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The Ruling Aristocracy In The Land of the Almost Free: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 20, 2013

From our friend Webster:

Aristocracy…..a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.

From a Time Long Ago

The lords, the ladies, the squires and the esquires, moving about the upper echelons of society, untouched by the filth of the commoners; they are people of great prestige, wealth and power, standing head and shoulders above those who they rule, and manipulating the government and the economy for their own benefit.

It has always been so. The word “aristocracy’ comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “rule of the best,” and it was certainly popular among those giddy ancient Greeks as well as the wine-loving ancient Romans and quite a few other assorted governments in Europe for oh, say, thousands of years.

From the stomach of the European beast came rumblings….there’s a rumbly in my tumbly…and eventually a bowel movement of enormous proportions spewed out across The Pond in the form of a democracy in the upstart United States.

A government of the people, by the people and for the people was established, effectively eliminating all thoughts of aristocratic behavior on the western shores of the Atlantic, the eastern shores of the Pacific, and all land in-between.

And if you believe that malarkey I have a fountain of youth I’d like to sell you.

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A New Nation Is Born

The commoners rise up and overthrow the oppressive yoke of British aristocracy during the American Revolution; the Grand Experiment boldly steps forth into history, waving the red, white and blue and declaring democracy to be the only true choice for the commoner.

In truth, ladies and gentlemen, when the dust had cleared and the last gun had been fired at Yorktown, all that had occurred was the British aristocracy being replaced by the new, improved American aristocracy, who had used the commoner as cannon fodder to advance their own agenda. There was one oddity, however, one anomaly worth noting: the new American aristocracy had some sort of conscience and at least a pittance of compassion for the laborers who built their mansions and captained their ships laden with slaves, cotton, tobacco and other sundries of commerce.

Still, they were aristocrats. By today’s dollars, George Washington was the richest President ever to hold the office, and most of his buddies in government were no shrinking violets when it came to business holdings.

Fortunes were made and the years past, and the aristocracy changed names but remained as rulers upon the land. The Rockefellers, the Gettys, the Vanderbilts and the Morgans, all rulers in actuality even though they wore no crowns.

And the beauty of this governing body, the sheer brilliance of their nature, was the ability to proclaim to the world, and convince that world, that aristocracy does not exist in the United States. They are the invisible power, controlling the economy, the military complex, the media and yes, the government, all the while waving the flag and repeating that time-worn phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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And Time Marches On

Individual names have been replaced by corporate names but the results are the same. Billions are showered upon Washington D.C. to affect profitable change in the Halls of Congress, and foreign policy reflects first and foremost what is best for the economy and, by extension, the corporations. And what of the commoners? They fight amongst themselves for minimum wage jobs, pray to whatever god they adore that they do not suffer an illness they cannot afford, and lap up the spillage from the Land of Plenty.

Every four years they vote for a new lord and hope against hope that it will somehow make a difference, that their schools will be better, that their slice of the pie will get bigger and that their voice will be heard….but they know the truth. During those quiet moments, on break between job one and job two, during times of reflection while they eat their mac & cheese, they know that none of it matters, that the aristocracy will always hold the purse and that the American Dream is a myth of gigantic proportions, another Madison Avenue ad campaign designed to keep the masses quiet and subservient.

So they blame! They blame the Democrats. They blame the Republicans. They blame the minorities and they blame the majority, and if time remains they will blame the poor for crippling our society, and all the while…all the damn while…it never dawns on them to blame themselves.

Modern Slavery

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Henry David Thoreau

And slaves we are! Little by little our rights have been stripped. Little by little the gap increases between the haves and the have-nots, but still we cling to hope that things will change, that somehow a miracle will happen and the playing field will suddenly become level, that hell will freeze over and the aristocracy will allow the commoner to enter the game.

Believe me when I say that the aristocracy in the United States loves it when we nibble at each other. What a perfect scenario for the aristocrats: they created a system where they get rich and we blame our friends and neighbors for our downfall. Pavlov would be proud of the average American in the year 2013. Ring a bell, promise us a break on interest rates, and we drool and order up another credit card. Ring a bell, give us a tax rebate of $200, and we drool and obediently buy a larger television. Ring a bell, create more part-time, minimum wage jobs, and watch us drool all the way to WalMart.

The system is stacked against the commoner and the commoner is the system. How’s that for a bleak summary of life in the United Aristocracy of America?

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But All Is Not Lost….or Is It?

