It’s not the international rankings but the number of Walmarts that we can visit or complain about, as we yammer about the death of small independent businesses, the straw person construction of union wages as being counterproductive, or how far we have to park from the door, or wait in long lines. We have mastered the art of enlarging our insignificance.
The big money has a silent pact with media that reduced our elections to a run of stalking horses (shadowing O. Henry). And the big money is talking about what is important. Ford’s $1.7 billion profit was not generated without serious discussions; the profit wasn’t a goodwill gesture; it’s the American people who are in a disconnect. How else was BP allowed to continue to have $10+ billion in annual federal contracts? (Mainly with Defense.) How else were the hidden costs of health care as grants and programs funded in each cabinet department never discussed as a part of reform?
The Tea Party is an example of stalking horse proxy. Looking back, they see the way forward. Their map is the Beck chalk board. They remind us of the old educational saw of the teacher on the first day asking the class the difference between ignorance and apathy. A hand went up and the reply came back, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”