This Apathetic Nation

It is like deja vu all over again.

Recently I gave my thoughts on this since the election of Joe Biden……read my thoughts here……https://lobotero.com/2021/02/01/the-apathy-is-deafening/

People, at least those here, were so concerned about the direction under the Trump leadership(?)…..and since the election of Biden the sound of crickets is prevalent.

Look at the past week…..the Super Bowl was the most important topic for discussion….like however won the game would change the face of the nation…..it did not and all it accomplished was the possibility of a super spreader for the pandemic that we all are trying to avoid…..well apparently NOT all.

In 1995 I gave up writing for a decade because few could see the direction of the country was spiraling downward and few could care less….was like people thought that since they had shelter and food the whole country was in great shape…..social issues meant nothing to these people.

After a decade of silence on my part I could stand the deafening apathetic attitudes of the American people and in 2005 I started trying to educate about the problems that were building just under the skin of the republic.

For example the rise in GOP led policies that try and limit voting by people that might vote Dem…..

Since former President Donald Trump failed to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Republicans in more than two dozen states have introduced over 100 bills to restrict voting access, an alarming development that voting rights advocates have pointed to as yet another reason for Democrats to abolish the filibuster, an anti-democratic tool currently allowing the GOP minority to block the enactment of a suite of popular pro-democracy reforms.

Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman on Thursday reported on the GOP’s ongoing nationwide push to make voting more difficult—particularly for communities of color and other Democratic-leaning constituencies—and in some cases to empower state legislatures to overturn election results. He called state-level Republicans’ efforts “a huge scandal that should be getting as much attention as Trump’s plot to overturn the election.”

Already this year, 106 bills have been introduced in 28 states—including 17 under complete GOP control, where passage is more likely—to undermine access to the franchise. According to the Brennan Center’s report, “These proposals primarily seek to: (1) limit mail voting access; (2) impose stricter voter ID requirements; (3) limit successful pro-voter registration policies; and (4) enable more aggressive voter roll purges.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/05/downright-scary-2021-alone-gop-introduces-100-voter-suppression-bills-28-states

And yet the minds are closed….and NO one gives a crap.

Another example…..about 12% of Americans live below poverty line and yet the nation is perfectly fine with CEOs getting multi-million dollar bonuses while wrecking the economy…..now that is pathetic if it weren’t disgusting.

This nation gets dumber and more apathetic by the year…shades of the movie Idiocracy.

I blame my generation, the Baby Boomers, for these problems….we brought about the Me Generation where my personal life was more important than the nation…..we have tunnel vision…..we think that if we give to the Red Cross (for example) then we have done our part….and we give only because it can be a tax write off not that it benefits the people of this country.

After 15 years of trying to wake people up I am having the same apprehension I had back in 1995…..NO one cares anymore.

My grandfather had the perfect saying that expertly describes these dark days…..”When you teach pigs to dance you accomplish two things…first you waste your time and secondly you PISS off the pig”.

Maybe I would be more pleased if I just learned to “give a shit” like the majority…but sadly I was taught better than that….so for now I will continue to lecturing and point out the manure we are creating for ourselves.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “This Apathetic Nation

  1. I feel the same frustrations. Our news here is full of crap about Prince Philip being in hospital. 120,000+ people have died, many well before their time, but all they report on is the medical treatment of a 99 year-old parasite, who they think should presumably live forever. As you might guess, I turned off the news.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. True, and my generation, Gen X is the worst of the lot, but we can still turn things around, if we keep reminding people to keep learning to feel for others, and to think.

  2. ” for now I will continue to lecturing and point out the …”
    Yes, I agree, and I am relieved that you will continue, Chuq!
    We need to keep pressing on, despite the stupidity.
    Thank you for being here, and for pressing on
    Stay safe,
    -Shira

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