Swimming upstream takes on a new meaning to me.
In 1598, Henry IV stopped the persecution of Protestants (Huguenots) by Catholics and tried to unify France with the Edict of Nantes. King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and two million Huguenots, tired of swimming upstream, fled France for America. Hate in the name of religion is a hypocrite's tool used by the powerful to oppress people.
In the 1890s, corporations and individuals bribed politicians in order to break treaties with the Indians and steal land from settlers. The Rockefellers and Morgans became wealthier by taking the stolen lands and natural resources. Politicians must have rejoiced. American Populists (Progressives), tired of swimming upstream, united farmers and laborers in opposing the power of large corporations. This power struggle seems close to ending in 2012.
Wealth and power, like water, has always been about who is nearest the headwaters. Our "bought and paid for" government is the headwaters. Concentrated wealth and power is another hypocrite's tool used to oppress people.
In 2000, a new type of government employee took over America. That one only serves concentrated power. And that power depends on your vote. They cannot take your vote (yet), but they can make you stupid, make you not care, give you the choice of awful or ridiculous and make you swim upstream.
I have no choice. I am not voting for any incumbent in Congress, and I am sure swimming upstream continues in my future.