We should all be wearing black clothes and arm bands. The USA is officially dead with that last Supreme Court ruling. What would Parker Lam, the iconoclastic writer and anti hero of The Silence of Bees have thought about the direction into fascism this country has just taken? He'd be livid with disgust. And I can not help but wonder what Richard Yates, the real writer that Parker was loosely based on, would have thought about corporate America taking over everything. Did you see Revolutionary Road last year with Kate Winslett and Leo DeCaprio? If not rent it and watch it. Better yet read the novel. Written decades ago it was visionary in its scope of what business and corporate America would do to our soul as both a nation and our individual souls as human beings...so we have to make this personal. We have to ask what the hell is this doing to us as a society and why have we allowed it to happen?
Let's start with the honey bees. Did you know they are disappearing? They are simply dying in the hive or fleeing from the hive. Do the bees know something we are just beginning to sense? The sad fact is that if the bees go, it's not long before we will too. Remember pollination? No bees, no food...no life.
So why did we allow this to happen? Better yet what did we do to stop it from happening?
I got this in an email and it does say what we all now know (from John Nichols):
gave us the phrase "these are the times that try men's souls" to describe moments like this. With the 's decision in the case of Citizens United v. FEC to strike down the barriers to corporate campaigning, we are being asked to give up what remains of our democracy and accept that the United States will now be an advertocracy --where our elections and our governing processes are fully defined by corporate spin and spending.
It's a nightmare scenario, truly a "try men's soul" moment. And in traveling the country in recent days, speaking at public events and doing dozens of broadcast interviews, I have heard the despair. Is there any hope for democracy?
I don't have the answer to this obviously but I know there is a solution. I just don't know if "we the people" are willing and/or able to find the solution and then act upon it. Frankly it scares the crap out of me.
And I know that the disappearance of the bees is tied into the corporations somehow. Pesticides, pollutants...someone is profiting greatly from the business of death, aren't they?