Rich vs. Poor is Not the Fight


“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” 
― Winston Churchill

Another election season is upon us. We have choices to make in 2014 that will either get us out of the miasma of stagnation we’re currently in, or else we will continue to drown in a sea of hopelessness.

It is not lost on me that the campaign slogan of Barack Obama was “hope and change”. Neither of those two pithy sentiments have materialized. Instead of hope, we have despair. Change has happened, but change for the worse, not better.

During any campaign, which seems to last for eons, we are treated to misdirection. As I am not a liberal, I see the misdirection coming from the party in power at the present time.

The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid D-Nevada, has taken upon himself the task of scaring the electorate into voting for his party. Much as Barack Obama’s re-election campaign scared the electorate into believing that Mitt Romney was a shallow, callous fellow with only monetary gain in mind. As if he were going to be richer by being president.

Reid’s demonizing of the Koch Brothers – in all capital letters, of course – ignores the fact that the Democrats have behind them persons of great wealth as well. We don’t hear about George Soros or Tom Steyer half as much as we should. Steyer intends to spend 100,000,000 on the campaigns of Democrat senators and also in a few governor’s races. One of them is here in Maine.

I do not appreciate an environmentally conscious rich man spending money to bend the election of my governor. Just as I truly would not appreciate Michael Bloomberg in my house taking away my soda, although he can have the sugar.

What exactly is the difference between rich and poor? Obviously the rich have more money. Do they have more power? Some may have power but if it is countered by an equal amount of fiscal power from the opposition, how powerful is it?

Why do the elections matter? Especially in an off-year when we will not be electing a president, unfortunately? Because who ever gains the power in government will control the money of their respective donors. Remember Solendra? Remember the bail-out of Wall Street and the Stimulus Bill? Remember the Occupy Wall Street movement – the one where they crapped on the sidewalk to show their dislike of money?

In our last presidential election, Barack Obama was able to convince and purchase enough voters to stay in office. He was able to make enough voters believe he was on their side, such as the hispanic voters who were given the balm of their young being able to stay in the country – that earned him some votes.

He was president when Osama Bin Laden was killed. That was a good thing for the world. But he did not do it himself, much as he would like to think he did.

He and his crowd covered up as much as possible any terrorist act or threat so that we would think he was a strong leader. Romney was stopped by the “moderator” in a debate when he tried to get the president to talk about Benghazi. Barack Obama did not call it a terrorist act. He called it a demonstration. Once again he drew the curtain of obscurity over the facts.

Truth has an energy all its own. It comes to light. It refuses to be held down. It shows itself. I am sorely afraid that we will know more than we want to about this administration very soon.

Romney was vilified for stating that he was not worried about the very poor. What he meant, and what he did not convey, was that the very poor have a safety net built into our government. It is not the ticket to supreme wealth, but it is a net that will catch people who need help and help them until they can help themselves.

He was worried about the rest of us between very poor and well off. As well he should have been and as well should the current administration be worried.

I keep hearing about 250K jobs added, this and that, claims that the economy is growing, etc. Sorry, it isn’t growing here. The only thing that is growing is the cost of everything. Including the cost of blindly following one ideology or another just because you always have.

My parents were young during the Great Depression. Neither of them ever recovered from the trauma of having hardly any food to eat and no way to purchase things they needed. My mother had to go to the town supervisor when she needed shoes because my grandfather was too proud to go for her. My father went to live with his grandmother in another state because there wasn’t enough food at his home for all 5 children. My uncle lost his leg when he fell off a freight train – he was a hobo looking for work.

I have been grateful over the years that my parents didn’t live to see 9/11 – which would have scared them to death after Pearl Harbor – and also that they didn’t have to see the economic turmoil we’ve been in since 2008.

Both of them were die-hard Democrats. They were old-school Democrats, loyal to the party that brought them FDR and JFK. When it brought them Bill Clinton – I said “Bye” to the party. I have a real problem with someone who swears to uphold the Constitution and yet lies under oath.

Now, once again, the voters will be treated to misdirection, out right lies and mini-issues in our election cycle. To quote a famous woman “What Difference Does It Make at This Point?” Will it make my life easier to know that $100 million is being spent so global warming senators can keep their jobs? No, it would make my life easier if there were jobs.

Will it make my life easier to hate people with money? Absolutely not. I like people with money. Money isn’t everything but I wouldn’t mind adding more to my store of blessings. I would dislike it if people started hating me once I was no longer poor.

Do I want my government to give me money taken away from rich people? No. I don’t mind having what I’ve earned, but I don’t need to be spoon fed. I don’t see the benefit in sitting around with no purpose from day-to-day. I think we’d all be better off if we had something inspiring to do. As Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t find anything to do, help the poor.” Help the poor – as in give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish so he can feed himself – that kind of help. Not the here – take this – we know you’re pitiful kind of help.

When you’re listening to all of the arguments surrounding who should be in office this year, keep in mind these things.  Do they have experience? Are they concerned about everyone or just their own power? Do they have ideas that seem plausible? Will what they do harm or help the American people? Can we afford to supply the whole of America with free everything? And will our allies be glad of us and our enemies be frightened? Once we answer those questions, we get much closer to the real fight.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Now THIS is some articulate political writing – may your words go far.


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