This is a very difficult issue. If we look back in history as Del mentions, back to the last major problem in Europe when Fascists were elected, the situation was very different to today. It happened not long after the Great War, the allies (victors) had put crippling sanctions on Germany that together with inflation that went through the roof, provided Adolf Hitler an opening, he spoke well and stirred up the masses, finding a scapegoat to blame everything on. Once elected he had no qualms in killing (literally) the opposition, then started building roads, creating employment building the armed forces etc. people began to see prosperity which with the propaganda machine running at full pelt gave him what he wanted, the rest of Europe let him do it because they were scared of going into another war, although eventually it did lead to the Second World War. America on the other hand did go down the democratic route, but they were not in anywhere near as big a financial crisis as Europe, having only spent 2 years in the Great War, and of course did not have any fighting in their country which left them a lot better off.
If we go further back to the original Boston Tea Party, there were many causes that led to this, but in the end it was against a foreign power so again very easy to rally people against it. In addition many of the citizens had grievances against the British due to religious persecution, taxation, etc. So again it was enough to cause people to rise up.
What is happening today is more subtle. Jobs are a major issue and as Jay states there is nothing to help an individual to get back on their feet. I know people don’t want handouts, but what they do want is jobs. When President Obama was elected he had the opportunity to concentrate and getting America working again, he had a majority in both House and the Senate to support him. Unfortunately he concentrated on the health care bill, which while it was a very noble and pressing requirement, it was probably not the most urgent issue to be solved. Today we have CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC and all the other news channels all reporting the news with their own special slant, some trying to rally the “troops” behind the democrats and demonize big business and millionaires (could this be trying to find a scapegoat?). The unfortunate thing is, is that we need these businesses and millionaires to create the jobs, they should be working with the government to do so. Whether these jobs are in education, green energy, the oil business, Walmart, McDonalds etc doesn’t matter, get people working then raise the minimum wage. Those who were elected to govern should start doing so and stop trying to get re-elected in 2 years time and that goes for the senators, congressmen, and governors who either want to be President, or want to stay in their current jobs. Jay is right let them try living like the rest of us for a while.
Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we will change the world. - Jack Layton (1950-2011)
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