Battle Lines Being Drawn

by Leslie on February 10, 2012

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” was playing as I drove into work this morning.

I have heard this song countless times before, but this morning the lines about “battle lines being drawn”, and “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong” really hit me.  

Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too many Republican presidential debates.  Or maybe it’s because I drive past Occupy Rochester camping out downtown every day on my way into work. Or maybe its because I’m went to Tea Party protests in Rochester three years in a row.

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear

Whatever the reason, I couldn’t help but agree with the sentiments in the lyrics… Congress and our representatives do nothing but belittle each other, and say how the other side is wrong.  Nobody is ever right.

There are battle lines drawn in the sand that people refuse to cross without a huge blowout fight, even if they are wrong.

But the worst is when both sides of Congress actually agree and STILL CAN’T PASS A BILL.

Do you know how many times thats happened, or almost happened?  Look at the debt ceiling debacle.  Or the extension of the payroll tax cuts.  Or countless other examples where even when they agree congress screws up.

Remember when the Tea Party stood for getting lobbyists out of Washington, and shrinking government? What happened? It’s been co-opted by the mainline Republicans, and now one of the Tea Party members actually endorsed Mitt Romney, one of the people most opposite to the original Tea Party.

So far Occupy has resisted co-option by the Democrats, but not without much effort on the part of the Democrats and media to make it their own.

I’ve thought for a long time that Occupy and the Tea Party (originally) were not so different. Both see an imbalance in our current system that causes a severe failure in the main goal of our government: representing the people! And not just listening to the money and special interest groups.

I think Washington is too far corrupted. We need to do more than replace a single Senator or a few Congressmen here or there, we need to boot out the whole lot of them and start over. The virus has spread to the core and we need to reboot the harddrive, and install a new motherboard.

Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

We need to get rid of Super Pacs, we need term limits for all members of government, we need to seriously look at the debt problem, and above all: we need to get the influence of special interests and big money OUT of Washington as fast as possible.

We need to Kick All The Bums Out!

And even that might be not be enough…

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