I was born here in the US, grew up and went to school here. Like everyone else, I was taught that I was fortunate because I lived in the greatest, most democratic country in the world. We are such a good people that we voluntarily intercede in other countries to ensure that the people’s freedom is maintained.
As I grew older and wiser, I began to realize that I, along with millions of my fellow Americans have been conned. Not only are we Americans not the peace loving, freedom loving, democratic folks we pretend to be, but we are a primitive, violent people.
We have, and continue to engage in several wars in the Middle East with countries that pose no threat to us; we are threatening to expand our war efforts to include Iran, a country that has abided by the nuclear treaty it signed and offers no threat to the US; we are involved in the coup attempt in Venezuela where the US is sponsoring the overthrow of the Maduro socialist government. The US has a history of undermining and overthrowing any government that attempts to take care of the working class and have them share in their country’s wealth.
But, what has motivated me to write this article is what is occurring on the Mexican, US border. Tens of thousands of immigrants, seeking asylum from their home countries or escaping from poverty and starvation, seeking a new life with more opportunities in the US, have been imprisoned in concentration camps. This includes children who have been separated from their families, have been placed in facilities without sufficient medical services, food, clothing, etc. and have had to sleep on concrete floors.
It is time for us to realize and act on the fact that our ruling class considers us, the working class, expendable. We are here to serve them and it is no accident that it is the sons and daughters of the working class that are called to fight, kill or be killed, in the many imperialistic wars we have been pursuing.
It is the ruling class that are the CEO’s and bosses we rely on for jobs and income. These are the capitalists who control not only our economic lives but our political lives as well. One may ask, why is there so much poverty in a country that is the richest country in the world? Why is there joblessness, homelessness, hunger in this wealthy country? Poverty and workers without jobs is necessary for the success of the capitalist class. Their responsibility is to market their product or service as cheaply as possible and gather the largest profit the market will bear. That means cheap labor. What better way to guarantee cheap labor than to have a hungry poverty class willing to work at low wages.
Capitalism has not been and will never be kind to the working class no matter how many reforms we impose on it. It encourages men and women to compete with and exploit their neighbors. It is a predatory system that we must destroy.
Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.