Thursday, November 12, 2015
A Glimpse into Our Future
We have to accept the fact that "our" America is gone. It was outsourced. It was sold out. Gone is our collective "Mayberry". It turned out that Father really didn't know best. In fact, chances are, he isn't even around anymore, and the "Beaver" has long since moved away. Odds are that our America will quickly fade into a distant memory as the Silents and Babyboomers begin to exit the stage of history.
Perhaps the notion of a Middle Class too will become something of a myth. When the average America had a career for life with good wages, company paid benefits and insurance (thanks in large part to strong activist unions). Everyone had the opportunity for a nice house in the suburbs with a two car garage. A quality education was guaranteed to all, if you were willing to put forth some effort. Schools were for learning and developing informed citizens capable of critical thinking and a love of nation, not floundering institutions where "everyone is a winner" and discipline went out the window a long time ago; where educators became underpaid babysitters and mediocrity became the "good enough" standard by which society lived by. In the future, we can expect education to be further "dumbed down" to its lowest common dominator in order to accommodate the near constant mass influx of refugees now that American no longer enforces its borders. The objective in school is, after all, not developing critical thinking skills or even being able to perform academically at or near grade level, but to develop self esteem and learn how to fit in with the collective. As Henry Ford once said, he wanted workers just smart enough to the job but nothing more. You're welcome Henry.
Sure, there will still be a national government to oversees certain public services, though it may in appearance be more of quasi military/civilian junta. They will be among the lucky few who have a good paying job. The military will be mostly automated with drones and robots, so few individuals are actually required and for those few jobs which only a person can do, they are contracted out to so-called "gangs" under some non-threatening name like "auxiliary security control and enforcement". These "gangs" have been accepted as a source of employment for the kids who can't find work elsewhere and they protect neighborhoods from others, so they act kind of like a local security force.
In the future, some may have been taught that we had fresh running water in our day; even hot water on demand! Once in awhile they may see pipes (but never copper or brass ones) sticking out of the ground and underground concrete tunnels, adding credence to this urban myth which the government denies. Many will use makeshift rain barrels now for fresh water, which have to be watch in order to keep from being stolen. For hot water, you have to make a fire. I imagine most all of the abandoned buildings and houses will have been torn down for the wood. Some have used the bricks to build walls around where ever they live. They also make good weapons to keep the social deviants away when they come around looking for jobs or handouts. The best part is that the open lots let you see if anyone if coming. Security will be paramount.
As for the "Mayberry" towns some of us grew up with, they'll still out there, somewhere, with what seems to be ample food and fresh water. Their air will be clean, or at least cleaner. Most will have their small homes, maybe some tillable land, reliable sanitation and electricity. Their children, home or privately schooled, will be relatively well educated compared to everyone living in the city. They'll able to do math, write and read (perhaps their best and brightest even know cursive and geography). They'll know some history and civics too. Most everyone will still chip in to help each other without expecting something in return. For many, they will seem almost quaint. Something from a bygone era when everyone was looking forward to a future when things would be a little better than before, just like on those old TV shows.
I hope none of this is, in fact, "our" collective future as a nation. Certainly, there are pockets of America that already fits much of this description (Detroit, Philadelphia, Memphis and Tucson comes to mind). We have some 12 million illegal immigrants now living in America (most with low job skills and little education). We have a federal government now importing thousands of Moslems from the Middle East and "seeding" them in America's heartlands with little or no effort to familiarize them with our customs, traditions, or laws.
But despite all of this, there are some hopeful signs. People are waking up to the manipulations of the government as well as the corporate media. There are more registered independents than either Democrats or Republicans. People are focusing on issues, not partisan politics, which means things are getting done one at a time. People are looking past the artificial divides and at what unites us. We are learning how to fight back against companies who export jobs, and against politicians who refuse to secure our borders. We are increasingly refusing to "press 1 for English" and demanding that anyone in our country speak our language and at least respect our customs, laws and traditions. We are developing new job markets, thanks in large part to technology and the Internet. More people are turning to home schooling or supplementing public education with home school tutoring to provide depth and quality to their children's education. Americans are also questioning decisions by corporate controlled politicians about additional foreign interventions. No longer will we buy the line of "national security" when we know it's for private profits.
Americans are also demanding accountability for toxic waste and abandoned sites from not just corporations, but from politicians in whose districts these sites lay. We're looking at not just renewable energy (from wind mills to electric cars), but re-purposed homes for the homeless. Many are starting to grow their own vegetables in either private yards or on community land tracts, as well as buying local whenever possible while insisting on healthier foods free of cancer causing pesticides. We're also demanding that corporations pay their fair share of taxes.