Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What Is It We Want?

With primary season just around the corner I've been doing a lot of wondering just what it is Americans, as a whole, want.

When a movement like Occupy Wall Street overstays it's welcome, they lose the impact of their message.  The problem is they didn't have one in the first place.  At least not a cohesive one.  They want equalization of the wealth.  That isn't going to happen.  What will happen if things go their way, those who have the wealth and the ability to create it will be brought down.  The occupiers will not be elevated to their level.

I remember a time, long ago, when a neighbor who had been widowed for a time was bemoaning the fact she couldn't find a respectable, successful three piece suit like Hub. I suggested that she should have something to bring to the table and I didn't mean food.  I think the same holds true for the occupiers who want, want, want but what do they have to offer?  Of course some of the involved do, and a great deal, but it's hard to separate them from the image of the masses. In the end, their point is lost.  They become a law stretching, if not breaking, irritant.

The politicians on all levels are going to have their hands full.  First I'd like to see them all present their ideas and defend them rather than tearing down their opponents.  The reason why both Cain and Paul are as popular as they are is they keep it simple and they passionately believe what they say.  Newt is great at explaining where the government has gone wrong and why but fixing it is another thing.

Eliminate those three and we're left with candidates pandering to every cause out there and convincing no one of their abilities or sincerity. The unopposed President is doing exactly the same thing with his executive orders.  Had he led with these ideas months ago his ratings would be a lot higher.  Now they seem exactly what they are - stabs in the dark of desparation.

Everyone is struggling with the facts.  We, who are out here suffering with no end in sight, have to realize there is no quick fix.  We didn't sink this low over night and it isn't going to be fixed by political posturing nor cutting expenditures all in one fell swoop nor just raising taxes.  We're in for a slog.

That's what we want!  A plan.  Laid out in simple terms we can understand. With steps to be taken and a time table.  It's not that there aren't any already out there but special interests and ideaology have swept them under the rug.

We really need moderates on both sides of the aisle.  They are out there too but they're not getting the press they should.  So far the internet and third party efforts aren't making headlines either.

So what do we do?  Well, as fruitless as it is, I'll keep blogging.  I know, I hear the collective groan.  The rest of you malcontents, and I mean that as a compliment, need to step up to the plate and demand answers that aren't being given to questions that aren't being asked.  While you're at it, look over the candidates and figure out who cares more about the country than party or power.  And vote for them!


Betty said...

I don't think they want equalization of the wealth. They just want economic fairness from the banks and big corporations. At least they haven't cluttered up the halls of Congress like the Tea Partiers did. On the other hand, maybe that's exactly where they should be.

Word Tosser said...

We are an instant country... everyone in it under the age of 40 wants it and wants it now...
Be it a new car, best computer, biggest house, it has to be now...
The entitlement generation.. I know there are a few out there not like that..but I would say 80% or more are..
There has always been a class difference... some of it by choice, some of it by circumstances. And if you bring down all wealthy (as most seem to think is the problem instead of the banks and etc.) then there will be a lot that is being done, won't get done..and just for your readers.. no I am not in the 1% ..I have always been in the lower 10% of the 99%.

John Dwyer said...

A well thought-out article and excellently presented. I enjoyed reading it.