Special Opinion to the Mirror by Chas Cornweller
These are the days that I wish Americans were braver than we are. What I mean by that is, special interests have so ingrained themselves into the fabric of who we are, most Americans cannot even recognize when and why they are voting against their own self-interest. And yes, I am talking about Democrats voting for the guy who presents himself as a moderate, safe and firmly planted in the middle of all issues. When in reality we all know he stands with Corporations, the ongoing game of craps nightmare that is Wall Street and the continual bleeding of the middle class by leechlike taxes, roller coaster economies and endless wars.
How many Americans still alive, remember the depression of the thirties? How many are still alive who not only lived through it, but benefited from the policies of that era? How many alive today can name the programs that pulled our collected asses from the ash heap of a ruined economy and set this nation on a corrective course for a productive society? Unless you are a student of history and or an economist, probably not many. The term Socialism has been bantered about a lot lately. And mostly, it has been used incorrectly and in extreme cases used as a battering ram to accost the left. The startling truth is, the fabric of American economics is woven with the thread of socialism, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. And it mainly stems from the progressive policies of FDR and the failed economic experiment that was America in the twenties.
Socialism in America presents itself as Welfare Subsidies. That is a fact. And as someone who supports this, I cannot deny the truth of it. But who thrives from these subsidies? Who reaps the benefits of the lion’s share? Do America’s poor? How about immigrants and “illegals” or those that enter this country by skirting the “system” eluding the net that would disseminate and therefore either assimilate or deport them? What about those who work but still live below the Well, in actuality, Energy related corporations received a total of 8.4 billion dollars in 2016. In 2017, farmers received 11.5 billion in subsidies or 15% of 75.1 billion in total farm income. Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Auto and Boeing received a combined total of over 21.3 billion dollars in subsidies. Nike, Intel, Alcoa’s combined total reaches 11.54 billion dollars in subsidies. For a combined total of over 52.7 billion in corporate welfare. I call it that, because that is what it is. These corporations are all blue-chip corporations that live in the public domain on Wall Street and make a yearly profit. In other words, our government is manipulating the crap game with these numbers. Our money. This is not to mention the money our government pays out to other countries. Or money that is bantered about within the Pentagon and our national security in the form of navies, armies and the air forces. Yes, these are ALL social programs.
Now, for those of you who may want to challenge my point about our standing Army, please read Article One, Section Eight, Clause Twelve of the Constitution first before doing so. Yes, I understand to pay the debts and to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. Yes, I understand the laying and collection of taxes and excises to pay for this standing army and/or common defense. Again, read clause twelve. And yes, to provide a safety net for agriculture and education, this is what general welfare clause eluded to. And of course, the argument is much larger and broader than I intend on going into now, suffice to say, the National Bank and its establishment and the implications of a central government versus individual states. That said, fast forward to today, with the Federal Government, Federal Reserve (which is actually not even a governmental agency), Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency, to name just a small percentage of centralized agencies you and I pay for. These are all a form of socialized programs that have been enacted over the course of decades to solidify the power behind the central few who have dominion over the mass majority. Any authoritarian government has developed some form of these programs. Any authoritarian government has developed this. From worst case scenarios with communist Russia in 1917 and Germany with the NAZI party in 1933 to Great Britain, first with royalty coupled with the House of Commons and a political system guaranteed to perpetuate lorded power over the populace. It’s a fact and a necessary evil to ensure order and a sense of well-being. Otherwise, the alternative is anarchy.
But, the elephant in the room is this; within any form of centralized government you have the corruption of the human component to which authority is handed. With human characteristics and flaws, any number of corruptions can set in and take root. Communism, for anyone who has read the history of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, in its purest form is the perfect Utopian concept in which everyone flourishes. There is no argument. I intentionally did not say prospers, as that would be detrimental to the concept for which it is initiated. Democracy, as well, is the fairest in selection of authority and rulers or a ruler, giving each individual a vote and therefore a voice in his or her government. A Republic, too, is fair in that all of its people are incorporated into a government, however run, into a singular or centralized unit, protected and ruled. But the moment the human element is introduced, you have introduced the flaws of men. Greed, avarice, and even mental illness in the form of paranoia or self-possessed cruelty or intolerance can have such an adverse effect as to bring an entire nation to its knees. It has happened in the past and no doubt will happen again.
My point is this. Any form of government has its flaws. Our form of government once worked for a certain group of people. It enabled the middle class to grow and thrive. It also encouraged a class of people to amass great wealth on the backs and labors of many, many people. Our government has built roads, fire stations, police stations, schools, other great institutions of higher learning and wonderful halls and theaters from which our people can take pride of our own national heritage. Many were paid for by our taxes. These great projects were socialism in action. Socialism is an integral part of our nation’s sustained growth. Socialism is necessary to form, build and maintain a fire department, a police station, highway construction, care for the elderly, care for the unborn. It enables those with the brains and the passion, but not the income to achieve greater things. It rebuilds towns and cities wrecked by natural disaster. It conducts the research for discovery for new medicines and fund the engineering science that once took us to the moon. If you fear socialism, you truly do not understand what it can do. You do not understand what it has already done. You do not understand the mechanism of a Social Contract.
What you should fear is not socialism nor the programs, but those that want to take them away, those that demonize them. Put them on the public shelf for private consumption and profit and narrow those fields so that only a few are able to partake. While all the while they make profits on your ill health. They make profits on your freedoms. They make profits on sending your sons and daughters to war. They make profits on your miseries. Socialism levels the field. It helps to evenly distribute that what is already accessible to us. It enables those who want to do better, contribute more, to do so. It lessens the authoritative hand in revoking freedom and voice. Socialism gives rise to justice and lessens the burden that corruption brings from high, on the common man. “Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last twenty years. Socialism is what they call public power. Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank security deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.” Harry S. Truman New York speech titled Rear Platform and Other Informal Remarks dated October 10, 1952.
This past week, and I am sure in the coming months, my fellow Americans will fearfully and obtusely enter into a new phase in American history. One where the reins of power will be handed willfully and intentionally to an authoritative oligarchy. Handed over to a group of elderly white men whose power and moneyed interest are destined to eventually bring this nation to its knees, perhaps along with the rest of world as well. They care not one wit about the working man and working woman. They care not one wit about the children nor the generations that possibly may come after them. They only care for their moment in the sun today, their self-interests, and the power structure they have so carefully nurtured and crafted. And should that power structure begin to shift and crack, then be rest assured, you will eventually see and experience the full fury of humanity without conscience, humanity run off the rails, with all its flaws, and all of its darkness, and all of the godlessness man can conjure to injure his fellow man. All of this will be done because we, as a people, voted with fear. We voted with trepidation instead of faith. We voted with our pocketbooks and bank accounts instead of our morality. We voted self-interest over the common good for all. For they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind.