You’ve probably heard if you are a news hound or at least an amateur political hack, that the country has gone south since the advent of Ronald Reagan’s reintroduction of trickle-down economics.
When President William McKinley was running for president in 1896 he pushed a similar scheme to give the rich tax breaks. If the rich could afford to eat more, then the commoners could feast on what they dropped from their well-padded backsides. Literally, eat sh$t.
It was called Horse and Sparrow by his detractors like economist John Kenneth Galbraith. President H.W. Bush called it Voodoo Economics when he was running against Ronald Reagan to be the Republican candidate for President in 1980.
Not much has changed since then and as the Christian proverb says, “There’s nothing new under the sun”. The rich and greedy have always wanted more and they won’t stop. That’s why they hate it when we regulate anything for the good of the country, it slows them down a bit from eating everything in sight like Orwell’s hogs at the trough.
They claim a free market without regulations is essential to democracy and a liberated society, but that’s a lie as well because they end up buying up unscrupulous politicians with their wealth and have the laws and regulations rigged against everyone else and arranged to give them the ultimate cash-grabbing position. So it is not a free market when the fatcat’s cash is more effective than a voter’s ballot in passing legislation.
What I’m trying to say is this type of government is more in common/related to fascism than democracy. When countries get on a roll like ours, the rich become oligarchs and the country becomes governed by an oligarchy.
The rich get drunk with money and power and they try to confuse you and me with racist ideals and hate speech to distract us and use the middle class as their own human shield to protect themselves from the poor and marginalized and ultimately prevent the people from joining up together against their oligarchy.
Since the time of ancient Greece, unrestrained oligarchs gradually convince themselves that an authoritarian/dictator that they can control would be preferable to public accountability. Meanwhile, life gets harder and unjust wars are inflicted upon everyone else.
In countries that have a high value or concern for the average citizen, those countries where the rich are not allowed to dismiss the will of the people, laws are made to benefit everybody and the wealthy are not hated the way that they are in fascist or ‘right of center’ countries. Balance, democracy, and freedom of speech work for everybody when everybody has a say.
But when the First Amendment is stifled for the majority, when mega-rich people can buy off crooked politicians, how can you say that that is a democracy? So I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud that democratic socialist countries are the true democratic nations while our fascist-leaning country is a democracy but in name only. So it will be until the people’s votes and their will are not disavowed by another man’s dollar!