A Call to Reality (Hopefully)

There are some who would accuse those of us who advocate living wages for the working poor and higher taxes on the billionaires of “wanting to steal from the rich.” News flash, it’s the other way around. The disparity in wealth distribution which we are currently experiencing is rivaled in it’s breadth only by that experienced at the time of the Great Depression.

We don’t hate the rich just because they’re rich; we hate that they exploit people in order to be so. In order for one person to have billions of dollars, there are millions of people who have to live with next to nothing.

It is NOT wrong to demand a living wage and benefits for your work. It is NOT wrong to fund social programs to assist those in need. In fact, it is profoundly immoral to not. It is profoundly immoral to allow billions of people around the world to suffer in poverty so that a handful can have more money than they could spend in a dozen lifetimes, let alone one.

How we treat the least among us speaks volumes for the sort of society we are. I for one would prefer to be the sort that puts human beings, and the planet which we call home, before profit.

At every turn the rich and their government cronies aim to set us back decades, even centuries. They want to take away Unions so we can’t bargain for higher wages and safe conditions. They want to pay us less than a living wage like they do to the people in China, Burma, India, and elsewhere, so that they can increase their own personal wealth. They want to repeal child labor laws (see Jane Cunningham-MO and Mike Lee-UT). They want to defund Planned Parenthood, thus removing the only access millions of women in this country have to low-cost/free reproductive health care, so they can funnel that money into their own accounts. They want to privatize roads and bridges and make us pay them just so we can get to work and the grocery store, where we will first make them their millions and then pay them back the meager earnings they’ve so graciously bestowed upon us to buy the goods our labor makes.

They wont’ be happy until it’s like it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A time when the workers (men, women, and children) worked 12-16 hours a day for pennies a day in dirty and unsafe conditions, and then went home to the factory owned tenements and shopped in the factory owned stores. A period in time when the workers were completely indebted the owners of industry, little more than indentured servants; capital to be exploited and discarded when no longer useful.

If there are any here who think this to be an exaggeration, just look at how the workers in China are treated. Look back at our own Labor History, to the Triangle Waist Co., for example. That is what happens when the rich have all the power. People died for their greed. People fought back and died so that none of us would have to live like they did. Are we really going to thank them by bending over to the rich again? Hell, no. I will honor the legacy of my forebearers by standing up to the rich and standing for the people all over the world who are being exploited for profit.

Never again.

© Karen Lyn and Take Back America, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Karen Lyn and Take Back America with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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