Friday, June 15, 2007

Where's the National Outrage?

Thanks to elgringocolombiano for bringing "Americans Unready to Revolt, Despite Revolting Conditions" to our attention. Joel S. Hirschhorn makes a convincing, if disturbing, case for what is happening to our country. Excerpts:

"Why is there insufficient pain for revolution? This is a deadly serious issue. What is historically unique about America is that even the most oppressed and unfairly treated people are distracted by affordable materialism, entertainment, sports, gambling, and myriad other aspects of our frivolous, self-absorbed culture. Even failed school and health care systems do not drive people, paying enormous sums to fill up their SUVs, to rebellion.

"So, Americans are aware of their oppression, but the power elites have successfully drugged them with a plethora of pleasure-producing distractions sufficient to keep them under control. We are free to bitch, but too weak to revolt. The Internet has provided a release valve for some pent up anger and frustration. But it too has mostly become another source of distraction, rather than an effective tool for rebellion.....

"Even as the population has growing awareness of the dire condition of their nation, the move by the politically powerful on the right and left continues to seek a new immigration law that will solidify the selling out of America. Business interests want more of those fleeing Mexico and other nations to keep wages low.

The parallels are chilling.... we're in a Roman Empire free fall.


elgringocolombiano said...

Truth Hunter, thx for the shout out.

Honestly, I was e-mailed this article by my brother Gabriel! But hey I'll take the props :)

I guess I'm guilty of what Hirschhorn is talking about, based on the lighter topics on my blog.

Ivanovic, Federer or Kweli are "the truth" in the field they're good at, but Hirschhorn is right that I spend too much time being concerned with this stuff, that is after all just entertainment.

Keep checking my blog. You can use the labels news, politics, & editorial to filter out for relevant content.

BTW have you heard of Paul Craig Roberts? I have a link to his editorials on my blog. He is the best commentator I've read on offshoring & the US job market, but of course he gets no love or voice in the lame MSM.

Truth Hunter said...

elgingocolombiano, I had not heard of Paul Craig Roberts but checked him out after your post about him.... he is fabulous.

Our MSM here, the Des Moines Register, today was wringing their editorial hands to the effect that we must pass the immigration bill. I guess I'm glad that newspapers don't have much readership any more, they really don't get it.

Nothing wrong with a balance between entertainment and weightier concerns.... keeps things interesting, and one sane, in this increasingly mad world.