A Revolution in Summer 2021 Draws Near

We have a lot to look forward to in 2021. It is a time of dramatic change, for most, it is a time of rising expectations.


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The phrase "a revolution of rising expectations" became popular after World War II. It refers to a situation in which a rise in prosperity and freedom leads people to believe they can improve life for themselves and their families. It leads them to seek political changes that will allow them to pursue opportunity. We now live in such a time. A time when we shed the shackles of the past, like the minimum wage and replace it with a living wage. A time in which we get smart about recreational drug use and monetize it appropriately. These two intelligent actions will reduce poverty and much of the crime, hopelessness, addiction that comes with it. When people have meaningful work and are paid a living wage It is good for the working person's economy, mental and physical health, and promotes common good for society. It is a positive step on the path to fair sharing of the wealth of this once great nation. If you are one of the millions of Americans who work paycheck to paycheck, often fall behind due to unexpected expenses like a car repair, necessary home repair, or unanticipated prescription drug costs, you need to support legislation to replace the minimum wage with a living wage. It is good for the working person's economy, mental and physical health, and promotes common good for society. It is a positive step on the path to fair sharing of the wealth of this once great nation.

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Interesting note from history, in times of rising expectations came revolts, revolutions, and riots. Another possibility is the revenge of unrealistic expectations like clinging to an all-white past that never existed in the first place.

From the Washington Post on July 24, 2016 Robert J Samuelson wrote. It's the Revolution of Rising Expectations Again.

He says in part:

Watching Donald Trump last week, I thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political philosopher whose "Democracy in America," published circa the 1830s, remains the most insightful study of our national character. But it was Tocqueville's other masterpiece, "The Old Regime and the Revolution" (1856), that came foremost to mind. In it, he outlined what we now call the "revolution of rising expectations" — a concept highly relevant to the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

As new leaders are sworn in it is obligatory of all of us to hold them accountable. We should expect nothing less than high standards of decency, diplomacy, and most important, integrity. We need far less inertia and more integrity. We need to eradicate the liars. In broadcasting, fake entertainment, in our House and Senate, and in our lives.
I keep thinking our legislative bodies, at all levels, need among their ranks, more independent thinkers. Women and men who will listen carefully to all points of view, and reserve judgement, until all who wish to be, are not only heard, but listened to. Analysis of this kind requires the viewer to see through an unbiased, unclouded, broad lens, one they can keenly focus in depth, on the substantive, and core issues. Are we not a nation of independent people committed to having tolerance for the views, and ideas of others?
Or are we mindless chickens, hiding in the shadows of our coops out of an overwhelming fear of a fox that does not exist, and denying the truth while embracing apathy and self-importance? Those who disguise themselves by wearing dark sunglasses in dim light shield their minds from true freedom, and the dazzling, penetrating light of truth. They fool no one but themselves. But what is worse are people who spread lies in broad daylight preying on large unsuspecting audiences of people who are afraid and continue to be misinformed by political predators and liars. The liars hope that you will take them at their word.
The future is not imposed upon us. The future is ours to shape as long as we refuse to be gullible and do not allow ourselves to be prey to political opportunities with only their perverse interests at heart. This is not optional. Because we are self-reflecting beings, but we must choose to do so or lose our voice, and eventually our lives, in vain.
We are witness to a significant, palpable trend in how we govern ourselves. The Federal level is now inept and incapable of breaking the bonds of self-imposed tyrannies. Washington is ripe and rife with tyranny. We witness the tyranny of lobbyists, though most of it is hidden from our view, inserted in our laws, and imposed upon inept lawmakers seeking only their immoral self-interests. All of this has one thing in common, greed. Then there is the tyranny of self-defeating partisanship; it is the well-experienced practitioner's blinded from unconsciously selected biases and ideas imposed, not their own. Last, and worst of all, is the tyranny of corruption, so ingrained it has become normalized even though most of it is vaguely illegal. Tyranny, like water, seeks its level. Tyranny is the soul of corruption.

The epicenter of corruption is now Washington, DC. It is for this reason that its power to govern has become impotent, chaotic, and illogical. It is a fencing match with no winner, but we, the people, continue to lose the most. This must stop now.

The Federal government's power is streaming away from this epicenter, leak after leak toward local governing bodies. It streaks naked past the state level unabashed and unafraid, to where it belongs, in the hands of the people in our counties, cities, townships, villages, and neighborhoods.

I am one of those independent thinkers, and so are you, if you choose to be. Please, for the sake of our children and theirs, find your voice. It may be deep inside you, but you do have one and you probably argue with it every day. Speak from your heart and mind, and do not let your voice go unheard. Use it now. The insanity must stop with this generation.

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About the Author

Theo Villella

Since the 70s and right up to the present, Theo Villella has kept a hand in creative writing. While observing, commenting, and sometimes participating in the American drug culture, Mr. Villella has written hundreds of poems, short stories, essays, and journals. Often, he documented what he experienced, from pot to opioids and more recently, the Kratom he uses to manage chronic pain from injuries received in a severe car accident back when he was 19. In his first book "The War on Drugs", he tells his story in an intimate and compelling way that the reader will likely find thought provoking and interesting, considering the current importance of creating a dialog around the use of drugs.

Quotes on the subject of "The War On Drugs"

  • “The pejorative term ‘abuse’ used in connection with diseases of addiction has the adverse effect of increasing social stigma and personal shame, both of which are so often barriers to an individual’s decision to seek treatment.”
    ― Joe Biden 1942 ― present
  • “The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”
    ― William F. Buckley Jr. 1925 ― 2008
  • “Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use…”
    ― Jimmy Carter 1924 ― present
  • "The war on drugs has made government more powerful, citizens less free, and hasn't helped users or addicts."
    ― Victor Mitchell 1965 ― present
  • "We cannot continue doing the same thing and expect different results."
    ― Otto Perez Molina 1950 ― present
  • “The war on drugs is wrong, both tactically and morally. It assumes that people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is bankrupt.”
    ― Larry Elder 1952 ― present