Chapter Twelve, the final chapter of Thom Hartmann’s book, Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country, is called “Conclusion: Tag, You’re It!”
As bad as things are in this country now, we’ve been here before — in the time of the Robber Barons in 19th century America, and during the Great Depression of the 20th century — and we
endured even tougher times before and during our quest for independence from England.
Our economy is in tatters, the result of more than 30 years of Reaganomics and Clintonomics. Our democracy is hanging by a thread, the result of 40 years of radical Supreme Court decisions steadily advancing the powers of corporations and suppressing the rights of individuals and their government. And our environment is trembling under the combined assault of the Industrial Revolution and nearly 7 billion bundles of human flesh.
It’s the perfect time. We are clearly at a nexus, a threshold, a tipping point. If the past is any indicator, things will get worse before they get better, but in that tragedy will be both the catalyst and the seeds for a very positive future.
If we’ve learned anything in the last ten years, it’s that we can’t keep doing the same old thing while expecting a different result. We need to be shaken out of our complacency and learned helplessness, and I think the protests in Wisconsin just might be a starting point. What do you think?
I know one thing for sure: When President Obama can stand behind his podium and say to the giant corporations and the top 2%, “I welcome their hatred,” we will be on our way to being a great nation once again, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest Presidents this country has ever had.
The big question now is, will he…?
Actually, we can’t leave it up to President Obama to act. He is our leader, and we must DEMAND that he lead. You can send him an email here. In fact, bookmark the site and email him often — to give him kudos as well as asking for what we want. It can’t hurt, and it certainly might help.
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