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50 Years Ago

By Ken Poland
November 22, 2013

Fifty years ago we lost a President. Can you remember what you were doing and where you were when you heard the news? Can you remember some of the issues that most likely prompted that assassination? Civil rights issues were hot issues. That's about when the 'solid Democrat south' started changing to Republican conservative political agendas. That 'conservatism' was to continue the chauvinist white domination over women and blacks. It also was directed at preserving privilege of wealth and the inherent power of that wealth. Individualism is sacred at the expense of society.

The '40s, '50s, and '60s saw a time when middle class Americans were doing quite well. The trend has been to favor the wealthy and chastise the poor, in recent years. The middle class has lost ground and fallen into the clutches of poverty and hopeless economic status. The 'super' wealthy have absorbed more and more wealth and power.

I picked up the following quote from one of the articles, I read.

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. -John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (1917-1963)

How true this is! We let ideology shape our thoughts, and too often just plain don't stop to think about facts and reality. Reality and facts indicate that the middle class will stand very little chance of joining the upper class, in economics. Unless, we have some changes in the tax structures and spending priorities of government.


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