This is the most important message I've ever written. If you agree with the
sentiments, please send this on to others. Thank you.
Thinking about the AIG debacle today, I finally realized what needs to be
done to resolve this issue. The problem is, everybody's waiting for the
government to do it, and it's just not going to happen that way. This is
going to require a grassroots effort of the people, by the people, and for
So what does a grass-roots effort look like? Do we shout and holler, find
like-minded people and harangue our politicians? I think there is a more
effective way to do it.
The way to reverse this nightmarish financial freefall we're in is to
reverse our direction! We're pushing the wrong way; instead of leaning on
politicians to give us what we want (which they don't do), we need to switch
our point of view and lean on the corporations who are offending us.
Case in point: AIG. We need to spread the word so that AIG customers get
this message: Cancel your insurance with AIG and give your business to
someone who can take better care of you. After all, if AIG has 200 million
dollars to spend on bonuses you know they're overcharging people! (You may
remember AIG was also in the news last fall for their extravagant events
even after news of the financial crisis was out.) They are overcharging you
This is something we need to start doing with all the companies who feed off
the prosperity of America, and it definitely needs to start with the
abomination AIG has become. This is the way things are designed to happen in
America. Spread the word; let's see if the will of the people demands a
change. If not, then things will continue the way they are going!
The glory of our past is that we stood up to demand human rights and
dignity. The shame of our present is that we remain seated in the face of
atrocities. Our government has taken 700 billion+ dollars of our future
prosperity and given it to corporations that couldn't even maintain their
own finances in the first place, and some of those companies continue to do
the very practices that led to our dire monetary predicament. And what do we
do? We demand the government to step in and make it right. And sit back and
wait for them to comply.
But that isn't how it works! We need to step in and make it right. That's
what grass-roots is all about; that's what patriotism and love-of-country
are. Why are we waiting for someone else to take care of us? The American
people have been lulled to sleep. The atrocities get worse and worse
(remember when we were upset about the price of sugar going up a couple of
I remember when I complained about seat belt laws being unconstitutional.
The Texas Department of Public Safety officer told me, "We're just enforcing
the laws." Does the law reflect the will of the people, or does it reflect a
profit somebody is making off the people? To make real change today, the
will of the people must be heard like a mighty lion's roar!
To contact like-minded people, leave a comment at
www.AndWhatHappensNext.com. Thank you
D. Mark Scott
Change your Thinking, Change the World