What a happy way to start the second day of the blog challenge, but it definitely provides fuel for my fire. The “assignment” is to write a few words about what in this world makes me angry. I’m a pretty happy, positive person, but I also have a hugely cynical, angry side, so the options here were fairly endless. And then my good friend posted this quote on Facebook:
The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity. … They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
—Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944
People, this was written in 1944. I know, it’s not ancient history, but it’s long enough ago that I’d like to think things have changed since then or that we’ve learned a little something about fear and hatred. Especially as this was written in the midst of a war we were fighting against one of the biggest fascist of all. Instead, it just seems to be getting crazier and crazier. The conglomerate media, the rampant partisanship, the fear-mongering and hatred and utter contempt for anything “different” or “new” or “anti-Christian” (fill in with whatever religion each country is fanatical about). It frightens the hell out of me. As much as I try to live my life by my own ideals of acceptance and openness and enlightenment, I fear for humanity’s future.
But I also know this has always been the case. There will always be power-hungry corporations, people, politicians, religious leaders who feed us this fear-based diet to keep us in their control. I know, it’s not always as diabolical and planned-out as all that, but often it is. And whether it’s a deliberate plan or pure “luck” on their part, the result is the same.