My tea even tastes off today. The sun is rising behind the new house that is under construction across the street, but I don’t feel sunny. I rub Winston’s curly fur in solace and to calm whatever feeling it is that I have. I think it is nasty adrenaline and that surge of thought that anarchy is in the making.
I just looked up the word anarchy, to make sure I was using it in the proper context.
People. People. People.
We, the people, are being assaulted, not just by outside forces, but also by our own insanity and corruption and our rampant disregard for laws.
Our systems have become so corrupt that those who are supposed to make things right … don’t.
So, people, filled with rage, hatred, or insanity, (take your pick), are giving the law the finger and doing whatever they want to do. Which, oftentimes, is to destroy and kill.
We see it happening nearly everyday. Politicians, Wall Street big-wigs, elected people, and people of “high standing,” falling to corruption.
Corruption is color-blind. It doesn’t care about political party affiliation. It thrives on power and greed. Which, often leads to politics. Politics. Greed. Politics. Power.
And when that happens, people on the other end of the spectrum become filled with distrust, a feeling of victimization, powerlessness, anger and a desire for retribution, even if that means taking things into their own hands.
That corruption at the highest level of our government filters down to the streets.
It has to do with power and greed and that false premise that the end justifies the means. It is neither a Republican or Democrat thing.
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara agrees that “to an extent, people are right about the system being rigged.”
Bharara said, “We have found that corruption is rife in a lot of institutions in New York and throughout New York. That’s true in the legislature,” he said. “It’s also the case that there’s corruption, we believe, in the executive branches as well. And we’ll ferret it out wherever we find it.”
The article said that since Bharara took office, he has prosecuted more than a dozen cases against state office holders.
That is just New York.
New York is not alone. It is merely an example.
They talk about a trickle down effect in economics. Well, friends, the same thing happens with corruption, and a disregard for the laws, which leads to more and more people from the highest office in the country, to the streets, doing whatever their emotions, minds or reactions, tell them to do.
It has come to vigilantism, retaliation, reckless defiance and the belief that the system is rigged against people. It isn’t that “Black Lives Matter,” or “White Lives Matter.” The truth is, that in this country, “No Lives Matter.”
But greed and money do matter.
I know I feel it. I feel it from Washington and Wall Street. In the last few years, I have felt the system for economics and health care have been rigged against not just me, but many of us.
I have a good life and yet, I feel
There are many people who feel powerless everyday because life has dealt them a really rotten hand. Drug-addled parents. No moral compass. A life that no one cares about. An absence of love.
Powerlessness, lack of hope, a raging feeling of injustice despair and anger roil in people. Those feelings erupt in many ways. Violence. Insanity. Recklessness, Hatred. Disenfranchisement.
Mix that with guns and a media that loves to stir the pot, and you have killings. Singular killings. Mass-killings. A breakdown of laws. And anarchy.
I don’t have the answers. I am not going to sit here and say it is all the availability of guns. I won’t say it is all about racism. I can’t say it is a matter of insanity.
It is a real nasty concoction of all of those things. But if I had to take a stance and say how we got to this points, I’d have to say, look to Washington, Wall Street, and inside our state capitals. Too many of them are so busy lining their own pockets to take care of themselves.
But they are not taking care of us.
And we are doing one crappy job of taking care of each other.
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