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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Opiate of the People

We repeatedly hear the term "family values" from Republican politicians and many of their supporters.  However, the election of Donald Trump, and his nominations for cabinet positions, indicates that they only care about corporate values.  First and foremost corporations are concerned about their bottom line.  Corporate values include pushing down wages, maximizing profits, cutting health benefits, laying off workers, and making use of more automation, which does nothing to enhance family values.
Their agenda will resulted in the destabilization of family life in America.  For at least the next two years, Trump’s unrestrained extreme form of capitalism will be practiced without shame by the very rich and powerful.
Bush and Trump were never compassionate conservative and neither has any compassion for the average worker.  Trump and his congressional lap dogs will provided the wealthy with huge tax cuts in order to ensured unconscionable profits especially for big oil, pharmaceutical companies and defense contractors.  The wealthy and very profitable corporations will continue to hide money overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
As the gap between the obscenely rich and the desperately poor continues to grow, life will becomes increasingly difficult for working class Americans.  Many will find themselves working harder to stay afloat with fewer benefits, insufficient incomes, and much less job security.
Righteous propagandist have already started urging working class people to have faith in Jesus Christ, because no matter how bad things may become, around the next turn better things may be in store for them.  Whenever, people of faith don’t recognize that deceitfulness, Karl Marx's famous quote: “Religion is the opiate of the people,” gains credibility.
Hopefully, people of faith will realize that they’ve been manipulated by the most vindictive, cruel, corrupt, incompetent, unaccountable and dangerous administration our country may have ever experienced.


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