A Stable American Genius

statue-of-liberty-landmark-close-new-york.jpgAre you really smart or a stable genius? Are you satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the corporate tables; the tables of the wealthy? This is what “trickle-down economics” is really all about. Engage your genius and think about this for a moment.

Do not be so easily exploited by propaganda. Propaganda is engineered statements designed to distort human perception. “Trickle-down economics” does not sound as bad as “crumbs falling from the tables of the wealthy,” but both describe a general population at the economic mercy of an aristocracy; a population that should feel grateful for what little the wealthy throw to them. Is this the United States of America envisioned by its founders?

The founders of America were tired of aristocrats and the oppression that accompanied them. They envisioned a nation where “all men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence). Unfortunately, they were not able to create a government that perfected that vision. Instead, they laid a foundation for future generations to build upon, and future generations did build upon it.

A great war was waged to eliminate the bondage of slavery, but this did not fully establish equality. A struggle then began for civil rights that was heralded by the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1868. This important amendment grants all citizens “the equal protection of the laws.” While equality was still an American value in 1868, it was far from perfected. The continuing struggle for civil rights would be greatly magnified in the twentieth century, and expanded beyond race to include gender and religion. It is time to include another type of civil rights: the rights of the general population (the People) over corporations.

The purposes of American government are clearly stated in the preamble of the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

How does severe economic regimentation that favors a wealthy minority and enslaves the general population to corporate policies and wages “promote the general Welfare?” If the significant tax breaks recently given to corporations were instead provided to the general population, the economy would also be stimulated. The difference is that the corporations (and their wealthy owners) would have to work to earn that money, instead of it simply having it handed to them. It is hypocritical and reprehensible when the wealthy and their political mouthpieces speak derogatively of the “entitlements” given the poor when they are much more “entitled.” The general American population has a right to equal protection under the tax laws also, but they are not getting it.

America has not perfected equality, so anyone who values the principles this nation was founded upon should be suspicious when a politician wants to “restore” America. To “restore” something is to return it to a previous condition or state. Do we want to return America to a state where people are less equal, and therefore, less free? Is it coincidental that “restoring America” became a campaign slogan after America elected its first black president? It is rather obvious that America still needs to work on equality for all “the People.”

Latin provides the root for “genius” which generally concerns a person’s spirit (Online Etymology Dictionary). An authentic American genius can easily recognize that a corporate raider has taken over the American government, is plundering the public coffers and stripping our national treasures. That corporate raider is enabled by politicians who have forsaken the public trust for campaign contributions from the wealthy. How stable is your American genius? Do you believe that you are more entitled than others?