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The Wealthy Have Stolen Our Democracy by One Angry American

The wealthy elite and their corporate proxies have stolen our democracy. We live in a country where the middle class is being squeezed to the point of extinction. The top 1% has increased their wealth by 275% in the past few decades while the rest of us are going downhill. With this extreme new money coming their way they have bought most politicians and have now destroyed our democracy. They have replaced it with a plutocracy. We are all to blame.

While Americans spend their time glued to TV sets the GOP and some corporate owned Democrats have given the wealthy all the tax breaks they could ask for. From 2008-2010 General Electric, Dupont, Verizon, Boeing, Wells Fargo and Dupont to name just a few  paid $0 in US taxes. Corporate owned media spins it that our corporations and wealthy are over taxed while the facts show they are misleading us.

Since the monumental mistake of electing Ronald Reagan President the middle class has given away everything previous generations fought for. The vibrant union movement of the early 20th century has been replaced by apathy. The Gilded Age, which concentrated wealth in a few hands much like today was the triggering economic catalyst, which gave the union movement energy that, served America so well until the Reagan election. Reagan broke the Professional Air Traffic Controller Organization (PATCO) strike and fired them, early in his Presidency and that began the anti-union mantra we have heard by the corporate media for the last 30 years.

Reagan changed the national conversation in ways that have destroyed our country. Reagan started the dangerous  mixing of religion and politics which never happened in our society previously. Suddenly the “God Bless America” nonsense was considered acceptable for politicians to sprout incessantly. Really, God Bless America? What does God think of the other people in the world?

The United States Armed Forces send working class kids overseas to fight battles that only benefit corporate interests. How does the $2 Billion a week we spend on the war nobody wants in Afghanistan  help the middle class? Poor working class kids sign up for the military because often it’s their only hope for a job. Then they give up their lives and limbs to preserve an economic system that just benefits the wealthy?

Now we have a sense of hopelessness that is quite new in our history. With NAFTA and other Free Trade Agreements shipping our jobs overseas the possibility exists that manufacturing jobs may never come back under the current economic policies.

The anti union and conservative rampage has left America workers with little or no alternative but to cave in to corporate America. They ship our middle class jobs overseas daily to increase corporate profits. Union busting king Mitt Romney has taken the Reagan revolution to a new extreme. Romney as a CEO shipped jobs overseas to benefit his wealthy board members, then says he is a “job creator” Reagan actually believed in federal unions while Romney is proudly campaigning to dismantle them.

It took longer than expected for a counter movement to rise up considering the growing economic inequality in our country.  Well almost a year ago it started at Zucotti Park. The energy and enthusiasm of the Occupy Wall Street movement is what the Labor movement needs as we confront the many challenges we are now facing. OWS has had its struggles since being evicted and have had a difficult time getting the corporate media to give them fair press coverage. The media always plays up the few people in the crowd that get arrested but they somehow ignore the thousands of people marching for economic justice. That does not diminish the fact they are fighting the battles against the entrenched corporate and government alliance that has sold out ordinary working people for the benefit of the privileged few.

Private wealth controls public power like never in our history. This is shown by the fact that a majority of Super Pac money comes from just 47 people. We are supposed to pretend this is a democracy?

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About Bill Brickley

Bill is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serves on the NH Letter Carrier Executive Board as State Legislative Liaison. Also serves on the NH AFL-CIO Executive Board. Former NH Area Coordinator Amnesty International and NH Labor News Blogger Follow him on twitter @BillBrickley@NHSALC
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