Our greatest enemy in the UA of A is not Al Queda, or Iran or Iraq, or any other terrorist cell that conveniently provides a scapegoat. No, the greatest enemy we have, the most powerful force we must face daily, is good old-fashioned, mightier-than-the-sword greed. Greed, able to bend steel in its bare hands, change the course of mighty rivers and who, disguised as mild-mannered capitalism, fights a never-ending battle for more, more and yet more.

So how do we stop this spiral towards inevitability? How do we change an aristocracy into a democracy when it has never been done since the first merchant sold his wares in a village between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers?

I’m not sure we can!

We have invested every penny we have into this monster that feeds upon us. We are a fear-based society and that fear is being used against us, and we line up and keep buying tickets to a carnival game we can’t possibly win. Step right this way, folks, and see the two-headed lady, the sword-swallowing transsexual and the great illusionist who will have you believing that all you have to do is cinch your belt a little tighter, strap on some balls and carve out your own piece of economic Paradise.

Until the day comes when we pick up our marbles and refuse to play the game, the game will win. Until the day comes when we partake in the time-honored tradition of revolution, the game will win and the aristocracy will continue to sip from the cup of sweet victory.

And so it goes!

On tonight’s menu, the aristocracy will be having Leg of Lamb i.e. convenience store worker….Roast Pheasant i.e. school teacher….and a nice glass of Merlot i.e. truck driver.

For the rest of us….

Could someone please pass the mac & cheese?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      SOB you had me almost teary eyed in the first paragraphs. Then you brought the world down around me and reality sunk in again.

      Well I better do something revolting today. (did I use that word right) Or I may become the Cherries Jubilee at their feast tonight.

      Great piece of work here thanks

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      The U.S. is a democracy for the aristocracy! LOL I love this article Bill. You are so right and so insightful in writing this. This morning on NPR, in a half-sleep, I heard that 'dissidents are the true patriots' today in the U.S. I had just awakened from the alarm and wasn't fully awake, so I can't tell you the true context of the statement, but it made me smile and I thought, 'so true!' Great article!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you used the word perfectly. :) Thanks buddy....shake things up today and don't forget to give hugs all around.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So true indeed, Suzette. I love listening to NPR by the way; anyone interested in this country should listen to it. Thank you and I love your first sentence. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sure got that right and by the time we are all waking up to see what we really have it is just too late! (you need an S on your US) I have fear of who is really in control and a pretty good hunch. Great guns, friend, for feeding us no lies! We have had enough of those!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I wish I had more in the way of solutions, but I definitely know what the problems are and I refuse to shut my eyes and hope they go away.

      If you are talking about the one passage that said U A of A I meant to do that...United Aristocracy of America. :) Thanks Jackie and have a great week.

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      Howard Schneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very well said, Bill. We are a democracy but the wealthy corporate titans are pulling the power levers with their now unlimited campaign funds thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. They are writing the bills and their puppets pass them. We must take our government back and vote and demonstrate with authority. That's not just casting a vote but thinking about it and holding our elected leaders accountable. Loudly accountable. Great Hub.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you hit the nail on the head with this one. The US is definitely an aristocracy and we are definitely the poor slobs. Mac and cheese for dinner that was quite simply the best line! I don't see this unfortunately changing anytime soon, because like you said it started way back in the days of Washington and all those many years ago. But still such food for thought and thanks for that much my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HSchneider, you summed it up pretty well my friend. Holding our elected leaders accountable...hard to do when many citizens are busy practicing complacency. We are good at complaining but not so good at taking the necessary steps to change things. Well, today is a new day and we can keep hoping. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Janine, it is not going to change anytime soon....but my hope is it will at least start to change and the American public will finally stand up and say ENOUGH!

      Thank you as always Janine.

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      Dan Barfield 3 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      I couldn't agree with you more. I can't remember who said it, but the following quotation seems relevant:

      "Democracy is the greatest form of government never to have been put into practice."

      We have been labouring under the illusion of freedom in the western world for so long now. In truth we are an international corporatocracy that knows no borders. Politicians strut on their stage - but in the end if you follow the money, it all goes back to the same few corporations and families. And these companies are 'multinationals' that hold no real national allegiance. It makes it easy to start believing the cries of the conspiracy theorists regarding 'one world order' after all. How sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dan, excellent summary...corporatocracy....now there is a word that we never heard of when we were younger...but it is a very true reality today. I don't know about you my friend, but I sense the little guy has very little to cling to...and I hope I am proved wrong in the future.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Brilliant writing Bill, your strap on some balls paragraph is superb. Top class as usual.

      Graham.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, when I was in high school I took a history elective that brought to light The Invisible Government. The premise is that 10 families rule all governments in all the world, 4 of which you named above. Why even go through the motions of establishing government? To take our money? To take our pride? To steal our dreams?

