After World War II, the United States was the world’s only super power and we remained so for almost another generation. Beginning in the late 1960’s into the 70’s and thereafter we began to decline from that lofty perch to where we find ourselves today. Now there seems to be uneasiness in our nation, a sense of loss … almost a sense of despair in some quarters.
Hedrick Smith’s book, Who Stole the American Dream? may be summarized by the following statement: The political class for the most part acts on behalf of the mega-rich at the expense of the middle class. Mr. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and makes a case that after the Second World War there was a “stakeholder relationship” between the worker and the corporation. In effect the worker was loyal to the corporation and the corporation was loyal to the worker and the community. (He cites many examples of decent middle class wages and benefits during this period of our history. The middle class prospered under this arrangement.)
However, in the early seventies this relationship began to dramatically change in that the stakeholder relationship was replaced by the corporation’s focus on making profits for its shareholders regardless of the effect on workers or on their communities. This resulted in the motto, “Greed is good,” and in its wake created open borders, rust belts and a lower paying service economy replacing good paying manufacturing jobs. These good paying manufacturing jobs were shipped off-shore and as a result the middle class wages stagnated and actually declined in the past decade or so.
However, the Washington DC lobbying industry was booming and having thousands of lobbyists gathering on K Street in that district. There our representatives in both houses and in both parties began doing the bidding of these special interest groups, motivated primarily to receive generous campaign donations from them which was necessary to keep themselves in office. This gave birth to an entrenched political class not envisioned or desired by our Founding Fathers.
One glaring example of this undue influence by lobbyists is that in 1986, President Reagan granted amnesty to 2.7 million illegal immigrants. This was to be a onetime act of amnesty coupled with a strong stipulation in the law that the borders were to be secured. Polls then and now indicate that well over 80% of the American people wanted stronger border security. However, to date the borders remain porous even after the horror and outrage of 9/11.
Both parties have been in power since 1986 and neither party has acted on behalf of the will of the American people. Why is that? All branches of government seem to be under the influence of lobbyists or special interest groups, liken to some oligarch controlling the two parties. For example, illegal immigration means cheap labor for one party and potential votes for the other party, while the lobbyists’ goal is simply to establish a source of cheap labor for businesses and corporations.
On the moral scene we have had the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court 1973 decision coinciding with the time frame of the changes in relationships with the workers and corporations. At the least, the killing of the unborn by their mothers and fathers has to have hardened the hearts of the citizenry. There are perhaps up to 100 million Americans since Roe affected by the lamentable act of aborting these defenseless ones when considering that both parents, grandparents, abortion doctors and workers are or may have been involved.
So now we have a corporate culture of greed, along with a weakened middle class and a corrupt political class. That is for starters. Unfortunately, we may also have a compromised FBI, Department of Justice, State Department, IRS and many of the media outlets, along with a wounded scarred population. This seems to be the state of our nation today.
What are the solutions to ameliorate the condition that we are facing? Some obvious suggestions are to incentivize corporations to bring good paying jobs back to America, have term limits established for all Senators and Representatives, (there are term limits for the presidency in place), campaign finance reform, secure our borders and offer the balm of healing to all those wounded by the sin of abortion.
There is a ready remedy for the latter which is called, Project Rachel. I have copied their message from their web page and their web site address is shown immediately below:
Hope and Healing After Abortion
You have made the decision to have an abortion. It may have happened recently or many years ago, and yet that decision has left you feeling confused and emotionally wounded. You were unprepared for the deep sense of loss you’ve experienced since that time, and you’ve silently carried your pain.
Perhaps you’ve also experienced feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, panic or hopelessness. These can be typical – not only for the woman who underwent the abortion but also for the father of the child, the grandparents, close friends, even the assisting medical personnel.
What can you do? Where can you go? Who will listen? If you are suffering from the effects of an abortion, we want you to know that there is help and there is hope. You can heal, and you are not alone.
Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the US, experienced by millions of women. It creates a deep wound in women who have had an abortion, one that affects them spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Project Rachel assists women and men who have been wounded by abortion to find truth and healing.
All contacts are kept strictly confidential.
PS: As we enter into the voting booth on Election Day, it behooves us all to vote wisely.