Letter to the Editor
The question is whether or not America is still the land of freedom with opportunities for all to prosper or whether America is the land where power and privilege are for sale to the highest bidder. It seems as if the latter is true with business men doing the bidding and elected representatives doing the selling.
The desire to separate from English rule was driven by the basic principle that freedom is a gift of God, therefore no man or group of men had any right to dictate to people how they should live their lives.Capitalism, free markets, and entrepreneurship are not addressed in the Constitution. These are the natural outgrowths of free people exercising their abilities to provide for themselves and their families. History has shown that the emphasis on freedom has been replaced by an emphasis on Capitalism.
Not simply Capitalism, but crony Capitalism. Crony Capitalism results when one entrepreneur gains political advantage over another. The gamesmanship of attaining and maintaining advantage over competitors forms the basis of modern politics. The politicians’ stock in trade is the ability to make laws and regulations that meet the needs of the entrepreneurs.
Foreign companies still believe in America and Capitalism. Consider the number of former American-owned companies that now belong to foreigners. General Electric is owned by a Chinese company. Westinghouse is owned by Toshiba, headquartered in Japan. Toshiba has recently agreed to provide nearly four billion dollars to complete construction of , nuclear energy plants in Georgia. Holiday Inn and Hellman’s mayonnaise are owned by British companies. Burger King is owned by a Canadian company.
There are numbers of former American companies that are owned by foreigners. All of this is done with the approval of the Congress of the United States. American lobbyists from high priced law firms, many of which employ former elected representatives, see to it that these business interests are protected.
These guys have much more influence over Congress than voters. Voters have little voice in the day-to-day operations of Congressional activity. Every time an incumbent is reelected, their shenanigans are confirmed. Newcomers, so-called outsiders, quickly succumb to the will of the real power brokers in government: the business interests and their lobbyists.
This writer has long believed that at some level, there is no United States, Japan, China, Canada, or any other country. There is only business. One would think that these foreigners would want America to continue as the home of the free and the land of the brave. Instead, they, and their errand boys in Washington, only want to improve their profits.
Government has become a tool dedicated, not to freedom, but to profits Money and politics are two sides of the same coin. America might continue but it will never be the same. Principles and values have been lost in favor of privilege and position. The contempt that American politicians have for their country is evident. They have answered the call of their sponsors, the businessmen, foreign and domestic, who go about buying an America that is for sale to the highest bidder.