One of the great things about being a connector is that I get to listen in across many different people- what they are saying, what they are finding interesting, and if there is any correlation among these topics of conversation.
Recently, there’s been one meme that has gotten tweeted and talked about by quite a few people, that till now, I did not think had any connection to each other.
And what this meme represents is what I believe is the first shot in the next American Revolution.
No, I am not talking about some group trying to send someone to some new political office. As you might know, I was (and still am) in support of the choice I made in supporting President Obama…. yet, there’s something much more fundamental happening… and this represents the start of something revolutionary.
To steal a phrase from John Robb: “an aware citizenry can defend itself“. Up to this time, every time some issue has come up, there’s been a question of turning to the government for a solution. Yet, given what’s happened in the Congress for so many years, whether a Republican or a Democrat in the Oval Office, the citizenry I believe has now come to learn that the government is in itself fundamentally broken.
And by broken, what do I mean? From John Robb’s article:
- Median male incomes today are the same as they were in 1974 in the US (and likely all over the western world). No progress has been made despite a doubling of productivity and massive top line GDP growth. Worse, given that female incomes aren’t on par with male incomes yet, the typical American family makes much less per hour worked than in 1974.
- All of the requirements for entry into the middle class are now private expenses. From health care to a college education, if you can’t afford the minimum (let alone high quality versions), you aren’t allowed entry. Worse, those expenses are spiraling out of control at rates many times the rate of inflation. Nothing is being done to address this.
- The system is geared to make us fail. Not only has outsourcing/off-shoring just started (everything that can be moved offshore to take advantage of the arbitrage opportunity in wage disparities between western and workers in developing countries will be) we are being laden with un-repayable debt. To wit: there’s been NO job growth in the last decade (despite tens of millions in population growth) and total debt from all sources is still near ALL time historical highs.
Whethere the mishandling of healthcare reform, security theater in the airports, or spending billions on companies that shouldn’t be bailed out, or trillions on a war that should have never been started, Americans are starting to speak out in a way that we’ve not done for a long while. And recognize its the aware populace that’s been taking care of business. The genie is out of the bottle.
Although I might not be happy about the waste by our government, as an entrepreneur, and an American, I’m excited that some of my fellow Americans are waking up and starting the process that will reform, dare I say revolutionize this country again. It is time to take up web browser, account ledger, and social network and remake our country. There’s too much at stake, for “every revolution begins with the power of an idea” and this is an idea who’s time has come.