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Class Warfare-I think not

Updated on February 10, 2011

 

Conservatives are frequently accusing Progressives of picking on the wealthy merely because of the fact that they have become materially more successful than those in the working and middle classes. Nothing could be further from the truth. I celebrate the success of the wealthy well to do and certainly want to imitate them. The fact that they drive a Jaguar while I drive a Chevy is of no concern to me. After all, they are both modes of transportation and my Chevy can get me to and from my destination just as effectively.

 

 I am concerned about the influence of money and power as a method of making it less likely that any of us mere commoners can successfully follow in their paths. I speak about Thurston Howell and the corporations coming to my congressional representatives, plying them with bags of money supposedly to help promote their candidacy or hand over large sums to their opponents to insure the incumbent’s defeat. We are not children; we all know that these sums are not merely given to the incumbent or their opponent, without expecting something done on behalf of the donor in return. These obligations may involve the successful congressperson taking positions on issues of the day contrary to the best interests of the majority of his/her constituents to satisfy the obligation to the donor. Whether it is one political party or the other, we know that, in spite of Rush Limbaugh’s statement that the Congress is made up of big boys and girls who are beyond letting large sums of money influence their judgment, we just have to watch the daily broadcasts to see that such is not the case. There is no reason why someone with vast sums of money should have a voice and influence in the corridors of legislative power any greater than you or I, regardless of the fact that he or she owns a Jaguar.

Yes, I am aware of the Conservative argument that references the power of the Unions, George Soros and such. But, can we all agree that for both sides the tempting influence of money in our political campaigns need to be further curbed? I still see a great deal more resistance to this idea from the Conservative side of the ideological divide than from the Progressives. Conservatives say that this represents free speech, but money to candidates is not speech but more corruption. I also find it very disturbing that the Conservatives in Congress voted not too long ago to resist the idea of the disclosure of the identity of donors to political campaigns. It seems sinister and dishonest on its face, so what gives? Who is trying to hide something and why?

We all know of the corrupting influence of money in politics, and to try to deny it is sheer lunacy. Yes, Thurston Howell, you can have that fabulous residence and expensive wardrobe, but tenets that form the basis of our democracy are not for sale, ever.

(Thurston Howell is a fictional character not meant to be representative of the many affluent people who make positive contributions to our society every day)

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Credence2. No socialist here either. I believe you and I would gladly die for our country. But we believe in fairness. You hit it on the head: the conservatives really want to shut down any access to wealth for the poor, especially, education.

      Without access to the means to gain wealth, the populace can be controlled. It was no wonder Roy Moore made a plea for families to return to a time before the Civil War, when men and women depended on the wealthy plantation owner for survival.

      There is a reason why these right-wing guys hate LBJ, he increased the avenues to wealth and power. minorities and women became more affluent, and the republic enjoyed stability. Barack Obama, signaled to me, that at least, politically, LBJ was successful.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 months ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      • Hello, Tim, thanks for reading this article and providing a comment.

      Conservatives spend a great deal of time downplaying the significance of wealth in regards to how and why the system actually works the way it does instead of the way that it should.

      Rush Limbaugh earned his millions from corporate America and conservatives advocating and selling their point of view to the masses as if they actually had objectives in common.

      I always believed that, by definition, it would be the conservatives or rightwingers that would be most intimidated by free access to information by the ‘rabble’.

      It reminds me so much of the dog races, you have to get the dogs to run frantically after a rabbit that they were never meant to catch. After all, we don’t want anyone to ‘think’ too much. This is on the same principles as slave owners not wanting slaves to have the ability to read or write.

      • Yes, capitalism has, at its very foundation, Greed. While, I am not necessarily a socialist, I accommodate the capitalist system only with intense oversight by Government regulators to insure a fair playing field and that matters of public concern that inherently will not be ‘corrected’ as part of the profit motive and the ‘invisible hand of the market’, are always considered. Conservatism has been the equivalent of elitism, maintaining the privileges for the few at the expense of the many.

      The foundation of the ‘Divine Rights of Kings’, there is an order in things and everybody has his or her natural place in the scheme of things and fairness and equality has nothing to do with it.

      Just like the scriptures speak of Jehovah admonishing the Hebrews not to glean the fields, providing for the poor and not being greedy, if capitalists are smart they will leave at least the illusion that the ‘system’ is one of opportunity where anyone can ‘in fact’ win.

      How long would the system last if people believed that there is no viable way of success within it? Those that have the most should have a vested interest in maintenance of the present system.

      Because if people get tired of playing by the rules that work exclusively against them, they will knock over the cookie jar and we will all have to start over. Will the affluent be able to gather the same amount of cookies they had before, would their social status remain under a drastic change?

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      mWe only have to look at the Koch brothers and there towering influence on the Conservative landscape and R. Murdoch to know money plays an important part in politics. It was the conservatives in this group that pushed for the elimination of medica giving both sides of a story. Now, we are hearing "fake news" from all of these outlets.

      One thing which is ignored, a basic principle of economic theory is that man is "greedy." He'll look out for his own, or those like him, especially, concerning wealth. Our founding Fathers wanted to avoid a "royal" group developing in our nation.

      Unfortunately, these guys haven't really studied Marx or even our history thoroughly: oppressed groups rise up and rebel. At least, they should use some common sense: Do they want to "poor" to come and take what they have by force?

      Great article, my friend. Brilliant observations which our elected officials should pay attention, too.

      Isn't it ironic: They still support no gun control.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Barnsey, thanks for the comment. The days of being a public servent for it own reward has passed. The Founding Fathers, even the ones with the most foresight could not have possibly predicted the influence that money currently has in politics today. I bet that if they did, the Constitution would have written differently to acknowledge the fact that plutocracy is just another form of tyranny.

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      Barnsey 

      6 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Indeed, not class warfare, just elimination of the excess government/old boys network that has been placing their own concerns before those of the country as a whole. With great power comes great responsibility, for the pure of heart. With great power comes corruption and greed for the power hungry wealthy that, honestly, are the only people who can afford higher offices such as the senate, house, Governor, President...well, there you have it. What kind of government requires someone be wealthy in the first place? If they are not wealthy they have to seek out wealthy supporters who will help finance their campaign. That system is counterproductive and too open to human temptation to begin with. Our forefather's must have forgotten the ease at which men fall to their own weaknesses. Time for an updated and clarified constitiution and a new, much smaller, non-pensioned government!

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks, AC, I am glad that the article made sense and hopefully the misunderstanding regarding welath and its possession vs abuse and power can be understood.

      Cred2

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      American_Choices 

      6 years ago from USA

      Credence,

      I predicted before the recession, we would have class warfare. Hitler rose to power from economic woes. Sad state. We must stay united and stay focused.

      "We all know of the corrupting influence of money in politics, and to try to deny it is sheer lunacy." - great statement.

      Very well done my friend. Voted up once again! Great hubs!

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Welcome to HubPages Credence. You are off to a good start. I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      HSchneider, as I am the new kid in town, I want to thank you for your favorable acknowledgement of my hub. I did get to your hub profile and found fascinating topics for hubs that you have written. You and I are contemporaries and I look forward to speaking with you and others regarding the issues of the day. I am awkward and want to make certain that I reciprocate properly within this hub universe. Regards, Credence2

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are quite right that money is having a very large and unfair influence on our politicians and their policies. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision gave corporations and the wealthy carte blanche to give any money they want to any candidate with absolutely no disclosure. This is going to make our political system already skewed to the rich, into one completely owned by the rich. This needs to be changed. Very insightful Hub Credence.

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