Tail Wind Or Tale Wind?
Well, the RNC has finally arrived in Tampa riding the tail wind of tropical storm Isaac. Can chaos and disaster be far behind? That remains to be seen. But, if a full blown Hurricane is any indication what happens next if in fact the Republicans win in November will make Isaac seem pale by comparison. Just think for a moment about how much money is floating around Tampa this late August. It is such a shame because that money these delegates spend will never reach the general population where it will do the most good. In fact the prices now are so inflated just because of this convention it is the permanent residents that actually will pay more in every item they by. In cases when Tampa hosts the Super Bowl every hotel, restaurant and any enterprise connected with it seems to do alright but it is the general population who always end up on the short side of things. Not to mention the fact that most times the residents of all of Hillsbourgh County end up paying more out of pocket expenses just because of a nationally televised broadcast like the Super Bowl coming out of Tampa. With the Republican convention it is hitting the residents again only this time it is more acute.
The vision of Tampa from a residents point of view is one of alarm that our down town is so fortified it makes Fort Knox look like Candy Land. When we see mounted police looking more like Knights of the Round Table ready to do battle make us kind wonder what this country is really coming too. Sad state of affairs today when the plight all around the outskirts of Tampa where despondent misery abounds will never to be a focal point of all these conventioneers. It is not only the city of Tampa that has more than its share of plight. In every major city across the country millions of people await in desperate hope that someday somehow they will be able to regain some semblance of financial and economic stability. But wait! The RNC is in town to save us all. At least that's the rhetoric today coming out from the Republican party.
The monumental amount of dollars that are wasted in needless attack ads of course only admonishes the credibility of each political want-a-be. Every candidate today no matter if they are Democrat of Republican are displaying a rational of the money game. The deep pockets of those millionaires or should we now say Billionaires makes a mockery of the whole democratic process. A process that has evolved into a Frankenstein in nature. With reckless abandon it is most often the members of the Republican party that show no sympathy for those multitudes less fortunate.
An agenda poised to split the divide even wider has been cast. When humility, compassion, benevolence, never really figure in the equation. Where compromise is on longer an option. A Republican manifesto is the setting for the chosen few whose wallets keep bursting with endless cash to buy the vote have descended into the national spotlight in Tampa Bay. This when the spotlight really should focus of the outcast millions who anxiously await a Knight in shining armor to lay waste to all the misery and despair. Sad to say that knight is not forth coming. This, despite the fact that the Democrats still have something to say.
There are other political parties around but not much attention is being bestowed upon them. This is because the monumental amount of money it now takes to mount a serious campaign effort is most impossible to obtain. The lucrative ventures that a substantial payback would ensue is not a possibility when so much media attention is bought and paid for by the powers that be whether Democratic or Republican. They have managed to corner the market in the political sphere. Today where money buys influence only to beget more power and influence have managed to squash out others with much more to say.
A day of reckoning will soon be near. It is to bad that all those protesters like the Occupiers or the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign along with the Green Party and others haven't gotten together to mount a significant challenge to the so called main stream Republican and Democratic parties. Maybe if they could it just might be a wake up call for all those influential backers that continue to write bigger checks to those candidacies whose agenda only perpetuates the widening wealth gap.
That day of reckoning fast approaching is so often ignored when so much attention is blinded by the allure of wealth. Where confusion and discord prevent the silent majority, those impoverished millions from gaining recognition that would empower them to cast off the dominance of wealth. To reassert themselves to the point that our democratic republic stays alive for generations to come is the aspiring hope for us all.