The status quo is worried.

The status quo sends us endless memos and messages.  All of which we are expected to obey.  There are tangible memos, there are virtual memos.  We get ‘expectation’ memos. Rule memos.   Promise memos.  Money memos.  Pain memos. Memos that tell us what we may expect from our culture, our government and our politicians, each other.  We get memos from Trump, Twitter, Congress, the press, from TV and radio, online, school, our neighbors, advertising, movies, billboards, churches, bankers, lore, heroes, Facebook and villains.  We get corporate memos, religious memos, social memos, political memos and cultural memos.  And almost all those memos reflect the special interests of our enduring status quo – our 1%.

Each of us – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, brown, god loving and the godless are tirelessly schooled by the status quo  –  we are taught what and how to think, to stay small, to limit expectations.  We are warned of ‘takers’ among us. We are schooled, “Do not be a taker.” We are in danger, so say the memos, cherish the military and guns.  Our way of life does not afford a minimum wage or pensions, education or healthcare; we need lower taxes, less government and regulation, say the memos.  Obey your God, and beware their God say the memos.  Fear, say the memos  “Everywhere.”

And for the most part, those memos carry their weight.  As a people, we are at one with the status quo.  We move peaceably within its confines.  We have minimal expectations of the status quo and its government.  We rarely complain. We move along,  Die quietly.  We get along.  We abide, we keep our head down.  We stay in our lane.  Normally the status quo is pleased and does not worry.

We especially pleased the status quo in the 2016 presidential election.  Messaging and memos then and since taught and we learned well that we are undeserving of universal health care and public education thru college as proposed by Bernie Sanders.  Universal healthcare is just too exotic and too foreign for real Americans.  Neither are for us, the memos schooled. Abide, said the memos.  The Bernie memos also taught and we learned that education has high costs.  We learned that teacher salaries, schools and colleges are much too expensive – and education, especially higher education is not for everyone. We have ‘rights’, taught the Bernie memos.  We have the right to own a gun but not to universal healthcare or higher education.  There is a difference between a ‘right’ and a privilege said the memos. Not all Americans have privileges, explained the Bernie memos.

But increasingly and surprisingly, in places like Parkland, Sandy Hook and now Pittsburgh, the status quo is not pleased.  There, when the young read their memos, they do not abide.  They do not stay in lane. They make noise. Loud noise. Lots. They yell VOTE!

What will happen to them, to us – to our memos?

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