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Democracy Denied: A Civilization Becomes Great by Its Care of Its Weakest Denizens

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The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom

Congress has a choice: Will it cut a program that feeds poor children in order to protect tax subsidies for CEO pay? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Food Stamps, helps provide food for millions struggling poor people

Congress has a choice: Will it cut a program that feeds poor children in order to protect tax subsidies for CEO pay? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Food Stamps, helps provide food for millions struggling poor people

Obama and Martin Luter represented and spoke for the Poor, and this Image, is one way of showing the common struggles and issues they are both dealing with and the success they are seeing or achieved, is appropriate for this article

Obama and Martin Luter represented and spoke for the Poor, and this Image, is one way of showing the common struggles and issues they are both dealing with and the success they are seeing or achieved, is appropriate for this article

The Obama Family is a very joyous and re-elected moment; the girls have grown up significantly from the past four years on the same victory stage with their father, and mother...

The Obama Family is a very joyous and re-elected moment; the girls have grown up significantly from the past four years on the same victory stage with their father, and mother...

The Best couple in politics if ever there was any- Obama and Mitchell in a true embrace- with all the meanings attached to it... In 2012, Obama was re-elected for the second term in office...

The Best couple in politics if ever there was any- Obama and Mitchell in a true embrace- with all the meanings attached to it... In 2012, Obama was re-elected for the second term in office...

How Sweet it is! .. Now Moving Forward... Congratulations "POTUS", Obama!

How Sweet it is! .. Now Moving Forward... Congratulations "POTUS", Obama!

Four more years for Obama and Biden of the Democratic Party

Four more years for Obama and Biden of the Democratic Party

The euphoria when Obama was re-elceted in 2012...

The euphoria when Obama was re-elceted in 2012...

Students and people from all walks of life and different ethnicities celebrate openly with the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012...

Students and people from all walks of life and different ethnicities celebrate openly with the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012...

The Obama Family headed back to the White house for their second term stay there...

The Obama Family headed back to the White house for their second term stay there...

Long lines, which were unecessarily caused by Republicans trying to block and discourage voters, but this did not catch, and th poor and all types of Americans came out and voted in full force- reinstating Obama for the second time in the Presidentia

Long lines, which were unecessarily caused by Republicans trying to block and discourage voters, but this did not catch, and th poor and all types of Americans came out and voted in full force- reinstating Obama for the second time in the Presidentia

Celebrations of Obama's victory in Kenya were off-the-hinge...

Celebrations of Obama's victory in Kenya were off-the-hinge...

Obama talking about change and the projecting change in the United States

Obama talking about change and the projecting change in the United States

There are people who feel that they have lost the Democracy. How one loses their democratic right to have a democracy in America, remains a perplexing issue.

There are people who feel that they have lost the Democracy. How one loses their democratic right to have a democracy in America, remains a perplexing issue.

The United State is a nation in an intense dialogue with itself and the world

The United State is a nation in an intense dialogue with itself and the world

Recession has hit every very hard in the United states and the world. This has an effect of heightening social antagonisms

Recession has hit every very hard in the United states and the world. This has an effect of heightening social antagonisms

Our economy is the eye of the storm that characterizes us a a civilization in flux

Our economy is the eye of the storm that characterizes us a a civilization in flux

Obama talks and shakes hands of the Health Care workers

Obama talks and shakes hands of the Health Care workers

Obama has has passed the health Care Reform and made it into Law

Obama has has passed the health Care Reform and made it into Law

Barack Obama's green team will focus on job creation, environmental protection and climate change, and his cabinet includes Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu

Barack Obama's green team will focus on job creation, environmental protection and climate change, and his cabinet includes Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu

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A placard, among the many, hoisted by the Wall Street Occupiers

A placard, among the many, hoisted by the Wall Street Occupiers

The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democrats

The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democrats

The Goals of Occupy Wall Street

The Goals of Occupy Wall Street

Occupiers demonstrating for Jobs, higher income for Workers and the Poor

Occupiers demonstrating for Jobs, higher income for Workers and the Poor

Protesters placard expresses their anger and dissatisfaction

Protesters placard expresses their anger and dissatisfaction

Some of the creative signs made and carried by the Wall Street Occupiers

Some of the creative signs made and carried by the Wall Street Occupiers

How Change Changes

After the vote for the President of the United States, things began to look different. He signed some Bills through and pushed hard for the Stimulus Package, which got a raucous Start. Only three Republicans voted for the Stim, and the rest offered 'Nays'. The Democratic process through the voting citizenry gave Obama the nod, and the Electoral College Approved. Obama, the Commander in Chief assumed his duties with the majority of the people, in the voting booth acquiescing to his call for Change.

The Republican Party set the tone by opposing the Stim, the denial, the rest has been nothing but denial, opposition, criticism, labeling, threatening, and wishing that Obama fails, his health care is going to kill the elderly, fear mongering, disrupting some democratic Senators Town Hall meetings, denying other participants their right to ask about the Health Care Bill, interrupting Senators whenever they tried to answer question, Booing down any answers given to the 'angry' Town Hall participants in agitated melee.

The economy was tanking and the Infrastructure on the roads was crumbling and falling into serious disrepair; the schools were crumbling and failing; Wall Street Stocks were plunging; Banks and other Financial institutions were going bankrupt and shutting down; millions of mortgages were in default and people were losing their houses, their jobs; some losing their Healthcare and others facing rising Health care expenses; the automobile industry in serious bankruptcy.

Food prices are rising(people nowadays resorting to eating 'poor' food); food lines increasing all over the country; millions of people homeless; some are facing the prospect of coming to the end of receipt of their unemployment checks; production and job creation were zero-except for the existing companies; the age of plenty was nigh and ending, and now we have to pick up the crumbs to rebuild the United States. It is in carrying out this prospect of re-building that we are seeing some varied responses and behaviors. Trying to reinstate the old order controlled by the status quo is proving to be formidable.

The Way of Civilization

Civilizations are measured by the way they handle their most vulnerable denizens. History teaches us how those civilization came, the heights they peaked to and the causes of their demise. Each has its own pitfalls, and all end up in chaos. These civilizations become our hindsight in attempting to reset our wobbling society.

Denying that things have changed and we need to change them for the better is repeating the errors and those mistakes we have learned from the historical past. If we have learned anything, we now know that their denizens living conditions plummeted; the army of these civilization weakened and were crushed by their rivals; the leadership was corrupt, decadent and self-serving.

Assassinations, backstabbing, lawlessness and governmental dysfunction the rule and law.

