I imagine The Newsroom could be (will be) one of those annoyingly self-righteous, self-satisfied shows, somewhat like the last few years of M*A*S*H*, but I think the point being made in the above video is valid and worth a bit of discussion.
As awful as things were for some people in this country when I was a kid — specifically, minorities and women — and still are awful in many ways, I think that, in some ways, we were better people back then.
We could work together as Americans back then, whether it was the Mom network on the block, or Democrats and Republicans voting together to pass things like the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Can you even begin to imagine those pieces of legislation being passed today? Can you imagine any mother dragging home someone else’s kid, exclaiming to his mother, “You would not believe what I caught him doing!,” and not being sued into oblivion?
Right or wrong has little or nothing to do with what happens in Congress these days; it’s all down to the bottom line — the almighty dollar. Even the Mom network has been destroyed by various levels of indifference, in addition to the almighty dollar. We have become truly shitty people.
Our physical and moral infrastructures quite literally are crumbling before our eyes, but some of the 98% are worried sick about the “gays” getting married or the widdle unwanted babies being aborted, before they can get an opportunity to keep the little tykes out of daycare or off food stamps; some of us are worried about who got eliminated from Survivor or Dancing With the Stars — completely unfairly! — and the rest of us either literally do not give a shit (it doesn’t affect me or my family), or are pretty much at the point where we don’t know what the fuck to do.
For a while there, we flirted with “peace, love, and caring for one another,” but that stuff is really hard. It takes time and money, and what the hell, it’s easier to feel hate and resentment anyway.
We’re a country chock full o’ “self made men,” who never wanted, needed, or asked for help from anyone — self-sufficient from the time they left the womb! They made money all by themselves, and they damn well are going to keep it — Jesus said they could. Somewhere or other. They are easy fodder for the Ayn Rand philosophy of “I got mine, so fuck you, assholes.”
We’re a nation of stupid, ideologically-driven fucks, who haven’t the common sense or good grace to realize that we’re viewed as a nation of morons and clowns. But hey, at least we’re number one at it, right?
I want that old American attitude back. I want us to know our neighbors’ names; I want some variation of the Mom network back — they were some crazy mean bitches sometimes, but we felt safe, didn’t we?; I want us to be able to send our kids to school, knowing that they’re going to learn how to think, not just take CYA tests, and will learn things that are based in history and fact; and I want us to care about and for each other again.
Sure, there have always been bad apples, and there always will be, but the bad apples have risen to the top, and they have way too much power over the rest of us. In this country, money has become the symbol of goodness, authority, and intelligence — even if it’s completely wrong — and they’ve managed to drain off almost all of the money in the last 30+ years, so we tend to feel powerless.
When you feel powerless, it’s easy to hate. It’s easy to become an army of unredeemed Renfields for the 2% — I’m looking at you, teabaggers. It’s easy to see what’s on the teevee tonight. It’s really really hard to love; it’s hard to understand and care for each other, but that’s exactly what we need right now — peace, love, and caring for one another.
I have no idea of how to get to that point, really I don’t, but I do know this: We cannot fix the ills of this country individually; we cannot be “self made martyrs” to the cause — it doesn’t work!!
We have to do this together. It’s essential that we do so, for the good of this country and all her people — whether they like it or not. If we can’t find a way to work together, we will have to go around the Renfields and the nay-sayers, and over the top of the 2% — there are more of us than there are of them. We can do this thing! Even though we have stumbled badly, and we’ve broken nearly every bone we have, this country absolutely can rise to the top again, I believe that.
We can do it. But will we do it? What are we made of these days? What’s on teevee…?
This is our daily open thread — Discuss.