Ill-Served Americans by Both Right Wings of the One-Party State
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman
Dems and Republicans today don’t address public needs like I remember long ago.
On March 4, 1933, in his first inaugural address during the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt explained the dismal state of things in remarks like the following:
“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly.”
“Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today.”
“Our ability to pay has fallen…”
“Government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income…”
“The means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade…”
“The withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side…”
“The savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.”
“More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return.”
“Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.”
“Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.”
“They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.”
“This Nation asks for action, and action now.”
“Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.”
“We must act and act quickly.”
Roosevelt later said “millions of families (are) trying to live on incomes so meager that the pall of family disaster hangs over them day by day.”
“Millions (face) indecent” conditions in their daily lives.
“Millions (are) denied education, recreation, and the opportunity to better their lot and the lot of their children.”
“One third of (the) nation is ill-housed, ill-clad (and) ill-nourished.”
He promised help to the nation’s unemployed and needy straightaway after taking office and delivered.
He cut unemployment —legitimately calculated at 25% before rigging the true figure lower later on — to around 11% by putting tens of millions of Americans back to work.
Along with majority Dem control of Congress, the Bank Act of 1933 (Glass-Steagall) created bank deposit insurance and separated commercial from investment banks and insurance companies — what the Clintons and Congress reversed.
An alphabet soup of progressive initiatives were established.
So was Social Security and Wagner Act legislation.
The latter action established the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
It guaranteed labor the right to bargain collectively on equal terms with management for the first time ever — what virtually no longer exists.
Erosion of Social Security benefits began in the neoliberal 90s, both wings of the one-party state colluding against ordinary Americans — more egregiously than ever today.
FDR walked the walk by delivering on promises made to the public — polar opposite how things go on today.
Whether Dems or Republicans control the White House, Congress, and/or courts, privileged interests are served exclusively over the general welfare that party leaders on both sides of the aisle don’t give a hoot about.
Conditions today for tens of millions of ordinary Americans are as dismal or worse than during the depths of the Great Depression because of economic collapse with little or no relief in prospect.
The nation’s ruling class is dismissive of public need. Establishment media largely ignore it.
From now through inauguration day, during 2021, and beyond, things for ordinary Americans are more likely to worsen than improve because Republicans and Dems are beholden solely to privileged interests.
During the hardest of hard times today, nothing remotely like New Deal, Fair Deal, and Great Society programs are possible because leadership of both parties reject them.
I’m ambivalent about which right wing of the one-party state runs things.
At the same time, it’s unacceptable for Biden/Harris to succeed Trump by brazen election fraud that will be hard to perhaps impossible to reverse.
The odds are overwhelmingly against what’s possible but clearly unlikely.
A Biden/Harris regime will likely prioritize militarism and aggression over the public welfare, besides delivering for monied interests while millions of US households languish in unemployment and poverty.
Dems rhetorically claim concern for helping jobless Americans in need while likely delivering little.
They’ll continue and perhaps harden neoliberal harshness more than already.
Whether Trump gets a second term or Biden/Harris succeed him, four years from now in hindsight it’ll likely be clear that the US became more unsafe and unfit to live in than ever.
A greater than ever underclass will likely exist, perhaps one-fourth or more of working-age Americans remaining jobless.
Thirdworldizing the country will likely have taken a giant leap forward.
Dissent may be jeopardized more than ever.
Tyranny may be full-blown.
The vast majority of young people may have no future.
Inside the bubble for privileged Americans will be paradise — outside dystopian hell.
Farcical elections won’t change a thing.
It’s the wrong time to be growing up in a nation of, by, and for special interests at the expense of most everyone else.
I was lucky to grow up at a time when new generations had opportunities earlier ones lacked — to advance beyond what their predecessors achieved.
Those days are long gone, perhaps never to return.
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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”