Posted by: twotrees | October 4, 2009

Michael & me

Michael MooreJust let out of the new Michael Moore film called CAPITALISM:  A Love Story.  It’s the fifth of his I’ve seen and while not as humorous as his earlier efforts, it carries on the tradition of Moore focusing his tinted lens upon a travesty in our country.  This time it’s Wall Street, the banking system, derivatives and lawmakers turning the American dream into a nightmare. 

A few things new to me:  Plutocracy:  the political control of the state by an oligarchy of the wealthy.  I believe in capitalism (small c) but over the past twenty years, things have simply gotten out of hand whereby now three percent of the people have more than the 97% remaining combined.

What’s puzzling is that so much fearmongering has been cast by certain factions using words like Socialism, that very little widespread discourse has been done on the utter imbalance that our current  financial system has wreaked upon us. 

In his time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a proponent of a Second Bill of Rights, which he delivered to the American people in April of 1944.  So pertinent were the items in that address, that I repeat them here:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. 

Let us hope that the wisest minds in the land work towards a similar set of goals for the people of this country in the near future.


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