Just Stop

By Christopher Rice

Just stop, hold on for just one second. As a writer, you never know who your audience is. Male, female, young, old, PHD's or dropouts, Republicans or Democrats, Independents or nonvoters. I could go on and on but you get the picture.

So, regardless if you're a rocket scientist or as smart as a fifth grader or not, you must realize that there is something terribly wrong.

We live in the richest country in the world. And yet, we provide the worst public education of any industrialized country on the planet. The same is true for our roads and our hospitals. We don't even have an honest banking system in this country any more. Zero interest rates immorally penalizes saving. And, forty four percent of the homeless population have jobs and are still homeless.

You can't tell me that the politicians are too dumb to figure this stuff out or to fix it, because they all have Ivy League educations. Which leaves corruption. Corruption, is the only way that you can explain 7 trillion dollars in debt. Face it, there is no other explanation when you transfer 7 trillion dollars from the richest country on the planet. There's nothing comparable to that in history.

America use to run a surplus. Use to be the largest creditor on the planet. Use to have the best roads, hospitals and schools on the planet. Now, we are the largest debtor on the planet.

So, I am asking you to stop. Because we can continue to accept the worst for ourselves and for our children or we can stop.

Maybe, you have a nice job, a nice home, a nice life. Maybe you don't want anything better for you or for your children. Or maybe you believe that voting in some different crook will change things, even though that hasn't worked out too well in the past. If you're content and don't want better schools, roads or hospitals or an honest banking system than simply stop reading this and go on doing whatever it is you've been doing. And, I apologize, for wasting your time.

For everyone else, it is time to stop whatever you've been doing and plot a new course. Most people reading this though can't just walk off their jobs or go on strike, because it would spell financial ruin. So what can we do?

The first thing you can do is to pass this around. We need to become our own advertisers. Our own media.

It doesn't cost you a dime to post this to your Facebook or Twitter accounts or send it around via email.

Yeah, but that won't change the corruption in Washington or fix our schools, roads or hospitals.

So what else can we do? As I said, most of us can't hold strikes, as they did in Poland or East Germany to remove their corrupt governments. But our children can.

Our schools rank 29th out of 30 countries surveyed. We literally provide the worst public education system (of industrialized nations) on the planet. So what if our kids went on strike. You can help them make protest signs and on the last period they get up and walk out of class- all across the country.

And protest for better education!

Shut the school system down, demand better.

Pretesting students can be joined by protesting veterans. It is a disgrace how we treat our vets in this country.

USA Ranking on Adult Literacy Scale: #9

USA Ranking on Healthcare Quality Index: #37

USA Ranking of Student Reading Ability: #12

USA Ranking of Student Problem Solving Ability: #26

USA Ranking on Women's Rights Scale: #17

USA Ranking on Life Expectancy: #29

USA Ranking on Journalistic Press Freedom Index: #32

USA Ranking on Political Corruption Index: #17

USA Ranking on Quality of Life Survey: #13

USA Ranking on Infant Mortality Rate: #32

There is a way out of this mess. I've given three simple steps to take that won't cost you anything. No militias to join, no donations needed. And who can argue against better education?

They can not send in the riot police and tear gas a bunch of kids protesting for better education. So let's get started. First step, pass this around. We must become our own media. Or continue to suffer in silence.

Let's make history. Post this link everywhere-

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