Monday, December 12, 2016

Democracy OUT.....Plutocracy IN?


"When freedom is in jeapordy, there is something that is jolted about in the hearts of a great many Americans. It is a love for independence that runs deeper than anything else. They will not suffer slavery, they will not suffer oppression, and they will not suffer to see these things done to anyone else, let alone themselves or the ones they love. This did not come naturally, but rather, it is something that was born through trial and tribulation. Americans had to learn of these things by first experiencing them. It is only then that they could truly understand the reality that they would never wish such things upon another human being again. Though it seems that many Americans may have forgotten about this, on the horizon lingers yet another opportunity for Americans to show to the world what this country really stands for. Hopefully, they will not disappoint." - Kent Allen Halliburton

Living in this country comes with a lot of drama. Every night, people's televisions are alive with it. It is available via radio all day, and it can be found on the internet twenty-four-seven. However, none of the standard drama that Americans see each day can hold up, even a little, to the drama that ensues when it is time to go to the polls. Since Andrew Jackson gave the first 'Stump Speech,' while literally standing on an old tree stump, the American electoral process has never failed to reach a fever pitch. The drama can get so intense at times that some compare the American electoral system to the dramatic 'oohs' and 'aahs' of a high flying circus. Who knows if people like Barnum and Bailey would actually appreciate that comparison.

Despite the craziness that sometimes comes with living in the United States, since the nation's foundation, there are a number of phrases that have stuck themselves deep in the hearts and minds of the people that live here. Americans have become accustomed to a set of  "certain unalienable rights," and we believe that some of these rights "include Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Americans have also come to take for granted that the only legitimate governments are those "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Further, the people in this country, almost to a level of loyal rebellion, believe that "whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it."

Now, it is important to admit that many Americans will follow the axiom that "all experience hath shewn that man kind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed;" however, like many other past liberty loving nations, there is only so much that they are willing take. They will eventually say to their leaders, we are loyal Americans, "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and provide new Guards for their future security." Also, when Americans resolve that it is time to fight, they tend to take along with them, in the depths of their hearts, a certain document, the Constitution, upon which was formally written, for all the world to see, a list of rights that their government is bound, by solemn oath, to respect, lest they have their right to govern revoked. The Bill of Rights rests in the hearts of most Americans right next to their love of god and family.

At this very moment their seems to be something going on that will eventually require the American people to exercise their deep love for this country. It will not be provoked by the actions of one, two, or a even small group of people within the government who have been corrupted in the pursuit of their own ends. It will, however, be provoked by what appears to be an infectious disease that seems to have spread throughout the whole of the government. What is this disease? It can be nothing more than the destructive evil of 'Corporate Greed.' This is not something that takes one, two, or even a small group of people down. This is something that can take an entire government down, and it seems to be doing that very thing, right now. The reason that it has become so noticeable is because those traditional rights to which Americans have become accustomed are disappearing for not just a select group of people, but now, for everyone. Very little can block the reality that all Americans are now being targeted by an insidious evil; and further, very little has ever been more clear to Americans than the fact that this crap has got to go.

It was the right wing's glorious hero, Ronald Reagan, during the 1980s, who cut the 'top' tax on corporate wealth by over one-half with one swipe of his pen. He cut the corporate tax rate from ninety percent to thirty-five percent, drastically cutting the income of the programs that had become the benchmark of American social services and sending corporate profits through the roof. Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law, giving corporations the right to shift jobs overseas and increasing their profits even further. George Bush, Jr. sent this country into two unnecessary wars to increase corporate profits even further, and then passed the Patriot Act, later followed by the USA Freedom Act signed by Barack Obama, to punish anyone who questioned his judgment.

Then came the Coup de Grace. The single largest "socialist" investment ever in US History was not a Universal Healthcare Program, but rather, a total of one and a half trillion dollars spent to bailout American corporations, across several industries, who had failed to properly meet the needs of the American consumer. This happened with a record public outpouring against it, which caused the bill to fail, at first. Then, thanks mostly to the Democratic Party, the bailout passed its second vote. It passed by about eighty to one-hundred votes. That's forty to fifty people who suddenly went against their previous vote and the will of the people they are supposed to represent. These are just some examples that are very evident, but the same tone and purpose can be found all over the place.

These are not isolated occurrences, but a "train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object." The evidence is before us. We do not have to wait until these evils are no longer sufferable to try and protect and defend our "unalienable rights." Just because we are accustomed to these forms of oppression does not make them 'right' or 'good,' and they certainly should not be just 'comfortable.'

There was a company that once sent out a letter to its wealthiest, most elite clients. In it, this company bragged that America is no longer a democracy. They took joy in calling this country a plutocracy. I, for one, do not want to live in a country where only those with extreme wealth have a say in the policies that effect my life, and I would like to assume that there are others who feel the same way. It is time to alter or abolish those individuals, politicians, systems, and government institutions that are actively working to place the American people, "under absolute Despotism."

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