“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
I heard some very sad and disappointing statistics on MSNBC the other day which indicate profound social injustice in our society: 12% of white children live in poverty in the US, 35% of Hispanic children, 39% of African American Children. Wages for the average worker in 2010 has only risen 2%; but 27% for CEOs.
Some will be proud of that; for them, this represents "freedom."
Some Americans believe that they too, will be rich one day, not realizing that their chance of becoming rich is about the same statistically as winning the lottery.
Meanwhile, America is becoming a third world country. As Roman Catholic Bishop Timothy Dolan stated recently, nearly one-sixth of all Americans and one in four U.S. children now live in poverty.
“These numbers are not statistics, but people suffering and wounded in their human dignity. They are parents who cannot feed their children, families that have lost their homes and jobless workers who have lost not only income, but also a sense of their place in society,” the Bishop wrote (see the National Catholic Reporter).
Will America fail the test? Will voters give into fear, and elect those who only offer support for the wealthy, corporations and the powerful? Or will we vote for candidates who are in solidarity with the people? ARE there any candidates who still care about poverty, the poor, and the quickly vanishing middle class? Minorities are suffering in greater numbers, poverty is devastating the African-American Community, for example. But, it is going to affect us all eventually. It already is. We are all feeling the squeeze.
These are momentous times. We need a Franklin Roosevelt. Progressive need to not give up, but make their voices heard. We need to apply pressure to President Obama from the left, and elect progressive candidates to office.
The "American Dream" is quickly fading, and turning into a nightmare.