What One Person Can Do
It is amazing what one person can do, especially if that person is willing to make a big sacrifice. Take for instance Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire last December because he could no longer tolerate being humiliated by the police. He set off the Arab Spring, which is still reverberates today.
Bouazizi and the Tunisian people who took to the streets after he died were partially motivated by the news made public by Wikileaks detailing the corruption in the Tunisian government and its relationship with the United States. That is what one man, Julian Assange, can do.
Whoever gave Assange the documents, perhaps Bradley Manning, well that is what one man can do.
The Arab Spring came back to haunt the power brokers in the United States. Hillary went on her I’m Sorry Tour, apologizing to all the governments in the Mideast that their secret agreements with the U.S. had become public. And then, using the exact opposite techniques of the single man theory, we got the general assemblies of the Occupy movement, where there was no single here but a collective of brave people.
Although the Occupy movement has been ridiculed quite a bit, it has served its purpose. Before the movement began, the news narrative focused on the deficit and taxes. Do the rich pay too much tax? They are job-senders overseas after all. (Just think, the president of GE, which has shipped 30,000 jobs overseas in the last year, was put in charge of Obama’s job development council… what, from Macow?) Now the narrative has changed. It is about foreclosed mortgages, crooked bankers, the lack of jobs and the jobless. It is about real America not about the dream American portrait painted by bankers. With the fall of Europe to the Euro bankers and Goldman Sachs, the U.S. stands at the brink.
The perilous state of the United States is why the Republican candidates, now essentially down to three, are such a relief. We need a good comedy show, one that takes us away from our humdrum lives and places us in a fairytale world. The heck with reality! The interesting thing about this race is that everything that all of the candidates say about each other is true, so the fact that one guy lied about his divorce and was convicted of unethical practices, the next cost America untold numbers of jobs as his hedge fund closed companies, and the other condones racism and would get rid of social security, the EPA, OSHA, the Clean Water Act and any laws protecting consumers or workers. What a bunch of jokers! And you know I don’t like Obama either. January 3rd will be an amusing day when a few thousand diehard evangelical Christians knock out at least one candidate hoping for an Epiphany miracle.
Bouazizi, Assange and Manning have created a new narrative around the United States and the World. Gingrich, Romney and Paul are not part of this narrative, the world has moved on and each is flawed. Yes, its amazing what one person, or a what a whole group of people, can do. It’s called evolution, but none of these candidates would believe in it until they are out in the cold. Well, not quite out in the cold, they will have their wealth to keep them warm.