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It seems to me corporations now ruled as people do not want a Middle America voting with good taste; voting for good moral leadership, but rather (and simply), “they” want a middle class… that tastes good. They can see you coming, smell your vote and taste your delicacy for the ever-burgeoning smorgasbord you are, squashed to the bottom of the food chain.
What once was the largest middle class in the history of the world will soon be the smallest and, I fear, as middle class jobs flee overseas, as hand to mouth employment increases and as homes remain empty, even as more take to the streets, to shelters and finally to oblivion and death, you will live long enough to see your grandchildren relegated to little more than indentured servitude living, at best, paycheck to paycheck and depending more and more on a government too poor to cast a safety net beneath them. Or, beneath you in the twilight of your own life.
There are but three alternatives to the above scenario as I see them: 1) the shooting part of The American Civil War II begins; revolution begins, in earnest, 2) Corporations become “Buffeters” and voluntarily (with appropriate, irresistible if not compelling Obamanomic government incentives, of course) decide to place people before shareholder profit in return for what I like to term “cultural brownie-points,” these becoming more valuable than cash to them. (Not as absurd as it sounds at first, when you consider the kind of money, which is only another form of stored energy which in turn is “the ability to do work,” we are talking about…)I am essentially talking about bragging rights, about cultural change and 3), global chaos and anarchy. Trust me, as these United States of America go, so goes the rest of the planet. Wealth redistributed with this cultural and economic mind set, such an infusion of “moral money” cannot be overvalued.
Do you remember the '60s cult classic “Soylent Green”? The premise of the movie was a pre-apocalyptic planet earth in which the media kept secret that the oceans were dying. The synthetic food substitute (Soylent Green) was sold to the poor and homeless masses (by The Soylent Corp.) as well as to the “working” class, symbolized by our police officer protagonist Charlton Heston.
“Soyent Green is…peoplllllllllllle!” Remember that? Then you remember what was not secret in the movie plot was that the disparity in quality of life depicted by the masses of the poor and the Corporate wealthy that produced Soylent Green, was as abominable as it was prescient for today’s present society.
Editor’s Note: Or fast becoming so, which is what I want you to be thinking about, here.
The “middle” of this sociological infra-structure was what I like to term the “indentured servant” class symbolized by our hero policeman, “servant of the people.” Top of the food chain? Policy making corporations, not democratic political parties. Bottom of the food chain? You, and yours. Civilization evolved from a Feudal system and later to a mercantile system, and later, a “capitalist” one. It was a growing middle class that made yesteryear’s Capitalism work. Today, it is a global, low-wage labor force that makes The New Capitalism…”work.”
Anyways, come November, the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election can potentially spell the end of the home-owning middle class as I grew up to envision it; as I, long ago, had hoped to aspire. The pendulum of public policy is poised to swing so far to The Right it is Wrong; so far to preclude any correction to sanity in any future my limited vision can foresee. Perhaps I have lived a sheltered life, but I am worried, and not embarrassed to say so. When I look at a Supreme Court voting 5 to 4 on the side of a corporate society for a 21st Century Tomorrow—on every issue it has the intestinal fortitude to decide to rule on-- I need not be an Albert Einstein, a Mark Twain or a George Carlin to see what The New GOP will do to the middle class if the FOX-Worthy laughable election campaign machine is successful in bamboozling the middle class into thinking it is still…the champion of “good Americans.”
Editor’s Note: There is hope, I haven’t given up, nor should you. It isn’t just the middle class that is headed for extinction… it’s everybody but “them,” and eventually them too, because without us, where will “they” be when the American Indentured Servant Work Force exceeds the need requirements of that “1%”?
Help me teach them… All Money Ain’t Good Money.