Revolutions begin with insignificant events, but we don’t have to wait long to realize how important they could become. Ours began with “Occupation,” which spread to hundreds of cities across the country but eventually became languid because of the physical misery and agony of the participants – even though the spirit and anger remain resolute. Very distinctly we were able to see the constancy and intensity of the two Americas that author Michael Harrington told us about more than 50 years ago.
This November, we faced one of the most important elections in our history. It was an election which defined in every aspect our two different countries – one showing our continuous decadence which started in 1980 with Ronald Reagan’s arrival. In spite of the odds against President Obama’s victory, he became re-elected in a revolutionary fashion. Blacks, Latinos, women, the food-stampers, those with no insurance, academics, college graduates and young people – all of whom voted for the first time ever in 2008 – made the dream possible.
This revolution will bring national health care for everyone; strict laws on election contributions; a way back to the civility that dominated the decades from the 1930s to the 1960s; a much-needed change to the Second Amendment of the Constitution and the destruction of the National Rifle Association, which distributes money to our corrupted lawmakers.
We are a very violent country. We were founded by way of exterminating our American Indian population and killing Mexicans in our quest to conquer “vital” territory for our survival.
No wonder some of our beloved states are mulling over a secession.