Making That Right Turn
So many have pondered the idea of what the present would be really like if we were able to revisit a certain period in our lives. You know when decisions that were made reflected the outcomes that came later. Could it be that the hopes and dreams we all share where peace and benevolence prevail are fulfilled? A most sobering thought for the times we live in today.
The words of Professor Franklin so resonate in my conscious thoughts now. If more had only listened and heeded the words of wisdom from one of the most profound lectures I was fortunate to hear just maybe today a better realm of reality would encompass us all. They continue to say that history is a great and powerful tool. Personal history reflects the moments that defined our memories. When combined they are mans most quintessential attributes, but, only if we use the mistakes made never repeat.
But, all too often in the course of human events man still can't grasp the fact we have always managed to repeat mistakes with different variations that pretty much resemble the original miss steps taken before. When will we ever learn? In many instances when man should have turned right we turned left instead. Like that old Bugs Bunny cartoon when he pokes his head up and looks around and finds nothing familiar says "gee I should have taken that right turn at Albuquerque." Well, guess what, we really should have made that right turn but making that right turn would have made too much sense and really wouldn't have benefited those making that decision in the first place. What results has been misfortune and loss opportunities for millions the world over.
When people especially in a Democratic society rely on decisions made by those we elect those decisions should reflect the desired outcome we agreed on by the majority. What has happened in the course of over forty years are decisions made didn't materialized the desired outcome for the majority but the desired outcome for those making the decisions for us, the minority or the in US case the 1%. In no other time has a country has gone from riches to rags in such a short amount of time. It was just 50 years ago that the United States was at the pinnacle of success, both economically and educationally.
Let's look at the hard cold facts today. Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, poverty or reliance on welfare. A sure sign as any of the deteriorating economic conditions being played out today. The security and an elusive American dream are now just long gone. While some tend to agree that the reasons for Americas slip into almost third world status are the increased globalize US economy, the widening income disparity gap and the loss of middle-class wage earning jobs. But, the underlying reasons why all these have only continued have yet to be considered. Regardless of race the socioeconomic status for over 85% of Americans continues to deteriorate. Poverty today is the new norm in America.
As President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration's emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to "rebuild ladders of opportunity" and reverse income inequality we hope he is making that right turn. But as we have witnessed in the past it is our elected "most wondrous benevolent economic wizards of state" that have continued to make those left turns leaving the American public literally out in the cold.
As hardship after hardship continues to mount the failure to make that right turn has only solidified the status of the 1% leaving the rest of us languishing in a perpetual state of desperation hoping those in charge make that right turn instead of the left turns they continue to make. Meanwhile there are millions with higher education though many continue to swear that college degrees equate to finding good paying jobs the truth of the matter more and more individuals with college educations are getting by, if you can call it that, by odd jobs and government assistance. The sad irony is that for years the United States was the land of opportunity but, now the fact remains that more of our children today fall into the ranks of the acute impoverished, so destitute they face hunger everyday.
The risks of falling into the ranks of poverty have been increasing steadily for the past three decades. And, from 1994 on the rate of increase has only accelerated. For people ages 25-60 the risk of being catapulted into poverty has intensified. Could all this mean that just somehow we have inadvertently managed to indoctrinate a whole society into a realm reality where the poor, the destitute, and the hungry prevail. Where the hopes and dreams never materialize? Or could it be that society itself has manifested to the point that openly contributed to the rising tide of poverty in America?
For too long those in charge have made left turns when they should have turned right with the decisions they have made in behalf of the majority of Americans. To right the wrongs and correct the direction this country is headed making that right turn keeps eluding our elected officials including the current Administration. We all have to remember the events of the past and understand what caused those events to occur to fully acknowledge how to not only prevent occurrences that caused great suffering and demoralized a whole society back in the 1930's but how to rebuild a nation.
Making that right turn today will require a massive commitment by everyone. Getting our elected officials to finally realize that all those left turns made along the way have derailed the American Dream for Americans is going to be no easy task. The only way to be able to make that right turn and stabilize the American economy is as radical as when our founding fathers penned the Declaration of Independence. Only through total reform of our government and implementation of a National Economic Reform agenda will produce the availability to make that right turn on to the road of economic stability and financial prosperity for all Americans.