Wednesday, July 4, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA: Are the Rich Republicans clamouring to undermine this democracy again?

Keywords or Terms: America’s Independence Celebration; 236th Year Happy Birthday; Uncle Sam; President Obama; President Lincoln; Gettysburg Address; Rupert Murdoch; Jack Welch, Governor Mitt Romney; Race for the White House

In case you haven’t heard, America is two hundred and thirty six today! There are those who still argue that the appropriate celebration should have been July 2nd; however, all of us are excited for Uncle Sam as he blows his 236th Candle, while we all celebrate from sea to shinning sea. If there is anything that the nearly two hundred and fortieth year of this democracy has taught us, is that there is always going to be an economic boom followed by a depression or subsequent recession before there comes a recovery and a boom. It isn’t that this experience is painstaking for millions who suffer during a down turn in the economy; rather, it is the fact that many political aspirants who have sought to sit over Uncle Sam’s throne, or presented themselves as the messiah during our recessions or depressions, have exploited the dynamics in government, businesses and consumers.

The associated crisis during our down turns has often presented an opportunity for political aspirants to present the voters with misinformation in form of campaign advertisements in order to gain support for their ambition(s). The booms and bursts dynamics of our economy are often intricate and many long standing politicians believe the voters are ignorant of these dynamics. Attempt to misrepresent the facts surrounding our alternating recessions and booms, is so appealing to many of these politicians, that each begins to believe many of the lies in their campaign advertisements. For example, Governor Romney’s campaign does not have a winning strategy; yet it is all about denying health insurance to millions of Americans and protecting the health care freeloaders. His campaign is about protecting the wealthy at the expense of millions; it is about fanning obstructionism to all progressive ideas and initiatives. Republicans will like to assume that voters are gullible and will accept whatever is put forth by their party. The gory strategy of the Republicans is: once you can tell the lies as often as you can, the voters will start to believe them as TRUTH! If one challenges Republicans as being devious, tendency is for them to be dismissive; often indicating that the voter or public hardly understands what the problem is.

But, it isn’t the denials from the politicians that is often annoying; it is the fact that these lies are bolstered by many in private businesses who have taken advantage of many loop-holes in the present arrangement in government, businesses and consumers; especially, our taxation codes. Two days ago, it was reported that two business moguls, Rupert Murdoch and Jack Welch, supporters of Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the White House, are clamoring for the presumptive Republican nominee to dump his campaign staff. Their twittering preconception is that unless Mitt Romney does this, the current status-quo of the Presidential campaign puts the Republican nominee at a disadvantage to the present occupant of the White House's oval office. 

There are probably million of reasons why these industry titans want Mitt Romney to change his campaign organization; however, what is apparent to many American voters is that: these two moguls are known for very many deceptive practices in whatever industry they have led, in order to get ahead. For example, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been caught in many devious practices in business and government, including bribing government officials in Britain and probably, Australia. There are credible information to show that Murdoch’s investments are not often in the interest of his adopted nation or investment heaven. A dossier of events surrounding the British phone scandals that nearly brought the current Prime Minister of Britain down is just one example of how devious one of these Romney’s supporter has been. How about John Welsh? Well, probably not as devious as Rupert Murdoch; however, if we begin to ask genuine questions, not clown questions, regarding his governance of General Electric and or other corporations he is serving on the Board, one will surely find some reasons to believe that his intentions are not completely in the interest of the nation's taxation code.

Rather than being deluded with the support of Rupert Murdoch and John Walsh for Mitt Romney’s campaign for the White House, all voters must ask the great question: what do these multinational corporation moguls stand to gain, if Mitt Romney ever wins the fall elections? The American economy is on a life support; the European Economy is hostage to many defaulting or about to default European Countries; and, the choices open for the rest of the world’s economy, except for the Asian’s giants, is probably limited unless America’s economy heals; and, heals quickly! There is the notion that when America’s Economy gets a cold; the rest of the world’s economies get pneumonia. There is hardly any fantasy, those huge investors, Rupert Murdock, John Welsh, Woody Johnson (New York Jets Owner) and Randy Falco (CEO Univision), are holding a back door meeting, or will be holding future back door meetings, that are hardly in the interest of all Americans. This land is our land, the poor and the rich; attempt therefore to make decisions regarding its organization or re-organization of government, businesses and consumers, must be made by us all. There is no room for another monopoly of our government by a few ruthless capitalists; whose only ambition is to amass wealth, often at the expense of the rest of us.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, many of the rich and powerful have become nervous; they have become uncomfortable regarding this ruling; and, many of their Republican legislative stewards in congress, have vowed and re-affirm their conviction to repeal the health care reform law. Is there any reason for this? This is a law that is acclaimed to add about thirty million Americans to the health insurance roll. Is there anything wrong with having health insurance for the poor and under privileged? This point was brought home to me when I read that, elks like the Rupert Murdoch and John Walsh are seeking to get the presumptive Republican Nominee, Mitt Romney, to dump his campaign team. 

