A soldier in the war on poverty, a saying most of us have heard at some point or another.
A long running war devoid of Purple Heart medals for the walking wounded, of which the numbers are legion, and most often ending in a paupers grave.
A war characterized by daily battles and skirmishes where victories are measured in having enough food on the table, keeping the utilities on for another day, and hope not having the life crushed out it.
It’s difficult to fight against an adversary such as this, but strength truly can accrue in numbers and unity – numbers willing to share and commiserate.
To share inspite of need speaks to a greatness of character and compassion.
Poverty soldiers, a multinational force whose ranks are populated by conscriptees from every corner of the globe and incrementally increasing with the passage of each new day.
I don’t begrudge a single person’s success or measure of security and comfort they may have attained if they came by it honestly. And once attained honesty excludes greed.
The corporate reality in this country as elsewhere in the “industrialized” nations is to aid in the creation of a system where job demand exceeds availability – that leads to competition in the workforce and low wages.
Corporations may pay lip service to the issue of “illegal workers” if they believe it serves a purpose to do so, but privately they gloat over the advantages related to the profit margin.
One thing in common this current administration shares with previous ones is it’s corporatist nature, shamelessly pandering to corporate greed while it speaks out of both sides of it’s mouth.
An entirely new generation of politicians is needed as well as a change in voter attitude. Politicians bent on bringing about meaningful reforms and equity , that translates to me in setting an example by voting every politician now holding office out.
Party favoritism, allegiance, and monied interests don’t lend themselves to that end and so I see no “change”, no “transparency”, and no “equity” for at least the foreseeable future.
What is left in the interim is for the impoverished and disenfranchised to view others in the same situation as true brothers and sisters, to share with and care for them as much as they are able – and for those who work their way out of poverty to never forget their origins and reach back for those less fortunate.
It’s too bad there isn’t a united poverty party to advance candidates within it’s ranks, the numbers being such their voice would have to be heard.
A nationwide strike by minimum wage workers even if only for a week with the threat of more would bring corporations and politicians to the bargaining table just as it did when Unions were being formed, when the United Farmer Workers rose to the occasion.
For sure there would be cries of “Communist influence” and “subversives” much the same as there were during the Dust Bowl era and the “Okie” migration, but that’s a tired and predictable old song few in this day and age would be gullible enough to buy into…..and if they did, to hell with them.
Such a unified strike is hardly likely as few who would participate are capable of losing a weeks wages without a dramatic impact, that’s part of the stranglehold.
Or what if every credit card holder or some meaningful percentage thereof refused to pay their credit card bills unless associated issues where addressed?
There would be some well publicized “examples” made but if everyone held strong and came to the aid of those targeted a victory could and would be won.
Not something likely to happen either in a day and age of desperate personal finances, an aspect of the stranglehold that will preclude such direct action and designed to keep the barbarians in their place.
A subtle fear or caution is being systematically instilled in people in knowing that word and thought police mine the internet, even their cellphones, and that to speak in a such a way as this is to insure the drawing of attention – that too a portion of the stranglehold, and to that I also say to hell with those doing so if speaking the truth is seen as subversive.