A reference made on Huffington Post written by Arthur Delaney alerted me to this video:
Ann Minch, a northern California, middle class woman*, has decided to take a stand. She makes a very eloquent, truthful statement about usurious corporate robber barons. Her anger is directed at the real villains in our perilous national economic condition.
I urge anyone interested in possibly effecting real reform, the kind that President Obama spoke about during the campaign, to view the video and see if there is something you can do to help.
With nearly 100,000 views on YouTube as of this writing, I believe that the vid is approaching "viral" status. If any corporate bankers and insurance company executives are among the viewers, I have to imagine that Ann's message makes them a bit uneasy.
I hope others will have the courage to follow in Ann's footsteps. I almost wish I had an outstanding balance on a credit card so I could join her protest. (But, no, I won't purposely go out and wrack one up.) And besides, she's from Red Bluff, CA, just down the road a piece from my old stomping grounds of Klamath Falls, OR. A man feels obliged to help a neighbor, you know?
If Ann Minch's protest takes root and spreads, the political repercussions could be enormous. President Obama might feel compelled to start ramming real legislation through Congress. How about aggressive regulation of the finance industry, real criminal punishments in real penitentiaries for corporate criminals, and caps on outrageous executive salaries? How about a repeal of the Bush tax cuts? Not that Congress would have much enthusiasm for fighting, if the outcry is loud enough.
And wouldn't it be nice if this video caught the eye of a tea-bagger or two? All that anger and fear that they have been directing at President Obama, at liberals, at gays, at Mexicans and Muslims and African-Americans, might find a more deserving target: the very people that, even now, are hood-winking them in to demonstrating against their own best interests.
Taken together with other similar demonstrations, Ann's statement could begin a revolution in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. (I don't think Gandhi used bad language, but otherwise...)
This could make a difference.
*I am trusting the sourcing and verification of Ms. Minch's identity to the Huffington Post. I leave it you, dear reader, to read up on it there.