      It's a good thing I love mac n cheese. Is there plenty to go around?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      First line...check! Last line...check! Body content...check! Level of testosterone...check, check, check!

      Awesome personal essay, Bill! You have me rarin' to go at the bell!

      When I finally get to meet you someday, we'll have no shortage of things to talk about--sports, our loved ones, politics.

      Thanks for yet another powerful and very engaging piece, my friend! Aloha and hugs for revving up my engines this morning!

      ~Joe

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Bill, how can we not see the falseness when it is rubbed in our faces every day and all we see is commercials for the elite with big cars and homes. Extravagant living that is assumed to be for every family, and yet, only about 5 % get to enjoy this for real. What we hear on most news channels is false and what the elite want us to hear..all is well and everyone is happy.Then the bottom falls out and we are dismayed by it all. I agree with you in what you say 100%. Good work. whonu

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Once again, what you say about your country reflects what's happening here. We're heading for another election next year; they're already vying for our votes, trying to find wonderful carrots to dangle in front of our faces. Politicians are made up largely from groups of lawyers, businessmen and economists/accountants. That's why we end up with an Education Secretary who seemingly has no idea of education, a Home Secretary who has no idea what his fellow-countrymen do or feel like from day to day... I could go on all day. It's so difficult to fight against it; our votes don't count for much because there seem to be so few honest politicians or at the very least any who have some grit and character. However, people are beginning to realise that if you get together your voice can be heard - it's a slow fight but it's the beginning of a (hopefully) peaceful revolution. My worry is that it takes so long and in the meantime someone else has come up with yet another kooky idea to fight against. Ah well.... Great hub and even on this depressing subject, you still made me smile! Ann

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      And the mac & cheese is poisoned (literally).

      Coincidence? I doubt it.

      Love this, Billy. Another great one.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham! I get worked up occasionally about this political farce.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love mac n cheese but it is filled with GMO's of course. We can't win for losing in this country. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, start your engines! I bounce between touching and pissed off. I think I need to settle down. Cup of hot tea and a little yoga is in order. :) Thanks buddy!

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, thank you Sir! I don't know what good it does writing like this, but it makes me feel better to get it out so I can relax the rest of the day. LOL I appreciate you stopping by buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that says it all....a depressing subject. I would be a crazy man if I thought about this daily....I reserve one rant per month and then get back to the business of living.

      I have no doubt your government is as corrupt as ours...it's a global society after all, and they all make money from the same sources. :)

      Thank you Ann...I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I just mentioned that to Sha....we can't win. LOL The scraps they give us are poisoned for God sake.

      love you Lizzy

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Things are change, bit by bit. Just wish more people understood this. If they did, they could change things. We could move back towards democracy. The easiest way to do this is by voting. More people need to vote, instead of complaining. In the last 30 years fewer and fewer people have voted. We could take our power back. Voting is more powerful then money. Well, at least that is what I believe.

      Thanks for writing this hub.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I'm from South Africa and I can promise you it is no better here. Politics changed nothing! We still have the gap between the haves and the have-nots growing wider and wider all the time. People live in opulence you cannot believe while their fellow men begs for a piece of bread on the street corner and I can really not see it change, not as long as we worship the great "god" money

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Powerful and well-written hub, Bill. (As always). Great message here. Thank you!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Yes, Bill, this country runs on greed, and I, for one, often feel helpless to combat it. Yet I continue to sign online petitions and call the offices of my state senators and House reps to make my views known. These career politicians may not listen to me ("may not" is a joke--I know they don't in this state), but at least they will be aware I'm against their villainy.

      And villainy it is, especially when they try to take food from the mouths of hungry children to push their own political agendas. I only hope a lot of other Americans are pestering their Congressional reps today.

      Thanks for always telling it like it truly is, Bill.

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      V. A. Came 3 years ago

      So what say you then? Pick up our lives and storm the palace? Rally the farmers and burger flippers together to form a United Revolutionary Front? Words can change worlds, but action makes it real.

      There is and will be people who greet the idea with open arms, but their hands are still slack. The people of the USA of forgotten how to make a fist, in my opinion. People have a hard time obliging constitutional responsibility once the reality of blood drawn and dying friends, brothers, and neighbors is introduced to the fray.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Excellent commentary Bill. I sat with 100+ of the have nots last night at a local church. We talked, shared hopes and fears, and truly these people are the very base of society. My dinner was a bagel with cream cheese, slightly better than mac and cheese, all the while the Aristocracy was eating 200.00 dinners in their 400.00 suits.

