“Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Countries which support pure capitalism eventually become plutocracies aided by imperialistic goals. Capitalism ultimately creates a huge gap between the wealthy and the working class. The greed of corporations and the wealthiest of our citizens destroys democracy and all semblance of equality.
Most Americans my age have both benefited and suffered from a society supported by capitalism. Today’s youth, those between 18 and 39, have history to convince them that Democratic Socialism is far more advantageous than capitalism for the great majority of the American people.
Now don’t start cursing, swearing, and defending our past way of existence. They’re not supporting a complete removal and change of our government; they want to fix it.
Let’s look at the truth. Those we elected now live privileged lives in Washington and have no concern for the will of the American people. They continually make false statements regarding ‘what the American people want,’ when the polls show just the opposite. We now have one party which has sold itself to the very wealthy. They believe that the wealthiest among us should continue to receive tax breaks; they deny climate change to allow the biggest corporations to continue polluting our water and air; they refuse to allow an increase in the federal minimum wage as corporate profits rise. Our government has already changed, and not for the betterment of the majority of our nation’s people. The United States has become an oligarchy; rule by a few.
The statistics are an example of the people of our nation’s search for better government. Those between 18 and 39 lean towards socialism at a 26 percentage rate. Those over sixty-five compose just 15 percent. I am proud to say that I am one of the 15 percent.
Our present situation in Washington is clearly the fault of the electorate. We have allowed these self-serving men and women to become members of the wealthy class. Without the ability to control the conditions under which they serve, they have continually passed legislation and rules of conduct which greatly benefit themselves. If any form of democracy is to prevail, voters must ignore party affiliation, and demand certain changes.
Voters must force those who work in our federal government to exist in the same manner as the working class, (maybe they’d actually work). The average household income in 2014, as established by the Census Bureau, was $53,657. The base salary for all members of Congress is $174,000. In addition, Congress voted itself an extraordinary benefits package, comparable to our nation’s CEO’s. The American people have no control over Congress’ pay and benefits.
Congress should be forced to take a pay cut and join the lifestyle of average Americans. Their retirement benefits must be no more than average Americans; Medicare and social security.
Most importantly, term limits must be adopted. After Franklin Delano Roosevelt won a fourth term, Congress decided that too much power was assimilated during extended terms in office. The same is true for them. Our professional politicians have become complacent and arrogant, and have lost touch with those who allow them to stay in office and live lives of luxury.
The American worker must share in the success of the companies for which they labor. Making important decisions is paramount for success, but those who actually manufacture the products and give their energy and expertise to their employers must feel appreciated and reap some of the rewards. This is Democratic Socialism, and it is far more American than capitalism.
By James Turnage
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