Doing What Must Be Done: An Opinion by Jon B. Crenshaw
This we all know: We live in a country where the rampant greed of the least of us (2% of our population) has nearly decimated the American way of life. Mass unrest brought about by unfair wealth distribution and an out of touch government, has brought about the “People’s Occupation Movement” in nearly every major city across the U.S. Faith and optimism in our elected officials to represent the needs and desires of “we the people” has dwindled to an all time low; and particularly evident of late, lack of faith in Washington’s inability or (and in some cases) unwillingness to restore our damaged economy and rid the U.S. its oppressive debt. America’s capitalism driven system of economics has meta-morphed into a more aptly named “system of greed” in which the wealthiest few control more than 60% of our country’s wealth.
Many Americans now comprehend the apparent truths, that our government has been in bed with the wealthy for quite some time and have been party and cause to America’s present economic downfall and unrest of the 98% majority population.
Washington has covertly and callously for many years abandoned the needs and desires of “we the people” in order to satisfy its own selfish whims, but more so have perpetuated and furthered the (now apparent) destructive schemes of Wall Street, corporate America and those wielding money and power. By widening the economic gap between rich and poor “wealth and power” have ensured their legacies, while damning the common citizen’s pursuit of the American dream. Our country’s structural health, world economic status and future are in severely dire straits and must be righted if America as a world power is to retain/regain her glory.
I would be remiss were I not to note the particularly unpatriotic antics of the Republican Party and its leaders: Consistently Republicans have voiced and voted their refusal to back President Obama in any political measure; even if it meant economic recovery of the middle class and a tolerable national debt. The blatant and sometimes combative refusal by Republicans (and some Democrats) to even consider tax increases aimed at wealthy individuals and corporations is clear evidence of the influence of wealth manipulating government to further its own designs.
It is this writer’s opinion: If “we” the people of this nation truly desire change of the present status quo in Washington, it is “we” that must believe in the power of our voices and the power of our vote. It is clearly obvious, that many of the “public servants” currently elected to represent “us” are not doing the job our tax dollars (generously) pay them to do. During the next voting cycle, we the people have the power to oust from our government those entities of which do not hold our interests as precedent relevance. I submit; it is our right and duty as citizens of this country to defend our Constitution, Bill of Rights and individuality, from those entities that would do us and her harm. Change is evident and eventual, but only if we are joined in our efforts to embody and fight for it. For years the American public in many cases has taken at face value, the lies and calculated rhetoric of the wealth-controlled main-stream media and its manipulations of our lives: We can ill-afford to continue such debilitating a trend, if we as a nation are to prosper beyond our present state. The future will loom bleak if we do not stand together and let it be known, that the powers that be can no longer delude us into submission. We must fight.
Signed; my brother’s keeper
“Doing What Must Be Done: An Opinion”
Jon` B. Crenshaw