Equally Outraged, A Guest Post by Sven Eberlein

By Sven Eberlein

Well said yesterday, Pam. As FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” We’re all our sisters’ and brothers keepers, and anyone who says that they’ve earned everything they have all by themselves is living a complete fantasy. I think that a lot of people who are in the Tea Party movement have legitimate gripes, but it’s misdirected. It’s the big greedy banks, corporations and their political tools in the Republican Party who ravaged this country during eight years of Bush/Cheney deregulations, cronyism and wars of choice that have wrecked this country.

You should really ask your brother why he didn’t speak up when BushCo ran up the biggest deficit in history, legalized torture and cut taxes for the richest of the rich. Where was the Tea Party when our sons and daughters died in Iraq, one of the biggest and most expensive misadventures ever undertaken by a U.S. Government. Where were they when Bush Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson bailed out his former employer with our tax money?

You see, I understand the anger, but it’s utterly disingenuous to direct all that outrage at President Obama and his administration who’ve had to spend the last 20 months trying to clean up the incredible mess left behind by the robber barons of the Bush administration.

For all the hyperventilating shouts of socialism I would tell Tea Partiers to take a trip to some of the social democracies in Western Europe and see how well off regular middle class folks are over there, not just a few rich people. Having basic needs like health care or education taken care of prevents so much unnecessary suffering and in fact makes people so much more productive. I could go on and on.

Anyway, I love the U.S. and so much of its great spirit and creativity, but I’m just puzzled sometimes at how shortsighted, and frankly, ignorant, people can be here. I guess we all create our own realities, and you certainly have a right to believe whatever you want. The freedom of religion certainly applies to political philosophy as well, and it’s part of what makes this country great that people can believe whatever they want. But you cannot make up your own facts and expect us to just swallow it. Your brother’s favorite Tea Party candidate wants to deport all illegal aliens, but is your brother willing to pay double and triple for his food when there’s no more cheap labor to do the backbreaking farm work that no American is willing to do anymore? What does it say about us as human beings when we’re deporting children who were raised and have gone to school in this country to places they’ve never set foot in and have no relatives or families to come back to?

Again, I understand the outrage, but I don’t buy what the Tea Party is selling. It’s confused. It’s simplistic. And worst of all, it’s heartless. I prefer channeling my frustration with the political system into doing constructive work and helping to build this country and each other up rather than screaming and complaining. I for one think Barack Obama has done an amazing job considering the incessant and almost irrational opposition he has faced from people and politicians who want nothing but to tear him apart. As Albert Einstein once said: “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Sorry for this rant, but sometimes we just have to speak our minds.

3 thoughts on “Equally Outraged, A Guest Post by Sven Eberlein

  1. Sven, thank you. Thank you for understanding how all of it fits together, for knowing the whole story–or as much of it any of us can–and for letting that wonderful mind of yours reach out into the Field of Wisdom and come back and share truths and solutions. Thank you for caring and for the writing you do.
    P.S.–My brother, after the billions spent on the Iraq war and the signing of the ‘Patriot’ Act, lost his faith in government completely–until the Tea Party group. He believes now that they could make it all right; I fear for our country more now than ever.

  2. Hello dear friend, and also Sven whose e-mail address I do not have. You are both very special and have insights relating to your country’s deep problems at this time. Problems that have, of course, a ripple effect that affects, as you know, the rest of the world.
    In all of this there is a deeper underlying element that has a strong bearing on all of your/our concerns. Everything in the Universe is cyclic. I am referring of course to this unique time period as we transit between Ages and the coming “Cleansing” of the garbage that has brought us down to this mess that most of the world is so sadly in. We are in the transition point between two Ages that takes place every 25,700 years +/-. The population of the planet, now over 7 billion and increasing exponentially, is maxing out.
    It is no accident that the population expansion and the changing of the ages are coinciding at the same time. It is this population factor that no one – especially the main media – ever deals with or mentions. This is also largely true within the ‘spiritual’ world also. Putting our collective heads in the sand will not make this fact go away. This too will be part of the ‘Cleansing’ I have referred to. I do not wish to instill fear but nor can we ignore a very obvious fact we are now facing.
    It is this time period we are now in that the Mayan Calendar, the Hopis, and the Kala Yugi of the Hindus, and indeed other Indigenous peoples, have referred to in their prophecies. So, hold on – there’s quite a ride coming!

    • Hi Michael, thanks for stopping in. It’s certainly already a wild ride, the old Chinese proverb “May you live in interesting times” no doubt applies to us. I wrote my thoughts on 2012 from a bit of an astrological perspective in Things not to do in 2012: Cancel your 2013 appointments. Generally speaking, while all the indigenous prophesies are fascinating and may all point us to what may be, I’ve found that whether I think about them or not doesn’t seem to make a difference in my life or the lives of others, so I’m focusing my energies on the things that do. As far as the “cleansing,” from my perspective it has to happen both inside and out, we can’t just have an inner transformation without changing the way we live in relationship to the earth, and vice versa. For me personally, this relationship seems to work best when I take worldly action, like restoring a creek or helping elect a caring representative — it’s inspiring and brings me closer to being engaged in the bigger picture than solely focusing on the inner world through meditation or thinking about prophesies. As one of my favorite bands once sang: “it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.” Wishing you a magical journey!

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