excellent article, mr. koehler! i very mush like your A thru H organization.
A Militarism and endless war!
the u.s. is a war machine. war is uncle sam’s #1 export. remember that “lovely” meeting between #45 and the saudi prince? donald gloating about his huge sale of arms? disgusting, no? obviously, the lives of millions in yemen and syria matter little to these sociopaths!
This is why Obama talked all that talk about ending immoral wars and implementing policies that help the middle class yet reverted back to Bush’s military-financial complex friendly policies as soon as he took the oath of office.–Tedrose Fikre
B Climate change and environmental catastrophe!
our never-ending wars also negatively impact global warming. not only the environmental costs from the planes and weapons, but the need for fossil fuels, the fracking. animals are going extinct at an alarming rate and eventually we’ll see mass die offs of our own species. the ruling corporation in the oil and gas industry, the munitions manufactures and the financial industry promote war as a boon to the economy meaning any discussion toward stemming climate change remains verboten.
C Poverty and inequality!
we keep hearing about the booming u.s. economy, but most of us see that people work two and three jobs in a vain attempt to pay the rent and feed the family. our political class are but courtiers to the mega-monopolies who pay for the elections and send lobbyists to write the legislation.
D Guns, violence and mass murder!
we live in a nation that has some 800 to 1,000 military bases around the world. many citizens are angry and tense. most use words and insults, but some just go over tthe edge. it’s like the parent telling the child, “do as i say, not as i do!”
by the way last night in california we have another mass shooting in a bar frequented by college kids.
E Militarized police shooting and racism!
these days we often hear the word fascism thrown around. well militarized policing is one sign of fascism. black communities , especially, complain of over-policing in their neighborhoods. racism is not only systemic, but too many whites are class a bigots! they will not hire black citizens and work to keep their neighborhoods lily white. (i remember a powow in oklahma when the new princess’s name was lily white) anyway, we the people are as responsible for racism as the government.
F The prison industrial complex!
yeah! the land of the free, huh? the hypocrisy is overwhelming. our so-call justice system has been sold to the highest bidder.
G Immigrant scapegoating, hatred and fear!
i have met a few full-blood native americans, but the rest of us come from immigrant heritage. of course, many blacks came as forced slave labor. for some unfathomable reason white people seem overly fearful of other cultures. fear is a powerful emotion and i don’t know how to reason with it. i’ll do whatever i can as the “caravan” reaches the border. these people are hurting and so in need of a kind and loving welcome! i imagine they’ve heard about the richest nation on earth with jobs galore.
H Voter suppression, gerrymandering and hacking!
i’ve said enough and i know many disagree, but i choose not to vote because i know those d.c. politicians listen to their corporate sponsors. if we really want to make a difference, start with running for school boards and local offices.
Henry David Thoreau once said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”