The history of humankind during any part of it’s progression has never been void of
contrasts – the most flagrant being that between the poor and the wealthy.
The American Dream was an ideal predicated on the middle class, the ability to in the least ascend the ladder from poverty to the comparative haven of financial stability, a dream threatened by the decline of the middle class and the upward flow of wealth, power, and influence to a minute percentage of the population and corporations.
Every advantage is given to this demographic, every trade agreement fashioned to facilitate a growing class separation, every tax code enacted with an eye to enhancing the position they hold.
To deviate from this abnormal norm is to be portrayed as an extremist, a radical, a threat to the very foundations of society, but what are the true extremes?
Is it extreme that minimum wages keep a person or family in poverty while corporate CEOs make ten of millions of dollars?
Is it an extreme that health related costs are higher in this country than elsewhere?
Is it an extreme that access to and the quality of education is predicated upon money?
Is it an extreme interpretation to claim anyone, any business, is too big to fail and therefore must be subsidized by taxpayers while government turns a blind prosecutorial eye to criminal activities?
Is it extreme to protest a system of inequity and injustice?
How extreme is it to export jobs and production so the wealthy can become even more wealthy?
How extreme is it that the highest court in the land rules that corporations have unfettered access to influence election outcomes with money, or elders on social security are denied a minimal cost of living increase?
If you believe such things are the stuff of dreams and opportunity then don’t vote for change, vote for more of the same, vote the party line and nothing else.