Uncle George is calling for peace in the middle east, at the same time preparing to wage war on Iraq.
First, I am shocked and stunned that our primary political leaders find us to be so gullible as to accept what they say at face value, when it is so obviously bullshit.
Then I realize that they really don't care what we think. We as a people don't matter anymore; the government is the supreme power, and what they tell us is simply lip service to appease the appearance of democracy.
That leaves me cold.
I would say that there is something that we can do. I'd like to think so. I watched the news tonight and there was a candlelight vigil around Lake Harriet that looked pretty cool (except for the chorus of "Give Peace a Chance" over and over, which was just obnoxious). There were supposedly something like 6000 of these vigils worldwide.
The U.N. will not vote to invade Iraq. Several countries feel that declaring war and invading a country is a step that should be a last resort. So much so that if Bush declares war and invades, they will consider a war crimes tribunal.
The polls indicate that a significant portion of the U.S. Citizenry don't want to invade Iraq. They favor continued diplomacy and inspections.
How have we come to this? How have we come to the point where the hired help is dictating policy against our wishes?
And then there's the economy. Businesses are holding back because of the fear of what will happen in a war. They aren't hiring. This is highly personal to me, as I don't have a job, and my well-being and the well-being of my family is in jeopardy. I am considered to be "acceptable corollary loss".
Nobody asked whether it was acceptable to me.
I am so amazingly frustrated. I feel like my future is completely out of my control. I have something like 8 weeks left of unemployment and all our savings are already eaten up. Barb's job is not enough to carry us. I need to have an income, and it needs to be a steady income.
I feel like it is my responsibility to get that income, but so far nothing that I have done has any impact.
Blah, blah, blah.
I guess when it gets down to it, I'm frightened.