BY SHARON MARTIN
What’s good for all of us is shared resources and common good. That doesn’t mean socialism. Neither socialism nor pure capitalism works. What does work is cooperation.
We are the economy, each of us both giver and taker.
Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” may be in danger of vanishing if we don’t get a handle on the role of money in governance.
Our current system has created a ruling class, a moneyed elite. What would the patriots who fought in the Revolution and the War of 1812 think of what we’ve done to their hard-fought victory?
No doubt a few would agree with the low wages, the lack of benefits and opportunities, the gap between the haves and have-nots. What God has ordained, you know …
Those with a conscience, however, must see the need to save this country. Here’s how we can make some changes:
Anyone who believes $8.25 an hour is a fair wage needs to have to live on it for a while … without their savings, their paid-off mortgages, and their safety net.
Those who believe charter schools, expensive testing, and packaged curriculum is good for students and their future should spend a year teaching in a real classroom.
Those who believe that ObamaCare is not at least a step in the right direction should spend some time without access to any healthcare but free clinics and the emergency room. Then they need to figure out how to pay their emergency room bill on a minimum wage income.
And those who believe that a few old white men, most of whom inherited their fortunes and their corporations, have the right to write legislation for the rest of us need to visit whatever psychiatrist their health insurance will cover.
Money and power in the hands of a few and denied to the many is not why the Revolution and all subsequent wars were fought. And those who quote the Constitution in defense of that system are either misguided or lying.
We need to think of politics as a life or death struggle, because it is. Every one of us must do our homework and vote into office those men and women who look to the common good – fair taxation, properly-funded public services, and publicly-funded elections.
The economy and the law are for all of us. It’s time to reclaim them, for citizens to rise up and demand the changes that are needed to take this country back.
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer