The Rockets Red Glare

Today, America celebrates another year of “freedom”.  I am reminded of the writing of Tocqueville and one in particular: “There are communities in which the members of the minority can never hope to draw the majority over to their side, because they must then give up the very point that is at issue between them. Thus an aristocracy can never become a majority while it retains its exclusive privileges, and it cannot cede its privileges without ceasing to be an aristocracy.”

And here we are an American plutocracy. God blesses the wealthy and their deep intent to inherit the earth, cast dominion over it. The evils of society are in the hands of the money class. They want to be sure that those of us in the majority have no real power, no rights to education, health care, nor the right of a woman to choose what to do with her body. The money class in America include the government officials whose pockets drip with the coins left them by the lobbyists that work diligently to shatter the American dream.

In the fight against affordable public education, they win battles in multiple states lying about the inefficiencies of public education. Only the corporate teat can fix that, they say. And only by making students pay for the greed of the corporation by saddling them with massive indebtedness to the corporation will the money class prove dominion over all. This is slavery disguised in a new cloak.

Tonight, for the first time in my life, the fireworks take on a bold new meaning. On July 4, 1776 America declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today, I stand with my sisters and brothers in Brazil, Egypt, Greece, and everywhere on this planet in the fight against tyranny. We must declare independence from the corporation. The global money class shall not inherit the earth. I’m ready to fight. Corporate greed wins battles but no longer at my door.

AmeriKoch, AmeriMonsanto, AmeriHalliburton, AmeriWalMart, AmeriExxon, AmeriBankofAmerica and all of you on Wall Street with rapacious greed in your eyes: we’re “putting up our dukes” to be sure that after the rockets red glare, our flag will still be there waving for the real majority to have access to the freedom that America so loudly proclaims.  The Land of the Free


About danaj33

writer * department chair of Broadcast Electronic Media Arts and audio faculty at City College of San Francisco * music composer and producer * always in discovery mode, learning, living, loving, and laughing.
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