Commentary by James Turnage
Capitalism is a failure. The so-called free market economy has resulted in an increasing division between the working class and the wealthy class, as predicted by our founding fathers. Thanks to political action and inaction by our government and the Supreme Court, our nation is now owned by the outrageously wealthy one percent. They own the lobbies who buy votes in Washington. Citizens United has allowed them to purchase our government and therefore our nation. The question is, how can the average working man and woman fight back to destroy corporate greed and help the majority of Americans secure the freedom promised by our predecessors?
I am a 68-year-old man. Those in my age group tend to be more conservative and fear change. They watch FOX Noise and believe the lies and half-truths professed by overpaid entertainers who have little or no knowledge of what they are instructed to say.
How does an average American battle the corporations who have destroyed the economy of our nation? The answer is difficult and the vast majority of Americans will ignore the options and succumb to big business, increasing their wealth while condoning the suffering of their brethren.
The income of the average citizen of the United States has experienced a reduction since 2001. Big Business has taken advantage of tragedies and economic downturns to eliminate full-time employment and reduce wages and benefits while experiencing record profits. If Americans can show the courage they displayed during two world wars and post 9/11, they can fight back against corporate greed.
First; boycott all fast food establishments. The benefits of this action would lower the increase in obesity. It would also condemn an industry which denies its employees a fair wage. Until these highly profitable corporations agree to treat their employees and customers fairly; until they recognize the need to provide healthy food for their customers; they must experience the ire of the general public.
Boycott Wal-Mart. I know; I have said it myself. I cannot afford to pay the prices demanded by many of the upper class grocery stores, pharmacies, or retail stores. We must find a way. Wal-Mart is the most profitable retailer in the world while paying their employees less than a livable wage. And recently they have eliminated or lessened their employee’s health benefits while their profits soar.
Consumers must refuse to use credit cards. The rates charged by the banking industry are repulsive. They retain a profitability which would allow them to charge half of the percentage they demand for the usage of credit. Banks spend tens of millions of dollars a year to entice individuals to use their cards and place their consumers in virtual servitude to their institutions.
Finally, cease to accept the advertisements of corporations who project self-aggrandizement. The oil companies are not your friend; insurance companies are not your friend; automobile manufacturers are not your friend; health insurance companies are not your friend; pharmaceutical companies are not your friend; and the airlines are not your friend.
In order to live a life of joy and fulfillment, an excess of possessions and reliance on businesses to supply basic needs is not necessary.
Many organizations and government agencies stress the value of returning to our roots. That means finding a way to destroy our nation’s corporate way of life.
Abraham Lincoln spoke to the future of America over 15 decades ago. He stated a proven fact that our nation could never be destroyed by an outside force. The United States will only experience its demise from internal forces. Capitalism in its present form may be that force.
By James Turnage