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 3 years ago from Nevada

      Alright... let me first start by saying I love this, Bill - this needs to be spread around and shared profusely. I'm supposed to be on my lunch break but I chose to finish reading this, as my blood went from simmering to boiling with each passing sentence. All the way through, I was leaning on the edge of my seat just wanting to comment so badly. Just the other day I was reading some mindless Yahoo! article about Miley Cyrus and her lolly-gagging around with the Kardashian sisters, and then it hit me - We are slaves to everything around us. Slaves to the government, the entertainment industry. They reel us in and make money off of us while we intently sit with our head rested in our hands while we skim through "news" articles about the rich and famous. We are brainwashed into thinking that who's left in the top 4 of Dancing with the Stars is more important than chemical weapons in Syria. It's sickening. It's morbid. Did you hear about the madness when the Iphone 5S came out? People hired homeless people to stand in line for them overnight so they could get a 5x2.5" piece of plastic that will be obsolete yesterday. We are slaves and most of us... nearly all of us...don't even realize it.

      Great piece, Bill.

      I said all that in about one breath. Time for lunch.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      Sorry Bill, but the idea that America is the first modern democracy is flawed. Your written constitution was based heavily on the unwritten British constitution with political institutions a cross between those in Britain and those in the republic of Ancient Rome.

      It is also not true that British rulers had no conscience- slavery on the British isles was ruled illegal in 1772, three years before the war of independance started, and through out most of the Empire by 1833.

      Other than those minor quibbles it is an excellent hub and you are absolutely right that the only change is who makes up the aristocracy. James Madison, the founding father, was keen that only those educated were fit to rule and that has become a financial class rather than a traditional aristocracy but the reality is exactly the same.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, if everyone exercised their right to vote, and actually voted for someone who would work for them, then I totally agree with you. The problem we have is the politicians are bought and paid for by big business....so who do you vote for? :) Thanks for sharing your opinion my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hendrika, I can't see it changing either....unfortunately we are part of the system.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! This was my one political rant for the month. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, if everyone did as you and I do, maybe we could force some action. Say what you will about the 60's but protest caused change back then...we just don't see it today and I blame complacency and apathy for that. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dlfreelance, great comment and I agree completely...we have forgotten how to make a fist. As long as the cable tv works and there is enough money for a burger and a beer, Americans are satisfied.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, better than anyone perhaps you understand what this hub is about...thank you Sir!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, this article is what power sound like. It's known as the TRUTH.

      We have been fed lies so long that we can no longer distinguish what

      is true and what is media trying to make the story of the day.

      Sadly, I would like to add that this is the way of mankind. Look back in history...look at countries and nations. You will see the top elitist, followed by the cowarding masses.

      Until elected officials become accountable for their campaign promises,

      we will remain in this dying rut.

      Until officials are made to live by the rules they put into effect for the commoner, we will remain in this dying rut.

      Our leaders start one scandal to take attention away from the real problems, then it is on to the next scandal.

      Do I believe we can save our beloved America? We would have to save her from the very people who run her affairs.

      When America's jobs were sent overseas, our death certificate was signed. The viewing is taking place, now. There will be a few songs,

      by the likes of Miley Cyrus and our precious flag will be laid to rest.

      You bet I'm bitter!

      DJ.

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      Leena 3 years ago from new delhi

      well really enjoyed reading another of your great hubs..I've lived in the USA very briefly since my brother is a citizen...but I am actually from India and its the same in most countries whether first world or third world...the rich get richer and the poor get more poor.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I thank you for the corrections and the comment. I love being taken to the woodshed in a friendly manner. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ the dig about Cyrus was a classic. Bitter for sure my friend and we have every reason to be...but do you know who I'm most bitter against? The American public who has gotten so lazy and complacent that they are not willing to stand up in protest...until a new revolution occurs this crap will continue.

      Thank you my loyalist friend. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you fivesenses....I love your hub name by the way. I have written often about experiencing life to the fullest, and that requires being in touch with all of our senses...that's what I think of every time you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marissa my dear, I hope you enjoyed lunch after reading this. I love your passion. So few your age care at all about what is happening, and if there is to be any hope we need more activists willing to make the sacrifice and fight the good fight. Stay who you are, Marissa. :)

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      watergeek 3 years ago

      I'm almost afraid to say this, but . . . Ms. Action here. The rich have their procedures, but nothing is to stop us here from using those same procedures. We could say the lack of money stops us, but not entirely.