Is there something to it, why these moguls are interested in Romney junking his campaign troops? Does the assertion by Romney’s Press secretary insisting that the candidate has confidence in his campaign team mean anything? Well, there is hardly a smoke without fire! These huge capitalists may be worried about the surge in polls of the recent occupant of the White House. They may be worried about what plans they have in store for America that the voters may find out sooner than later. American voters must be concerned about their economic freedom, their liberties and their privacy. American voters must be worried that with low citizen participation in the organization of this democracy, some rich few may hijack the essence of how this democracy is conceived to work by our forefathers. Whenever a few oligarchs get together to discuss how they would rather like a Presidential campaign to be organized or succumb to twittering about other possible options for their candidate to prevail, it is time for the average American to watch out!

That dream of our fore-fathers: we hold this true to be self-evident that all men are created equal; and the promise from President Obama that, if the nation can just hold tight for more time, that our economy will soon bounce back, may just be in jeopardy. There are already suspicions that the financial sector is full of all types and forms of collusion, information withholding and more, that are grinding the system and making the system function inefficiently; hence the under-performing economy. All these businesses are ran by men of huge financial wealth, who are deciding to come together to ensure their candidate of choice wins. If capitalistic oligarchs are more concerned about how another millionaire is arranging his campaign for the White House and casting aspersion on the administration of a President who puts the interest of the middle income earners and the poor, upfront in administrative agenda, then many Americans must be concerned about their economic and political freedom. The odds that the rich would be looking out for the poor, is fleeting; and, the trickle down economics concept being peddled by the presumptive Republican nominee is a rouse; and, will hardly work in the interest of many Americans.

The same economic predicament that the nation is in, were caused by back door collusion and dealings of the rich to give each other an edge and tax cuts which have ballooned our debts. It is not that Democrats are necessarily innocent of deficit spending while occupying the White House; however, they have taken care of more Americans during their administrations, than the Republicans. Huge spending on wars that leads to depressions and post-war traumatic experiences for our nation and many of our heroes, are not necessarily how we all want our taxes spent. With a few more months to the fall election, the rich are concerned about their candidate loosing the debate and campaign for the White House; they are worried that they would not be able to get the huge jumbo war jets, planes, ships, tankers, ammunition and war uniforms contracts, if President Obama remains in office. American voters must understand this; and appreciate what herculean force we are against and why we must continue to give support to the man who has our interest at heart, President Obama!

Calling an American President Socialist is nothing new! Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was called a socialist by Republicans while he fought to implement social welfare programs during the 1930's depression, including food stamps, unemployment insurance, early child care support, housing assistance and direct cash assistance, all programs that have kept millions of Americans away from poverty. Same goes for Lyndon B. Johnson in his quest to eliminate poverty and racial injustice under his Great Society initiative. The Medicare initiative under the Social Security Act of 1965 was termed a socialized medicine by the same Republicans. Today, Medicare Benefits has sustained many of our elderly who would have gone under poverty without this program. Americans are not surprised that President Obama is called a Socialist in his quest to pass and implement the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Law. The fact that this law is going to benefit over thirty million Americans without Health Care Insurance is not lost.

It is important to appreciate that anytime a Democratic President has sought to implement social welfare program(s) that will benefit many more Americans, including the poor, Republicans have often resorted to name calling. Incidentally, many Americans can read within the line: if the program is not going to benefit the few ‘one percenter’, the program is a socialistic idea. However, if the program is going to benefit the richest few among us, it is free enterprise! The objective of this Democracy as construed by our fore-father 236 years ago, is not to limit freedom to a few privileged ones, but to provide freedom (economics, political, social and more) for the greatest number of people, for the greatest number of time or years that they roam this land of the free, brave and star and spangle banner!

If the celebration of our Independence today means anything, it is the fact, we operate a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is hardly a government of the few and privileged! As we celebrate our independence, we must recall the embodiments of President Lincoln's Gettysburg speech: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The reality of that speech still resonates today, as we attempt to build a more just and equal society; as we strive to embark on another social welfare milestone, where a man’s or woman’s access to better health care is not judged by the wealth of his heritage or those acquired by him or her in the process of commerce. Let us therefore be compassionate and forbearing to our neighbors for it is the right thing to do. Spend some time with the poor and underprivileged and you’ll find how hard and frustrating it is for them to get something as simple as a dental appointment. Rather than adding more tasks to their to-do list, let us be more compassionate and caring, even if Republicans feel we are out of our minds. Let the rich and privileged hold their back door meetings; whatever is unfair and unjust will be exposed in due season and time! Let's therefore celebrate this 236th independence anniversary remembering those who gave their all, so that this great democracy will never perish!
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