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Monday, April 9, 2012

Political Reminders

The following was written by Barbara Phillippi for Seniors for a Democratic Society.

Phillippi's words are wise, and reading them makes me marvel at how we treat our elderly in this society. People spend thousands of dollars on make-up, hair coloring and even plastic surgery in a great quest to look younger than they are. Once they start to look old, they expect to be tossed aside as expired even though they are still breathing.

Some cultures revere the aged. They figure that if the elderly have been around for a long time, they have seen much, and may actually have learned something over the years. Perhaps if we listen to the words of our elders, we may manage to avoid making the same mistakes again and again and again...

Of course, Phillippi writes about things in most adult's living memories. She offers poignant reminders and her words keep the current political situation in context.

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You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when they didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values in the Wall Street crash.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President, and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick... Oh, Hell No!

You're not going to take ME back, without a fight.


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