Contrary to popular opinion, what we’ve been led to believe, the United States is no longer the best place, or the happiest place to live. In fact, it’s considered a worst place to live than Mexico! The best place to live – the happiest place to live is Denmark. OMG, that Godless, socialist, pagan, heathen, evil Denmark has people who are happier than those living in the good old US of A, where we’re seeing our freedom being eroded on a daily basis, not by actions of the left, but the far right. This so-called theocratic right, where they claim to worship their version of God, is cruel, merciless, and protects only their own – their new gods, the ultra wealthy. They worship the wealthy, and will do anything to destroy those who aren’t.
Case in point:
I’ve never heard of Rachel Sacks in my life. I don’t care who she is. She comes across as a spoiled, nasty little snot who is enjoying every moment of her privileged trust fund life. She mentions the fact that, Gweneth Paltrow once said she couldn’t live on $25K a year, (like most Walmart sales people, and just about anyone else in sales) stating that she, like Paltrow is basically royalty. That’s nice. What I do know is that, once upon a time, I was a trust fund baby like she and Paltrow. Oh, I didn’t have all that much money, but it did allow me to have 2nd row seats at the Metropolitan Opera, flying up to the City about once every three weeks during the season to attend the opera. I’d be met at LaGuardia by a limo and shop all day, drop my things off a the Plaza, where I was staying, and have the limo take me to Lincoln Center. The next day I’d meet friends for lunch at Tavern on the Green, then do dinner at the Russian Tea Room. The doormen at the Plaza knew my name, I stayed there so often. I traveled with my Louis Vuitton, had new Bottega bags, and wore a fortune in turquoise. It was fun while it lasted.
I never thought I would never be anything a trust fund baby. But, someone needs to tell Rachel Sacks that life sucks, your parents get old, lose out to predatory brokers, get Alzheimer’s and end up going from an income of about $20K a month to less than $2000 a month. I never though I could live without several new Louis Vuitton bags a year, three or four trips, and so many new shoes that Bloomies would send email if I didn’t buy at least two or three pair a year. I no longer even have a Bloomies charge. I haven’t had a new pair of shoes and 3 years (except for a couple pair of sandals – okay one pair was Valentino). I haven’t had new jewelry in a year and a half. And – I’ve had to make due with one new LV in three years. Right now, as of today, I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pay my power bill, my cell bill, and have lost my health insurance. The money that was to go for health insurance went to pay for medicine for the parents. You see, the local Walgreens has been over-charging them by a couple hundred bucks a month.
The thing is, though, I worked in college, in retail. I owned my own retail business at one time. I’ve been treated like dirt, by people who think they are better than me, simply because I was standing there, working a cash register. Try being my size and waking into a high-end department store – to the shoe department. Yes, I’ve been refused service at Nieman-Marcus, in Atlanta, because of my dress size – they don’t cater to people like me. I wanted a pair of shoes. I wear a 7B. I believe that’s not an odd size, a large size, and yes, it’s a little big for me, but I like my shoes to fit a little sloppy. At least I wasn’t arrested for being fat, like Trayon Christian was – for being black.
One of the most harrowing aspects of this brave new world is the fact that rights that we always took for granted, things that were always here, for us to enjoy, are slowly being stripped from us. In the state of Texas, if a woman is married, her named had better match well, just about everything, or guess what, she’s stripped of the right to vote. Even judges are discovering that they no longer count, if they are women. My great aunt Mabel, who was one of the first women in the state of Minnesota to vote, always told me that, as women, we must vote in every election. “What men gave us, they can take away from us.” I never thought she would be right.
So many things have been taken away from us, including the freedom of movement, the freedom to travel, and the freedom to explore. Those who attempt to live such a life, are treated like dirt when coming into this country. This hatred, this phobia we have against Islam is tainting us to the point where I am starting to become sickened by it. If you do anything that doesn’t fit a pattern, you are viewed with suspicion. The far right is a weird place to live. Since the days of Lincoln, Republicans have not been all that warm with the idea of individual rights. It’s one of those dirty little secrets those of us who think Lincoln was a terrible POTUS are forced to deal with, because he has been turned into such an icon for freedom.
It’s not really about our freedom. It’s about their freedom to create a world that the theocratic, plutocratic far right wants, a world in their image. They’ve managed to forget that we live in a representative democracy where EVERYONE has rights, not just them. Not just their will, but everyone. They want a world where there is little or no middle class, where there are no minimum wages, rules against pollution, and regulations protecting us from faulty products. They envision a world where there are no rules, just right.
I don’t recognize what is going on in this country. Do you? Our brave new nation is one where men have a right, or so they say, to rape women and not feel the need to be punished for it. There is this weird ‘war’ on women, like moi, who don’t want children. There is something nasty out there, a chilling hatred of women who chose a career path, rather than having children. I don’t want to live in this country, not with the future economists now envision.
The country my one year old great-niece is going to grow up in is not the same country I grew up in or even her parents. Never in my life have I ever envisioned a moment when I would say that I can’t see remaining in this country the rest of my life. Well, if things continue to go the way they are, I can’t envision spending the remainder of my life here. Things have changed to the point where I don’t recognize so much of what is going on today. Unless the Randians and the libertarians are bridled, put in their place, and forced to grow up and act like adults, this nation is basically doomed.
As for Rachel Sacks, she’s the epitome of what is wrong with this country. She is every Koch. We the little people are to be their servants, serfs, and footstools. They have the money, ergo they have the power. Morality, honor, decency, a person’s word – the things that once made this nation great – well, they no longer matter.
It’s all about how much money you have, and how you flaunt your power over those of us who once had money but aren’t crooked enough to destroy others to keep it. There, I said it. I guess we deserve to be the servants, serfs, and the little people. We don’t have the killer instinct, to destroy others to stay on top. Christ once told a ‘rich young ruler’ it was almost impossible….
Mark 10:17-27 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ 27Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’
Or, to put it more succinctly, you treat people like crap and claim to be a Christian, well, you could get a really really big surprise one day.