It's a bad idea to privatize democracy

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2014 

Who should be subordinate -- capitalism or democracy?

The U.S. economic system is capitalistic, represented by Wall Street. The U.S. government is a representative democracy.

Capitalism, as an economy, is not the culprit. Corporations that are too big to fail, unrestricted capitalism and corporate personhood, coupled with greed, is the slippery slope to fascism.

The country's founders approved and enacted Article 1, Sec. 8, of the U.S. Constitution giving government the authority to regulate commerce, making business subordinate to laws established by our elected representatives. Why didn't the founders privatize government? Simply put, it will never serve "the common good of all".

The central design of our republic is sharing common goods -- a relationship not found under oppressive rule. Democracy serves as a cultural system and is the key enemy of socialism, fascism, capitalism and communism.

Relentless anti-government propaganda parading as democracy has citizens favoring privatization. Those propagandized Americans are clueless about how democracy works. They're convinced that privatizing would make a better society. They're programmed to hate government, the poor, the unemployed, social justices, and they brazenly defend subjective power (Munich again).

In spite of our Constitution being the greatest guarantee of liberty and justice, confused Americans want public common goods put under private power, subjecting Americans to control by the uncontrolled without the ability for redress. How pathetic.

Bill Mahaffey

Bluffton

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