Maybe our civilization will not be attacked by the hordes from somewhere, but we seem to be imploding. The core of our civilization, the economy, production, employment, banks, Wall Street, housing, education, savings, health, infrastructure, crime, racism, drugs, war, has all collapsed and affected the rest, leaving us weak, and disorientated.

We are out of wack because we have never seen such collapse since the 1930s, its been told. The inner-belly of the civilization has been eroded and decimated. Something new has to be invented, a new society has to raise form the ambers of yesteryear debacle.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are some of the issues that need to be wrapped-up. They are a no win situation. The Bazillions that go into the Military Industrial Complex are unconscionable. War is not the only way to save the United states economy. General Eisenhower said:

"This conjunction of an immense Military Establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal Government. We recognize the imperative need for this development, yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.

Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisitions of unwarranted influence whether sought or unsought by the Military Industrial Complex. We need to at least have a better and much more fuller understanding of the machinations of war and our present state of the economy.

Vitriolic and Divided Speech

There's a deeply felt apprehension about the resurgence of racial violence and the rise in the incidence of verbal and symbolic assault and harassment to which blacks and other traditionally subjugated and excluded groups are subjected. In these times, the problem is that liberty of free speech is in conflict with the elimination of racism. This has placed the bigots on the moral high ground and has fanned the rising flames of racism.

The real victims have been shown little understanding of their injuries, and we have abandoned those whose race, gender and sexual preference continues to make them second-class citizens. By understanding that it is necessary to eliminate the system of signs and symbols signaling the inferiority of blacks, the we must stop proclaiming that all racist speech stopping short of racist violence must be defended. Racist speech is an assault and serves as a preemptive strike.

The invective is experienced as a blow, not as a proffered idea, and once the blow is struck. Racist posters. Flyers and graffiti injure the victim who realize that even if they fight, they are bound to lose. There's no meaningful dialogue on how to reconcile our commitment to equality and free speech until there's an acknowledgement that real harm is inflicted and this harm is far from trivial.

Whenever we tolerate racist speech, for the importance of maintaining social tolerance, we are asking the subordinated minorities to bear the burden for the good of all. Disapproving of a particular form of communication is not enough to justify prohibiting it. We are faced with conflict between our commitment to free speech and our desire to foster a community founded on mutual respect.

Racism is the Achilles heel of this budding democracy. The economy of the United states was founded on the labor of African slave. This led to the dehumanization of Africans from Africa. They were regarded as man, and had no right to anything-chattel slavery. The Dred Scot decision is part of the racism that has permeated the core of American society and its enslaving codes.

As a democracy I repeat, a civilization like ours, as all others have been, is judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. These were not only made slaves, but were segregated against based on their skin, national origin and the whole bit. Other nationalities have suffered to some form of segregation, but the slaves have endured the brunt of being former slaves, africans and deserving of no respect from their enslavers and are constantly reminded of it in many other undisguised way in latter-day America.

This kind of treatment of the poor and the down-trodden has never bidden well for any civilization in the history of mankind. Most times the racist attitudes blame immigrants by stating that America is being 'overrun by immigrants,' 'Immigrants take jobs from US citizens; 'Immigrants are draining on society's resources'; 'Aliens refuse to assimilate, and are depriving us of our cultural and political unity'; and that, 'Noncitizen immigrants are not entitled to Constitutional Rights.

The objects of prejudice are of course no longer Irish Catholics and Germans; 140 years later, "They" have become "us." The new "they" — because it seems "we" must always have a "they" — are Latin Americans, most recently Mexicans, Haitians, Cubans and Arab Americans, among others. This is the weaknesses that causes a civilization to slide down the slippery slope and a civilization in state of constant flux and change.

The Change We Hope For

It is interesting to note that the protests against Obama are losing their traction and we are now only left with threats of what is going to happen in the vote for 2010. What is amazing is a few overlooked facts. What the presidential elections of 2008 has shown is that a majority of all non-whites voted for Obama. This means that a combination of all the people who are non-Europeans voted in a block to elect Obama. They really showed that they are the majority and installed Obama as President.

One other thing is that, you rarely see these voter, people of a darker hue, demonstrating against a president they chose. It is also a fact that the Browning of America is afoot. Politics as usual is no more the case. It might be true that when the 2010 elections come around, we are going to see the Republicans take power of the house and prepare for 2012 to topple Obama.

That may be true, but it still has be seen to work. In the past, what is being predicted would come through, but today, as the election of Obama showed, the people who are not of Europeans descent, in greater numbers, chose Obama because they had strength in numbers, and they still might have something to say about it.

Looking at the voting map, one can see that that the numbers of the whites only voting and controlling power has lost its voting power, and is now more situated into the South. Hispanics are now becoming the majority in terms of white in the United States. Congress has even decided to name them "the emerging majority" in terms of population growth in the US.

The change in population demographics will decide the direction the vote will take, given the virulent racist tactics that have been shown by the fear-mongers, tea party baggers and people, birthers, deathers and gun totting militias.

America may have a majority of whites as a population, but not the majority of whites are racists. The election of Obama has started a maelstrom of gun-totting militia, rabidly racist signs and cartoon, everything he does, Obama, challenged, criticized, damned, jeered at, up to the point where they call him a Hitler, Socialist, African Witch-doctor with bones protruding through his nose, and feathers on his knees and so forth; that he is an Arab and is taking America down into the gutter, criticized for getting and receiving a Noble Peace Price; accused of putting America in Danger, mostly by Dick Cheyney and his daughter.

They still show him as a bad and weak president, and it is very strange that that they lump their followers as "The American People," who are mostly white, and as observed above, not many people of other races. So, it makes one wonder is America inhabited by White people only? Does that mean if other races are not demonstrating against Obama, they do not exist?

If my memory served me well, there has never been anyone who could muster or had attracted a multicultural crowd as had Obama when he ran for President. It is my opinion that the multi-colored audience is still there and will be seen again when it matters during the second round of voting in 2012.

The throngs that flocked to Obama's rallies in 2008 were Americans, although he is being vilified, that does not dampen the spirits of those who voted him into power. I know that when time comes for voting for president, the same, if not more than those of 2008, will show-up and re-install Obama as president. So far as they are concerned, he is doing well and they will be willing to give him the second term, which is what the Republicans are fighting against.

The Presidency of Barack Obama is unique because he is the first African American President to sit in the White house of a civilization in peril. He is not having it easy. He goes overseas to refurbish America's tarnished Imperial and fledgeling image and stance.

