When will we ever learn? After a disastarous reign of Republican, right-wing presidents in the 1920s, the stock market and the rest of the U.S. economy collapsed in a heap. A liberal Democrat had to rescue America and right the ship. FDR actually saved American capitalism. So please do not attack this historical fact: a liberal Democrat in the White House saved capitalism for the United States. The corporate right-wing had selfishly ravaged everything they could from the common man in the U.S. They not only bled the average American of everything, they almost brought down the very economic system they championed. We learned that capitalism must have restraints and regulations or it will rape everything in its path. After World War II, the other capitalistic nations in Europe learned this lesson and have all established social democracies. Right-wingers try to label them socialistic. And these same right-wingers go ballistic when we in turn label corporate capitalism, fascistic. But it was a group of American capitalists who helped finance Hitler to power in Germany, and Mussolini in Italy.
Now to our current economic dilemma. Regulation after regulation has been stripped from the American economy. Corporate America has had its way, especially since Ronald Reagan. Reagan, like the current president, was not of high aptitude, to say the least. And his political success was the result of surrendering economic, moral, and ethical principles to the right-wing, corporate behemoths. They gave him money. They gave him access to the populace. They helped him to forge a story to tell Americans about the wonders of capitalism, especially corporate unfettered capitalism. "Trickle-down" was a favorite myth. But their policies ultimately trickled up. You are now left holding the bag, including the first installment on your taxes: a 700-billion-dollar DEBT. More will be needed. They have used their greed as a shovel to dig you deep into a hole.
Most Americans today, forgetting what happened in 1929, have seen choices in American politics as a sort of game. For the average working citizen in America to vote Republican is masochistic. The corporate greed in the U.S. loves to watch Americans flock to people like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. They are lackeys for the most greedy people in America. They do the bidding for huge corporate conglomerates. You are left holding the bag, and the tax cost to bail them out.
We are on the eve of a presidential election. It is NOT about little differences in programs between McCain and Obama. It is not about personalities. It is not about patriotism. It is not about smiles or suits or comfort in public or any of the miniscule things Americans think are important in choosing a political candidate. It is about what is right for America. It is what is right about keeping the reins on corporations. It is about who represents YOU, not some huge corporation. Sure, the Democratic Party has failed to live up to its promise, but it is on the correct side of most issues. It is philosophically and specifically on YOUR side. Yes, we shall have to hold their feet to the fire and force them to represent us, but at least they come at all this from the proper perspective.
Now, for the immediate future, can we have the President of the United States, George W. Bush, stand up and take questions about the economic mess he has us in? Or is he simply too lacking in intellect to understand what the problem is? The mess is now so great that it will take us many years, even with the right president, to get out of this deep, deep hole.