It has happened bit by bit. We have seen little breaks in the seams of our fabric. As time has gone by, we have more and more of our liberties taken away from us. We have seen NSA spying on our phone conversations and gathering huge amounts of data on everyone. We have seen anti-abortion activists place huge burdens on the process that in many states it is almost impossible to even get to a doctor that performs abortions.
We have seen the anti-LGBT movement start calling discrimination a “religious liberty” so they can discriminate against LGBT marriages simply because they “don’t believe in it.” We have seen public education under attack and have seen their budgets slashed to the bare bones. This even includes higher education budgets at our state universities.
We have seen attacks on pay equality. Women are expected to do the same job as a man and get paid less for their labors. We have seen attacks on contraception measures designed so women can choose when to have a family.
We have seen attacks on the poor. Welfare cuts, SNAP cuts, WIC cuts, even cuts to the agencies that are supposed to protect us from bad foods and drugs. There has been a constant attack on the less wealthy, blacks, Latinos, gays, and women for over 30 years.
At the same time, we have seen the top 1% wage earners get richer all the while claiming they are the ones under attack. They claim they pay too much in taxes when in fact, their percentage of income going to taxes are lower than the people who work for them.
Some say this is a “conservative movement” that has gained traction. They claim that people would not vote for politicians who are forcing these issues on the American people if they did not agree with them. I say it is something far different, and far more insidious than that. It is a marriage between Conservative Christians and what is quickly becoming the American Aristocracy!
It is no coincidence that the Conservative Christian movement gained strength at the same time the American Aristocracy began to become more of a reality. In fact, it is the American Aristocrats that are actually funding the Conservative Christian movement. That funding does not come because the Aristocrats actually believe in all of that guff. It is because they want to use Conservative Christians to gain power, and nothing more than that.
When our country was founded over 200 years ago, the world was made up of kingdoms. Our own “mother country” was a kingdom. These kingdoms were left over relics of the “dark ages” when it was determined that “God ordained” certain people to be kings and lords.
The simple act of being born into a certain family proved that God had ordained you to become the king. That fact proved that God had ordained you to be a lord with life and death powers over your serfs. Religion backed this notion. They told their followers that it was their duty to follow their ruler because he was “ordained by God.”
Our founding fathers believed this to be nonsense. They believed that who was governing was up to the people who were being governed. They turned away from the “God ordained” leaders and set up a government meant to be run by the very people who are to be governed.
The “separation of church and state” in our First Amendment was to insure there would be no “God ordained” leader in America. They went even further to ensure that no Aristocracy was able to rise in America. In England, the “old families” owned most of the country’s property and money, and still do. They made up their own rules. The founding fathers decided that was not good for the country.
As a result, they established the “estate tax” in America. By placing a high tax on inherited wealth, they planned to make sure that Aristocrats could not wield so much power. In their opinion, being born to a rich family did not make you “ordained by God” to be rich for the rest of your life. You had to earn your own way.
And it all worked for over 200 years. Yes, there were a lot of hiccups along the way. But by and large, the non-aristocratic government they established worked. Then came along Ronald Reagan in 1980. Ronald Reagan did not see why it was so bad to let an aristocracy rise in America.
He wrapped his message in what was to be known as “trickle-down economics.” He said that if the really rich were given huge tax breaks, they would invest in business. He said that if the estate tax was cut, or better yet, eliminated, these rich brats would invest in business. Of course it never happened that way.
At the same time, the Conservative Christian movement began to gain traction. Their preachers went to the pulpit every Sunday claiming that we should all be thankful to the very wealthy because they made our miserable lives possible with jobs. They preached that these wealthy people should not have to pay any estate taxes because God had blessed them by putting them in their family at birth.
They also preached that not blindly following these “leaders” of industry, we would be guilty of disobeying God. Since these people were all blessed by God with their wealth, we must follow their lead or face eternal doom after we die. It all sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
During the “Dark Ages” these lords and kings didn’t give a damn about the poor. They did nothing to ensure their lives got better. Instead, they relied on keeping them uneducated and poor. That was the best way to keep control. And, since these “lords” were ordained by God, it was not a sin to kill off their serfs if they didn’t obey the lords.
Today we see similar comparisons to those times. We are told that the wealthy control our lives. They are the ones who should determine “fair wages” because they are th ones with the money. Since they were “blessed by God” we don’t have any right to fight them.
Furthermore, if you don’t make a living wage, you are on your own. Well, that is what they want things to be like. That is why they are continuously slashing budget items associated with the “social safety net.” If you are poor, it is because God wants you poor.” So, just shut up and do as you are told.
Conservative Christians and the Aristocracy are behind the cutting of education funding. They are terrified of an educated population. Just like the “Dark Ages” if the people are kept uneducated, they won’t be able to think for themselves and realize that this is all nonsense.
The Conservative Christians preachers are telling you all of this because it the Aristocracy that is funding their churches and allowing them to live in luxury. But you shouldn’t worry. According to their philosophy if you suffer in this life you are sure to have it better in the next. That does a lot to help feed your children now.
That is what this is really all about. People like the Koch Brothers and the Walton Family are only interested in power over the minions of the world. They are not alone either. You can find these vultures around almost every corner. You can especially find them behind most conservative politicians and all of the Conservative Christian politicians.
Democracy is hard. People actually have to pay attention to what is happening around them in order to make an informed decision on who to vote for or against. Having more than a fourth grade education helps too.
The Conservative Christians and the new Aristocracy have teamed up to deny you your freedoms. They have wrapped themselves up in religion to scare the shit out of believers. They don’t want educated people. They don’t want unions. They don’t want equal rights. They want an aristocracy in America because they believe themselves to be that aristocracy.
The elections next year will have a direct impact on which direction we go. Will we return to our democracy or will we allow the American Aristocracy to rise even farther. If they win we will see Christianity as the “official” religion of the nation. More freedoms will be stripped, and we will become no better than the serfs of the Dark Ages. That is not what our founding fathers envisioned for America.
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