We here in the United States are only too eager to show and tell the world that are Commander in Chief is Hitler, a Socialist, a racist, an alien, not born in the USA, that we do not like him, trust him, neither respect him, to the extent that we carry loaded guns to his Town Hall, and carry placards written , in small letters, 'death to Obama'.

These are the people of a once proud, strong, confident and industrious people making a civilization that was the envy of the world, who appear belligerent, and some racist, showing aggression and mean spirit. We live on Earth with other earthlings, respect of others and acting like we are part of the human will only increase our leadership and status of a civilized people world-wide.

Part Of Black Perspectives

In the preface to his nonfiction work "Brothers and Keepers" writes:

"The value of Black life in America is judged, as life generally in this country is judged, by external, material signs of success. Urban ghettoes are dangerous,broken-down, economically marginal pockets of real estate infected with drugs, poverty, violence,crime, and since black life is seen as rooted in the ghetto, black people are identified with the ugliness, danger, and deterioration surrounding them.

"This logic is simpleminded and devastating, its hold on the American imagination as old as slavery; in fact, it recycles the classic justification for slavery, blaming the cause and consequence of oppression on the oppressed. Instead of launching a preemptive strike at the flawed assumptions that perpetuate racist thinking, Blacks and Whites are doomed to battle endlessly with the symptoms of racism."

Paulo Freire adds an interesting perspective to this discourse: "The truth is, however, that the oppressed are not 'marginals,' are not men living 'outside' society. They have always been "inside" — inside the structure which made them "beings for others." The solution is not to "integrate" them into the structure of oppression, but to transform that structure so that they can become "beings for themselves".

Such transformation, of course, would undermine the oppressors' purpose. Every great society is successful if in its development it gives solid support to all those that are unfortunate and depressed. The weakest linkage for any society or civilization is its inability to incorporate the lower ranks of its citizens and the destitute to a more better higher material and moral level, because these in turn always come back and cripple any civilization: the weak, the poor, sick, hungry and cold suffering masses.

PASS! IDENTITY!The Coming Apartheid Draconian Laws in the US

Nowadays, the real-politick in the US is that against the Mexicans and other minorities as witnessed in the New Arizona newly passed. This is the same laws that have been utilized and applied during South Africa's Apartheid Era. But, this is not new, these are the Black Codes in action. America had the Black Codes in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,Mississippi. North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia just to name a few states.

The Black Codes in the United State were any numerous laws enacted in the States of the Former Confederacy After the American Civil War, in 1865 and 1866; the laws were designed to replace the social controls of slavery that had been removed by emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and were thus intended to assure continuance of White Supremacy.

All the slave Black Codes, however, had certain provisions in common, and had their roots in slave codes. In all of them the color line was firmly drawn, and any amount of Negro blood established the race of a person, whether slave or free, as Negro. The status of the offspring followed that of the mother, so that the child or a free father and a slave mother was a slave.

Slaves had few legal rights: in court their testimony was inadmissible in any litigation involving whites; they could make no contract, nor could they own property; even if attacked, they could not strike a white person. There were numerous restrictions to enforce social control; slaves could not be away from their owner's premises without permission(PASS!) They could not strike a white person.

There were numerous restrictions to enforce social control. There were vagrancy laws that declared that blacks were vagrant if unemployed and without permanent residence; a person so defined could be arrested, fined, and bound out for a term of labor if unable to pay the fine. Some states limited property that could be owned by blacks. Former slaves were forbidden to carry firearms or to testify in court, except in cases concerning other blacks. Blacks could intermarry, but were prohibited and were not permitted to marry interracially.

The point in discussing the black Codes leading up to Jim Crow is to show that the present laws being passed in Arizona on Immigration, Limiting or erasing Ethnic Studies, and what next is a cause for concern.

From the Tea Baggers/Partiers to legislatures in attacking Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," shows an inclination on the part of many Americans to legitimize their destruction of African Studies and other ethnic studies, thus revisiting the fights of the 1970 for African studies and other ethnic groupings studies which succeeded, and a greater need to reverse all that is in the offing.

We are really seeing the return to the Black Codes. We are seeing today's America suppressing it's weakest citizens to appease a few white supremacists. This is not a civilizing effort on the part of the Us, but a return to oppression, slavery and unjust laws. This is further from Civilization by any stretch of the imagination...

Since Obama took over the presidency of the United States, empathy and the spirit of growth has the notion of a brave nation has seen the death of empathy and reason. With the economy not rising up from its death throes, we see the rise of specter of racism coupled up with vitriolic attacks on the president and the poor people of color.

Intolerance has become the norm, and attacks are piling up, that as we are heading towards mid-term elections, some are stressing that there needs to be reversal of the gains promulgated by Obama, and a restoration of archaic social relations which characterized pre-1930s America. Immigration has become an issue, and some states have or are in the process of passing anti-immigrant laws, and they are also beginning to fill the prisons which are empty.

The prison industrial complex is rubbing its money making palms with glee at the prospect of filling their pockets and jails with the anticipated flow of arrested immigrants.

On HubPages, I posted a question: "Why is President Obama so much criticized and yet he won in a landslide?", and I received a lot of revealing answers. One of the respondents, @mulberry1 responded as follows: "I think part of the answer is that he is middle of the road on many issues [although those who ardently support or oppose a given issue would disagree vehemently]!.

When you go down the middle, you don't really please anyone. It seems if you are a liberal, you please that crowd. If you are ultra-conservative, you please that crowd. If you aren't to extreme either way, no one is pleased. No one really believes in compromise.In giving up one thing to get another thing, it's our way or no way! The population seems very polarized and very ready to see an "us" vs "them" in every situation. Hatred and extreme emotions seem to be rampant. It's not uncommon to be told you should leave the country if you don't agree with a particular point of view. (I truly hope these individuals don't conduct their personal relationships this way!).

This whole behavior to me is reminiscent of some of the extremism we supposedly oppose. As one commenter suggested, 'it would not be surprising to see someone try to take Obama's life. Sorry, that not a political group I care to belong to ... and I don't appreciate their dramatization which stirs this.'

There are real issues, and concerns, but this dramatization is clearly irresponsible in my eyes. It makes me doubt the oppositions ability to read or to even make rational decisions. Some see Obama as a socialist, yet the socialist party totally rejects him. Very telling. There aren't many moderate who are vocal.

I am one of them I believe. I don't feel he has cause this, it has been there and growing. Personally, although, I certainly don't agree with everything the current administration has done ... I am relatively pleased.

