posted on Jul, 7 2013 @ 03:20 PM
We all know that something needs to be done. Things are out of control. As one poster said, our government "of the people, for the people, by the
people" is long gone...if it ever actually existed. The question is---just WHAT do we do?
Where do we begin?
Get out and vote? Most of us do that.
Organize, another poster said. Find like-minded people and march on Washington. We tried that---remember all the Tea Party rallies and protests
before the last election? Remember Occupy Wall Street, a much bigger and lengthier movement?
Where do we begin? What can we do that might even begin to make an actual difference?
This is a serious question. I rarely post, but have been coming to ATS for years (I was a lurker for years before I became a member) and so often I
see other members telling us to put our money where our mouth is, to quit bitchin' and get off our butts and DO something about all the problems we
discuss here. And quite frankly I think that the majority of us here, and a lot of other people out there who've never heard of ATS, who don't
consider themselves "conspiracy theorists" but are just flat-out fed up and disgusted with the society we live in, would like to do something.
We're burning to do something. But for God's sake, WHAT? We're like ants facing a steamroller.
And unfortunately, a large portion of this country IS apathetic. There ARE a lot of people who are content as long as they have their bread and
circuses, and there is another segment of the population that has to spend so much time just trying to survive that there isn't time or energy left
to stoke the fires of indignation.
And the newest generation of kids/young adults has been so conditioned by post 9/11 attitudes to accept whatever "they" are told to do that ever
sparking their outrage may be impossible. My Kinect is spying on me for the NSA? So what, they can already do that through my Android phone and
probably my laptop too. Checkpoints where they arbitrarily demand license, insurance, etc? Well they've always done that. That's the attitude too
many of our kids have...because that's the way it's been as long as they can remember. Just yesterday, I was driving home from town
(population 2600 with a police force of 20 for the city cops, plus another 10 for the sheriff's department) and they---city police--- had a
checkpoint of some kind set up just at the outskirts of town. 3 of my kids, ages 17,17, and 20 were with me.
I turned around before we got there and went back to town. I was outraged. My kids were like, "It's not a big deal, they just ask you for your
license and insurance and see if you have your seatbelt on." And I said, "But that's WRONG. They have no right to stop people without PROBABLE
CAUSE to think they're doing something wrong." And the kids said "Well they're looking for drunk drivers 'cause it's the weekend of the 4th and
a lot of people will be out drinking." And I said, "I know that. It's still wrong, it shouldn't be allowed, they have no probable cause, it
violates the Constitution!" They never did understand why the idea was outrageous. My 20-yr old told me in the end, "The Constitution is
I nearly cried. This from kids who were raised to know their rights, what the constitution is and says and why it's important etc. Yet one of them
says in all seriousness, the constitution is obsolete. Imagine the attitude of kids who's parents are apathetic or toe the PC party line.
So please, please tell me, all of you who say get off my butt and do something, WHERE ON EARTH DO I BEGIN?