The philosophy of the United States is one of wealth and power. The working class rarely figure into the considerations of the American Big Government – except when it comes to the money they want from us. As an example, the Democrats are still attempting to push their health care reform, even though it is now pretty clear that it will not happen. Yet, not too long ago, the Democrats were filibuster proof. They could have had health care reform passed without Republican interference, but they were torpedoed by members of the Democratic party that were seeking special benefits for their own states! Even now, they could push through through health care reform with a simple majority – but they refuse to use that, as well. It should be clear that the Democrats care no more for the working class than the Republicans do. The bottom line is the dollar.
Obviously the Republicans do not want health care reform. Why? Because too many of their friends make money off the system the way it is now.
Both parties seem to ignore rising costs when minimum wage legislation come up. My first job was in 1991. At that time, I was earning three dollars and 45 cents an hour. The minimum wage in 2009 was seven dollars and 25 cents. So, in 18 years, the minimum wage rose only three dollars and 80 cents! How many times in 18 years have the U.S. Senate given themselves raises? The answer is, a lot. Actually, I couldn’t find an accurate number, but in 2009, during the worst days of the financial crisis, they received a 4,700 dollar pay raise, per member! Financial disclosure forms released by the nation’s 100 senators show there are at least 40 millionaires among them — 22 Republicans and 18 Democrats. Of the 100, only 10 senators reported a net worth of less than $100,000. What is wrong with this picture?
There are two philosophies at work in this country – the millionaires club of the U.S. government, and the “struggling to get by” club that the working class are forced to belong to. So, why don’t we do something about it? Why don’t we cut their salary? Why don’t we evict them from their palaces? Why don’t we use the power we have to make things better for everyone? It is, simply, a deep seated fear that the capitalist masters have instilled into the working class since the beginning of time. They have us believing that we need them, and that there would be nothing without them. We buy into the lies – the “American Dream”, “Work Harder And You’ll Make It!”, “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…:, and etc…
Marxism-Leninism does not have this fear at its core. It is, in essence, a philosophy which states – “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Lenin wrote that labour should be performed for the common good, for the benefit of society, and not for some material reward. Society would provide for us, as we would help to provide for society. Will this be a life with no leisure, no fun, no color, a grey world of automatons? No, it will be a life where we will have more opportunities to better ourselves, and society, because we will not be chained by the necessity to constantly work to pay for the things that society should provide, and we will not be forced to pay for millionaire “representatives” that have no interest in the people they “represent”.
Marxism-Leninism, Communism, is about real freedom, and not the imaginary freedom offered by the American capitalists.