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Future Course Correction

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary

December 27, 2011

By Perry Redd


It would be conceivable that civilized societies have the capacity to change the course of history.  The United States boasts an exceptionalism that other nations dare to claim.  So why is it that the U.S. can identify problem after problem, but fails miserably at fixing them?  Is it because democracy is so “messy”; or is it because to exercise the will to fix the problems would cause some to lose the privilege, status and position they so blissfully enjoy?


The American future leaves prognosticators in quandaries.  There is virtually no one who can forecast with any degree of confidence what this country’s stability will look like.  You see, America has taken “the people” out of the equation; and we all know that any nation is only as powerful as it people.  The United States has given all deference over to corporations—small cabals of privileged people who run powerful industry-driven companies with voiceless subjects.  The subjects—these employees—serve these corporate entities loyally, only because they must pay their mortgage, feed their families and know that if they don’t, there aren’t many other options out there.


The socio-political analysts are powerless to accurately forecast the fiscal stability of a nation that chastises foreign sovereigns for their financial shakiness, when it stands on shaky ground itself.  The U.S. owes China over $1.2 trillion; it’s corporate tax revenues look at America from off foreign shores and it’s dwindling manufacturing base is headquartered in lands that span oceans.  The question of the hour is: when will America make a course correction?


When will we come to the reality that raw goods, does a manufacturing base make.  No matter how far into the future we go, tangible products are still sellable products; if you make them, they will come.  The tech sector is great for America, but as we’ve seen, the tech sector leaves us short on jobs, thus an unstable economy.  One doesn’t have to be an economist to see that what we’ve been doing—conservative, capitalist style, free-market economic drivers—aren’t working.  Our unemployment is the highest it’s been in decades and jobs are not coming back to these shores.


With these dynamics, how is America supposed to get back to enjoying the super-power status it held for over a century?  Maybe, that shouldn’t be the objective; maybe, just maybe, America should seek to be a partner…not just with other nations, but with its own people.  Maybe we should be caring more about the homeless, the hungry and the jobless people right here in America.  Maybe we should be concerned about squashing debt, educating people, providing affordable healthcare, making savings possible and cease fomenting foreign wars.  If we do that, then not only will we have a strong economy, but we will be a super-power again.  But that won’t happen anytime in the future until we commit to make a course correction.


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