Monday, September 09, 2013

A Short Letter To The Editor

This morning, amongst 50,000 other things, I typed up a short letter to our local newspaper's editor.

Corporations and Corruption

At the end of [editor's name] article he commented that although Abraham Lincoln was not considered one of the "Founding Fathers" of this great nation of ours he did have the ability to see into its future. I couldn't agree more, especially after reading this quote by our 16th President:

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."- Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln was right, of course. The money power in the form of the mega-corporation has rigged our democratic system and the laws it creates so much in their favor that the majority of citizens are uncertain about the future and have little or no faith in their government, as [editor's name] alluded to in his letter last week. But I wonder why instead of singling out the power of the federal government he didn't go after the power of the mega-corporation. If Lincoln could see this starting to happen back in the 1860's why can't [editor's name] see it 150 years later?


airth10 said...

Corporations are monsters. But they are a necessary evil. I think even Lincoln would appreciate that in this day and age. Why, they have had a role in ending segregation between the races and empowering women and minorities throughout the land, thus enhancing democracy, albeit in a perverse way. Corporations have given citizens the venue to engage each other so as create the social networks that moderate and sustain society.

The legislations that have passed in America to protect workers and minority right's were not founded or incubated in government. No, they were founded in the hurly burly of the corporate workplace and among the people they employ. In contrast, small family businesses would not have had the capacity to transcend and surmount the social intransigencies that corporations and big businesses have been able to do. For instance, if it wasn't for corporations the gay right's issues would never have come to the forefront or gained traction if gays hadn't been first employed by pragmatic corporations that value them as employes and for their work ethic.

Curt said...

I appreciate the input, airth10. I'm going to have to think on this for awhile.