America’s privileged class never had things better throughout the year.
The vast majority of ordinary people struggle to get by, a few lost paychecks from homelessness, hunger and despair.
The world’s richest country exploits them so wealth, power and privilege can benefit.
According to Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week:
“Hunger and homelessness don’t stop for the holidays.”
Tens of millions of Americans “liv(e) on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor” when ill.
Poverty is the nation’s leading growth industry. Most US households face a daily struggle to get by.
On average, 550,000 Americans are homeless each night.
I see it firsthand whenever outside in downtown Chicago. The city’s Magnificent Mile reveals a reality check.
Countless numbers of homeless, hungry, desperate people line both sides of the avenue, hoping passers-by will offer loose change to help them make it through another day.
Many are combat veterans, treated with disdain by the nation they served. Others have families with children. Some have part-time work when able to find it – paying poverty or sub-poverty wages and no benefits.
On Chicago’s mean winter streets, they’re in doorways, on benches, or wherever they can huddle from winter cold – at times extreme. An uncaring nation treats them like nonpersons.
Who’s hungry or food insecure in the US? The very young. The elderly. The employed. The unemployed.
Urban and rural Americans nationwide of all races, creeds, colors, national origins, and genders — a nationwide epidemic.
On Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the year, Americans are governed by one-party rule with two extremist right wings, waging war on humanity at home and abroad.
No nation in world history harmed more people over a longer duration than the US.
All sovereign independent states unwilling to sell their souls to the US at the right place are on its target list for regime change by preemptive wars, color revolutions, or old-fashioned coups — weakened in advance by economic terrorism.
Victims are blamed for US crimes committed against them. Mass surveillance is the new normal.
So are police state laws and censorship, the hallmark of totalitarian rule — the slippery slope where America and other Western societies are heading, lurching toward full-blown tyranny.
On Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the year, there’s no cause to give thanks for governance contemptuous of ordinary people everywhere so privileged ones can benefit.