Saturday, May 17, 2014
Opening scene – Close up shot of a pair of elderly eyes, there’s visible distress showing through. Pan out to reveal and elderly woman that’s sweating and breathing heavily. Reveal more of the shot to show an ever increasing group of elderly women and of who appear to be running. But not just running, escaping. Pull out further to show the entire shot. Behind this large group of elderly women, there is a large crowd of overweight, misinformed and willfully ignorant group of “real American’s” chasing down the evil socialist grandmothers.
Alright, I admit that (at least the way I visualized it) it’s a ridiculous but funny thought. But I think it’s an excellent metaphor to the way some of our lovely citizens have come to demonize socialism without fully understanding what socialism really is. I am willing to go as far to say that Fox News would turn on granny in a second.
No one faulted grandma for wanting everyone to have the same. Matter of fact, some went out of their way to comply with grandma’s desire for equality. That’s why I’ve had such a hard time understanding how in the past eight or so years we’ve come to feel the way we do. So I did my research. Finally, the simplest but easily escapable fact smacked me in my grandmother loving face. It’s the media. Our corporate media system breaks down into a very easy to understand hierarchy. Very rich people, telling rich people what to say to middle class people how they should feel about poor people. Simple and accurate and the saddest part of this observation is how effective it has been.
I’m not going any further down this rabbit hole today. I am going to end this with an emphatic plea. Before you take a stand on a topic; before you make up your mind about something; look into it and know what you’re talking about! Do it not and be prepared to be called an idiot by someone who does know what they’re talking about.