WHY DO SO FEW REMEMBER WHAT IT MEANS TO WORK FOR THE COMMON GOOD?


I know that I have written before about working for the common good, but was reminded anew the last few days, of how few in our country remember what it means. Since I visit many sites in my daily journey of research, I run into some very interesting and sometimes rather scary opinions and replies to comments, and its very apparent that a very large swath of our country and to some extent the world, really don’t know what working for the common good means.

It seems to be in the mid 30 to 45 age group that is most severely lacking in the knowledge of what working for the common good means. That make sense, since they were the first generation to be so indoctrinated by ‘corporate owned global media’  while we the adults at the time, were so busy trying to survive, that we took a 3 decades long nap. Well the sleeping giant is waking up world wide and now its time to salvage what we can of the ‘lost and corporate owned’ swath of populace.

We can only accomplish that if we remember the reasons why to fight for the common good. We all suffer global wide, when we have rampant poverty and such high inequality of wealth. Right now the corporations and few global elite are trying very hard to douse any embers of ‘working for the common good’, because that is not good for them. Which in a way is really not true, but in their avarice, they can’t see that by creating such widespread poverty and a dearth of wages, there is becoming fewer and fewer people that are able to buy what they have for sale.

In my readings, I ran across an interesting article that put forth the ‘theory’ that every 75 to 80 years the few elite and corporate interests gain control of government and rigs the playing field in their favor and then it takes about 10 to 15 years after they gain that control, for the people to wake up and either revolt without violence or with extreme violence. Twice before in our history, this transition was accomplished with peace, but the revolt that won our freedom from England’s corporate control, was very violent. Then we have to only look at what transpired in France, when the heads of the royalty were cut off and other time periods through our written history to see that it’s a theory with some fact behind it.

When will we the people of the world be able to cut loose the oppressive and harmful control of corporate interests and elite wealth? We don’t need them, but they can’t survive without us. Maybe that is why they work so hard to keep the masses afraid of others and to keep them from working together for the common good. That’s probably also why they are world wide trying to privatize any and all needed ‘social net programs’ and basic utilities and basic water rights, as they know that keeps the public without recourse to obtain the needed reforms and help for those less fortunate. It is really not in their ‘mindset’ to allow that working for the common good is a good thing.

PEACE TO YOU AND YOURS AND MAY LIGHT AND JOY SURROUND YOU

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WHY TRY?


Sometimes it all seems so useless and hopeless that anything will change in this country. When I started this journey into what is wrong with our country, I started out much more hopeful and quite naïve about the reality of our government. I have tried to understand how we got here and must admit that the more I search, the more I feel compelled to learn more. I am sure that I have driven my family totally bonkers with my obsession and the fact that I, of course do tell them over and over what I have found out and the seriousness of what is transpiring. ]

What I have discovered is that our government is very corrupt and the corporate interests that own so many in congress and it appears the president are more powerful than I ever imagined. In fact the amount of corruption seems even worse as they don’t even try to hide it.

When I was young and studying how the holocaust happened and the one question I always had, was how did the German people allow it to happen. Today I understand very well as I watch our country slowly turn into the United Corporations of Fascism and the American people that turn a blind eye and calmly say, that after all, if you are doing nothing wrong, who cares if they watch all we do.

So, why try? The only answer I can come up with is why not try. So, I will continue my research and sharing and will hope beyond hope that our country will not fall into the trap that has been set so well by those with the money to buy our government. We must not give in and we must not stop trying to wake people up.

I thought this would be a good time to share the precepts of fascism and then you see what you think

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

9. Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.


http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=britt_23_2

This is the link to the site I used for this.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORD CAN MAKE


For instance, if I say welfare and SNAP, you instantly think oh no, those greedy poor people, but if instead I say ‘investing in a countries resources’, then it’s a good reaction. The most important resource  a country has, isn’t the corporations, the rich people, the government or even the country, no, the most important resource are the people.

Investing in the people enriches everyone, and has a good return on the dollar investment. Do you see what I mean when I say that a word changed can make all the difference. So many people get all hung up on their tax money going to help poor and possibly lazy no good people, but if instead you talk of investing that tax money and getting a good return for your investment, it sounds quite different doesn’t it?

For every dollar invested, there is a return of 1.77. Not too bad of investment, is it? Not going to get rich of that investment, but you will not lose ever. So, welfare or investing in the people, are both the same, but one has a good conation and one is looked at with disdain. Why?

When did those in our country forget that  the most important investment a country can make is to invest in the people. We aren’t really giving away anything, since there is always a return of at least 1.77 for every dollar spent. Then why this effort by GOP and corporations to rid our government of investing in the people? I think its because they want all that money for themselves and really don’t care about investing in anything that would be good for the people or for that matter the country.

Its good to invest in the people and as stated, it also has a good return monetarily, not just in helping the people to have better lives. We could and should take all steps necessary to make poverty a thing of the past. We live in one of the worlds wealthiest countries and still the government and the people are unwilling to invest in the people. 

Investing in the people is not welfare.

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