Why do Americans sit idly by when our freedoms and our economic livelihoods are threatened? Citizens of other countries would take to the streets to protest while we, in contrast, do nothing. I believe that we Americans have been brainwashed into accepting what our political leaders tell us as they carry out the mandates of the 1%. We live in limbo since corporate-owned media entertain us, rather than inform us.
What must we do to change this? First of all, we must demand to be informed by the media, not entertained. To that end, I recommend two non-profit websites free from corporate influence: www.readersupportednews.org and www.truthout.org Both are worth supporting if you can. If you cannot give to maintain them, then I suggest you send articles you find important or extra informative to your friends and relatives, your kith and kin. If we don’t know what is going on, we can’t demand changes.
Secondly, I would suggest that you consider becoming active in the political process at any level and work to get out the vote during elections. The fewer people who vote, the easier it becomes to steal elections or maintain incumbents in office. Change is required and the only way to get change is to change the players.
During the medieval period, kings and the nobility, the 1% of that day, maintained their hold on power with the support of the clergy, the media of that day. The 99% accepted their lot in life with the promise of a better life in the next life. Today’s 1% use the media to spin a fantasy world in which anyone might become fabulously wealthy through hard work or good luck. The truth is that the US has become more class stratified than Europe and the chances of hitting it big in a lottery are much less than being struck by lightning.