This is a shamelessly politico-esoteric posting, so rabid tea-partiers should read no further. And since this is MY blog, don't expect me to argue with a single individual who takes umbrage with what i say; this is THE TRUTH ... as i see it. ;-) I MAY discuss, but will definitely not argue with the contumelious.
The world is changing, and the old guard doesn't like it. Back in the day, a whole village full of people who didn't go along with what the local warlord wanted could be slaughtered, and not only did no one care but for the most part no one ever found out (except the next village over, to whom it was advertised to convince them that THEY had better truckle, or face the same fate). Nowadays, the information always gets leaked -- no wonder the powers-that-be want to censor the internet.
To chip away at the power that has been lost by the Juggernaut, its paramilitary is attempting to undermine the hard-won rights of those it considers weakest ... and stupidest. Therefore, women and the blue-collar class are the first targets. And not only are their rights under siege, but their minds are undergoing a barrage of misinformation that is certain to do some damage to the weakest and most inexperienced. While at my daughter's house, i saw and heard more commercials than i usually do; it's easy to see where the Koch brothers' political contributions are being spent.
Why is it so hard for the laboring class to realize that if teachers' unions are busted, THEIR working lives are going to be adversely affected too? Why do foetal-life enthusiasts not understand that a flood of unwanted children into an already overpopulated world is not a good idea? How do people this stupid manage to fill out their tax forms every year???
I wish i could convince these "it-can't-happen-to-me"-thinking people that the law of karma WILL catch up with them. They have an unfounded belief that they can succeed on an unlevel playing field, simply by identifying emotionally with the Overlords -- which is exactly what the latter want them to think. Do they not realize the degree to which they benefit from the "socialist" system the US has had from its very inception? I have to assume they don't.... But if a subconscious desire to subjugate those "inferior" women and minority-group individuals (who earn more with their brains than Bubba can with his muscles) causes him to promote a social system deleterious to them, he too will come to suffer the more. The ones who are seduced by the rhetoric of "the good old days" are, for the most part, sufficiently unevolved that they already have a boatload of karma to work off; they're already suffering, but inevitably blame the wrong cause for it.
Tell ya the truth -- it's been really hard for me to fight off the temptation to HATE these people with a passion, but i know that hate is a self-poisoning emotion. They already have power and riches: the only reason they can need more is to create a class of people more miserable than they are, to try to disguise the fact that they are unhappy, unfulfilled losers, in the truest sense of the term. They take joy from placing themselves above the mass of people in the world -- it gives them a sense of superiority that their natural gifts can't afford them. They are like slave-owners of old, who considered their "possessions" less than human BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN DENIED THE OPPORTUNITIES TO ACQUIRE THOSE QUALITIES, BY THE POWER OF THOSE WHO SET THEMSELVES ABOVE. Do i need to say, self-fulfilling prophecy? The set of right-wing candidates this century have been largely the out-of-touch, privileged sort -- they look on us middle-class folks as plodding masses, and on the struggling poor as scarcely human. NONE of us is more to them than a potential customer for their lousy-quality manufactured goods, or cannon-fodder for their wars of acquisition.
But as i said above -- the world IS changing. Centuries ago (and today, in parts of the world where consciousness is still medieval), nobody thought there was anything wrong with torturing heretics, but most people consider it wrong today. Beating one's children as a matter of course has been replaced by other methods of teaching. The problem with the hippies' Age of Aquarius in the 1960s was that they were premature -- in the words of the song, it WAS just the "dawning of the age." Its first rays were perceived in 1908, and its zenith has been predicted in the year 3574. A long time to wait for perfection, but we CAN do our best to practice and promote the Golden Rule.