Even those of you who are squeamish of talking ‘politics’ should be concerned. Please read. I really, really hope by the time this posts, others are speaking of it. Even still, my dissent will have been recorded for posterity.
I will overlook the obvious nepotism and conflicts of interests, those are merely symptoms. I will not waste time complaining, but go right to The Source.
Corporations have been winning, using the rights of individual citizens, invoking them in court battle after court battle for almost, what, at least 40 years? And now, they are poised to control EVERYTHING? Access your long-term memory, find a few documentaries… do some research.
Corporations have fought the federal government for years on things as simple as seat belts, emission control systems, or environmental waste disposal… never, ever, with thought of the citizen’s best interests, or even their employees…
Please read, ponder, and discuss it with friends and family – and contact your representatives. Regardless of where you stood on the spectrum prior…
We have to stop this corporate takeover.
What is the purpose of Government?
For those who may be confused about the purpose and function of the Federal Government. It is a complex system with multiple and balancing functions. But, one glaring fact is true. Despite recent assertions to the contrary. Even our previous president advised against treating it as such… “…this is not a family business… can’t be run like a family business…”
The Federal Government is not a business.
I am not a customer.
I am a citizen.
The Federal Government, and indeed government in general, is a service provided to its citizens. Its purpose is to provide safety, security, and justice. In the United States of America, the ideal purpose was first summarized here:
“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.”
Preamble of the Constitution
Nowhere in the preamble, is there a mention of protecting the rights of businesses and corporations over the rights of the individual citizen. Conservatives love to quote Enlightenment philosophers like John Stuart Mill regarding individual liberty… I wonder what Mill would say about the current administration?
Yes, the founding fathers were businessmen, farmers, or soldiers. But, they were also philosophers, riding out a wave of concepts of individuality and liberty set in motion by The Enlightenment period.
Did they get it perfect? Did they get it Right?
No. Our government was never intended to be perfect. Our government was a philosophical question. It was meant to remain basic, and provide a structure for governing. A structure of Law.
Philosophy is never about getting the Right Answer.
Philosophy is about asking the Right Question. Within a set, logical, framework.
We are expected to accept the new POTUS is now also CEO of this great nation.
There are no CEO positions in government, for a reason.
No more than there are Bishops, or Imams, Rabbis, or any other religious leaders in appointment.
There is a separation of Church and State for a reason.
Businessman, CEOs, serve only One God: Money. Even in the most ideal, socio-politically correct situation… if a business ceases to be profitable? It closes its doors. Shuts down. Government must never, ever, suffer a “Going-out-of-Business Sale”.
We are expected to assume or believe, and thus Trust, the new government administration only has our best interests at heart.
I’m sorry sirs, but his, and World history says differently.
The only ‘efficient’ governments in world history? Were led by fascist dictators. At the expense of its citizens, the people they were supposed to serve.
In closing, all I have to say is this:
Serving as leader, in any fashion or form, is not a right afforded by a vote count. It is an honor bestowed on them by the trust of their fellow citizens. If that trust is ever in question, compromised, or shown to be false… a leader has a solemn duty to willingly accept inquiry, and if found guilty, to step down.
Get to work people, say something…