CNN and BET Cable television station were covering Katrina, five years later and has happened to the inhabitants who were deluged with Hurricane storm waters. Relieving the Katrina catastrophe through the Cable networks, brought back the pictures of the poor and Black people who survived the ordeal.

There was a reminder of the poor of the American nation, who had to go through the harrowing experiences of not being helped immediately, some who lost their homes forever, others trekked to the neighboring states in search of help, others were to never ever come back, and those who received government help were, in most cases cheated out of their monies, and there is an appalling lack of health care.

Some psychiatric patients have had to go to prisons for treatment; others have not received their medicines since the deluge; others have lost their government benefits; others are suffering and living in those dilapidated, storm destroyed homes with no hope coming to them after five years. There are independent clinics which have been caring for the destitute, and they too, the clinics, are running out of funding and are wondering which source to tap for funds.

There are also many people who have been arrested for begging and other minor charges which landed them in jail; there is also an army of the homeless, inasmuch as there are those who have received some paltry help, but the power and the picture that have re-appeared in the media, are still a remainder of the way people have suffered and are still suffering from lack of help, empathy, and joblessness which has been exacerbated by the current recession that has hit the American landscape.

Recently the citizens of New Orleans have been focused on the BP oil spill which has threatened their environment and their livelihood. To date, BP has claimed to have taken care of the ooze and have proclaimed the fact that the oil has stopped and disappeared. Some scientist and locals are disputing this claim because they think that oil might have sunk because of the spraying, but is in depths where it is killing marine life and environment.

The handling of the oil-spill by BP and its treatment of the concerns of the locals on the different states in the Gulf areas, has left little to be desired. There is a very insensitive treatment of the poor who have no big power-house lawyers to represent their interest. The treatment of the weak in the country that is number one in the world has got many people around the world how can people in such a rich country, like in the case of New Orleans, be subjected to such abject poverty and careless treatment by their government and its organs.

An Article by StrategyOne titled: Opinion Survey: Corporate America gets "C" Grade from Public 2010: 6 in 10 Corporate America Didn't Meet Expectations in 2010; 7 in 10 have Higher Expectations for 2011. It will be very instructive to cull as much as possible from this article in wherein is written:

Looking back on 2010, most Americans were strongly disappointed by how the nation's businesses conducted themselves, with 61% saying corporate America failed to meet their expectations, and only 5% saying that businesses exceeded their expectations. When asked to grade how well corporate America did in 2010 assigned a grade of 'C' or lower and 40% assigned a grade of 'D' or 'F'. Just 17% gave corporate America an 'A' or a 'B' for their 2010 performance.

And while Americans are optimistic about how Corporate America will do in 2011, their expectations for businesses next year are even higher.

Close to 7 in 10 have higher expectations for Corporate America in 2011. That said, 6 in 10 believe that those expectations will be met. [Thus far, that hope seems to be waning and we are now in mid-2011]. And as the nation struggles with economic challenges, 88% of consumers found that corporations had recovered from the recession better than American families, and 85% thought corporations had better prospects for the coming year than American families did.

"With consumers highly dissatisfied with US business, the 2011 strategy for Corporate America needs to be back to basics," said Bradley Honan senior vice president of StrategyOne.

"Explaining not only 'what they do for the country, but 'how' and 'why' they do it needs to be the game plan for how to rebuild corporate reputation" (StrategyOne)

So, what is Corporate America to do? The survey findings, form a recent poll of 1,081 Americans, conducted by StatgeOne, a Daniel J. Eldelman research firm, are instructive for who corporations can leverage public opinion to their advantage. Asked what Corporate America's highest priorities should be in 2011,consumers emphasized helping improve the economy and reducing unemployment, promoting ethical Corporate behavior, paying back any bailout money, making high quality products and services that require fewer recalls, and overall making fewer mistakes.

When asked to grade the job Corporate America has done in these areas in 2010, few Americans gave out either 'A's' or 'B's'. "Let us be clear, Americans are not dreaming up some far out vision of utopia," said Honan. Instead they are being realistic that Corporate America should — and indeed must — engage in important issues of the day where they can make a demonstrably positive difference.

That means, the economy and jobs for starters, but also ensuring their products are safe and not harmful to use, and that they simply conduct their day-to-day business activities in an honest, ethical, and transparent way. Maybe, the forlorn and destitute , hungry and huddled masses will stand a chance to exist and survive

Stats To Mull-upon

  • 88% of consumers said it was extremely or very important that companies help get the economy back on track in 2011, but only 17% said companies deserved an 'A' or 'B' for their efforts on this in 2010, 84% said the companies deserved a 'C' or below.
  • 88% said it was extremely or very important to conduct business in an ethical manner in 20011, and 87% said it was a top priority to do business in an honest and moral way. But just 17% of Americans thought companies deserved an 'A' or 'B' for honest and moral conduct in 2010, and just 18% awarded companies an 'A' or 'B' for their ethics in 2010, and just 18% awarded companies an 'A' or 'B' for their ethics in 2010.
  • 85% of consumers thought it was extremely or very important for companies in 2011 to deliver high quality products and services, although only 31% said companies deserved an 'A' or 'B' for this in 2010.
  • 84% of Americans thought companies needed to demonstrate good governance in 2011, while only 16% felt corporation had earned an 'A' or 'B' grade on this issue in 2010.
  • 83% said it was of high importance for corporations to pay back any bailout money loaned then as quickly as possible in 2011, but 78% of consumers said companies deserved a 'C' or below for this issue in 2010
  • 82% said it was a top priority for companies to make fewer mistakes and errors in 2011, while just 19% gave companies an 'A' or 'B' for this issue

The American people are forgiving, but seem to say as a nation that the rich should help improve the presently deteriorating conditions in the United States. Fro any civilization to etch its success into the record-book of history, it is incumbent upon those who have ways-and-means to help the down-and-out to get an opportunity to pull themselves up with their own bootstraps.

It is evident that the leaders choose to ignore the opinions of their ruled and instead grab the loot and the back and head-off into luxuries and opulence. These callous action of the nouveau rich begets the dehumanization of the have-nots.Whilst we are digesting the stats above, what they show is complete power play that shows the power of the richer owners of multi-corporations and what the ordinary people have to say about them, it is also fait accompli that things will remain the same, with those who are strictly interested in capital profits and are prepared to ignore human rights and mans' humanity to man

Stunted Humanity of the of the World's Citizens

Paulo Freire writes; While the problem of humanization has always, from an axiological point of view, been human kind's central problem, it now takes on the character of an inescapable concern. Concern for humanization leads at once to the recognition of dehumanization, not only as an ontological possibility but as a historical reality. And as an individual perceives the extent of dehumanization, he or she may ask if humanization is a viable possibility.