      Take the one you mentioned about the rich writing policy and having Congress pass it. What is to stop the poor from getting together to write policy too? They/we could find a new official wanting to make his/her name or get reelected to promote the policy, like Rep. Alan Grayson from Florida is doing now. . . . [Sigh. He just sent me a fundraising request to like him on FB (with a photo that looks like the rich) and now I don't trust him]. . . . Distrust is our biggest failing, I believe. When we band together we can and have accomplished a lot.

      I believe we need to step forward and start acting like we're among the elite. You know, the old rich don't have fancy cars, I've read. They carefully conserve what they have. The splashy spenders are the nouveau-riche (sp?) and, if you compare against their income, the lower middle class sucked in by advertising.

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      D.Juris Stetser 3 years ago from South Dakota

      YOU ARE SO ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON TARGET!!!!!

      I think the saddest thing is that so few people want to hear the message...I don't know if it is because when they face the facts, It shakes the foundations of years and years of mindlessly absorbing all the rhetoric,

      all the propaganda, and the wielding manipulations,

      and machinations of those in power...Any and All those in power....I have been so incensed with all the lies, and trickery by Both parties in our government, but also by those behind the scenes who pull the strings of government for their own benefit. The Federal Reserve, the 'handlers' the players from so far back in the day...the Rockefellers, all the so-called Elitists, the Henry Kissingers, and we can run all the way home to the Bildebergers, Rothschilds, and so many more...It seems always to boil down to....Follow the Money Trail...and you will see who runs our country. Pathetic.... and Apathy is one of our greatest enemies...It takes a leap of faith to consider an idea, or a belief that goes against what we've always assumed to be so...what 'our father and grandfather' always believed and voted....Manipulation at the voting poll places even shakes our faith in our vote but we still go, and hope ....for something better. It Will Take More than Hope.....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, nothing stops us from doing that but our own complacency and apathy....there may be a certain percentage who no longer think they have a chance at change, but over all I think most people are too busy watching Honey Boo Boo to be bothered with affecting real change. :) Thanks for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      D. Juris...great comment and yes, you are right on as well. I think most people do not want to face the truth, because to face it then requires giving up or revolution.....and I vote for revolution. We stopped this country in the 60's through protest and we can do it again...but.....I don't think it will happen in my lifetime. Thank you for a wonderful reflection.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Truthful and insightful my friend! Right on!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brandi!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome hub Bill. I love the way you have let the words flow here. Hope you are having a good day my friend.

      Sending you blessings and smiles :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am having a very good day, Dahlia! Thank you and I'm sending a hug and blessings your way.

      bill

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      perrya 3 years ago

      I suppose the theme song for this part true\part false rhetoric and unhappiness is Revolution by the Beatles, however, as John sang, "you know you can count me out, everything is gonna be alright". Yes, there is unfairness, inequality and a host of other issues in America, but it is still the best place in the world to live. And if you have not been outside the USA, you really have no idea.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      You see now we are talking. I love patriotic people using their six senses. Love must be tough and it is not blind.

      What I like here is that you point a situation and give solutions. And the thing is, that you do not leave it there... you invite us after cleaning our senses.

      Great article, you are a true leader Bil Holland. Keep your blessings.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      You are so funny, I am still laughing at the bowel movement. You told the truth in a hilarious mode, and I cannot stop smiling.

      This is the very reason you are so popular on HubPages as we never know what to expect, but we are ready to accept whatever you say.

      Loved this---- I voted up for this award-winning truth; and I love Cheese and Mac. I put the cheese first; you only have to read my recipe to understand.

      Bobbi

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it, Perrya...that doesn't mean it can't be better. :) I only want the best for this country and we aren't even close to reaching our potential.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I just want this country to approach its potential and not be satisfied with 50% or rest on our reputation. That can't be a bad thing to want, can it? :)

      blessings and thanks to you my dear

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, you made me laugh and I always thank someone for a good laugh. Cheese should always rate first in any recipe. :) Thank you my friend. These thoughts swirl in my head and I just have to get them out.

      bill

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      V. A. Came 3 years ago

      I do not mean to insult anyone, but how much do we have to see and experience before we stand up for ourselves? We all have our gripes and problems with the ruling class, but their are some very severe injustices happening and the government institution is the root of much of it.

      Scary thing is its legal for them to change any of our rights as they deem necessary. I leave those technicalities to others, but its true. The constitution can be amended like a personal paper doll.

      Cool, right?

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Serving in Congress was once done by ordinary men that were educated. You didn't make a career of it. That is the way it should be now.

      I noticed when reading about the American presidents how all of the first ones were related. That raised a red flag to me right away. I think it is a shame the way money is ruling the world. How much more to the super rich need? They'll never be satisfied.

