To the editor,
The biggest problem today is that the American people have abandoned their government. There are three classes of voters in America.
There’s the working middle class. These are the poor on welfare, or working a job and living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling to survive.
Then, there’s the comfortable middle-class. They can afford their mortgage, they own a couple of cars and they can feed and clothe their family in the latest style. They can educate their children and still have something for the future. They have excellent healthcare. This is the largest group in America. It consists of about 45 percent of the population.
Third, is the wealthy class. They are the smallest class, but the most talked about.
But, the working middle-class typically votes because they need the government entitlements. The wealthy class, generally, votes to protect their wealth.
The comfortable middle-class still have the nineteenth-century attitude of freedom and individual independence. They have nothing to do with government, and they don’t vote.
In the 19th century, the nation was growing. We were a nation of immigrants, and we were building businesses. Companies were popping up all over the East coast, and farming and ranching spread throughout the West. Personal Independence was the philosophy of the day, and capitalism drove the economy.
All this, created the strongest, wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.
The 21st century, however, is not like the 19th century.
During the 19th century, we had 75 million people in the fifth largest land mass in the world with more natural resources than all of Europe.
Today, we are the third largest population in the world, only behind India and China with over 1 billion people each. Our natural resources are depleting and no longer seem to be infinite. Our economy out-produced the needs of the people and we need foreign customers to satisfy our demand.
With all this, we still have the 19th century attitude of personal independence. The only thing that matters is my job and my family. We don’t need government in our lives.
That’s why we have a dysfunctional Congress and an ineffective executive branch of government. We’ve had three presidents in the 21st century: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump. We can do better than that.
Robert Bellamy Dundalk