Sue McGhee writes about her view of the world--politics, history, the Arts, family and opinion. See her new novel entitled "When the Eagle Flies with the Condor" and her collection of short stories "Voices" at www.suemcghee.com and www.amazon.com.
Copyright (c) 2011 by G. Sue McGhee
I am writing my memoirs and by doing so, I discovered that I am a rebel. It's not that I never knew I was a rebel, but because of the process of writing, I've decided to own up to it.
rebellious is not a negative thing though it does sometimes mean going in the
opposite directions of the general drift of society or established opinion.
I never saw myself
as a political rebel, though I must say that today I feel that the more
corporate America takes over almost every facet of our lives, including buying
our “elected” officials, the more we are thrust into having to submit to
regulatory restrictions, and the more “big brother” interferes with the truly
personal choices of our lives, the more I think we should rebel.
I am not
suggesting we take up arms and start an insurrection but I do recommend
thinking about some of the propaganda we’re exposed to on a daily basis simply
by watching television. We're being brainwashed either by the commercials or the lies our
politicians toss out there, freely and without remorse or regret. It is immoral and
degrading. But, it’s just politics, right? And, I don’t need to remind you that there are at
least 10 minutes of commercials in every half hour of content. Think about
it! We, the public, are supposed to own the air
Included are the news media. All of our broadcast networks
as well as CNN have basically the same news content which they regurgitate over
and over ad nauseum especially if it
is salacious or has a racial component; to wit, Ferguson and Baltimore. There are real journalists out there, but I rarely see them on our news channels. Anything that is the least bit sensational will take precedence over "hard" news.
As a rebel,
I have stopped watching the standard networks. I watch the BBC, The DW from Berlin or Al Jazeera America. At least I can find out what is going on in
the rest of the world.
I have to
admire the so-called “free range” parents who had the audacity to allow their
children to walk home alone and were turned in by (no doubt) well meaning neighbors. Of course there are sick people out there and we should protect our kids, but
we cannot hover over them for the rest of their lives keeping them safe from every event that might occur in the future. These parents are considered deviant. Or are they just rebels?
takes courage to be a rebel because as a rebel, you are taking a risk, putting
yourself out there, opening yourself up to criticism, or even derision. If we err against the current mantra of "political correctness" we are in danger of becoming a victim of the "thought police."
Have we indeed become
the fictional society imagined by George Orwell, controlled by newspeak and afraid to utter a thoughtcrime? Read. Think. Write letters. Boycott. Speak out against the pap shoved down our throats by media, politicians and their corporate bosses. Speak out against the utter lack of accountability, against sameness and conformity. Be a rebel.