Consider where the country was during January 2020 and where it has been since. Consider the turmoil the previous one caused as compared to the calm and the leadership of President Joe Biden. It’s night and day for all of us who felt the country has taken the worst turn in its history with the rise of white supremacy, organized racism, and angry conspiratorial mobs who lost all sense of reason. We all are feeling the first 100 days of President Biden positive impact on the economy, the policies, and the sharp turn he has taken, some believe it’s too progressive, using the power of Executive Orders, to put to rest one of America’s ugliest four years in its history.
For that, this President deserves our respect and admiration. As difficult as the tasks have been in inheriting a nation suffering from runaway economic and health pandemics with Americans losing their lives, their health, their jobs, and their homes, President Biden steady hand, whether you agree wholeheartedly with him or not, has been godsend.
Furthermore, it is not that President Biden, suddenly, became a member of the Anonymous Progressives. It is just he has access to national data detailing how sick the American main street has become because of policies that are destroying the middle class and driving poverty to new levels. The same pulse data the Republicans have access to, but who could care less about the welfare of most of the people in this country if the stock market keeps rising and their kind keep getting richer.
Destructively, over the last forty years, the bipartisan policies have taken the country over the edge in almost every category you can imagine.
PROBLEMS FACING AMERICA ARE DAUNTING
America, as a country, has not changed much since the slave plantations economy. The very few control the country at the expense of the general population. Their self-enrichment is the primary goal of every policy and every direction this nation takes. Even the systemic racism they have sowed, like corn seeds, across the legal and justice institutions, are intended to keep the poor suffering and slaving to enrich the very few. Look how hard it is to raise the minimum wage to realize the truth in this statement.
Destructively, over the last forty years, the bipartisan policies have taken the country over the edge in almost every category you can imagine. The rise of white supremacists flaunting their violence, the income inequalities now threatening to break this country apart, the persistent racism ingrained in the country’s DNA, the raiding of the middle class pockets by greedy corporations, the rise of private prisons, the crime bill of 1994 that unleashed the police on Black America, all of these problems seem to come all together at once and explode in our face. But as long as the stock market is doing well, the special interest groups and the billionaires could care less about resolving them. Out of sight is out of mind.
And behind all of these problems is one singular element. Greed.
Greed plays a role in the organized racism we see manifest itself before us. Poverty among the black communities, not only takes away their political muscle, but keeps them slaving for little money to enrich the GOP and their sponsors.
America is just not ready to accept the concept of power and wealth sharing across its many diverse layers of races and religions.
There is a new concept that capitalists have been floating over the last year in answer to the root causes of unrest on a global basis. The Stakeholder Democracy, as opposed to shareholder dictatorship, promises to spread a company’s attention across many layers determining its sources of income. Not just playing for the stockholders, but also taking care of their suppliers, customers, and employees impacting its revenues. In other words, a company has a duty to serve everyone in its tight circle of relationships, and not just its stockholders.
Some believe this direction will positively impact the well-being of their societies..
This concept is European, and it is unlikely for U.S. companies to embrace it; although some companies, like PayPal, are discussing it openly. The fact that corporate America pressured the politicians to drop the $15 an hour minimum wage is an indicator they are not on board with the concept of Stakeholder Democracy.
America is just not ready to accept the concept of power and wealth sharing across its many diverse layers of races and religions. Especially if you are black or Latino. Only if you are totally on-board with excluding the poorest of the poor, can you expect to prosper and rise to the top 10% of the wealthiest Americans.