Sometimes I think the problem is that we ourselves are often too distracted with stupid crap that has nothing to do with our standard of living. We put so much time and thought and energy and outrage into the pointless that we do way too little to improve our lives as a nation.
For example...Obama's birth certificate. I'm not clear on how that issue going to improve our trade deficit, or get jobs for Americans, and maybe it's a fine issue if you're gainfully employed and just need something to kvetch about. I know the person making hay about it probably got some sweet media deals over the years. But in the end, it's wasted effort.
The same goes for this new concern about a "secret" 1.2 Trillion dollars from the Federal reserve to banks. Between the trillions we've already dished out to them, and the trillions to the wars and the trillions here and there, I can't keep track and in the end it's got nothing to do with whether or not I'm able to buy a bag of apples for my boys this week.
I don't care.
I. DO. NOT. CARE.
It all seems so lofty. All so About The Principle of the Thing.
There are so many lofty conversations about distribution of wealth and whether or not we're sliding into Socialism or Fasciasm...And yet I don't see a national, activist conversations about the things that matter to ACTUAL people on a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day basis.
Food. Shelter. Jobs. Clothing. Rampant PERSONAL debt.
These are really the only things I give a crap about.
But somehow the conversation always seems to trickle up. Up to the DC celebrities. Up to the Wall Street executives. Just like our money.
I don't CARE about the latest financial scandal. I don't care.
I do care about the people around me. The people I know. The people I see and hear and talk to in REAL LIFE in my day to day interactions, or when I go to the store or the Farmer's Market or the bowling alley or the beach or on the street.
That's what I care about.