reply to post by Annee
For various reasons, my computer usage has been severely limited of late, but I wanted to get back to you re your last post. ...and, yes, each one of
us here certainly has distinct writing styles, which just adds to the pleasure of reading and posting.
I don't know how govt teachers can teach about American capitalism and investment these days, as they are far from the classical presentations I
received years ago. Nowadays, competition is not desired and must be crushed, rather than used as a force for improvement. Investment has turned from
quaint ideals of patriotism and pride of investing in a company, restrained by rules, to a gigantic international casino where rules are created for
the house or seem to be ignored.
What Americans need to understand is how invested in America are foreign corporations and money since 1980. Even corporations that used to be
"American" are partly owned by/invested in heavily by foreign capital. We may not be a one world govt, but America no longer has a capitalist system
confined primarily to one country.
McCain and Kerry together just recently rang the opening bell at the Egyptian stock exchange. Another myth told to Americans is that we go to war to
bring democracy to people. Hell, we go to war to prepare nations for capitalism. Like Iraq, unless you're a country we don't want to go up
militarily against, like China (or Pakistan), in which case we just ship our jobs to you instead to turn you into capitalists.
Yes, this brutish, "animalistic behavior", displays the economic system at its worst. Everything must be commodified (and ready for profit), whether
its a widget, operation, emotions, or a baby. Winner take all. Money for bombs not food.
I would agree that socialism represents a higher form of humanity. The ability to share and show compassion, to trust, taken to a higher level. The
Pledge of Allegiance was penned by a Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy, who was a "Christian Socialist" back then.
"Brainwashed" indeed! We have to remember that a form of government and a form of economic system are different things. Just because we have
democracy doesn't mean we can't have socialism, or a blend of the best from both. Communist China is doing quite well with capitalism nowadays, for
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
MLK Another citizen brainwashing is focusing only on MLK's work for civil racial justice; much, much of what he spoke about was anti-war, but of
course this is downplayed by those in power.
As had been so truthfully proclaimed already by many, we have "socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor", which I will amend to socialism
for the wealth holders and the scraps of capitalism for the rest of us.
The term "pork barrel" spending used in Congress came from the days of slavery, when the master would set out a barrel of pork and watch in
amusement as his slaves fought over it, as when congressmen fight over the money allotted them. Well, now we citizens watch in horror as our elected
representatives fight over the budget, ensuring that those who hoard wealth retain it, at the expense of the rest of us, who have seen our wealth
Just like on the tv shows, these wealth hoarders need an intervention.
And maybe this Christian nation needs to study their Bible more...
"They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train
for war anymore". Isaiah 2:4