Within history, in concrete, objective contests, both humanization and dehumanization are possibilities for a person as an uncompleted being conscious of their incompletion. But while both humanization and dehumanization are real alternatives, only the first is the people's vocation.This vocation is constantly negated, yet it is affirmed by that very negation. It is thwarted by injustice, exploitation, oppression, and the violence of the oppressors;it is affirmed by the yearning of the oppressed fro freedom and justice, and by their struggle to recover their lost humanity.

Stronger civilizations in the history of the world work very hard to take care of its citizens. This is one aspect of the history of civilization we have not touched on much in this hub. Concerning this aspect of how those in power stunt the growth and development of their lowly placed citizens, we read further what Paolo Freire has to say about that:

"Dehumanization, which marks not only those whose humanity has been stolen, but also [though in a different way] those who have stolen it, is a distortion of the vocation of becoming more fully human. This distortion occurs within history; but it is not a historical vocation. Indeed, to admit of dehumanization as a historical vocation would lead either to cynicism or total despair.

"The struggle for humanization,for the emancipation of labor, for the overcoming of alienation, for the affirmation of men and women as persons would be meaningless.This struggle is possibly only because dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact,is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order the engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed."

Because it is a distortion of being more fully human, sooner or later being less human leads the oppressed to struggle against those who made them so. In order for this struggle to have meaning, the oppressed must not, in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.

This, then, is the great humanistic, historical [civilized] task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves and their oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of the their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both[thus, maybe, bring about civilization and civilized societies].

Any attempt to "soften" the power of the oppressor in deference to the weakness of the oppressed almost always manifests itself in the form of false generosity; indeed, the attempt never goes beyond this. In order to have the continued opportunity to express their "generosity," indeed, the attempt never goes beyond this. In order to have the continued opportunity to express their "generosity," the oppressors must perpetuate injustice as well.

An unjust social order is the permanent fount of this "generosity," which is nourished by death, despair, and poverty. That is why the dispensers of false generosity become desperate as the slightest threat to its source. Denying the masses of their human right and have their basic needs met, in a modern and "ultra" civil civilization like those of the rich countries, that too holds back the development of that country or civilization.

The poorest and the weakest majorities of suffering poor folks are the ones bearing the brunt of the upkeep of the rich. If we are to look at the issues that are now broiling throughout America, the "Raising the Debt Ceiling" so's to be able to avoid America defaulting on its bills-because the interest will rise and affecting an all products of this, recall the Koch's brothers and their investments which are now threatened: big oil and chemical companies,

For while the unemployed, homeless, and oppressed without and facing health crisis,failing education, crumbling infrastructure, raised and charged mean belligerent and harsh separatist and racist rhetoric-that, to the chagrin of the helplessly poor and powerless they stare agog, bewildered and watch helplessly as the rich investors and their millionaire clique and takes everything, which in the end, the rich figure, they will walk away hobbling.

But with something; and the "poor hordes" and their "menacing demeanor" and "violent rants", as the rich would characterize the behavior of the poor, is that the poor and down and out will get nothing and maybe perish; meanwhile, as the oppressed try very hard to get the monkey off their backs through talks, strikes, protestations, in the US calling up ones congressman or senators, and participating in marches, in the mix, along with the aforementioned strategies, the poor nowadays, through Twitters, Facebook, YouTube, Chat Rooms, the Internet and other emerging and converging Media and Mediums.

They organize, agitate and try to fight back within the legal means afforded them. Still, it seems that what the Oppressed will doing their reaction to their oppressed condition and reality, it will be because nothing they have already done, as stated above, bore any results; therefore,

It is therefore important to understand something about those who oppress other. Paulo Freire writes about this as follows: The oppressors do not perceive their monopoly on having more as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves. They cannot see that, in the egoistic pursuit of having as a 'possessing class', they suffocate in their own possessions and no longer are, they merely have.

For them, having more is an inalienable right, a right they have acquired through their own "effort," with their courage to take risks. If others do not have more,it is because they are incompetent and lazy, and worst of all is their unjustifiable ingratitude towards the "generous gestures" of the Dominant class(who in contemporary parlance they should not be taxed because they create the jobs in the country-talk about the Koch Brothers and their links to the Tea Baggers). Precisely because they are seen as "ungrateful" and "envious," the oppressed are regarded as potential enemies who must be watched.

Today this has turned out to be a situation when the poor started to rise up and demand their just dues. As of September 2011, there has begun to arise a movement of the "People" which has camped outside Wall Street and they are called the "Occupiers"(Occupied W;" street demanding that "Big Money" be taken out of politics and Wall Street pay back the money borrowed to them by the American Taxpayer,

This movement has been condemned by the Republicans and their Presidential candidates. The media is befuddled by the determination and longevity of the Wall Street Occupiers… A month after they started sleeping and occupying the Park, the Mayor of New York threatened to evacuate them for the purposes of cleaning up the Park.

This was met with all kinds of opposition and finally the Mayor Bloomberg relented. A week ago, the Occupiers marched-off to Times Square to demonstrate against Chase Bank and millionaires along the strip of their march to voice out their dissatisfaction. There was a scuffle and 12 people were arrested.

This strike spread to numerous cities in the United States and people of all walks and backgrounds have picked up the cry against the refusal of the Republicans to tax people making over a million dollars a year to pay half a percent of one parent of their first million, which Vice President pointed that this meant that they will have to pay $500.00 for every million they made.

The recalcitrant Republicans have blocked this measure being introduced into a Job Law Obama is trying to sell to the American people that they are now at odds with the protesters. The protesters have made it known that they are no an organization but a movement which was poised to protect and advance the causes of all poor American people. In a recent vote, the Republicans defeated of filibustered Obama and the Democrat's effort to bring the measure of a pass a Jobs Plan to a vote.

The interest of the Republicans strategy was to deny any proposal that Obama made and to make sure that he does not become a president for the second. In so doing,they are denying every effort to make the lives of the poor manageable or better.The rise of the movement of the Wall Street occupiers has now gone world-wide. Many countries' poor are rising up as was seen with the Spring uprisings of the North African and Middle Eastern huddled poor and destitute people.