      I agree with everything you are saying. Many non-Americans think this country is terrible. They hate the way we treat our poor too. I am so sick of reading some of the stuff on Facebook. You'd think they hate the poor.

      I love some of your descriptions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dlfreelance, I'm not sure who you think you might be insulting...I agree with you completely. Funny thing is...I can't imagine anyone who loves this country being insulted by your words. Thanks for speaking out.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, it is interesting that many blame the poor for the state of our economy....how much further from the truth can they be? We are disliked in much of the world and I wonder why that is, he said facetiously.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      V. A. Came 3 years ago

      The NSA.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      The present greed and foolishness of America …. sigh ... I pray that all in America will wake up and stand in the gap for their nation. Righteousness exalts a nation, but greed and manipulation of others for self-gain will destroy it; we reap what we sow – many fold. We must always test all things to see what is true and what is a lie.

      We must ensure that those who hold public office are held accountable for their actions. I see it every day and for something to be done, the people must report wrongdoing and greed for self-gain by those holding public office. The good ole' boy network is alive and well, and they sure do protect themselves fiercely. It is up to each citizen to report such without fear. We must become fearless and take a stand for what is right and true. In the office in which I work, we attempt to keep public officials and public employees ethical ... and as I have stated before here, ... what an arduous task! If one knows of wrongdoing or misuse of the public trust in those holding elected office, then it is up to the people who know of such to report, for if it goes unreported, they win.

      Thanks once again Bill.

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Billybuc you tell it like it is. Great read.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You nailed this one, Bill. What it all boils down to is the best thing about a democracy is ANYONE can be president or be elected to Congress. Unfortunately, that is also the worst thing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dlfreelance....yes! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have nothing to add to your comment. You are right on all counts my friend. Thank you for taking the time to add so well to the discussion.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you W1totalk...I try to. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...talk about nailing it, drbj....I'd say you nailed that one quite well. Thanks for the chuckle and sobering truth.

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Bill, Love the way you spell magic with your words !! until you stop picking up your marbles the game wins... Greatest enemy is Greed, well said but I think once the mouse has started running inside the wheel, it seldom knows that howsoever fast it tries to run, it would stay at the same place :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr veg...it can be exhausting on that wheel for sure....seems like one would learn after awhile, doesn't it?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Billie Kelpin 3 years ago from Newport Beach

      amazing writing... A recent study referenced in a recent book on wealth with an obscure title that I wish I could remember (ugh) found that as people became wealthier, the empathy they once had, seems to dwindle. This whole issue is at the heart of American society today, but at least now we're able to talk about it without people saying "Well, stop complaining and just pull yourself up by the bootstraps!" The Occupy Movement has at least opened that door a crack to think that class-ism just might be an issue in our society. The word "success" has increasingly become a code word for "greed" only most people don't realize it. When we start calling greed immoral and those with wealth start realizing that instead of being honored, they are considered immoral, change will happen within that group. This is a great piece.

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Yet, solutions tied to socialism are wholeheartly feared by most of the American public. It is true a forced level playing field would certainly level American "exceptionalism". Profit is a the heart of medical and technological advances that we alone make. Still, we as a country never benefit in the form of jobs for many as a result of this exceptionalism.Workers may never constitute the most noticed Americans, but the American middle class was an exceptional thing for a very long time. Workers need to reclaim their power in the light of political thought brought to you by the Koch brothers. If American consumers and workers to a stand against corporate excess, then we might find a balance we can all live with.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, great article. Personally, I feel that we continue to step more and more aristocracy. You bring this up at a perfect time Bill. I believe more and more people are questioning a government. They can't even get along, how are they going to run a country? Politics are not my niche, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that there's big issues in all phases of our government. Love the marble reference, absolutely true. Great article Bill.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Powerful and oh so true Billy.

      It doesn't mater where in the world we live it all adds up to the same.

      You tell it so well Billy and if many more did this maybe some change could occur ???

      Not too sure about that but we never know. Voting up, across and shared.

      Have a wonderful day ,

      Eddy.,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Billie, thank you so much and of course I agree with what you are saying. I have heard people say that the Occupy Movement was a waste of time and nothing was accomplished...I disagree. It showed that at least there are a few out there who have a heartbeat and care...and it raised awareness. Those are good consequences in my opinion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent point, Rebecca, and a very big "if" at the end of your comment. If they will stand against.....we can only hope that that day comes soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks lyric.....this calls for a massive overhaul of our system, and I haven't seen signs that that will happen...yet. :) There is always hope my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I'm not sure about that either but there is always hope.

