I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. Thomas Jefferson,
Philosophically we all understand we have as much chance of solving our problems with blame as a tiger has of catching his tail if he runs faster. As long as people are prosecuted for robbing banks, but banks are not prosecuted for robbing people, we will never fix our economy. As long as we pay members of Congress more than we pay teachers, servicemen, firemen and policemen, we will elect the greedy and not the patriotic. Our forefathers did not want Congress to be a cushy job. They wanted it to be a vocation. How can we allow ourselves to be governed by men and women who do not bear the same burdens and suffer the same sacrifices as the people that they govern?
If the problem is the government, then the responsibility for that problem is ours and ours alone. Our Founding Fathers gave us a much greater mechanism of self-defense than the right to bear arms – it is the right to vote. “We the people” have the power, every two years, to choose which domino is pushed. Back in the 1960’s, peaceful demonstrations moved the country. They did so because back then, there was a thing called journalism. There was a thing called “free press”. Today neither of those dinosaurs exist. The media, the banks, Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and any other proliferates of that ominous “1%” are one big happy family protecting their own interests through their ability to hold the government and the people hostage through their control of our major window to the world, the media.
We cannot look to our elected representatives to regulate themselves. That is no different than having the inmates regulate the asylum. It doesn’t make a difference how many people occupy a street or a city. No one will see anything except what will spin the movement into a bunch of crazy people who don’t have the brains to know what they want. It is all about spin. There is no fair and objective journalism. Right now, each candidate, for each office is blaming the other for the problems, and stating that they will fix it.
How? We did not break from the bottom up, we broke from the top down. We did not break because we maxed out our credit cards. We broke because the cost Since 1979 the income of the top 1% of Americans has increased by 275%. in 1970 the average CEO earned 50 times that of the average worker, now it is more than 500 times. The income of the average worker rose about 21% since 1979. In 1979, corporations had “benefits” which included fully paid health insurance, and what was called, a cost of living increase each year.
The cost of food rose 70% since 2002 alone.
The cost of natural gas rose more than 300% since 1999.
The cost of oil rose 50% just between the years of 2002 and 2003, and is now hitting record highs.
The cost of a new house has increased 1050%.
Do the math, the cost of living in the United States of America, is beyond the means of the average American. The pursuit of happiness is beyond the means of the very people for whom that right is guaranteed in the Constitution. In light of these statistics, and after factoring in health care costs and unemployment, the majority of Americans must choose between debt and Federal Assistance simply to secure the Constitutional right to life. The problem isn’t that the cost of manufacturing in this country is too high to produce goods. It is that the cost of manufacturing in this country is too high to maintain the rate of increase that the “1%” has become accustomed to.
It was not Obamacare that destroyed small business. Small business became an endangered species when corporations were allowed to become monopolies under the new name of conglomerates. Small businesses are either gobbled up, or driven out of business by conglomerates with resources a small business could never compete with. Congress empowers the 1% and will continue to do so as long as we allow them to spin their lies. They distract us from the one and only issue, by firing up our emotions with things like religion, sexual orientation, and blaming everything and anything on the other guy, and the other party. This is fool the people 101. No branch of government is more powerful than Congress. Yet we elect our Congressmen, over and over again because they can lie to us in catchy phrases. They find a lie that works, a phrase that incenses us and repeat it over and over again.
“It is not truth that matters, but victory” Adolf Hitler
Our representatives actually ponder the moral cost of helping out the millions of homeowners whose houses were taken away from them by the greedy banks. Loudly contest aid to these Americans because they fear it will reward the small percentage who took advantage of the system. Yet their consciences are clear when in comes to rewarding the bankers and brokers who took advantage of the pe0ple. And we call this representation of the people? Really?
When I was growing up there was a healthy middle class, and surprise, surprise, as high as the taxes had been for the rich after Roosevelt, THERE WERE STILL RICH AND VERY RICH PEOPLE!
People are not losing their homes because they were greedy and wanted mansions when they could not afford them. People are losing their homes because they lost their jobs, because they lost their health benefits, AND because the people who are supposed to know the numbers better than the average person, the banks who give the loans, convinced many hundreds of thousands of people that they COULD afford loans that if fact, the banks knew they couldn’t.
We were fooled. And yes, some people were smart enough to take advantage of this situation, but those people, are not the ones standing on food bank lines, or living in their cars. However, since we elect our representatives based solely on their ability to say whatever we want to hear, with no need at all for any form of real commitment or willingness to sacrifice, or even state facts, we are fooled over and over again.
You know, we don’t have to choose the least rotten apple in the bunch, which seems to be the choices we have had over the past few elections. We don’t even have to choose from the candidates that we see all over television. All of those people who have occupied Wall Street and occupied Washington need to take the power of their numbers and occupy the internet. Occupy their neighborhoods, cities, and towns. They need to get together and choose not to vote for the one who blames best, or smirks best, or promises the most, but require that the next person elected to whatever office is open for re-election be required to make the same sacrifices we keep hearing that we have to make. That person should be required to sign a contract guaranteeing whatever he or she says that they will do and include a resignation clause if he or she fails to keep his or her commitment to those they are meant to serve.
There should be honor on Capital Hill. We are not limited to choosing between dumb and dumber, or liar and thief. Our vote should go to the candidate whose life exemplifies sincerity, honesty, and commitment to service. It is time that we value the power of the vote, and force our candidates to be true to their words. 99% of us know where to problem is rooted, and we should not elect anyone who does not see the same problem. An election only appears to be multiple choice. A, B, or C are not our only choices, we still get to choose “none of the above.
We need to stop allowing the politicians to divide us. This is not an issue limited by party lines. Party lines are party spins. We need to think, we need to demand solutions from our candidates that identify the problem. We need to elect candidates who are not afraid to say directly that the problem is, that the 1% has controlled the laws and manipulated the lawmakers. The Problem is that the lawmakers are of, or have more in common with the 1% than the 99% who give them their jobs.
We should really consider the alternative to either not voting or voting for the lesser of however many evils – it is called a WRITE IN VOTE. We must be willing to do our own due diligence before we elect a candidate to office. We have to stop electing people because they say what we want to hear. We are living in the results of our own election day choices. It took many years of choices to get to where we are. When we vote, we are putting our lives and the lives of our children in someone’s hands. If we are negligent in our duty to elect the best candidate, then we cannot complain if once elected, that candidate is negligent in his duty to serve.
Congress is the most powerful branch of government. But because we have the vote, we are more powerful than all of the branches of government combined. They work for us, and it is time we make that clear.