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Corporatism is Systematically Sucking the Lifeblood Out of America

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Corporatism is like a giant octopus whose tentacles are wrapped around our political process and are squeezing the life out of our democracy. Neither the Congress, the Supreme Court nor the presidency can escape its massive reach, withstand its relentless power or dare to defy its dictates. The Corporatists' determination to control the American political process is an attack on the U.S. Constitution. They use their power and influence and mega millions of dollars to control this nation's elections; the Republican governors that they control are using every despicable tactic and strategy to try to suppress peoples' voting rights. The Corporatists know that if they can control the election process, they will control America; and right now, they are succeeding.


Corporatism corrupts: No matter how the Wall Street banksters scheme and manipulate the financial process, no matter how they bend the laws, no matter how they find new ways to cheat the American people, our government's oversight agencies have been unresponsive and have not acted to stop these white collar crimes. The Justice Department refuses to conduct in-depth criminal investigations and prosecute these modern-day robber barons. 


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Corporatism stifles and suffocates creativity and innovation: Corporatism is stifling, suffocating c reativity and innovation. America's greatest need, the development of new sources of energy, including solar power, is being obstructed by Corporatists who are determined that America should continue to rely on petroleum as its main energy source. And in their efforts to derail new energy development they are backed by their congressional stooges.


This situation is more than critical to the future of our country. If we had honest, competent public servants in Washington D.C. they would know that the biggest danger to the future stability of America is its current extreme dependence upon petroleum. They should be working tirelessly to address this problem. America must be transformed from being the world's leader in war to the world's leader in energy development.

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Corporatism facilitates, promotes WAR: The defense industry is the force that drives the engine of war. Corporatism is a major impediment to world peace and stability. Almost every war and military conflict that the U.S. has initiated, since World War II, has been a matter of choice, not of necessity.


There are those who vehemently defend the behavior and actions of Corporate America saying that, in our system of capitalism, the free market must be allowed to function; that it cannot be restricted by government laws and regulations. That argument has some validity but it has nothing to do with the fact that corporations have overstepped their bounds and are using the free market as a tool to work against the best interests of the American people -- the same people that they want to continue buying their products


Our shallow-minded "leaders" in Washington can't seem to comprehend that to maintain stability and stimulate growth in this American economy we must build and maintain a strong manufacturing sector; that is an economic reality that has been proven time and again throughout the history of the world. But that fact just doesn't seem to register with them because the ravaging of the manufacturing sector by the masters of Corporatism continues unabated and unchallenged.

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While this economy remains stagnant and lifeless with no apparent way for it to recover, Corporatists operating in the defense industry continue to facilitate wars that are rapidly driving up America's national deficit. Simple logic and reasoning should cause one to conclude that this combination of a stagnant, lifeless economy that has lost its manufacturing foundation and the continued proliferation of wars by Corporatists constitutes an untenable situation that cannot be sustained.


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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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