      Thank you dear lady and I hope your day is all you wanted it to be.

      love,

      billy

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another gem! Those with the money and influence rules every time, regardless of the dogma they preach to keep us in servitude.

      Nice work. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jo...for everything. You are the gem my friend. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - Just to show you how the state senator for my area, Roger Wicker, responds to my emails and phone calls (the latter taken by interns): I just received a long email from Wicker thanking me for my "support" of his efforts to do several things which I asked him NOT to do! This proves one of two things: (1) either my communications are not passed along or read, OR (2) I'm sent such maddening, insulting messages (I've gotten both emails and actual letters from him) as a means of "punishment" for disagreeing with him.

      I decided to respond to his email with my replies in red print. The email has a "Do not reply" in the subject line, so I will print it off and mail it to his office. I know it's a waste of a good stamp, but just doing it will be liberating and cathartic for me. I only wish he would read this one!

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, none of what you wrote surprises me. Find a politician who will truly listen and I'll vote for them in a heartbeat. I love that you are going to mail your reply. I just hope someone reads this one. :) Thanks for sharing that, Jaye, and good luck.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Bill, I agree with you how there are now American aristocrats. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok! Aloha my friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      This was an eye opener for eyes half shut. Greed is the downfall of life. It happens globally, in our country but most of all in our lives. It does not matter the amount of money or things..it is about that need to have all we can at the expense of anyone who is in the way...I guess I know about this personally.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it is hard for those of us who are not greedy to understand greed.....and honestly I never will understand it and I don't want to ever understand it. The root of all evil....

      thank you

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      When women wanted to vote, they called them socialists. When garment workers wanted safety in the workplace, they called them socialists. When people question the status quo, when they argue against for profit medical care, when they wonder why underpaid workers get food stamps - they are called socialists. Using that word as an insult is old and tired. The Occupy people were called dirty and lazy, people who lost their jobs were called dirty and lazy.

      One friend of mine used to have terrible things to say about the unemployed and the people on food stamps until he lost his job. Suddenly things looked different. How can "they" not understand that when so many people have lost so much, suddenly, they will feel as if they have nothing to lose.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, you bring up many good points. This history of the socialist movement is an interesting one indeed. People feel so threatened by that word, as well as the word liberal.....when did it become a bad thing to want what's best for the entire populace?

      Thank you for some great thoughts.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I think the main reason people are sceptical about socialism is because they cannot believe that people will not somehow find a way to profit from it in spite of whatever is in place.

      People does not seem to want to do anything if they are not going to profit from it in a big way

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting viewpoint, Hendrika...thank you for that.

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      John R Wilsdon 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      If your point is that the rich are getting richer and the U.S. poor are getting poorer, OK. If you lament folks not voting in large blocks for one candidate or the other, OK. If your point is that capitalism and democracy are ideals that inherently get abused at times, OK. I get all of this. But having said that, this country offers more freedom, more material, and more opportunity than any other place on the globe. Our poorest eat better than 75% of the world. Our economy is the 5th most productive, our overall standard of living is higher than just about everyone save a couple Scandinavian countries, our quality of medicine is higher than just about anywhere but needs fixing, etc. A rant is ok, but I have seen the half of the world from California to India, and it ain't no place you would want to go. If people really don't like the system, politicos respond to votes. Maybe we need a third party?

      Thanks for your opinion. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John....I don't disagree with you at all...but....we can always do better, or would you suggest we just rest on our laurels and not reach for the ideals we built this country on?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You will continue to be the oppressed minority for as long as you choose to be. Have control over your lives by not buying into what you are told. I have a great place where I spend a lot of time. I am rich. RICH, I tell you, in the wealth of my own choices, my individuality, and refusing to grab onto what I am told. I AM AN INDIVIDUAL!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Deb, and this country is made up of over 300 million individuals, and it is high time they started acting like it. Thanks for your very timely comment.

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      John R Wilsdon 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      billybuc

      Oh, no, I wouldn't sit on our laurels. I believe that man's desire for improving his state is a part of our souls. That is how we sometimes lose perspective. All I mean to say is that sometimes the vitriolic nature of the commentary is such that those with a gripe about anything hop on the band wagon and start to feel sorry for themselves. I am all for voting blocks determining the future peacefully.

      If I were President, I would see if I could arrange to finagle some money for air fare and parachutes. Every year some people would be selected at random and parachuted into another country to live. It would be an eye-opening experience.

