Looking Left and Right Quote of Note # 64 (B. Obama)

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from President Obama +:

Inequality also distorts our democracy. It gives an outsized voice to the few who can afford high-priced lobbyists and unlimited campaign contributions, and runs the risk of selling out our democracy to the highest bidder. And it leaves everyone else rightly suspicious that the system in Washington is rigged against them—that our elected representatives aren’t looking out for the interests of most Americans.

I pretend little expertise on our nation’s history or the intricacies of Constitutional interpretation, but I’m fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend this nation to be a plutocracy. I find no evidence that any motto adopted over the years to give voice to our nation’s most basic ideals contains the suggestion that this is and should be nation for and by the wealthy.

Current-day events suggest it is becoming just that. In and of itself this is damaging and dismaying enough. What seems even more troubling is that too many of our fellow citizens are encouraging tactics and policies (or obstruction of same) which will have as an end result the strengthening of a system where money matters most in deciding what’s “best” for all of us.

We might want to consider just what happens when spending cutbacks are insisted upon—cuts which affect none of the few wealthiest but at least a substantial portion of the hundreds of millions of those not in that tiny group. Who wins? Who loses?

Simple questions; profound implication for our future if the answers suggest that we must continue to advocate for the few and not the many.

+ in a speech at Osawatomie, Kansas on December 6, 2011
 
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