So many contradictory homilies, so little time. You’ve all heard before, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” but that sounds a little counter to “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So which is it?
I’ve decided to go with the latter and pay for that ounce in the form of chiropractic treatments. It’s not a cheap ounce but insurance is covering some of it and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the cure – plus much less painful than the ensuing breakdown.
I’ve been achy and sore in my back off and on for the past couple of years. My weight had crept up and I attributed it to that. Looks like, from the x-rays at least, it’s a little more complicated. I’ve had no particular injury, just stuff getting out of whack over time. One hip now sits a bit higher than the other which is where that pain in my lower back comes from.
This all got me thinking about the mess we’re in as a nation. I can see how we’ve let our “backbones” get so far out of whack that we going to need major surgery to make things right. We’re way past prevention at this point.
The first thing we’ll need to cut out is the buckets and barrels of money that gets thrown at our elected officials by corporations. Our democracy will fail if the minority continues to have their way. We’re really just a DINO (Democracy in name only) now so it’s time to call a spade a spade. We’re an Oligarchy.
What is an Oligarchy you might ask? Here’s the definition from a Google search: Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία, oligarkhía) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with an elite class distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, commercial, and/or military legitimacy.
Argue with me that the power elite is not in charge of this country when corporations are equated to people with the same rights and privileges and it takes almost a billion dollars in campaign contributions to hope to win the presidency (a job that only pays $400,000 a year). Go ahead, I dare you.
Banks can gamble wildly with people’s money, crash the economy and then get bailout money to continue doing the same. If you tried this, you’d be cooling your heels in a federal penitentiary right now.
Your vote does not count as much as the Koch brothers because you can’t pay as much as they can. What they want will always go as long as they can buy the legislature and shape the laws in their favor. And this is not about hatin’ on the rich, this is about standing up for everyone else that is getting stomped on and kicked in the face by the rich.
The Occupy Movement is the stirrings of the sleeping giant. If we’re the 99%, there are a hell of a lot more of us than there are of them. It’s time we started doing things that are in our best interest and preventing the further decline of this once great nation.
Teddy did a great many things in his day but what we need is not a strong leader. We all need to be leaders here. No one is coming to save us. WE’RE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR.
At no time has the wealth gap been this large, and it’s larger than in most other industrialized nations. We’re returning to the era of the robber barons and indentured servitude.
If you see no problem with this, great. Go ahead and kiss your minimum wages and 40 hour work weeks good-bye. You should be grateful you get to slave away for a pittance so some executive can take a shit on a gold-plated toilet seat.
That’s not how I want things to go so I’m going to at least start talking about it. I felt like a little rant today cause I’m feeling a little feisty after getting my spine realigned. Perhaps that’s really the best medicine.