When we look at the countries in the West that have the highest standard of living, we find that they have a commonality that the U.S. does not. They have a common history, oftentimes ethnic background, religion, language and values. The U.S. had all of these things once upon a time, in the beginning, but somewhere around the beginning of the industrialization of this nation, we lost that cohesiveness and now the only thing that binds Americans together is money or the opportunity to have,make, possess more, and more money. In recent years, we have seen how this one interest has proved disasterous. The Statue of Liberty is inscribed with the noble words of:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
What this fails to say:
"So that a cheap source of labor will be available
to work in sweatshops, unsafe factories
in order to drive the economic engine that creates
a small, empowered wealthy class,
while the rest of us remain as the enslaved wretched refuse.”
And why is it impossible to raise the rabble against substandard education, health system,housing, and disparity of wealth? We cannot communicate with one another, English ostensibly the language of this country, does not bind us together. Nor does values of religion, ethnicity, cultural or anything that has some semblance of cohesiveness exist. And don’t talk about freedom when freedom is threatened everyday individually and collectively by the same forces that wield all the power in Washington,D.C. In promoting diversity through immigration, and I caution you this was not out of any sense of fair play, but was created solely for economic reasons by the privileged, we have lost our awareness as a people. Who is an American, what do they stand for, what are their values? Why are they incapable of overthrowing a corrupted, small elite that has no sense of the general welfare or the common good?
Mongrels can make a wonderful pet, but they always remain on a leash by the Man. Woof!
Op-Ed by Reformed Liberal
Posted on Tuesday, March 25th 2014