Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blaming Government

Ronald Reagan claimed: “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”  That statement is false, because voters will soon decide whether our government continues to serve the very wealthy (oligarchy), or begins to serve all of our people (democracy).  Our government is the only institution that can protect the poor and the middle-class from the unrestrained greed of our capitalistic system.

Social Security is a very popular program, that has worked for 80 years.  It demonstrates that the claim: "government is the problem," is untrue.  Consequently, many congressional Republicans have wanted it to fail for decades.  George W. Bush wanted to privatize Social Security, so that Wall Street could gamble with the Social Security trust funds.

Reportedly, 62 percent of white working class Americans claim that our federal government bears all or most of the blame for the economic troubles facing the working class.  Furthermore, two-thirds of the white working class also feel that the federal government doesn't do enough to help members of their white working class.

But, among college-educated whites, working class blacks and Hispanics; less than half blame the economy on our government.  When it comes to whether our federal government should do more to help the working class, only 54 percent of educated whites agreed our government should do more, however more than two-thirds of working class blacks and Hispanics stand with their working class white peers that our government should provide more assistance.

Most members of the white working class tend to believe that politicians and government workers at all levels are ineffective at best and corrupt at worst.  Although, they’re mad at our federal government, they still want more help.  A survey of white working class voters show that they’re the backbone of Donald Trump’s support.  


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