A nation, despite what some would have us believe, isn’t a land mass. It isn’t borders, ideals, a set of laws or a document codifying them. It’s not a gross national product, and it’s not a corporation whose viability may be measured by its profit margin.
A nation is its people; without people, a document is kindling, borders are meaningless, profit goes to no one and the highest of ideals are mere farts in the wind.
According to the Grand Old Party, whose entire frame of reference is the well-being of the 1%, the DOW industrial average and the GNP, America Incorporated is doing just fine. The CEOs in charge are making bank, and the company’s profits are skyrocketing. The corporation known as the United States has proven very profitable indeed. But the United States isn’t a corporation — never has been.
The body of the United States, its people, are suffering from a cancer that only the gilded 1% can possibly ignore. Only those who see America as a corporation can fail to see the cancer eating the majority of its population. To a $400 haircut, cancer anywhere lower remains irrelevant for quite some time.
Long we’ve believed that the economic downfall of the United States, the destruction of its people and its way of life, would take the form of a stock market crash. Another Great Depression. But the Bush Recession has proven something else entirely.
The creation of a new feudal system, a new aristocracy, won’t take the form of a stock market crash — it will take the form of a dwindling job pool controlled by a powerful few, who set the requirements for entry-level employment at ridiculously high levels, and pay whatever they damned well chose.
We can demand higher wages all we want, but that’s just a Band Aid — the real problem is that we no longer employ ourselves, or work for ourselves. We work for Them. And They are not this nation.
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