Letter: Plutocracy Or Democracy?

Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to Marge Fitzgerald’s Aug. 17 letter titled “The Threat to America is Real.”

Yes, the threat to America is real but not for the reasons suggested. Are we a nation of two major parties, or has the right just assumed only they “are the truth, the way and the life,” and no one should go to Washington whose philosophy represents all the people and not just those who by birth or marriage has made them a moral authority?

Quoting a past president and one who was the first to tax Social Security, discouraging people from working is not exactly auspicious. I prefer to quote another Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, who made a speech in 1954. He said, “Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, eliminate labor laws or farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a splinter group that believes you can do these things… their number is negligible and they are stupid.” (This was taken from Eisenhowermemorial.org.)

Mr. Romney’s involvement in Bain Capital as well as his reluctance to make public his past federal income tax returns is well documented, and with little exception has spread to his “boy who would be king” Paul Ryan. President Eisenhower also warned us of the growing military-industrial complex, which unfortunately, has become a reality with the number of preemptive wars due to global competition and American interests.

While it is true that Democrats tax us heavily during wartime, it is also true that Republicans just hide the true cost of war through borrowing from China and India, and calling it deficit spending. I find it interesting that Mr. Romney created “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, never dreaming when he defended it that he would later have to condemn it when a weaker version was called “Obamacare” — such irony! You just can’t make this stuff up!

We have two considerations on the table; we can continue under democratic capitalism or we can continue on our way to a plutocracy. The former will keep the door of opportunity open for all Americans, and the latter promises a greater concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people with the loss of representative government.

President Clinton signed NAFTA into law and American businesses, our job creators, discovered 39 countries that pay labor less than $2 per day — per day! Does anyone believe that our job creators will bring any of those jobs back? But wait, there’s more! They get a tax credit for every job they send overseas to the 39 countries, while American labor languishes at home.

Job creators? Ha! Maybe if you live in China or India!

Richard Nielsen
Royal Palm Beach


  1. Richard even a “cafeteria Catholic” knows John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life”… “No one comes to the Father except through me.” I personally would not put conservatives on the same level as Christ, as you have.

    I know you fairly well and I believe that you are a seeker of truth, but the truth is hard to find, I think you would agree. These are perilous days, and in the words of Macbeth, Act V, Scene V many who think they know what truth is are a “poor players…full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.
    My friend, Dwight Eisenhower was not a conservative, so to use his ideology to tarnish conservatives is simply wrong. Anyone who is a conservative realizes that the Republican Party does not have monolithic ideology that we can call conservative.

    Those of us who are Conservatives who believe much of what libertarians believe would support the ideology of President Ronald Reagan. Even than if we look at his policies and accomplishments, they did not meet up with his high moral standards and fiscal conservative hopes, primarily due to the two party system.

    I might say the same for President Obama, his socialist ideals were not fully implemented in his first term, but in his second term I believe we will see a much greater push to accomplish all of what this President and his men hope to accomplish.

    In my opinion we should expect rapid inflation, the destruction of the U.S. Dollar, and even greater usurpation of power by the Executive Branch, a lower standard of living, and mush higher energy prices, many more small businesses closing their doors, and more government control of large multinational corporations and banks.

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