In which Y'r Intr'p'd R'p't'r suggests that "tolerance" is the wrong meme to explain the ineffectiveness of popular plans and programs to throw off the yoke of privilege, and harkens back to an earlier age for a solution.
I know I've been over this patch before, but still: If you want to know what really pisses me off, it is this: the well-heeled, glib, smug, privileged and powerful son-of-a-bitches who sneer at the "people" that we "tolerate" our oppression.
For example, here's FDR's earnest, sincere warning against the onset of Fascism:
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group.”
TOLERATE the growth of private influence? Codswallop! Mebbe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the people don't "tolerate" shit. Tolerance implies a choice.
No one "tolerates" oppression. If you BEAR it, it's because you have no choice. And the people--we, you and me--have NO fucking choice.
How are "the PEOPLE" gonna STOP the oligarchs from taking over everything, raping the commons, repealing civil "rights," and such, when the whole system is designed to LET them, to help and assist, and abet them to take over? The Chair of the House Banking Committee, in 2010, some chuckle-headed, gap-toothed yokel with only ONE set of grandparents, from down in Alabama or Mississippi, when he took it over, declared the mission of the committee was NOT to "regulate" banks but to provide the greatest POSSIBLE assistance for the bankers that he could.
I, for one, wish that, sometime, just ONE of these pious, well-meaning, unctuous, public-spirited, rich, powerful, scolding bastards--who get "elected" promising to "protect" average citizens; Just once I want one of 'em to SPECIFY HOW --within or WITHOUT the scope of the law and custom--the "people" were supposed to RESIST the powers of private privilege that are ALWAYS seeking ways to overturn public sovereignty, to dominate their --that is OUR-- state.
And then offer to lead that movement.
But, no matter their brave, hortatory, inspirational rhetoric, when it comes to throwing the motherfucking, money-grubbing, environment-raping, genetically modifying, shale-fracking, union-busting, CorpoRat capitalists OUT, our "leaders"--the so-called populists included-- are always on vacation or otherwise engaged.
"Well, then we just gotta change the system," you say; but HOW?
All legislative options are already foreclosed by the very people whose votes would be needed to do anything "legally." Electing "better candidates?" When 50% of the country proclaims unshakeable faith that dinosaurs and men trod the earth together?
It seems to ME that only fucking way to stop 'em is the old fashioned way: break out the tumbrils and donkeys, and sharpen up the blade, round 'em up and shorten 'em ALL by about a foot. If there were some, less gruesome solution--some OTHER way to prevent the unscrupulous psychopaths from amassing dangerously huge fortunes and abusing them to gang-rape the polis, I'd prefer it, of course.
But none immediately recommends itself. So, it seems to me, we're left with but one expedient:
Off widdere fuukin HEADZ!
This could, and possibly would be considered "wrong," I know.
But what are the options?
You cannot BUY your sovereignty back, cuz they have all the money; they own all the "voting" stock. They own the Congress, the Whitehouse, the cops, the courts, the prisons, the military. They own the highways, and the phone systems, and the cables, the media, and the rest of the whole civic infrastructure. All of it BELONGS to them, lock, stock, and barrel.
The last time the system changed as radically as is called for here, it was called the Civil War, after and because of which, the American economy switched almost overnight from chattel-slave/agrarian to wage-slave/industrial.
So, what are you supposed to do?
I'll tell ya: Ya "Tolerate" it, is what you do.
Cuz THEY'll kill ya if you don't, hippies...Or make you wish you were dead...