Today almost all of the Democratic candidates are calling for policies to right the so-called injustices of capitalism. Sitting in a coffee shop I begin to wonder what the injustices are. As I look around, I see people talking freely on cell phones and playing with their laptop. If they are ordering food or drink, they receive it in a very short amount of time, looking out the window cars, SUVs and trucks flashing by, people dressed in nice clothes are walking somewhere.
Are these the injustices of capitalism? Thinking about it, we live in the most prosperous time and place in human history. How can people become oblivious to the freedom and wealth we have all around us?
We are in the most prosperous nation yet some deny it and shout out for change. They are blind to what surrounds them, the vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things have become so common place that some cannot see them and don’t give them a second thought.
We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty level is far above the living standard in much of the world. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, many are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful of the miracles that are at our fingertips.
Their limited experience in the world is demonstrated by their embracing of socialist policies that has destroyed so many countries and lives. That popularity continues to grow within that democratic generation who never saw poverty in America, they have only seen the society that went before them built.
They never experienced what it took to build what we have now. Some think that the way we live is something they are entitled to. The current generation is being indoctrinated by the education system and mainstream news media that promotes the idea that we have never seen greatness and that socialism can give everything to everybody.
Although they are blind to the wealth around them, there are people around the world who are truly impoverished and will risk their and their children’s lives to get here. Once they get here, they have a chance to become successful, a chance they did not have in other countries.
Yet, we have a large group of Americans convinced that they need to elect politicians who are dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Thus, killing the golden goose that has enriched so many, however those who made it, did have to work for it.
Why is this happening? Because we brought up a generation who have no idea of the struggles their parents and grandparents went through to reach our standard of living. They have no idea what life was like before the internet, with all the family sharing one car or taking the bus and party telephone lines.
Our schools have stopped teaching about the failures of socialism and communism. They also stopped teaching vocational skills with the thought that everyone should go to college, even though we need very few History majors or Gender Studies graduates. Where are the carpenters and electricians?
Expecting everything yet not having to earn anything, so many have an expectation of getting things for free. So why not take from those who earned it because that is the way they got most things. That is just where the new path leads.
Paraphrasing from Robert Frost’s poem The road not taken; “two roads diverged into a yellow wood, which one we take will make all the difference.”