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It's Just Not Right

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Message Philip J. Rappa

Ten years into a new century, (a mere two- hundred and thirty- four years for the U.S. of A.) using history as our guide, we have, in the last thirty years, chosen for President a B-actor, an elitist whose father's and grandfather's patriotism was highly suspect, a morally impotent boy/man, a village idiot posing as a regular guy, and now, as we hang by a thread, we wait to see if hope floats. As if we would have learned by now that it's pure insanity to expect a different outcome from the repetition of this four-year ritual, all these men were offered up as our choices by the latest Master's of the Universe, known as "Inc.", all powerful, all knowing: "Inc", running the world with the fanaticism of a corporate mindset.

For the last thirty years we've been catering to a belief that only time could put to the test. Not too long ago, our esteemed representatives gathered and when the smokecleared they had sacrificed all regulations keeping the corporate titans in check.

It was then we made a morality bet with the unknowable, some would say with the devil himself. That betwas to let the market prevail; to allow whatever the market could bear: unregulated, unaccountable with smoke and mirrors passing as transparency and legitimacy. There went our savings, our pensions, our businesses, and our homes. Again, blood was spilled on the altar of greed as they sang: "What's in it for me?"

As for these well-dressed, well-coifed, well-rested, well-fed, well-pensioned representatives with their well-funded free healthcare and a 5 to 7% annual wage increase, these water boys for their corporate sponsors tout their owner's directives with an arrogant disregard for the welfare of the citizens they purport to represent.

From the 1980's through 2000, our representatives preached the psalm of globalization and so went our jobs, the middle-class; so went our industry, our manufacturing, our small "mom and pop" businesses crushed by an "everything" store that sold everything on the cheap and so went quality for quantity.

Their decisions just in the last thirty-years are manifestly profit driven. With profit as their motive and the bottom line as their mantra, real wages for most Americans haven't increased since 1975. Profit has no borders, no allegiances, no accountability and is devoid of all humanity.

What has this new religion wrought? A bankrupt consumer nation with no real jobs to make ends meet, the devastation of everyone's safety net and their plans for the future.

A moral dilemma has arisen. Should we be listening to these high priests of A New World Order? My take on this concept is that eventually we could all become free agents and migrate to where the jobs are for minimum wage, no health care, no pension.

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