As has been observed in Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Bahrain and Libya, the poor, unarmed or armed have tended to overthrow or are in the process of over-throwing their tin-pot dictators. One case in point is the recent deposing and killing of Moamar Ghadaffi by the revolutionaries against his 40+ year rule. As this Hub has been pointing out that a civilization is made to look good by its fair treatment of the its poor denizens.

But what we are witnessing in the case of the opposing Republican Party in the United States to all what Obama proposes, is that they have consistently and in an unreasonable and obstinate way have blocked everything or watered-down anything Obama has tried to implement[in aid of the poor] in the past three years. To date, they are still refusing to work with Obama to ease the misfortunes of unemployment and of poverty the masses of Americans are suffering and experiencing in contemporary America.

The Rearview Mirror Mindset

If one were to casually watch the evening new on cable and local tv networks, listen to the "Talking Heads" and digest their spin and commentary, one would not be lost too come to the conclusion that we are living in the Jim Crow era of a narcissistic racial enclaves bent on putting the Black man or aliens, the poor and desolate. These near-cabal-like groups, led by the Republican Party, spew racial and divisive venom in order to assuage their economic impotence, by blaming the poor and people of color.

All the social woes, malaise and calamity s dumped on the shoulders of the poor and powerless. The Republican Part is advocating cutting social services and benefits of the poor and cutting taxes for the super rich. Modern "Robbing Hoods"- taking from the poor and giving to the billionaires. As of now, December 201, they arrayed and set up to curtail the vote of the poor under the guise that they are avoiding 'voter fraud,' which, according to informed sources, is negligible and insignificant to warrant the draconian measure contemplated for voting in the 2012 elections. The crux of the matter is that todays' Commander-in-chief is an African of mixed birth: Barack Obama.

From the time Barack took over the Presidency of the United States, the republican Party, along with the Tea Baggers, vowed to terminate Obama's rule, wanted to impeach him and promised that he will not rule for the second term. The shouted for all to hear that they are going to work for nothing else but to bring Barack down.

They thwarted every and any effort he made to restart the failing economy; the watered-down any effort he made at passing legislation to better the poor and poor denizens; they painted him as a socialist and born in Kenya-short of saying that they do not like him because he is African; and as Barack Ruled, they hollered that they wanted their country back and that it was because a Black(African) man who was in power in the White House - One wonders.

In November 2010 they elected many freshmen to congress who were from the Tea Party, and who are the driving engine for the traditional conservative Republican Party, went about the business of stalling, rejecting, denying, and preventing social programs or legislation Barack proposed. All these shenanigans were target and are till being targeted towards the poor, jobless, homeless, old, sick, young and students of the United states.

As I have stated as the topic of this Hub, anytime a civilization discards and oppresses its downtrodden, that is the beginning and of the end and sun going down on that civilization. The colloquy I have been embedded within above, has spawn some unforeseen results. We are now witnessing in New York the 99% movement simply known as occupy Wall Street emerge. This has now spread nation-wide every major cities throughout the nation.

The police departments of these cities are overworked and the cities are paying millions of dollars in police overtime. There have been occasional clashes with police and occasional pepper-spraying of the protesters and sjamboking/baton-clubbing of the protesters in these occupied places; the police confiscated their tents and other belongings and threw them out of the park; yet, the movement has now resolved to occupy different place they announced in November 19, 2011-and they united to have the biggest demonstration yet.

The movement is alive and well in York and the World-over. This can also be seen in Durban South Africa during the COP17, we saw some semblance of 'Occupy' motifs and people embracing the 99%; we have also witnessed the "Arab Spring" and its outcomes, some still undecided. All these revolutions, strikes, protest and "Occupy" movements are an indication that what was advocated as civilization, is no more meeting the people's basic needs, but fatten the billionaires indefinitely.

The zeitgeist has shifted and the scabs of racist projections are now a common feature of the American society. This has been exacerbated by the recession and depression that American people feel. The tendency of forever looking backwards, which is not the American credo, is what is destroying the American civilization. Rearview mind psyche is what is becoming a black-eye into the spirit of freedom of the person and speech which is what Americans are mostly well-known for, is in peril today

We need to begin to offer some solution to his mayhem. Things are beginning to look up. The market is rising, houses are being bought, some few jobs are being created and saved. The situation does not look like it did at the end of the Bush Government and the beginning of the Obama Presidency. A working nation is a vibrant nation. A healthy nation can develop and heal it's fissures. A more tolerant nation becomes a civilization worth emulating replicated throughout the globe, without need for war, coercion and corruption.

Racism has not come to a close in the US, and we should all realize that we are a nation of immigrants, we can do better if we develop our social skills in cobbling and hammering this diverse of civilizations of the nations and people of the Earth. Yet, if we do not raise the Debt Ceiling, we are inviting catastrophe as a nation, losing our AAA credit status, and sending the international trade and economies into a tail-spins, maybe right into the abyss...

The American Minority Are Now The Majority Voters

The Voting Poor Polity's Mandate

If the poor were disregarded as a nuisance in American realpolitik, they have just recently asserted their power and status as a powerful coalition and voting block that now determines the American politics. If the monied class had privilege going on for them, as epitomized by Romney, the poor of the land gave a mandate to Obama to rule for the next four more years as of 7 November 2012.

In these times, the poor are not only the minorities: African Americans, Hispanics and Asiatics along with a potpourri of various ethnic groups who are either (American Red men and others). The lessons that have emerged from the 2012 Presidential campaign is that the Browning of America is now in full swing. The future of America now lies with the immigrants who were the attacked from all angles by the Romney team and their advisers.

It is instructive at this point to cite an article by Dr. Leonard Greenhalgh who writes that: "... Census data leave no doubt that minorities are rapidly increasing as a proportion of the total United States population. This is the result of immigration and minorities' higher birthrates compared to the Caucasians. Minorities will become the majority of the national population around the year 2050, but many communities have made that transition already.

"This country is not preparing for this momentous demographic shift that will create a "new majority." The most pressing problem is that today's minorities are getting neither the help they need for fully participate in the entrepreneurial economy, nor the education they need to staff the workforce in the service/knowledge economy. Although overt, the intentional discrimination has become unacceptable in US society, the situation facing minorities destines all but a few of them to remain an economic underclass.

"When an economic underclass becomes the majority, The American dream becomes no more than a fairy tale for most people, the class division between the embarrassingly wealthy and the unacceptable poor takes on epic proportions, and alienation, resentment, and social unrest becomes increasingly prominent in the American ethos.

