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Restoration of the Monarchy

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson

An old friend called me tonight to talk politics. While he was talking he raised an interesting question. Have we as Americans replaced one monarchy for another? It is a question that bears examination and brings answers that many of us might not like. While painful to ask and answer it is the kind of question that we should the most often ask ourselves.

In feudal times the lord of a territory held the lands and owned the goods while serfs lived on the land and toiled in the fields to pay for the privilege of consuming the goods and living on the land. They were essentially indentured servants to the lords of the lands. The feudal lords did little to earn their wealth but were seen as the most important people and the one for whom the lowly serfs should lay down their lives for if called upon to do so. The serfs had few real rights and were totally dependent upon the lords for military protection and perceived safety.

In modern America we have the corporations. They own the vast majority of the goods hold all of our debt and live off the fruits of our labor. We rent or buy our homes using the money they pay us to work for them and must forfeit our assets to them if we cannot pay the debt we owe to them. They control the production of all military machines and have the greatest influence in the decisions of our elected officials including which officials we are even exposed to in the elections.

In feudal times the crown was the great protector of the feudal lords. The monarchy lent legitimacy to the lords by giving the support of the king to the lords by decree and acclamation. The perceived power of the crown came from God and was ordained to be so by the church. God empowered the church to proclaim a king, the king acclaimed the power of the lords and thus it was so. The lords in turn gave tribute to the crown in the form of goods, troops and money to maintain the power of the kingdom and the crown.

In modern America the Constitution, Courts, Congress and the Presidency have replaced the church and crown but still give legitimacy to the current power structure by decree and acclamation. Corporations are given special dispensation to exploit and control the citizenry through legislation and in turn fund campaigns to keep the powerful in power. The laws are made so complex that the average person cannot understand them fully keeping the citizenry in the dark as to the real goings on in Washington. The corporations become larger and more powerful and those who labor are left with little to no real power.

The question we should be asking is where this all is heading. If we are to look at history as our guide we will see that the historical vehicle for change from the feudal system has been popular uprising. When those without power become too desperate and cannot handle the suffering of living under the control of tyrants any longer, they rise up and revolt. This has happened many times throughout history and will likely happen again.

Thomas Jefferson once said "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." In these times we have to wonder if our labors are being wasted when our leaders give billions to those who have wasted billions of our dollars already on their own decadence. Have we become the serfs serving at the mercy of the new lords who now live in mansions instead of castles and hold mortgages and credit lines as opposed to land rights over the working class? This question bears examination and thought as it may be the defining question of our times. Have we come to the point in our history when the good of the people will only be served by the overthrow of the new tyrants controlling the banks and brokerages? Has the system conceived to reject the monarchy and empower the people merely created a different kind of monarchy? It may be that the time has once again come to water the tree of liberty and that we the people merely need to wake up to it and act.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article

Should the H-1B Program Be Suspended?

In 2008 over 100,000 workers were imported into the United States under the H-1B visa program. Still more visas were converted from student to H-1B to allow foreign born students to work in the U.S. At the same time over 2,000,000 U.S. workers lost their jobs. So with unemployment approaching 10% in America, should the government suspend the H-1B program until unemployment begins to decline and more Americans fill the open positions within the nation’s companies?

One argument made in support of the H-1B program is that some companies can’t afford to pay workers what American workers would demand for the jobs that are being filled by imported employees. The argument follows that for the quality of worker they can get from abroad they would need to either reduce the total number of employees or scale back their business overall to afford American workers. The question that many who dispute their claims raise is how does that claim hold up when many skilled American workers are being forced to take minimum wage jobs because there are no jobs available that match their skills and experience?

The American workforce is increasingly being forced onto the unemployment rolls. We have skilled workers being forced to take jobs that pay minimum wage because employers are not offering the skilled jobs to American workers. Corporations are laying off American workers and then hiring people from abroad to do the jobs for less. At the same time record compensation packages for corporate executives are flaunting the excesses of business in the faces of hard working Americans put out of work by their greed. In all of this Congress and the President have the power to address the issues facing American workers.

One way in which our government can look out for the American workers is to put the H-1B program on hold until such time as American workers are not being laid off by companies while executives are making exorbitant salaries and bonuses. Congress can also pass laws putting caps on executive compensation and requiring that all bonuses be based on performance that includes sustained employment of American workers. While free-market advocates will cry foul and claim that this is too much intrusion into business it is evident that allowing the free market to operate without limitation has been disastrous to the economy of not only the United States but the world as a whole.

The H-1B issue is just one symptom of a larger problem. The American worker has become the stepchild of the legislative process. During the past weeks as the President’s stimulus package has worked its way through Congress the debate has been between the Republicans’ ideas of top-down tax cuts and the Democrats’ ideas of spending on projects that employ workers directly. For most objective observers it is fairly clear that neither side has a monopoly on good ideas as both philosophies have failed miserably individually. What is also clear is that something must be done to address the imbalances in our economy. Workers need to have jobs and companies need to make profits. What needs to be found is a balance between the needs of workers and the desires of corporations to be profitable. The legislative process has long favored the profits of corporations to the detriment of workers. It has come time for the pendulum to swing the other way and for strong legislation to be passed to protect workers and domestic jobs. In times of surplus jobs and limited labor the H-1B program makes sense but in the current labor market it is only logical to look out for American workers first and foremost.

The Realist - Patriot at Large | E-mail Comments on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article



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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 stories@reform-america.net

 

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