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Reforming America: Closing The Gap Between The Haves And The Have-Nots

Recent events in the markets and with major banks have for many emphasized how well the system is set up to support the wealthy and how poorly it serves the working class and poor. When major banks and their billionaire CEOís got themselves into trouble the government sprang into action to save them from their own mistakes. By comparison current Washington conservative rhetoric refers to unemployment extensions and education spending as waste. Even those who rail against the bailouts of the banks as wasteful spending support deregulating the industry so that businesses can be free to do all of the same things that made them rich and wiped out retirement accounts for millions of aging Americans when their legal pyramid schemes almost destroyed the economy.

When the scales of justice become too far out of balance it is imperative that something brings them back into balance. That can happen through rational debate and collaboration or it can come through violence and force. The question we need to ask as Americans is whether or not we believe it will happen through rational debate and collaboration because it needs to happen and soon. Hard working people are literally becoming homeless because of the greed of the wealthy. Children are going without food and clothing so a minute segment of the population can live like kings. Even the soldiers that defend our nation are not being given the tools and support they need to do their jobs and recover from the horrors of war.

How long do we continue to give the wealthy elite our loyalty and service while they callously disregard our wellbeing? How much more abuse should we take before we fight back? The sheer numbers of the working class and poor dwarf the numbers of the wealthy. When even soldiers are being treated like disposable commodities we need to ask ourselves if the wealthy can be trusted to exert such control over our world. Groups like the Bilderberg Group who meet annually to shape the political climate for the planet with no regard for the people that do all the work for their opulence need to be removed from power and their networks destroyed. These captains of industry and world political leaders have the power to destroy the planet which is too much power for a small group of people to hold if they canít be trusted to wield it responsibly.

So what can we do? We can stop letting them control things by refusing to submit to their authority. Revolution is always an option that we have to keep on the table. Historically revolution has been the only way for the powerless to free themselves from the shackles of tyranny. In 1787 Thomas Jefferson said; "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Over two hundred years ago one of our most distinguished founding fathers knew that tyranny cannot be held in check forever without occasional uprisings. Even as early as 1776 Jefferson wrote; "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce the people under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

What we need to begin to ask ourselves is whether the abuses of the wealthy have become so unbearable that we must rise up to remove them from power. There is no question that money and power in America go hand in hand. Political campaigns cost millions of dollars which removes the possibility of average people rising to power through our current democratic process without the money of the wealthy behind them. There is a total lack of representation of the majority of people in the halls of power. The interests of the wealthy trump the needs of the working class and poor in every case. Laws they pass to "reform" business are nothing more than distractions and window dressing to disguise the real rules that allow the wealthy to do as they please no matter the cost to the people doing the work to make their lifestyles possible.

If it is time for revolution we have to know that it will not come without cost. Revolution is violent and has many costs. Families are torn apart and lives are lost. If you decide to go down the path of the revolutionary you have to be prepared for suffering and loss. There is no struggle so great as the struggle for power. Those who have it will kill without conscience to keep it and those who do not have it often die in the pursuit of it. Revolution is not something to be taken up lightly but at the end of the day it may be the only way for the bulk of humanity to find true equality and freedom.

As long as a small minority is allowed to control everything the majority will suffer for it. Until the gap between those who have and those who donít closes the people who labor will suffer while the people who oversee live to excess with no regard for anyone but themselves. Eventually the question of revolution will be one of survival and when that time comes the people will have to unite with common cause and clarity of purpose to defeat the forces that would discard them without more thought than one gives dumping the garbage. While the wealthy elite may see themselves as being superior to the masses their arrogance will be their undoing. It only takes one strong leader to turn anger and despair into revolution and as long as there is inequity in the world there will be potential leaders just waiting for the opportunity to start the revolution that sets things right.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to:

Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to

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