In this year’s presidental election, it seems that Republicans have placed an inordinate priority upon having personal wealth. Below are a few remarks I made this evening on a local journalist’s blog on this subject. I hope readers of “Mary Elizabeth Sings” will find my thoughts on this topic worthy of deeper reflection.
On money and “evil.” The problem with money is that sometimes those who have much of it – and sometimes even those who do not have it – think that those who have money are superior to others because of their having money. I cannot accept that as truth.
FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, each, had inherited money, yet they did not appear to perceive that they were superior to others because of their wealth or status (Warms Springs/polio victims, S.S. for all, Eleanor’s leaving the DAR/Marian Anderson), yet President George W. Bush (”the haves and the have mores”), and Govenor Romney (”47% feel they are ‘entitled’ “) appear to perceive that they are superior to the less “fortunate” because of their wealth and accompanying status.
To me, the innate quality of each person, mentioned above, shows in his or her perception of what makes people equal.
Continuation of thoughts on money and “evil.”
Once societal norms are accepted that those who have money are superior, then it follows that CEO’s and mangement of corporations must be superior to workers as human beings, or that the powerful in governmental circles must be superior to ordinary citizens and voters. Both of these perceptions are not consistent with this nation’s original tenet that “all are created equal.”
These perceptions of superiority of CEOs in the business world, or of the powerful in governments, must be refuted by public declaration of ordinary people, as I am doing this evening. As African-Americans who lived under Jim Crow perceptions well know, people are not truly free until they are perceived to be equal to every other person, simply because all are human beings.
“I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of separation of the colonies from the motherland, but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world, for all future time.”
– Abraham Lincoln, Extemporaneous Address in Philadephia, February 22, 1861
Source: “The American Creed: A Biography of the Declaration of Independence,” by Forrest Church