Sunday, June 19, 2005

Social Security: Different Things to Different People

This article is to let those of you non-elites out there know that you are not alone - there are other people out there in the great state of America who, like you, were not born with silver spoons in their mouths, and who worked their asses off for a lifetime, and still need social security to get by.

Don't feel as if you don't deserve a decent life as an elderly person in America just because you weren't born rich - that's exactly what the rich folks want you to think, and by and large, they've succeeded in convincing most non-rich people that they deserve to not be rich - regardless of how hard those folks have worked. Don't let them get away with it.

Unless you read liberal blogs, everything you hear and everything you see will try to make you believe that you deserve your fate - that, in America, anything is possible - and if you are not rich, it's all your fault. Guess again.

I'm here to tell you right now that everything you see on Fox and MSNBC and CNN and in the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and the LA Times, and the Chicago Tribune, and the USA Today and the rest of the corporate media is total bullshit. Rich people in America may actually believe that anybody in America can make it - but then, how many rich people in America have ever had to actually make it on their own? 5% of them? 2%? Fewer? Probably.

And what percentage of those non-silver-spooned rich kids had the disadvantage of being part of America's underclass? That is, how many were non-white, non-heterosexual, or non-male?

Don't be convinced that they deserve their station in life just because their parents left them money and status. They have fancy degrees, and fancy clothes, and fancy cars, and fancy friends, but they are not better than you or I. Believe that.

Now - get up off your ass and help us fight these ignorant, soulless, fuckwads. There is strength in numbers, and there are a whole lot more of us than there are of them. Don't feel sorry for yourself anymore. Start reading. Start learning. We'll take just one step at a time. One tiny, seemingly insignificant step at a time. And we'll continue to make progress. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

There will always be evil people in the world. It's our job to make sure they don't go unopposed.

You are not alone.

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