"The issue is not just a matter of fairness among the haves and have-nots. Even those who subscribe to the view that "life isn't fair" need to pay attention to their long-term self interest; the impact of minority underachievement will extend beyond the minority community to constrain gross domestic product, and harm "the haves" ability to remain affluent. Instead of contributing robustly to the national economy, minorities will remain on the sidelines of their value chains, generating little wealth, few jobs, low tax revenues, and fiscal burdens."

The side effects of having a racist and segregated society is that those poor minorities become excess burden thus dragging down the whole nation that is prone to being racist and mistreating the minorities. A democracy or civilization like the one that is n America, will not grow or become greater than it is now,because the very oppressed minorities are the ones now becoming an unexpected majority because it has coalesced around common issues, common abuse, segregation, racism and lack of social amenities, jobs, education and so forth.

Greenhalgh informs us as to what it is that is causing this social dysfunction thus:

"Exclusion from the lucrative parts of value chains arises because minorities are not achieving the level of literacy-much less advanced education-necessary to participate fully in the service/knowledge economy. In most of this country's minority-dominated communities-inner cities, barrios and Indian Reservations-no more than half of today's ninth-graders will graduate from high school. Many of those who graduate will not be able to read, write, do basic math, and use a computer-the most basic skills required for employment beyond the realm of unskilled labor. The social and economic costs of this intergenerational fate are rising as minorities grow in proportion to the national population…

"Nobody doubts the population trends evident in the Census data, but few people are not taking steps to prepare the country, their businesses, or their communities for the changes these demographic shifts portend. Band-aid measures that are being applied to these demographic changes, which too are as a result of the deeply ingrained racism and segregative mind-set still present in the US, won't make much of a difference anyway. Because the problem is too big, too complex, and too ingrained in the US social system.

"For example, imposing achievement testing on secondary schools and providing scholarship assistance has little to no effect on impoverished youngsters who start kindergarten with all the disadvantages of poverty: limited vocabulary, undereducated parents, a local culture that disrespects education, few positive role models, fetal alcohol syndrome, poor nutrition, unaddressed health problems, and so on. School is just too challenging for such people, and in the absence of supports systems, they drop out early. Tragically, the well-meaning scholarships are wasted(Or are they-maybe there's not enough access of giving them out to the poor?).

"So that, despite these growing needs, minorities(who are now the majority), as a group are not getting the education the country needs them to have, nor are their enterprises getting the help they need to survive, prosper, grow to scale, and take their place in the economic system(this is happening globally where the Imperialists have vested and invested interests-cheap slave-labor and mega profits to whit) It is sad if jobs are going overseas because our burgeoning minority/majority if jobs are going overseas because the growing minority, quickly becoming the majority population in the U..S. lacks the basic literacy to do the jobs allotted to them.

"The US cannot sustain its wealthy life-style in the coming decades. This means not only will minorities and women continue to be denied a fair share of the wealth and opportunity, but all Americans will also face a bleaker future.(This is not a formula for progress or a burgeoning civilization). Whites entering their careers will have decreased opportunity as the competitive advantage of US corporations erodes in the global economy and the spending power of US workers shrinks; mid-career whites will continue to experience a plateaued or eroding standard of living; and w\Whites approaching the end of their careers will be disappointed in the yields of their equity-based pension plans which depend heavily on the success of large U/S. corporations with a global reach.

The problem with band-Aid solutions is that they don't break the cycles that keep the minorities from progressing toward economic self-reliance. Negate cycles are causal loops that reinforce a predicament. Let us consider a few examples of what we need to deal with:

  • Poverty and poor education: Low-income communities have low tax revenue, therefore they have little money to spend on well-equipped schools and good teachers. Under-educated people remain low-income (because higher-paying jobs require adequate education) and therefore can't afford to move to communities with good school systems; the next generation is predestined to repeat the cycle.
  • Access to capital: Entrepreneurs need to pledge collateral for loans to finance their fledgling businesses. But few minority entrepreneurs own their homes. If they had a thriving business, they could generate enough revenue to buy a home. But because they don't start out owning a home, they can't get capital they need for the business to thrive.
  • Bonding: A lot of large-scale construction business has been made available to minorities-provided they can obtain bonding. But they can't get the bonding until they become bigger, and they can't get bigger unless they have bonding levels that will allow them to take on bigger projects.
  • Access to contracts: High value-added contracts offer high profit margins, but these tend to be given to firms with experience. Minority firms don't get these contracts because they lack experience. Minority firms don't get these contracts because they lack experience in doing such work. Because they don't get the contracts, they never get experience.

"High impact intervention is crucial because the U.S.A is at a crossroads in its economic history. Its place in the world economy is approaching a tipping point. US national competitive advantage is stable-which, in a fast-moving marketplace, means stagnant. Meanwhile, rival nations such as China and India are occupying an ever-strengthening position in the global economy. Future national competitive advantage will depend on the quality of the US workforce and the vitality of its entrepreneurial economy, both of which will be dominated by minorities. The success of minority participation in US business is therefore a national priority, and needs to be treated as such.

"To continue to ignore the gravity of the problems that loom as demographic shifts take their full effect is to put the national competitive advantage to the U.S.-and with it, the economic well-being of its populace-in jeopardy. And this situation is not unique to the United States, other countries with significant minority populations, as in the case of France."

Although the Republicans are now talking of changing the structure and message of their Party in order to accommodate these burgeoning Minority-Majorities, they are still off message for they still feel and think that the poor are not so important, and we are at present further away from the 2016 elections. As for now, their efforts become laughable and transparent as to their intention: to keep of favoring and working hard for the top one percent of super-rich Americans.

The Majority-Minority is able to see through this tired effort and are at present enjoying and rejoicing in the win of their choice, and this has empowered them, along with women, youth and many other white people as the pictures in the gallery show. Presently, the Euphoria has hardly died down nor abated as we are now heading for Obamas inauguration in January, and the rest of the next coming four year hold some promise for the poor of the United States and the world, as shown in the picture of the people celebrating in Kenya, it is as if it is them who have won and decided the election. So much affects and effect of Obama's win will reverberate throughout the world.

As it did on post US 2012 election, that America's status will be a bit better appreciated and accepted the world over in the next four year of Obama's rule-And Obama cares for the weakest and poor denizens of the United States of America and the World. The US need to effectively take care of its poor and weak denizens for this country to keep on evolving and developing as a model for the world to see and imitate-as has been the case thus far.

A Clarion Call To The Americans To Publicly Support His Policies:

Talking To The Rich and the Poor as Americans-Period!

