By Victoria Lynn Hall
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”George Orwell
I think a lot of people would agree that this world is really screwed up right now and part of what is screwed up about it is that if you dare point out the truth of what is really screwed up about it and why, you are going to take a lot of crap for it. And because what you are saying is the truth, the people who are giving you crap for talking about it have to lie to themselves or to others in order to discredit you.
Anyone who supported a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries for 2020 that challenged the status quo in any substantial way (Marianne Williamson, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders) should know how this works:
Challenge the pharmaceutical industry?
“She doesn’t believe in medicine”.
Oppose regime change wars?
“She’s a Russian asset.”
Propose Medicare For All to replace a system that allows people to make billions from healthcare?
“He’s a radical communist!”
And yet some of the people who supported one or more of these candidates have employed similar tactics against myself and others since then. People who supported Marianne Williamson have accused me of being a Russian troll for criticizing Biden. A Tulsi Gabbard supporter said I was “defending treason” because I expressed my concern that de-platforming Trump set a dangerous precedent for censoring anyone who challenged the status quo on social media. And anyone who supports Medicare for All more than they support the politicians who ran on it but won’t risk their careers to push for it is at risk of being called too radical or divisive or worse.
It’s actually frightening to see how quickly people have forgotten the issues they once claimed to stand for and now defend establishment forces with establishment rhetoric. And yet at the same time, I can see this behavior might be a misguided attempt at optimism. These people probably see the same truth that I do to some extent – that establishment forces are firmly in control of our country now. They just refuse to see how screwed so many people are because of that and I can’t completely blame them.
That is a depressing truth.
It’s depressing to realize that a majority of people in Congress would rather let people go homeless or starve to death or get sick and die than provide the support and assistance they are perfectly capable of providing because they are more concerned about “the economy” (which is code for stock portfolios and corporations) than they are human life.
It’s depressing that there are people in this country that think it is normal to have an economic system that rewards billionaire CEOs while increasingly making it harder for the average worker to earn a decent living and causing irreparable harm to our planet.
It’s depressing that there are 17 million children in this country living in poverty.
It’s depressing to see journalists who do their jobs by exposing corruption in our government be persecuted and imprisoned while mainstream media outlets perpetuate harmful lies and propaganda that enable that corruption and make a ton of money doing it.
It’s depressing to understand that we perpetrate violence in other countries not for “humanitarian intervention” or to “spread democracy” but to serve corporate interests and enrich weapons contractors.
It’s depressing that 130,000 to 150,000 people in this country die of poverty every year while 750 Billion Dollars are spent on Defense so that system of violence can continue.
And it’s depressing to grasp the fact that all of these depressing things and more are the result of longstanding policies, practices and beliefs of people in politics, business and media and that they didn’t begin with Trump and are just continuing to get worse under Biden.
Yet, as depressing and deeply disturbing as all of this is, knowing and accepting these truths are our only hope of changing them. Just as a doctor requires an accurate diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment plan, we as citizens need to know exactly what we are dealing with before we can respond appropriately and effectively.
So for whatever it is worth I am going to keep pointing out these truths no matter what accusations, insults or ostracization I endure because of it.
Unfortunately, the people I don’t have to point them out to, the people living at the affects of them, will continue to endure much worse until more of us accept these depressing truths.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.