Looking for Revolt, or Just a Failed State?

Why the United States Government continues to neglect its people.

Lauren Elizabeth
Sep 15, 2020 · 4 min read
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Today, as many at this point had already come to expect, the American people were told that an agreement on the desperately needed coronavirus economic stimulus bill is unlikely to be reached until after the election.

Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly with CNN write:

“…This week not a single Democrat voted for the Republicans’ scaled-back stimulus plan and no leadership-level negotiations between Republicans and Democrats ensued. Instead, Congress is turning its focus now to simply passing a short-term spending bill by the end of the month aimed at keeping the government funded and then heading home for the election.

Asked if the stimulus negotiations were officially dead, Sen. Dick Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, told reporters, “It looks that way.”’

Simply passing a short term spending bill by the end of the month aimed at keeping the government funded, and then heading home for the election?

At times, I can’t help wondering if the United States is looking to see the people revolt, kicking us in the teeth until we finally bite back. If they are, going home for months at a time to solicit campaign contributions and organize high dollar fundraising Zoom calls on the taxpayers dime while the last shred of stability of tens of millions of families crumbles around them seems like a fairly good way to do it. While at times their criminal, sadistic inaction might make it seem as though they’re purely looking for conflict, that would actually require them to have a concept of or ability to care about just how grim things have actually become. With each passing day, it just feels as though there is a new reminder of how insulated our government has become not just from the trauma, pain, and suffering that the American people are dealing with, but the rage they are inciting as well.

When historians look back and reflect upon the dying end stage capitalist American empire, I hope it is not lost on anyone seeking to learn from our mistakes that this nation did not become a failed state because it did not have the means to provide for and protect its people. Instead the United States has simply refused to do so, and given our money to the wealthiest among us instead.

If the American people were not being starved in to submission, subjected to stress that is taking years off of our lives, or working two or three jobs just to survive, and instead actually had a second to breathe, perhaps we would be able to organize effectively. Maybe instead of begging for our rights, we would be able to take them. If nothing else, more of us would certainly have the ability to reflect upon the fact that for our lawmakers and the select individuals and corporate interests that fund their campaigns, the neglect of the American people has been profitable.

While a young mother who lost her job due to no fault of her own is putting her bank account even deeper in to overdraft just to buy diapers for her baby, Jeff Bezos has almost doubled his unprecedented wealth in less than a year. As a direct result of the same circumstances that cost tens of millions of people their jobs, their health insurance, loved ones, and they stand on the verge of losing their homes on top of it, Jeff Bezos is now primed to become the world’s first trillionaire by as early as 2026. Even before the pandemic, as it became harder and harder for working Americans to improve their material condition, the top 1 percent took nearly 50 trillion dollars of wealth from the bottom 90% between 1974 and 2018.

Right now, the profit among the elites as a direct result of the neglect of the American people has been so great, that our government feels no sense of urgency at the thought of tens of millions of people being unable to put food on the table.

What happens when the next pandemic hits, and there’s even more money to be made?

Again, we are not a failed state because the government cannot provide for its people. We are a failed state because the elites who fund the campaigns of our lawmakers have determined it is more profitable for them if it doesn’t.

The coronavirus, if nothing else, showed us just how fundamentally broken and unsustainable the United States’ empire has become. But in the wake of the exposure was also the opportunity to correct course, and learn from where things had gone wrong. But when those entrusted with the responsibility to do that are choosing to double down instead, where exactly are we supposed to go from here?

Lauren Elizabeth

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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