Subtitle1: Are you scratching your head yet?
Subtitle2: People are fed up, period.
I am truly overwhelmed by the passion that I see on autism related Facebook groups related to the current US Presidential election, especially the involvement by my tribespeople from other countries; I wish they could cast a vote! 🙂
How is autism related to the current US Presidential election?
The majority of thinking autistics abhor Autism $peaks and the question is why?
It started with the marketing by that organization that autistics are less than human, broken and need a cure, and that autistics cause devastation within families often leading to marital breakups.
Autism $peaks has toned down those offensive doctrines in the last few years but not their mission statement.
The biggest thorn in the side of most autistics is that Autism $peaks has managed to take control of the narrative about autism. They control the majority of donated money towards autism services and research. They influence how US federal and state governments spend taxpayer money towards autism. And most infuriating, that organization is viewed as the mouthpiece for all autistics by the media and the public.
In political jargon, that’s called either an oligarchy or a plutocracy.
That’s the same problem in the US currently and has been for decades. Big business and the very rich control both US political parties which culminates in political favors often leading to tax breaks, subsidies, or getting away with stuff that should be illegal.
Since the inception of Autism $peaks, they have refused to include autistics in the decision making process of programs or how donated money is spent, whether on research or family services. They pretend that autistics don’t know what they need nor what is in their best interests.
How are thinking autistics responding to that?
April has become Autism Awareness Month, autistics that are motivated Light It Up Gold instead of Lighting It Up Blue, and autistics blast the internet with the slogan Autism Acceptance Month.
In essence, autistics are trying to spark a revolution and take back control of the autism narrative globally just like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mr. Donald Trump are doing with their supporters, trying to take back the US for its citizens.
That’s politics in action by the people and for the people.
That is also the definition of a Democracy.
The two fringe US presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mr. Donald Trump, use similar tactics to gain supporters and share some similar philosophies. The main common philosophy shared is inequality and that resonates with their respective supporters.
The word ‘inequality’ is the common denominator between fed up US citizens and fed up autistics.
Autistics are fed up feeling disenfranchised from the non-autistic world.
Autistics are fed up being treated as second class citizens.
Autistics are fed up that their voices are drowned out by the constant barrage of Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) by Autism $peaks and the money that fuels that organization.
And autistics are fed up not being ‘accepted’ as contributing members of society and viewed as broken things needing to be ‘fixed’.
What can autistics learn from the current US Presidential election cycle that share this perspective?
Autistics need either an autistic Sen. Bernie Sanders or an autistic Mr. Donald Trump to bring us together, to represent how the majority feel, and to create a revolution on this tiny round planet.
And that requires either a celebrity figure or a powerful business mogul that has finally figured out that they’re autistic too.
I’m sure there’s at least ONE out there! 🙂
That’s the missing piece of the puzzle, not some illusive or renegade gene! 🙂
[To be continued…]
de•moc•ra•cy ( dɪˈmɒk rə si )
n., pl. -cies.
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people, esp. with respect to their political power.
[1525–35; < Middle French démocratie < Late Latin dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government; see demo -, -cracy]
ol•i•gar•chy ( ˈɒl ɪˌgɑr ki )
n., pl. -chies.
1. a form of government in which power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique.
2. a state or organization so ruled.
3. the persons or class so ruling.
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin oligarchia < Greek oligarchía. See olig -, -archy]
i•gar′chic, oli•gar′chi•cal, adj.
plu•toc•ra•cy ( pluˈtɒk rə si )
n., pl. -cies.
1. the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
2. a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
3. a class or group exercising power by virtue of its wealth.
[1645–55; < Greek ploutokratía =ploûto(s) wealth +-kratia -cracy]