There always has been a threat in the United States from right-wing capitalism. Early capitalism took advantage of underprivileged people to the extent that would not be tolerated in America today, so some capitalists have moved their operations overseas. Initially capitalism abused child workers, had horrible working conditions that caused early deaths, paid miserly wages, etc. The government of the U.S. went along with much of this, there was no safety net, and corporations built a greed-foundation that they still feel they have a right to carry out as they see fit. Using stumbling blocks every step of the way, corporations began to yield to public pressure and reform. But they remain reluctant to operate humanely.
Through the years I have spoken and written about my personal interaction with the Martin Luther King family. I repeat once again that a great untold story is the life and influence of the famous Martin Luther King's father, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. or "Daddy KIng," as he is affectionately known. Some day a book, drama, and/or film will be made about "Daddy King." His son is more famous and he is honored this week for his words and work as a great American.
Let me state it openly. Bill Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and John Edwards did things that were reprehensible. They cheated on their wives, and they took advantage of the good will placed in them by many fine people. But none of those men presented themselves as saints, neither used piety as a self-proclaimed persona. Nevertheless I must openly state that I am critical of them for this lapse in moral character. But I am in no position to judge them beyond that statement.
Oh, how non-combatants love to use the term "support our troops" as they act-out their unsupported fantasies about war and its consequences. The reality of war and the actual support of our brave military men and women is something quite different. We should never enter a war unnecessarily, but those presidents and vice presidents who have no battle experience seem to push us in the direction of war.
Needless to say, the United States has become so "ultra-sized" that rational thinking is considered outlandish. Both liberals and conservatives in the U.S. bear almost no resemblance to those with similar labels two generations ago. Yes, I believe that the conservatives have gone farther off the deep end than liberals, but both groups' abnormalities are so extreme as to make it a moot point.