Things haven't been the same since......?
Fill in the blank.
Wave your generation's tattered old flag. Choose the poison you think everyone's been taking since.....?
What's made us weak, us Americans?
"Britain!!' said the founding fathers. "Banks!!" said the Jacksonians, "Disunity"said Lincoln, to which the Rad Republicans replied "The South!!', the Gilded age barons said "The Weak", The Edwardians said, "Income Tax!!" , the Warriors to End all Wars quoted Washington, "Foreign Quarrels!!", the Greatest generation was about to say something profound and quite possibly change this country forever but then they all got drafted and for decades afterwards said "Reinstate the draft!", the Baby Boomers said "Everything!!" was wrong about America ....and then they voted in Reagan who proved there's an exception to every rule even a Greatest one.
I'd pretty much meld the teens and twenty somethings of the next three decades - 70's punks, 80's nihilists, and the 90s underground because all of them were caught by the first tsunami of mega capitalism and simply because they were the last kids to live when there WAS an underground, when the eyes and teeth of the internet couldn't find out your every inkling toward rebellion and make it pay.
Taking a website page from Moore's law, or copying and pasting it ...or, even worse, should we say 'internalizing it".... there seems now to be a new generation every two years, a movement in every other county.....kind of like how there's a new grey and a new black at the Gap every other season. Yeah, I just dated myself there.....let's say kind of like how there's a new "custom made' sneaker every 4 months at....whatever the local pop up shop around you is called.
Kind of like how you keep kids from crying. Give them new stuff. All the time. Don't worry, the dam of tears won't break and do anyone any harm until after they've moved out of the house and call themselves adults. "Hey, we're not liable..."
That could be what makes America weak.
I scaled this question back to the revolution because I want to posit that the fault - what makes America weak- is not in our stars but in us and has always been so.
But before I try and prove that that can of worms has always been open I'll say this - What makes us weak is that we think escalators are elevators.
We get on them and we stand as if we've just rented a cabin by the sea and we're gonna park there till the lease is up.
Possessed by the idea that possession is 9/10ths of some law, damned if we'd imagine someone behind us might be late for work or late to catch a plane or late to get to their mom dying in a hospital, we occupy the escalator.
What's happened here? When did egalitarian America decide not to make room? Not to give someone else a chance? Not to take more than your share?
Stand to the fucking right and let people go by.
Escalators are not Orange County. They are not your golf tee. They are not the four top in a Starbucks you've just colonized with your homework.
Escalators are still stairs, the just move a little.
They're like the highway: there's a fast lane and there's a slow lane. If you want not only to go slow but to stop entirely, stand to the right please......excuse me, could I slide by here?......pardon me, could you take the headphones off for a sec,...... sir could you just shift that bag a couple inches?.....HEY, GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY.
Now back to the core problem in American history.
Money and Jesus had a baby and that little demon's been torturing this country since the Dutch landed.
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