If I had written this Hub prior to the 2012 Inaugural Presidential address, this Hub would be affected and influenced and affected by the speech below. But I wrote it out of the political trends that were affecting the American 'credo' adversely, as noted by Obama.

It is also important to take note of the fact that the Inaugural Speech of Obama was addressing issues like Immigration, Gun Control Laws, Global Warming, the poor and job creation, and taking care of the weak, old/young and helpless. He made a point of raising awareness as to what his proposed changes will do for the World at large and the Citizens of the United States. I will make some notable notations in regard to the speech at its end, below.

This is what Obama had to say in his Inaugural Speech, January 21, 2012:

"Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

"Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

"Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

"For more than two hundred years, we have.

"Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

"Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

"Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

"Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

"But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.

No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

"This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.

"For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.

We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

"We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

"We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.

For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm.

The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.

"We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully — not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.

We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice — not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

"It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

"That is our generation’s task — to make these words, these rights, these values — of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time.

"For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

"My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction — and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

"They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

"You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.

"You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time — not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

"Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

"Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America." President Barack Obama)

A Civilization Greatness Depends On How It Treats Its Weak and Poor Citizens

This was a clear and progressive speech by Obama and he gave a progressive philosophy which was articulating a liberal ideology. But not only that, it was more directed towards the Americans, let us say, more Americana. There are many elements of the Speech, if taken apart, it really states the words "citizens" and We the People numerous times. More than his four year agenda, Obama was saying that this is where this generation should go, to transforms the course of the country to take.

He talked about legacy, the country's direction, and less about race.Obama calls and catches the attention of his listeners by referring to and talks to them as "You and I, as Citizens..., as "My Fellow Americans, exhorting them with words like "For now the decision s are upon us, and we cannot afford delay...". and reminding them that "That is our generation's task…",

"We The people, declare today that the most evident truths — that all of us are created equal", assuring them that "We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law…", and had four paragraphs wherein he says to the people over and over again, "For We, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it…"

And affirms the American values by stating "We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity"..and clarified the meaning of America by stating "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves , but to all posterity", and talked about peace in tis manner, "We, the people, still believe in enduing security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war", that in the end i end up citing Obama with statements which he mentioned at the beginning of his inaugural speech as follows:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

"Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

"For more than two hundred years, we have."

As he said, Obama, this is for God and country and not for party, which, in not so many words, he perfectly aligned himself with the poor, and that as a government, they needed to pursue specific and progressive agendas, which,I might add, for the benefit of all the American people, not a motley crew of greedy millionaires and their lackeys. He buttressed this by stating that Americans have come to the realization that they could not be a nation Half Slave and Half Free. Because of the 2012 vote, Obama feels free now to talk about these pertinent issues that will help the poor and the working middle class.

Obama knows that empowering the poor and weak denizens of the United States of America, he understand and has a view and vision that this would empower and move America along the path of development and respect of Human rights without having to try and obfuscate all these, to the detriment of the nation and the progress within America. The poor, to Obama, are the people that are in the majority, 99% to be sure. Only the one percenters are having it good. He, Obama, seeks to change that in his second terms, and the poor can at least hang on to his promises for the next four years.

At this juncture, I would like to cite a full article by Playthell Benjamin which he dubbed:

"Riding the Big Dog Through the Dirty south: Rolling with the wretched of the Earth"

As the Grand Obstructionist Party threatens to throw the US treasury into default, and bring on a new Great Depression that professional economists tell us could be worse than the calamity of the 1930s, the future looks increasingly bleak for the nation at large, but hopeless for the working class and the poor. If you want to gain a first hand understanding of how the struggling masses already live, what their hopes and dreams are, and their increasingly hazardous fight to acquire the basic necessities of life: take a ride around the country on a Grey Hound bus.

"I discovered this sociological and journalistic treasure trove by accident. After missing a plane to Atlanta couple of years ago, and was unable to get another plane or train reservation that would get me to Atlanta for a meeting the next morning, I finally decided to take a bus. The trip was a revelation and since then I have taken several bus trips through the South employing a favored method of the cultural anthropologist, the “participant observer.” I am writing a series of essays about my experiences under the title “Journeys in the New South"; which will include the present essay. These texts will be compiled into a book. Several of them can now be read on this blog.

While the Republicans in Congress assures us that, “The people” are with them, I don’t believe it. That’s not what I hear from the hordes of desperate Dead Enders riding the Grey Hound on any given day; people who are barely holding on in the vain hope that things will soon get better. Like… maybe they will finally find a job that will permit them to lead a normal life. Although the Republicans insist that they don’t want “fake government jobs” but “real jobs” in the private sector; from what working people are telling me in conversations riding the bus up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States: The Republicans are full of sh*t! These people would give their right eye for a good government job with benefits.

"Alas, if you listen to them carefully, you will soon discover they haven’t a clue about the socio/political forces that conspire to push them out of the work force; perhaps permanently, except for the most menial, repetitive and soul deadening labor when they are fortunate enough to find it. Thus they do not know how to organize and fight systematically for their interests. Yet they know they are trapped; that they are facing homelessness and starvation playing by the rules; and they know if they try to make ends meet by resorting to illegal means they will be beaten down and imprisoned by the police forces of the state.

They may not know that a credit default swap or derivative is; but they know that only the Robber Barons on Wall Street can get away with economic crimes. And they know the rich are getting richer and they are poorer. They are the equivalent of social dynamite building up at the base of The American society.

Listening to their hopes and dreams, for better days ahead, I am reminded of Langston Hughes' powerful poem "A Dream Deferred: What happens to a Dram Deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar offer-like syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load?Or doe it explode?"

After all, these are the same class of people Dr. Franz Fanon described as “the wretched of the earth” in his seminal text on the process by which the downtrodden and docile masses rise up and destroy their oppressors. Although Fanon was looking at oppressed people in the colonial world, the disinherited in America today are almost as desperate.

The disparity in wealth between the rich and poor in America is the worst in the history of the world! Yet, due to the power of right wing media — which employs highly paid fools, fops, frauds and charlatans posing as serious commentators on the news — much of the working and middle class who are being victimized by “Tea Party” politics are so confused by disinformation they voted to put these fanatics in office.

Now these working class suckers are running round the rust belt like chickens with their heads freshly cut off trying like hell to recall them from power. From what I am seeing and hearing as I roll with the wretched of the earth, a financial crash just now would unleash the dogs of chaos and seriously destabilize American society – I can envision food riots.