Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


November 5, 2013

We the People: The Divided States of America

CROSSVILLE — At no time since the “War between the States” has our country been so divided. As back in the mid 1800s, the states today are divided over politics, taxes and a black man. And shame on all America for allowing this to happen again.

Particularly during the past 10 years, the wealth of this country has gone to 1% of the population. Billions were made by investors from wars, jobs were sent away for larger (tax avoiding) profits. Business “rules and regulations” were ignored and the suggested punishments filibustered by Republicans have prevented many needed changes. These profits have given the wealthy more money to influence political powers than they have had in a long, long time.

It is the wealth of powerful men in America that has restricted the middle (working) class from keeping pace. Dividing people and promoting hatred for our government is in their best interests. “If income had kept pace as it should have since the 1970s, workers today would be making three times what they do now.” Think how different your life would be today if you were making near $100,000 a year instead of $30,000!

Many complain about welfare “freeloaders” including the working poor whose income is less than $15,000 a year. Yet, many of those same people remain uninformed about the millionaires and billionaires who mooch off those in the 99% paying most of the taxes to support America. Many corporations pay nothing! Where is the hatred against these “cheats”?  

Why are we so uninformed? Much money was invested by powerful men to buy broadcast media. Fox News Corp., for example, is used to "divide and conquer" the country with propaganda instilling hatred for our government controls and the president, a brave man who had the nerve to become president while black. For many years, folks in many rural areas have been fed nothing but “Conservative” voices.  Those people have learned to trust “commentators” such as Limbaugh and Hannity.  Few, if any, opposing positions are heard. Trusting voters believe liberals and progressives are their enemies which is entirely untrue. Voters are persuaded to vote against their own interests.

Trained million dollar commentators on Fox and Clear Channel radio convince viewers and listeners to blame their problems on the poor, unions, Democrats and the black president. Many who are more liberal and progressive, however, only want to help all Americans to have a better life. Voters need to recognize that it is the politicians we elect that are the problem not our constitutional government. Too many in Congress are beholding to wealthy supporters and not to the people who elected them.

Remember, when help is needed because of a tornado, hurricanes, floods... or even “affordable health care” it is the government we turn to, not a political party or a favorite commentator. To have money available for these problems and the needed bills paid, our government needs taxes (aka dues) and they have to be collected, not just from the working class, but also from the rich, who actually gain the most from being an American. Folks, if you are not rich you should think twice about voting Republican today!

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