sanders makes a simple plea to return to fairness and decency while being asked by idiots at televised town halls why he believes in communism. I despair at the abject stupidity which has spawned such ignorance. The Midwest is full of ghost towns that once contained thriving industries which supported healthy and vibrant communities. Trump went there with his repulsive face and his lies and told these people everything was going to be okay while at the same time approving huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. No, things will not necessarily be okay.

America is at a crossroads where they will thrive or perish and in many ways so is my country. Right wing fanatics in both countries with ties to the fossil fuel industry plot to fight against efforts to make inroads towards greener energy. All of it using the argumentation that we cannot afford it.

The top 1% of both nations have buried their head in the sand and are willing to risk our future for shortsightedness that will have huge impacts on our planet. You want to shake them into submission but their heads are too far into the clouds formed from the fumes of the mantras they consume. Meanwhile the bottom rung falls further into desperation perhaps completely devoid of hope that things will improve.

All I know is that if that fat orange imbecile and his cronies get in again, America is screwed.

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  1. "I despair at the abject stupidity which has spawned such ignorance. "

    It's not just stupidity. It's the willingness - and underestimation of that willingness - of the vile, predatorial people at the so called top to participate in a prolonged holocaust of passivity. Among them is indeed a stupidity of its own: a myopia and an empathy gap, encouraged by works that pose as philosophy (e.g. Atlas Shrugged), that reinforce the world view that modern high born nobles have *earned* their status (as has everyone else) and that whatever the world brings, be it climate catastrophe or wars over water, *they* will survive and thrive just fine. Those who don't, shouldn't. This is the attitude that has pervaded American politics my whole life.

    "You want to shake them into submission but their heads are too far into the clouds formed from the fumes of the mantras they consume."

    Indeed. They must be *defeated*. In America, 2020 is the electoral equivalent of WWII. We win, or they win; there is no in between, despite what the Pelosis and the Schumers and the Bidens want to sell.

    "All I know is that if that fat orange imbecile and his cronies get in again, America is screwed."

    The whole world is screwed if that happens. And if the so called establishment of the Democratic Party wins, things won't get much better. They'll just get worse slower. But not much. The damage that has been done will last generations to come.


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