When we, Americans, talk of government officials we often call them leaders. We speak of the leaders in industry and leaders in banking. They are leaders, but in what directions are they leading our nation? How have they cherished and protected the country our forefathers have passed into their keeping? Where does our patriotic duty to respect our leaders end and the need speak out in outrage against the corruption of elected officials and the abandonment of just laws begin?
Do We The People have the right to live in a capitalistic economic system based on free markets? Our big corporations, banks and Wall Street say no. We have left capitalism behind for corporatism where the biggest corporations control the majority of the markets for food, household goods, energy, money and investments. Is there a safe place where those who want to save for their retirement can place their money with the expectation of a return that will keep them ahead of inflation? It appears that the banks and investment markets are so controlled by a few moneyed interests that the small investor is simply food for those who manipulate markets. Is our government supposed to protect free markets by limiting monopolies, thuggish behavior and hostile business practices? Is it the role of the government to protect the population from manipulative investment practices? Big banks and Wall Street say no by buying influence to eliminate the regulations that once prevented monopolies, predatory lending, gambling by banks, and speculation in the stock market. Why isn’t the current mode of operations called corruption? Does loyalty to our country demand loyalty to a few big industries or should we speak out in outrage?
Do We The People have a right to be truthfully informed through our media? Should we be loyal to the corporations who control most of our media? Is that loyalty to our government? What happened to ethical investigative journalism? Recently I saw a documentary about the press in which our president made a speech. The three major news channels showed about two minutes of the speech before they cut in with their news hosts commenting on what they thought the president would say, what he ought to say, and their understanding of what he was saying. The public was not allowed to hear the speech on a major network. Is that a free press? Does corporate controlled media inform or does it manipulate through biased reporting? Does this behavior demand our loyalty or should we speak out in outrage?
Do We The People have a right to a safe, healthy food supply? The Monsanto Company says no and they will fight tooth, nail and pocketbook to protect their right to feed unsuspecting people chemicals and altered food that may cause cancer, digestive problems, asthma, autism, obesity, and dementia. For many years, Americans did have a safe and healthy food supply. Many assume that this is true today. Food safety has been eroded away to the point that agri-business together with Monsanto controls the regulatory processes that once protected our food supply. They now propose regulations that target those with healthy farming practices to make selling their farm products challenging to impossible. The latest such proposal is to declare that only chickens raised indoors are healthy. This is the most insane example of backward thinking I can imagine. Yet this is the backward direction our food industry is traveling. Does loyalty to our country demand that we accept living with food related illness or should we speak out in outrage?
Do We The People have the right to access to safe drinking water? Oh surely people in the United States have access to safe drinking water. Neither of my daughters can drink the water that comes out of the tap in their homes because the water is contaminated. One daughter lives in downtown Pasadena CA and the other lives on Vashon Island—neither of these communities is considered poor, yet they live with outdated water systems that nobody wants to keep up to date. Many older communities face this problem. Still, some areas face a greater problem. Our governments don’t seem to be funding or issuing permits for updating aging water systems, yet officials choose to issue permits for fracking despite growing evidence that the chemicals and gasses used in the fracking industry do enter our water supply. The solution we are given for compromised water systems is to add more chemicals to the water to try to make it cleaner. It seems that nobody is minding the store when it comes to providing safe clean water to drink. Is it time to speak out in outrage yet?
While I am loyal to the country my ancestors built, I consider loyalty to a government that is subservient to a very few special interests with money enough to bribe officials to be a betrayal of the country in which I grew up. It is time for us as citizens to set aside petty differences and speak out in outrage at being betrayed by the system our ancestors built to protect us.
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