Saturday, July 30, 2011

life as usual

life is fairly complex and i have been slapped in the face with that quite frequently lately- although i do constantly remind myself that it's a journey not a destination :) nothing gets simpler as i get older even though it's probably my fondest wish- outside of wanting the human race to grow the fuck up and stop being greedy and killing each other...but that's a horse of a different color...

continuing to navigate family and feelings and whatnot as i reluctantly assist my father through convalescence. just when you thought you had made peace with yourself- many of the triggers from your youth come back to bite you in the ass...coupled with the fact that summers are the worst time of year for my mother who has bad heart and lungs...sigh...

there is one theme that keeps running through my mind in the wake of my personal crap and the norway murders and the current tea bag fiasco in what is congress in name only- and that is:

americans still need to wake up and smell the coffee...

look, our house of cards is falling- there are no more band aid fixes or pretending that we are the greatest country on the planet. if you look at the numbers- norway is way better. we pretend that we have the greatest system of government and that our standard of living is the best and that our health care system is the best and education and whatnot... i am here to tell you that it's a load of bullshit that would sink the titanic...

navigating the health care system in this country is a fucking nightmare- complicated needlessly because of the endless layers of greedy bastards who want to make a buck on people who need care. everywhere you turn there are layers upon layers of people who make their living off of other people...is it any wonder we are in trouble? the debt debacle is truly representative of this country- how many americans live beyond their means using credit only to default and declare bankruptcy? housing bubble anyone?

the long slow slide is over- we are sinking and we will never be able to pull ourselves up as a nation that is anything other than a has been...other countries still look to us economically because we are all entwined but really, our heyday is long past...we are at the crossroads and we have a choice ahead of us

1) continue on the same path burying our heads in the sand and pretending with all of our might that life can go on as it always has or

2) roll up our sleeves and get dirty and start making some hard choices- not the least of which is rediscovering our roll in this country as the employers of the rat bastards in government. we can no longer afford to 'hire it done'- we are going to have to relearn how to mow our own lawns, paint our own houses and pay as we go...we have to relearn what civics means and the fact that our democracy will only be as good as our involvement makes it be... and we need to relearn what our founding fathers realized- every now and again- we need a revolution...

2 comments:

David G said...

This is a sad post, Betmo. It is filled with truth however.

Then the whole Western world is in decline. Our moment has come and gone.

betmo said...

i am afraid so...we are not ready to see this though- look, greed has disrupted the harmony on this planet and now we face human extinction...7 billion folks on a planet that can't sustain them and the haves sucking up all of the available resources- not a good scenario...