According to television news, some employees are being warned to vote for the boss’s presidential choice or be prepared to hit the highway after the election. For those without a silver spoon in their mouth, this can be a serious threat. Jobs these days are pretty hard to come by.
This election season I’m getting the opportunity to observe how much our lives have changed over the past few years. It’s been a long time since the country has been split on the basis of political parties. It’s difficult to know if people will ever come together again.
Money is making a real difference. Those who have come through this economic downfall with money in their pockets are letting the rest of us know that we are on our own. They are letting poor people know that it is up to them whether they sink or swim. If we rise out of this recession it will be without their help.
Where did patriotism go? Evidently, two long wars must have drained all the will power out of us. Apparently, people have lost patience with one another. We no longer seem to be in the recession together. Now, it would seem to be every man and woman for him or herself.
I can always remember a time when some employers have been mean-spirited and hateful. But ordinarily they would behave better in public. Now, they no longer care how they are being perceived. They want people to know what kind of business atmosphere they want to work in. They don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes, they don’t want to be regulated, they want to be free to move their business overseas whenever they like, and they are unwilling to tolerate any government interference.
And as far as using their money to invest in businesses that can hire people, they would rather be venture capitalists and use their money to make more money. They are not interested in coming to their country’s aid. They don’t care if the country is broke because they can always move to another country when they’ve cleaned this one out.
The people who still believe in America will have to rebuild it, from the ground up. At least they will know who they can count on. Like the people in the Great Depression, shoulder to shoulder, leaning on each other, they can bring about a new America.
In the meantime, interfering with people’s voting rights is also a serious business. Personally, I’m not willing to venture into the Justice Department’s arena. As far as I’m concerned people can vote for whomever they please.
There have been many attempts to keep people away from the polls this year. At least we all know who the enemies are. Perhaps, it’s just as well that we begin to part company at this point. Maybe, by this time next year some people will begin to build new political parties.
Hopefully, the economy will continue to grow and we will prosper from having lived through this experience.