Despite its hypocrisy on many levels, the American Government’s stated principles are a great design for managing the necessity of government. It facilitates a “free market” while keeping the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of its citizens the primary purpose. We have lost that primary purpose of the American Government. The American Government is now just a king, his court and the rich “nobility” (aka large corporations) trying to figure out how to make themselves richer. The average citizen no longer has any rights other than to support the cause of the rich getting richer.
We have been lulled to sleep and distracted by America’s newest scandal (The Apprentice- The Presidential episodes) while the actual pillars that make America great have crumbled only to be replaced by the same system of inequality and injustice America was “created” to avoid.
Every politician in the state of Ohio is among the rich and elite. In Ohio the estimated net worth of the richest politician was $23,005,561 in 2015 with a median net worth of $3,813,525 (according to opensecrets.org) . Meanwhile, the median household income in Ohio is less than $55,0000 and the median net worth for US citizens is $81,850 (2014). This means that from a financial point of view, we no longer have a government of the people. Our government now serves the needs of large corporations with huge market value and rich political donors, exclusively. This includes the lobbyist-regulator-lobbyist revolving door.
How can we demand a government provide a free market system that works for and protects citizens when the people who make up the government, financially, only reflect the top 10% of the population? Didn’t we have a revolutionary war to fight against the tyranny of kings and the filthy rich who tax, extort and abuse everyone else?
Protecting the citizens is not an obstruction to free markets but rather it is the essential essence of free markets. Our country is knee deep in an economic conflict that will determine if the principles of our country remain consistent for generations to come. It is imperative that our elected officials truly reflect the citizen population they represent and in 2019, they do not.
In conclusion, we need to return to the small government, representative democracy: for the people, by the people. That’s what truly Makes America Great! The new “American Oligarchy” run by the unholy trinity of the elite, Big Business and Big government does not make America Great, it makes America suck. This new oligarchy only serves its own interests and hinders the prosperity of the American people. It traps the freedom and wealth of America in the top 10% causing the 90% to struggle to make ends meet with subpar wages and the nearly impossible task of navigating through miles of red tape and astronomical fees (with no mention at all of the capital needed) just to start a small business and actually participate in the free markets. We need to return to real free markets and the small government, representative democracy spelled out in the Constitution of the United States of America. A democracy where WE THE PEOPLE of the United States govern ourselves.
By James and Jira Simpson, FCLPO At-Large Member