Slavery is a tool. It is used by those who have a burning need to control others.

It takes root in fertile ground of those who are segregated from the basic struggles the working class experience, whether they are distanced by financial circumstances, birthright, or mental illness.

The workers earn profits for the financially well-off, the more fortunate, the “people of means.” Slavery literally built America, forcing others to do the labor that created vast wealth for early landowners.

In this country, we fought the bloodiest battles over the issue, with more than 600,000 or 1 in 4 soldiers, giving their life in the Civil War. There are still those that refuse to believe slavery was the reason for this conflict.

Facts are facts.

Even the issue of “states rights” centered on slavery and this is why we have the 13th Amendment.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Cogitare

“Think” is the English word for that Latin term “cogitare.” Since the dawn of man, ignoring facts has been a diversionary tactic by the lying class. Lets see who owns that distinction today.

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery. This is when the call for less government was born. The South believed liberty meant government should not dictate important economic policies of the states. Less government would allow them to keep slavery as an economic source of revenue.

The South declared war, fired the first shot then lied about slavery as the reason for it all.

Today, it is that same dynamic which blames Democrats for Donald Trump and the Republicans shutting government down.

It is a centuries old wish of the come true. But all this so-called liberty comes at a hefty price. There was trash overflowing in National Parks, Tax refunds were delayed, airport security was threatened, all under the guise of “less government.”

The other side of the coin

We have been taught that slavery is wrong, people are human beings and we all deserve to life with dignity. So what is the problem?

If our educational system has served us well then this conversation would not be relevant today. Slavery was abolished 156 years ago, and a President gave his life for a cause.

It is not the multitudes that are ignorant of this. It is the well-off, the landowners, who have become captains of industry, the top 1% of earners who rake in 90% of this nation’s wealth. They fight for slavery by using Capitalism as the modern day plantation, by paying wages that are less than people can live with in dignity.

Capitalism is still running the corporate world using employees and treating them expendable. Labor is now the modern-day wage slave.

It is not good enough to end slavery. What we need is to end the system in place which allows the wealthy to exploit others. If we are to break the cycle, we must break the system.



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Gene Smith

Gene Smith is a Chief Campaign Strategist living in Arizona. He is a Juris Doctor, Democratic Campaign Strategist, Elected Precinct Committee person, and Democratic State Committee Member. Currently, Gene serves on the Environmental Caucus.

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