by Y. B. Normal
FAST is the 1% controlling the 99%; is a military budget almost equal to all the rest of the world’s combined; is governmental surveillance; is the government persecuting whistleblowers instead of honoring them; is the school-to-prison pipeline for people of color and the poor; is having more than 25% of the world’s prisoners with less than 5% of the world’s population; FAST is the banksters in bed with their bought-off politicians.
FAST is a Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people, and that money is speech; is the TPP and the USA PATRIOT Act; is the incompetent biased government investigation of the 9/11 tragedy, and its use to launch endless global war against terrorists we created; is the media owned by a few multibillionaires; is the US government supporting dictators, and overthrowing democratic and progressive leaders worldwide, for the
benefit of multinational corporations and big banks. FAST is fracking in the face of drought and global warming.
FAST is five Republican Supreme Court justices throwing the 2000 election to George W. Bush from Al Gore; is electoral computer fraud stealing the 2004 election from Kerry; FAST is the murder of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Malissa Williams, Tanisha Anderson, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Meagan Hockaday, Yuvette Henderson, Suzie Peña, etc. etc.
FAST stands for government regulator agencies like Food & Drug Administration being regulated by the corporations that they are supposed to regulate; the psychological cost of FAST is that the US, with 5% of the world’s population, consumes 60% of the world’s psychiatric medication, and 50% of the world’s heroin and cocaine. FAST is the military/financial/media/prison/pharmaceutical/insurance/medical/fossil-fuel/industrial complex. FAST is worse than the Oedipus complex.
FAST is a lot of the country apathetically acquiescing to all of the above. If we don’t want FAST to win, we need to act — fast.
Y. B. Normal is an artist whose writings and drawings have appeared in Change-Links.