We all know in our hearts when something is unfair; something is just wrong.
Our gut tells us it's wrong
A teenage black boy was followed and shot by a vigilante in a gated community. The killer has yet to be arrested and interrogated.
We just know that mix of money and politics is bad.
We know it is wrong when the “Supreme” Court declared that money is free speech and corporations are “people”.
Our basic, human sense of fairness tells us when something is just plain wrong.
And neither the local governments, the NRA nor the high priests in their ivory tower (we call them “justices') can convince us otherwise.
We know it is wrong when money influences our elections.
We know it's wrong when the top 1% controls over 50% of the wealth in this country.
We know it's wrong when those big banks that nearly destroyed this country for profit are declared “too big to fail”, and none of the thieves who stole billions from our citizens' pockets went to jail.
We know it is wrong that access to health care is a privilege and not a basic right.
We know it is wrong when religious zealots are trying to deny women basic health care.
It is a long list.
But my fellow Americans.
If what is going on in our country feels wrong to the majority of people, it is probably wrong.
Don't allow the lawyers, the lobbyists and the bankers to get away with “murder”.
It's just wrong.
As an old guy, I recall school kids reciting the Gettysburg Address. I can hear that awe-inspiring, heart-touching closing line that only a Lincoln could compose, "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Well folks, times have changed and revision is in order.
To better reflect the present governance of our country and in recognition of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, I propose the following:
- The Gettysburg Address shall now be titled the Greedysburg Address
- The closing line shall read, "that government of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation shall not perish from the earth"
- At the start of each school day, following the mandated school prayer, the Greedysburg Address shall be recited and then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance 2.0