Last evening I searched YouTube for a video clip of Rockefeller’s thanks to the media. The link, audio of his statement, was in my last post “New World Order Conspiracy? What’s Going On?”.
Here it is again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7K8iQAReXQ
In my previous post on this topic, my full range of thoughts, where they took me, was something of a surprise, even to me. In the end I did not declare these folks villains, but mused on “who they think they are” — and added that if we had been born into their lives, and lived those lives, we’d be right where they are.
It really does not matter whether or not they are out-and-out villains. What matters is what we can learn from this situation. What matters is that the rest of us decide whether or not we like what’s developing, and if not, what we are prepared to do about it.
In my opinion, we must begin by respecting one another “here at ground level”! We must genuinely behave as if we value every citizen’s worth, even if the way they appear to behave is “problematic” to us. We must practice not only the most intelligent, thoughtful, questioning and voting that we can, we must do so without belief that “we” somehow have greater intelligence than whomever we may decide is “beneath” us!
I speak here – as you might guess – of anyone we are willing to disenfranchise. Now that we “know” the experience of disenfranchisement by a “ruling elite”, do we believe “sometimes” it can be used against “some” people?
The US development against genuine equitable access to affordable health care is a prime example that we, ourselves, believe “some” are “less significant” than others. That we accept individuals without HC access as “collateral loses” to our “bottom line”, is us practicing what we say is outrageous when we experience it. We say “some people have to suffer so our national bottom line will be strongly positive.” We treat flesh and blood people as statistics; precisely what we also experience (being statistics) from the elite “above” us. (The consequences to some of us with development of NAFTA is a prime example of ourselves treated as ‘statistics’.)
We said “equitable health care access can’t be done” because the elite (in this case the for-profit corporations involved) running our show told us it can’t. They smiled and relaxed when we took up their mantra. (Soalso, “the persuaders” smiled and relaxed when they argued, successfully in the end, that NAFTA would be good for us – good for ‘bottom line measure’.)
(Non-profit health care delivery systems, with decent incomes for all who deliver it, is possible, and easily affordable. Overall, the $$ reaped by everyone grabbing investment profit out of the status quo in American HC — from Big Pharma to the insurance companies, to everyone else — if shunted instead to delivery to all, would cover the cost.
Universal HC access is not yet a dead horse, for me at any rate. It is not about boats, cars, and fancy homes – it is about life, human vulnerability, debilitation, bankruptcy, and death. It’s about human wellness to participate and contribute.)
Back to the “Big Secret Planners” and more we can do about them. Speak out. Don’t believe campaign statements about anything – HC, need for war, any promises or explanations offered by individuals running for office. Question everyone. Some will have good thinking, but learn that no one, not even Ron Paul, is a “God” who can be trusted to “save” us. The best among our candidates will reject “worship” from voters. They will view their role similarly to the way Harry Truman viewed his presidency: genuine service.
Power corrupts, whether one is born into a powerful family, or acquires power by boot-strap approach. Having power “over” another brings out the shadow side of the human psyche. Having power relative to another lets us perceive ourselves as worthy to make decisions that affect “them” without above-board discussion, without asking for wisdom and advice from the “under powered.” Much like parents may relate to power over their children. Belief in, and practice of, hierarchy of authority.
When we begin to behave with the intelligence we already have, more who seem “problematic” among us will find increased ways to contribute. (Many already do – the very poor statistically give a significantly higher proportion of their money resources to charity than even the ‘ordinary middle class’.)
What we “allowed” with HC reform, shows us something about ourselves. It shows us our willingness to practice “elitism”, even as we cry out at elitism being practiced upon ourselves.
We’d best take a good, honest, look at what we’ve allowed with HC reform, at ourselves treating other flesh and blood people as “statistics”. Bail outs, warring, HC reform, … we are told “the facts” and told to trust the “truth” of these facts. We had better assume the presenters are operating from “power over” as well as practicing elitism – relative to us.
We had better learn to recognize the potential to elitism and “power over” in ourselves while we are at it. Whom are we willing to shove around? Whose poverty are we willing to accept? Whose homelessness, lack of access to decent food, quality education, lack of access to outright encouragement? Whom do we treat as “collateral” to be pushed aside, or lost? What comes out of our minds and mouths about these, whom we are willing to disenfranchise?
Armed with deeper honesty about ourselves, about human nature, we are better ready to deal with a “secret ruling elite”. I say deeper honesty because I believe the required honesty is deeper than we have gone before as a citizen body. It has been our practice to object to our own ox being gored, but to not object overly much when it’s someone else’s ox. Not that different from traditional descriptions of sibling rivalry – where the siblings endowed with special favor seek to maintain it, those less endowed seek to gain it, and neither set is very interested if a third sibling loses out completely.
If we are not deeply honest, we can easily, as has been the case throughout history, trade one “dictator” (or group functioning as dictator) for another. We can even become the new dictator, or dictating “class”. In the sibling rivalry scenario, those who seek power may eventually gain it. They then either “dismiss” or “join forces with” the previously empowered. In either case, they convince themselves “justice” is at work. And in either case, the third, thoroughly disenfranchised, “family member” experiences no change or worse – experiences a larger set willing to treat them as “collateral loss”.
Ah – a cheery morning here, despite all the above! I hope yours is similar!
My Best! – MaggieAnn