Are You An Accomplice To Destroying America?

December 6, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – As we progress throughout the day today, maybe enjoying a $4 cup of coffee from some boutique coffee shop at the local strip mall or scurrying about hither and yon for a Christmas gift that is at threat of becoming instinct because of popularity.  Perhaps your commute to work is delayed by a traffic backup so you plug in your phone that I am most certainly sure really is smarter than most of us to make a call to an employer to let them know of our delay, that is if you have a job, or better yet, because you just didn’t feel like filling the gas tank this weekend you stop to fill up only to see that a gallon of gas is again threatening to top $3 a gallon, you sigh and say, “well, I don’t have a choice” so you fill up the tank and go about your day.  Maybe that’s you, but I can promise you that is not me.

Oh, we have troubles in this country and they are getting worse by the day.  First off, let me share with you that I like my coffee black and I like it to be pronounced coffee.  I order it large not Grande’ and since I don’t believe that a cup of coffee should cost more than a can of coffee chances are excellent that you will never see me in the coffee shop.

Second, I no longer buy Christmas gifts with the exception of my immediate family and I do that shopping on-line.  I’m not Scrooge; we just have different holiday priorities for my family now that the kids aren’t kids any longer.

I also have no commute, as I have worked from home for close to 20 years now, so the price of gas, although I hate paying $3 a gallon as I did yesterday isn’t as much a personal concern, is still a national concern and it is what led me to today’s missive.

Look at this list:

  • Gas Prices
  • Unemployment
  • Tax cuts (or the lack thereof)
  • The cost of food
  • Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Wikileaks
  • Partisan politics
  • Iran’s nuclear threat
  • National Debt
  • Shrinking Middle Class
  • Food Pantry’s closing for lack of donations
  • Foreclosures
  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

I think you get my point, or at least I pray you do.

We have come to this complicated crossroad as a country.  We have arrived at an intersection without signs or stop lights and because we don’t know the rules, we don’t know how to move forward and beyond, or so it seems.  I am concerned, but more than concerned I am confused that we, you and I, us, has allowed this to happen because of some freaky set of priorities, political or otherwise, that have taken our common sense and replaced it with pure unadulterated stupidity.  I have no other explanation, I really don’t.

Word this morning is that there is going to be a compromise on tax cuts and unemployment benefits, and although that is mostly good news it is not really good news.  The extension of unemployment benefits was completely and absolutely critical, the tax cuts for the wealthiest American’s are not. It is what it is.  But it is my belief that after these deals are announced we will be done for the political year leaving hanging important questions that will be impossible to answer in the coming session for the new Congress come January.

The START Treaty will be ignored, which is pure nonsense.  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is on life support with respect to repeal.  And because of antiquated Senate rules, the filibuster has given the Republicans just enough of their own gas to stall important decisions until they have more say, and I think that is terribly un-American, no question about that.

If you and I were sitting over a beer at the bar the conversation would be much more salty, if you will, because the leadership bravado of the Republican Party is simply F*^&ed up. Sorry, but it’s true.

Democrats better start looking for their gonads if they have any hope of accomplishing anything in the 112th Congress, and President Obama should put aside the teleprompter and start talking to us directly about what he intends to do and not his political co-workers.  I’ve really had enough.  I’m fed up with all this BS political maneuvering that is clearly going to get worse in a few short weeks.

We have serious problems to solve and your participation is required if we can ever expect to come out of this with any real sense of  progress, justice and accomplishment for the betterment of all.  As we were all taught in Civics class, ignorance is no defense of the law and that theory applies here as well.  So the next time you fill up the tank and stop off to get that $4 coffee or buy that unnecessary, overpriced, unneeded gift, try to remember that you are an accomplice to this crime against your own country, and unless you grow a pair too, well the alternative is something I don’t even want to think about.  These problems are our problems, not our political leaders problems and as long as we share the burden, and we assuredly do, then we need to help in finding solutions, not just ignoring them.

Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer.  He can be reached at and can read his Blog at


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