I have had an epiphany and it is years in the making. I interact with so many struggling families on a day to day basis, families who are hanging on by a thread, who may lose everything at any time. This is the sad reality for so many, especially within our economically destitute Commonwealth. On one side of the coin I have heard a call, a call to action by the way of inaction and apathy. However, people on the other side of that same coin are not apathetic at all, they are using this dangerous time in America as a call to arms, a very dangerous but expected response. So two sides of the same struggling and very pissed off coin are about to unify in a way that may change our Nation forever.
A storm is brewing and with so much in doubt in America the smugness from our elected officials is infuriating the populous to the point of insurrection. Yes, the smugness, with all of our problems in America such as the economy, healthcare and so on, the simplicity of the attitudes of the elite is fueling the crucible of insurrection. I have seen the storm clouds and when the cloud breaks not a reservoir will be found that will contain the deluge. It will be a simple action or inaction on the part of a public official, then a conceded response when questioned that will provide the spark for a real popular uprising.
I simply cannot support a campaign system in which we toil like tramps every two years for every dime we can find. While our savings decline the cost of doing political business is enjoying a boom. While we bask in the glory of Candidate X's 2nd Quarter campaign fundraising 95% of the populous wonder if they will be able to make the mortgage this month. While Kentucky Senate candidates are on pace to spend near $40 million or more in 2014 many of our brethren are suffering to find that extra $40 for the phone bill every month. We sacrifice so much and when we do wake up from our complacent slumber many of our elected officials provide a glimpse of that coveted transparency until we lay our heads to rest for another 4 years.
We can raise $2 billion or more for presidential campaigns but can't find enough money to fund that economic project because a certain so and so occupies that Congressional seat and that's enough to cast the public into outer darkness and damn to hell anyone who may dare to question the motives of our hierarchy. Its the business of doing business. Its a twisted view of chivalry because of the toilers who worship the agenda of a political party above the common good. America has not experienced such a polarized political system since the days of the Civil War. Even this simple observation has become cliché in the last 4 to 5 years. Right Wing scribes see conspiracy while blinded socialist disciples see perfect tranquility and damns everyone else to hell who resists becoming a socialist zealot themselves. While the Right exploit God the Left casts stones at those who wish to worship in the manner they see fit. There is no breathing room, no place left to find common-ground.
The boundaries of political discourse reside in the proximity of radicalism, pushed to the left or right. When political discourse becomes so confined there is no room for compromise. One must make their conscience a commidity and then sell it piecemeal for time in pulpit. To achieve adulation one must put his or her soul at hazard. This is unacceptable to me. No dream is too big to abandon ones spirituality but the soul is expendable in this system. You have to hide your beliefs for the fear of offending those who hold sway over the campaign purse. Not me.
So today we should all disavow our system, a system of greed and a system of control, so when the levee breaks you have a place to stand. If you're down stream or standing on the lush dry side of the embankment you will be swept aside like an orphaned pigeon in a hurricane. The storm is coming and its a bastard of a storm.
The Democratic Party is not the Democratic Party of old, it doesn't resemble anything it stood for even 10 years ago. Fighting for equality is a righteous mission but those who stand on the stump have nothing but disdain for varying opinions. A narrow mind will never evolve, it becomes stagnant and eventually it becomes rancid, toxic and dangerous. This is true for the Progressive and the Christian Right alike. Both are soon to realize their own destruction, a destruction from within. Our society celebrates diversity by a set of rules dictated by our political masters. Our society has evolved into a maelstrom of hypocrites, a bottomless pit of comprised justice.
So The Rural Democrat will become, in short order, a voice for the voiceless, a rag to some and philosophy to others. This weblog has came and went a few times. When the stench of our political defecation reaches the nostrils I simply do not mask the fetor with unholy synthetic salve, I remove myself from the source. So let this be a warning from a jaded sage or let it be viewed as a rambling rant from a unhinged minstrel it really doesn't matter to me.