Action is the Antidote to Despair

I know a man who literally sits in his house with the curtains closed all day long playing solitaire.  He is a lifelong republican and now is devestated by the loss of the value of his home, the corporate corruption he sees all around him, the pollution in his food and air, and the pervasive materialism that disgusts him.   He is angry and fearful, but he will not take action.  And coming from a conservative background, he is also fearful of change.  He is a prisoner of his own mind.

I remind him…

Action is the antidote to despair.

Yes, it can get depressing.

Hedge Fund Managers are making up to$2 million an HOUR while our elderly freeze to death in tiny apartments because they can’t pay their electricity bills.

Action is the antidote to despair.

1 in 5 American children go to school hungry.

Action is the antidote to despair.

Our lands, air and water are being polluted by corporations seemingly immune to regulations.

Action is the antidote to despair.

Right wing politicians spend their time ginning up the base by fighting gay marriage (still?), ending women’s right to choose and fighting against contraception instead of lifting a finger to stimulate work.  While they trumpet how much they love fetuses, they cut food assistance for infants and mothers.

Action is the antidote to despair.

At the time of this writing, the GOP’s stated goal of ?destroying Obama? has led them to block every tepid democratic attempt  to stimulate jobs by re-building our infrastructure.  Since Wall Street owns both parties, democratic bills are generally weak so as not to offend the donors.

Obama’s jobs bill is going nowhere due to obstructionism from the right.  And make no mistake, President Obama is no liberal.  His ideas are nowhere near radical.

Obama and the Democratic party (save for a very few progressives)  are centrist, but for the new Reich GOP, even that is now called “liberal”.  These guys wouldn’t know true liberalism if it bit them on the ass.

Democrats used to be the party of the people, but that was before corporations became “people” and money became “speech”.  Unless at least one of the 5 corporatist, conservative members of the supreme court is replaced, this is unlikely to change without a constitutional amendment.

The sad fact is, both political parties are enslaved to corporations because of the giant amount of money it takes to run for office.  The GOP is gleefully owned, and the Dems somewhat less enthusiastic about screwing the citizens, but  as long as Citizens United stands, as long as we don’t have a constitutional amendment that says that “corporations are NOT people”, and as long as our elections are not publicly financed — the PEOPLE will not have a voice.

Do you despair?  Action is the antidote to despair!

Have you been to an OWS rally/demonstration?  There’s one nearby you.

Have you contributed food, time, or money?  You can support the NY Wall Street movement with money, or even just send ’em a pizza, at  http://occupywallst.org/

Have you added your name for a constitutional amendment to get money OUT of politics?  http://www.getmoneyout.com

Find out what’s up with OWS and get there – it’s happening in every city:

http://www.occupytogether.org/

Local food banks need donations of food, time or money.  The web can use your positive comments on EVERY article you read.  Lots of people scan the articles and just read the comments, so yours is important.  Balance the big PR firms employees who create pseudonyms and post multiple reich-wing talking points in an effort to sway public opinion.

Or start a silly little blog.  Add your voice.  Join together with others who care. Create a community garden.  Help revitalize a park.  Rescue stray/abandoned animals.  Be kind to strangers in the grocery store.

Action is the antidote to despair.

Don’t get mad, and don’t let despair make you feel disempowered and passive.

Take action for a more beautiful world.  Remember,  LOVE in ACTION is POWERFUL.

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