One of the most disturbing aspects of the last thirty, “deregulated“, years has been the mendacious and blatant distortion of history by the right. Of course, the most blatant abusers are Fox (Non-) News and Rush Limbaugh, but the rightwing publicity machine, along with “Evangelical” propaganda, also played their roles in this dirty little game. In many ways, it continues the failed 1950s McCarthyite scam… but with collusion from the government. Many things allowed today under “deregulation” were rightfully unlawful and criminal prior to 1981. Yes, kids… most of the crapitalist nonsense tactics allowed in the contemporary USA were ILLEGAL prior to Slobberin’ Ronnie. The Republican Party deteriorated to the point were it nominated an open tax cheat (with MILIONS in offshore accounts) and draft dodger (his corporate daddy bought him a dodgy “clergy” deferment during the Vietnam War) as its presidential candidate. That is, it nominated not only a non-patriot, it nominated an anti-patriot. Wet Willy Romney incarnates Marx’s dictum, “Capital has no homeland”. That is, “Capital despises patriotism, family ties, and hometown loyalties”.
Look at the above posters from World War II. At that time, the USA had a semi-socialist government. That allowed the USA to mobilise its resources efficiently… it allowed the USA to outproduce the Axis all on its own. In short, socialism not only works, it works wonderfully. Mind you, had the USA had a full socialist system, the miracle of production would’ve been GREATER. Don’t listen to rightwing rubbish that socialism is a “failed system”… the fall of the USSR had nothing to do with that, it succumbed to a coup carried out by a bunch of nutters… it had nothing to do with socialism per se. Gorbachyov gambled… and lost. Nevertheless, his gamble had nothing to do with socialism itself, it was a failed attempt to overhaul the USSR‘s governmental apparatus, which is entirely different.
Understand this… the USA of today isn’t the USA of World War II. It’s degenerated into a kleptocracy run by corporate interests. We’re no longer the “Land of the Free”… Bush saw to that with PRISM, black sites, Guantánamo, and the TSA. We’re no longer the country that moves and lights the world (in the industrial sense)… selfish oligarchs gutted our industry, sent it abroad (in search of cheap labour), and put their added profits in offshore banks, refusing to invest in this country. In short, the platform of the Republican Party is nothing but rapine for the sake of the One Percent… an enterprise that’s not only criminal to the bone (for it WAS illegal prior to 1981), but also sinful and immoral (according to both Pope Francisco and HH). Note well that some Orthodox clergy support the Republican Party and “bless” its immoral criminal programme. They’re modern chernosotentsy… they’re the same sorts who brought down the persecution on the Church in the homeland (God DOES see and judge).
It’s time to go back to the future and end our dalliance with evil. Trust me, the enabling of crapitalism in the West is a far worse thing than abortion is… it’s far worse than ANY moral problem out there. You see, if we don’t tackle greed, we don’t tackle sin at all. Greed is the root of all evil… if we forget that, we forget EVERYTHING that Our Lord Christ taught us. Think on that…