The Original American Malcontent

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Letter to Congress

President Bush has given lip service to the notion of taking responsibility for our nations failure to respond adequately to the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe.  Now is the time for an independent commission to investigate every facet of this scenario and to hold those responsible accountable for their complicity.

In addition to an independent commission to determine what went wrong and how it could have been prevented, we also need to take a good hard look at poverty in America and ask ourselves the tough questions.

 
Can we eliminate poverty through a purely capitalist free market system?  If not, how can ALL Americans expect to achieve the equality promised by our Constitution?

Do we as a nation put business/economic interests before the commonwealth of the people?  If so, how can we as a nation change that paradigm to one that values quality of life for all Americans instead of just the handful at the top?

The single greatest way to eliminate the problems associated with poverty is to eliminate poverty, if that requires a greater safety net for our nations poor, or a redistribution of wealth and the redistribution of the means of production to the workers, then we need to take a good hard look at that.

Our response as a nation to this disaster shines a spotlight on the classism prevalent in this country, from wall Street and the White House all the way down to local authority. The American people need a change, now.

Our current generation of politicians has two choices. The first choice is to do nothing and wait for a class war to begin.  The second choice would be to begin to make changes at the top and avoid the chaos that will ensue if the working poor take matters into their own hands. 

The situation in New Orleans has shown us the levels to which people will go when they are desperate.  Is that the way we want to see our entire nation go down? Address poverty now and avoid that inevitable future.



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