So my family is coming home this evening and as a family of origin behavior on my wife’s side, my wife and son put on the evening news. The news from Libya is encouraging and startling. People seem to be rising up all over the world all of a sudden – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin! The news report is focusing on how Moammar Gadhafi’s son’s jet set around the world, spending millions of dollars on having Mariah Carey and Beyonce entertain at their parties while one third of Libya lives below the poverty line. The report is presented to astound and shock and this is going to shock patriotic Americans, but how is this any different than what happens here in the U.S.A.? How is this any different from the entitlement of the children of congressmen and senators and governors (of say, Wisconsin) who never worry about health insurance or college tuition or housing costs or paying Van Halen or the Black Eyed Peas to play their graduation party while unemployment is at record highs and the Koch brothers fund legislative maneuvering to dismantle union protection for government workers.
The great conflict of the coming time will be wealth and power against the rights of those without wealth and power. Government employees such as teachers and average American workers are brothers and sisters with those in the streets in Libya and Egypt whether they recognize it or not. Charles and David Koch and Governor Scott Walker have more in common with Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi than they’ll acknowledge or we like to admit.
What’s undeniable is that this week has certainly seen a movement of the people.