by Kidman J. Williams
The last fifteen years in the United States must have brought tears to the eyes of Lady Liberty; thank the Heavens that her back is turned to the rest of the countries’ woes. She looked on in 2001 as the towers crumbled down to Ground Zero. Her eyes went on to witness the Occupy Wallstreet shitstorm that ignited Tea Partiers and the then, a fairly unknown group at that time, Anonymous. This illuminated a different kind of war in the U.S.; a civil war of sorts known as “Class Warfare.” New York had seen quite their fair share of heartbreak and poverty though the last 15 years, but as we know, The Big Apple does not speak for the whole country.
While all of this was going on, our Lady of Liberty’s back was turned to the rest of the nation’s atrocious poverty, violence and overall frustrations. She is just waiting for the day that freedom will prevail once again in this great country. She is patient in the quest for freedom. We are all waiting for freedom to not be blanketed by this headline of safety bought by the rich and powerful. Our fore-fathers still do run this country with their pictures on greenbacks; it’s just that their words got lost and used for Presidential toilet paper by the last few Commanders and their pignut families.
We are seeing horrific school shootings, terrorist groups like Isis are murdering journalists like helpless puppies in a back alley, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Hamas; all the while excusing groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Neo-Nazi organizations and the Westboro Church right here on the homeland.
This country crucifies people for standing up for their rights while the powerful knowingly take them away.
A TV announcement comes over our 60 inch plasma screens, showing a middle-aged robot with plastic hair and a generic accent belonging to a former Iowa farmer with big dreams,
“Today a middle-eastern terrorist group has just made an attempted bombing on American soil today…and in other news, Congress just passed a law stating that any American citizen and his/her properties can be searched at anytime provided that there is a suspicion of terrorist activities determined by said authorities…and now, PUPPIES!”
This is the world we are dying in.
We live in a country where our greatest news sources come from comedians, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, because our news and political analysts are funnier than our stand-up comedians. These men and women have been looking at our news as a ratings game verses being a credible source of information.
They have no balls to stand-up when they need to and when they do muster up the little acorns to say something, they immediately back down and apologize for their exuberance. They are not allowed to tell you the whole truth; why? Somewhere in the corporation it would cost them millions of dollars to tell even one truth.
Then there are the mighty rich who do try to help. People like (comedian) Russell Brand. What do you see when one of the rich help the poor? You see journalists actually attacking them about how much their rent is. Nobody attacks the politician who destroyed his marriage with infidelity. When one asked about it, he was criticized and almost fired for his nerve to show the kind of man he was (Newt).
People ride on vague, generic facts about a multitude of different subjects and then forget about the details because they never looked for the details or the moral of the story. We live in the age of the Kardashian Ass Brigade. It is a world where half an ass crack is worth more than to know what the 3 branches of government are and their functions. We try to destroy the just and put criminals on a pedestal and even though they do the same thing, we justify it with words like fees, tax, super-pacs and even war.
We live in a world where politicians dictate what a journalist can question then spin a simple story of two bad choices into a race riot. We go to war with countries that have weapons of mass destruction and then hide the truth in a web of details and information not pertinent to the original problem. There is no personal responsibility for anything, because our leaders take no responsibility; you must lead by example.
One day in the not so far future my Lady Liberty, you will be proud of your children. One day you will look down with pride and love. One day we will have respect for ourselves, our siblings and then our love will shine up to you dear Mother Liberty.