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The words of Bflobaz:

Saturday, 20 March, 2010

What follows are the words of someone known only to your humble narrator as Bflobaz, a member of The Huffington Post. The essay was sufficiently compelling I am reposting it. The original is a series of comments to this post, and you may wish to note Bflobaz’s profile as additional insightful comments are available.

Weber’s observation is true: “The better Americans are treated, the healthier their lifestyles, the smarter they become, well gosh darn it, the more profitable the country will be.” This key religious-spiritual fact of the matter truth eludes us.

Anti-intellectual knee-jerk sound-bytes; i.e. “love it or leave it”,”lock ’em up – throw away the key”, “property rights above all”, beat a population possessing a fragile awareness of our fundamental principles into docile submission. In a crisis, such as 9/11 or natural disaster, thankfully we do exhibit a sense of community.

A survey reported on March 15, reveals that more than half of Americans do not feel they are middle class. The world has turned; and not necessarily for the better. How and why?

The public; in well-engineered sound-bytes, accepted the Right’s toxic agenda as social and economic gospel; supporting those very issues which cut themselves off at the knees. First they were manipulated by the Nixon-Agnew appeal to the “silent majority” and “Southern Strategy”.

It was during the Reagan Administration where the late 19th/early 20th century Gilded Age elite (always opposed FDR’s policies), obtained a foothold in dismantling the New Deal. President Reagan took complete satisfaction breaking the Air Traffic Controllers Union. Republicans continued to inject fear and division; pulling the canard of “family value issues” which were immediately put to the side after securing the evangelical vote, then laughing behind the backs of easily manipulated conservative religious supporters.”

Conservative economic policy dismantled a thriving middle-class; which many enjoyed. A generation acquired a share of the American Dream; having benefited by the New Deal and post-WWII prosperity. Subsequently, they forgot their roots and the struggles it took to achieve it.

Meanwhile, the very same segment of the economy presently recording growth does so upon the backs of those they’ve harmed. Yet our tax money is required to “bail them out”. The basic relationship to credit card companies and lenders selling your note after writing a mortgage was likened to an economic system characterized by a state of semi-bondage, performing the servile duties of the lord [read: banks]. It is an “economic” feudalism.

Conservative philosophy having its way, people discovered something is seriously cockeyed. Yet, the drive continues to completely dismantle the New Deal and leave the rubble on the backs of those suffering the most from its intended effect. Greed is king and what’s yours will soon be mine – all under the color of law.

A recent version of economic nonsense paraded around as a panacea for all that ails the civil courts is “tort reform”. “Be warned of a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. We’ve seen examples of outrageous jury verdicts in negligence cases; but what would the social outcome be if the each and average one of us didn’t have recourse through the courts to redress the injustices flowing directly from the abuse of this magical deregulated modern world?”

Conservative economic policy dismantled a thriving middle-class; which many enjoyed. A generation acquired a share of the American Dream; having benefited by the New Deal and post-WWII prosperity. Subsequently, they forgot their roots and the struggles it took to achieve it.

Meanwhile, the very same segment of the economy presently recording growth does so upon the backs of those they’ve harmed. Yet our tax money is required to “bail them out”. The basic relationship to credit card companies and lenders selling your note after writing a mortgage was likened to an economic system characterized by a state of semi-bondage, performing the servile duties of the lord [read: banks]. It is an “economic” feudalism.

Conservative philosophy having its way, people discovered something is seriously cockeyed. Yet, the drive continues to completely dismantle the New Deal and leave the rubble on the backs of those suffering the most from its intended effect. Greed is king and what’s yours will soon be mine – all under the color of law.

A recent version of economic nonsense paraded around as a panacea for all that ails the civil courts is “tort reform”. “Be warned of a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. We’ve seen examples of outrageous jury verdicts in negligence cases; but what would the social outcome be if the each and average one of us didn’t have recourse through the courts to redress the injustices flowing directly from the abuse of this magical deregulated modern world?

It is interesting to note the chasm between philosophy and reality. Think about this for a moment. Many preach the Bible tells us “humans are fallen creatures, born in sin”. Conscientious people may differ; but if that true, how could a society advance a “no regulation” economic system when those running it are, by their nature, sinful and frequently dancing to the Devil’s subtle temptations?

Could anyone oppose sensible regulations overseeing the dealings of immoral people? As a (retired) career prosecutor, there wasn’t a soul ever prosecuted for burglary, robbery, forgery or larceny in favor of laws based upon the Commandment “Thou shalt not steal”.

When the motivation of a profit or not for profit enterprise becomes one of “Service” – that is to provide the best product or service possible – while meeting the needs of each customer, rewards take care of themselves. Is not “virtue its own rewards?” The outcome is increased customer and job satisfaction and profits exceed end of the quarter expectations.

That is a spiritual law you can take to the bank!”

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