words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Looking down from their ivy tower

The wealthy and the United States of Corporate America's historical assault on the middle class and the poor

I was communicating with a fellow artist who had indicated how frustrated she was with the state of our country, and decided to sell everything and move to Costa Rica to build a home, do organic farming, and participate in a re-foresting project. She is very happy, and I am proud of her for her commitment to the environment. But what about this assault on the middle class, on the poor, from Corporate America, the Tea Party, GOP and even some Democrats, and those who would strip the resources of our world, for their own self-gratification? How do we, the people, the true patriots fight back? I am appalled at the state of the union. And fearful. But not enough to stand down. The list of insidious machinations directed toward the dismantling of the middle class and the poor are many, and their origins date back decades even centuries.  At the very heart of it all is the elimination of all the social constructs that the New Deal, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the gay movement, and most importantly—the right for all individuals to be free. It’s a tough world out there now. Let’s stand together, voice our dissent and rebel.

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2 responses

  1. Water, I am so glad you brought up this issue. I have been thinking about it a lot myself.
    We have to take action, but how?
    Why arn’t more people taking to the streets with signs demanding an end to a goverment where the biggest buck rules us all? Government has to be more than about money.
    It seems the people who have the best ideas, and motivations to help everybody, not just the rich, like Bernie Sanders and Ralph Nader, are not taken seriously. Why is that?

    January 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    • Hi Peter, you are right, what can we do? I think as artists we have the responsibility at times, to create work which reflects our discontentment with the powers that be. Also activism in various methods in numbers is a strong pursuit. A friend sent me a petition to sign about saving Elephants from slaughter. I have the website that provides access to numerous petitions. So if something is of personal importance, you can participate via the petition. I will get that website to you. And thanks for subscribing to this blog and posting. I enjoy the communication.

      January 4, 2011 at 1:50 am

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