by John Grooms
The citizens of Greece, the country that invented democracy, deserve an international round of applause from regular folks all over the world. Im talking about their reaction to the pillaging of their countrys economy by Goldman Sachs, other international bankers, and their own corporate-tool government.
When the verdict came down that Greeces former right-wing government had colluded with Goldman Sachs to lie about the countrys debts, and brought on an economic disaster, many Greek citizens did exactly what Americans (home of the brave, by the people, for the people, etc., etc.) did not do when our own crisis struck. The Greeks called a general strike and demonstrated by the hundreds of thousands. And when they found out their pensions, benefits and jobs would be lost in order to pay off corporate banks, they called another general strike and shut down city centers. Some of them rioted. All in all, it was the pitchfork-and-torches scenario for Greeces leaders.
In the end, the Greeks street protests may or may not do them any good, but their actions do prove one thing: They at least understand whos screwing them (unlike our ignoroid Teabaggers), and they arent awed by big money into giving up their right to voice their just complaints. Meanwhile, we Americans, by and large, just rolled over and took whatever the finance industry/government coalition-from-hell dished out and maybe grumbled a tiny bit before our national ADD kicked in and we went back to channel surfing or posting B.S. comments on internet sites.