WASHINGTON – The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century.
Not since the explosive years of the civil rights movement and the hard-fought debut of government-supported health care for the elderly and poor have so many big things – love them or hate them – been done so quickly.
Gridlock? It may feel that way. But that’s not the story of the 111th Congress – not the story that history will remember.
Democrats are dearly hoping history won’t repeat itself. In 1966, after Democrats created Medicare and Medicaid and passed civil rights laws, they got hammered in the election, losing 48 seats in the House and four in the Senate. They maintained their majorities in both at the time, but an identical result next month would turn the House over to Republicans.
A little knowledge is often worst than none; the wrongs that existed at the state levels of government in our history would never have been corrected by the states. One example of states failures resulted in the Civil War. The war was required in order to eliminate slavery (which would seem to contradict the Declaration of Independence). Even after the Civil War segregation continued and it required a strong centralized government to fulfill the mandate of Abraham Lincoln, which took another hundred years. Although there were millions of people who did not support slavery across the land the splintered voices could not be heard collectively and required the action of the elected government.
The Declaration of Independence which brought forth our Nation was written to protect the people from various wrongs, these wrongs are inherent in the makeup of humanity and they have occurred since the beginning of time. “All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” The quest for the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness just did not happen with the Declaration of Independence, nor with the Revolutionary War, and not even with the Civil War! It’s an endless pursuit that requires a strong, central, and honest government. The keyword is honest. Government, in of itself, is not bad, it is the people who make up the government and whether they adhere to the principles of our Constitution and laws, who make it one way or the other. The National government has had to act when the States have failed to, Social Security wasn’t taken over from the States, it did not exist, the States, could not, or did not want to, take care of the elderly and their lot was dire.
Our National government today is primarily a façade, a façade to give the appearance of a representative Democracy. However the elected officials have been bought or frightened into taking away our rights. The Republican Party jumped into bed with Corporate America a long time ago and has never gotten out. The Democrats have been a little more reluctant but they too are now in that same bed, although their underlying philosophy of putting the people first still exists, however faint it might be. It is up to the educated electorate to search through the myriad of candidates and glean the ones who actually give a damn about the people, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
However, it would be foolhardy, indeed, self-destructive to put back into power the GOP, whose policies brought on the conditions we see around us today. By manipulation and deceit they have abridged our elections, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights! It took eight years to suck the life blood out of this country, if you think it can be corrected in two years, wake up! Our views are that of an independent, yet the lesser of two evils is the Democratic Party and if we want any hope of getting out of this economic mess we are in, it will be through the combined efforts of that party, because it is apparent that the Republicans will never put together anything constructive. Their belief to continue the policies of George Bush would indicate what the outcome would be, look where we’re at, the rich continuing to get rich on the backbone of the working class.
Corporate America has control of this country and after the Supreme Court decision (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,which was handed down by the appointees of Republican administrations) allowing Corporations and the rich from around the world to dump as much money into the ad campaigns for the candidates they want. Those who control the media control the people. The truth is no longer buried yet it surfacing goes unnoticed, unnoticed by a public who has been desensitized to murder, war, transgressions and to the breakup of society. This desensitizing has occurred through the mass media with its video games of warfare, killing and maiming, and the all around projected attitude of betraying your neighbor and friends, through reality shows such as Survivor, Big Brother and all the rest of those mindless, valueless, so called, “pieces of entertainment”. The only things these games and shows accomplish are to dull the mind and promote the negativities of humanity.
Ultimately, Corporate America does not lose no matter what the outcome of any election because they have already gained such a stranglehold on the infrastructure of our Nation. All we can hope to do, through perseverance and fortitude is to slow it down from its final goal of one Corporate World where nations will no longer exist as we know them and people’s freedoms will be a nice memory. To paraphrase George Bush, Sr., a New World Order, through the auspices of the United Nations, will be here one day! And with it the corporate control of the world and all its resources.