      One last note. Yes, much that we have now was once called socialist. And it was! We have adopted many socialist programs in this country over the years when the time was ripe, at which point, our capitalist democracy became somewhat modified. Yet, even communist states have given up on trying to improve their "socialist" economies and have adopted capitalism. Fidel hangs on - but there is another place our poorest wouldn't want to live in.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I greatly appreciate you opinions and I appreciate even more your ability to speak your mind without vitriol or sarcasm. Well done Sir!

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      Dave McClure 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      This is a very good and timely article and though written for US is equally valid pretty well worldwide. I think a 'bloodless revolution' is long overdue. And the first phase of it is raising awareness of the status quo, through articles such as yours. Later phases would include 'convivial' communities, non-consumerism, pacifism (unless under direct attack), and changed expectations. We have the power, but not yet the will, to take our world back from the elite.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paraglider, excellent comment...and you are so right...we do have the power but not the will....yet! I see changes happening, but as you know, a change of this magnitude takes a very long time. I hope to live long enough to see it happen. Thank you!

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      doitrightnow 3 years ago from San Juan, PR

      I never write critical comments, but this Hub made me gag. Take a look at the wealthiest, most successful Americans today. Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs (RIP), Larry Page, Bill Gates, and others come to mind. All from solidly middle-class backgrounds. How about Hollywood actors? Jim Carrey never graduated high school. Jennifer López and Beyoncé came from grinding poverty. Eminem's childhood house in Detroit is on sale for a dollar. Did President Obama come from old money? No, but he busted his chops to get into Harvard Law School and then the White House. Take a walk down your street, go into any of the local small businesses. How many of those people are worth millions but risk it all every month by plowing it back into the business to create jobs and wealth? This Hub is nothing but recycled bilge from the barrel of Marx and Engels - and all of last century stands in judgment on your Hub as testimony to where their philosophy takes any country.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      doitrightnow...thanks for your comment. Much-appreciated.

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      bill yon 3 years ago from sourcewall

      Yes "Let them eat cake..." As the totally incompetent Democrats and Republicans blow smoke into the face of the 99% and make sure that the rich always get more and more as the 99% begin to struggle and starve just to put gas in their cars and food on the table The Republicans,Democrats and their rich sugar daddy corporations will find themselves unable to show their faces in public without a small army to protect them from the public. This is a prophecy that will be hear in the next ten years.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bill yon, I would not be against your prophecy. Sooner or later we will see a new revolution in this country; the status quo cannot last much longer.

      Thank you for the visit and comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Mac and cheese would be so nice, I think it is more like porridge. Like Oliver in the musical, dare we ask for more? Interesting post and one that aligns with what is currently happening in DC.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, it did turn out to be timely, didn't it? How in the world they allowed us to reach this point is beyond me. We have lost the art of compromise in this country.

      Thank you Dianna! I hope the rest of your week is a good one. :)

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      shakethehouse 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow! I didn't even read this page before I wrote mine I swear! I couldn't copy you if I tried though. What a great post and such sublime timing too. I didn't realize when I was ranting in my post that I would find such a like minded individual. Everyone keep talking, acting and spreading the word and we will have equality. Thank you for your post.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      shakethehouse, I've been singing this song for quite some time now. It is nice to meet another Hubber who cares and raises awareness. Thank you for your compassion and fire.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Not surprisingly, you've said it ALL......loudly & clearly. Magnificence! The only comment possible...from me, as my blood boils.....is, "Holy Catfish, Batman! I'd start up the Bat-mobile, but we can't afford the gas!"

      Robin.....................UP+++ shared & tweeted.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You certainly can't stop Bill. Someone has to get off the merry-go-round and show the others it can be done. Uprising, revolution, not voting for the same idiots over and over again! We do have choices. I mean we could eat hot dogs with the mac and cheese.

      I pray that I see those changes in my lifetime but seriously doubt it. We can't even loan Batman gas money at this point! Keep shouting from the mountaintops, we're with you for sure.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on HP and FB.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No we can't, Paula, so I guess we'll have to walk to the protest rallies. :) Thank you kindly my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, sadly, I agree with you....we won't see these changes in our lifetime....but we can lay the foundation of change and hope that others pick up the fallen banner. :) Thank you my dear friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Sadly it will always be like this, no matter who we vote for, because once they get in to office, the lobbyists go to work. Just look at the ridiculous shutdown and think of the long term effects that is going to have. I don't know what the answer is, but it's not what is going on right now in DC.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, until they abolish special interest group donations this will continue, so to echo what you have said, there may not be an answer in DC. I wish I could be more upbeat about it, but I have no faith in our government.

      But I have faith in you, and me, and others like us.

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      Kelis 3 years ago

      Whoa, things just got a whole lot easeri.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelis, I'm glad to hear it. LOL

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