OPINION: 'We the (mindless) people' need to fight back for our government
Six million people have lost their jobs. Many will never work again. Eight trillion dollars of middle class wealth has been destroyed in the housing collapse. Fifty million people are living in poverty, and one out of eight Americans is on food stamps.
Corporate profits are at an all time high, while the taxes paid by corporations, are among the lowest in the industrial world. Between 2000 and 2006, two-thirds of all growth in the entire economy went to the top 1 percent, while the American taxpayer bailed out the “too big to fail” banks, which are now bigger than ever, reaping in billions of dollars in profits and bonuses.
In the Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II years, the national debt had doubled, all to further the wealthy base. The Republican response? Let the working and middle class pay. They can sit subservient, and docile in front of their TVs watching a continual rash of mindless, inept drivel. The real intelligence and logic of America being locked out.
The Republican and Tea Party condemn the government at every turn. However, it was our government that has made America great. There was a time in America when the common good of the people meant something. We are now being fed a systematic, well-organized propaganda system blaming our ills on the government.
Our Constitution states: “We the people.” However, today the people are not represented by those that have the common good in mind. We are represented by congressmen and senators who represent corporations that have ploughed billions of dollars into their elections, and payback is the name of the game, government control is in their hands.
We have become a mindless, unintellectual nation, that has lowered its standards to the Charlie Sheen’s, Paris Hilton’s and others, the lowest denominator of reason and decency.
Pat R. O’Malley