WASHINGTON D.C.—Mark Twain called it the "money hungry fever" that had taken over the nation in his lifetime and ruined the ease and simplicity of life. A hundred years after his death, we have a profit culture fully entrenched and in flower. The government of these Unites States, which has always been responsive to the whims of the wealthy, is now used by this powerful minority as a tool to impoverish and control the majority.
It seems incredible that a nation that has no trouble maintaining the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons should find itself unable to care for the elderly and infirm because of insufficient funds. For a hundred years, Americans have thought of themselves as the richest nation on earth, but now in this new century they seem to think their nation has become poor and second rate. People acquiesce calmly and docilely to budget cuts for people programs. The vast majority of Americans now believe their government to be as unresponsive to their needs and desires as a rogue elephant.
This is a shame. It is a crime and a shame. We have the ability to do great things in this country and it is incredible that profit should take precedence over greatness without even a real struggle. Most Americans wring their hands and say, “What can I do?” They watch TV, they go to work and they shop. They have given up. They had help.
But supposing you have not given up? What if you feel that it is your responsibility to do something concrete to mitigate injustice and improve the function of government? There is today no better way to get an impressive FBI file than to act as an agent for change. We live in a repressive society that is in denial about that same repression. It is sad that the powers that be have decided to take the possibility for real change out of the political process in this country because as real change becomes increasingly important and necessary, violence will result ”“ on both sides ”“ and people will die as a result of the violence.
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