November 12, 2021


Aho Valley Panorama 01 11/05/2021 — Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone, North Carolina
Money is the end of democracy.

"The Rule of Law" is such a good idea,
but it comes in a distant second
to the idea of compound interest.
That's the best idea!
That's the idea that transformed the world.

With enough money,
you can buy the law makers,
and the law enforcers,
and do whatever you want to do,
and put whomever you want out of business,
however that term may be interpreted.

Money rules the rule of law.
And makes a joke of democracy.
And democracy doesn't have a fix for that.
Democracy can make all the laws it wants,
but if they aren't enforced,
or if they are enforced unequally
we have an oligarchy,
not a democracy.

The United States is run by
an oligarchy of business and industry,
which could be thought of 
as an international mafia,
with the wealthiest of the wealthy
pushing the buttons
and flipping the switches,
buying politicians
and law enforcement agencies
and "contractors"
to do their will,
while We The People
wonder why nothing is being done
about the water pipes,
and the sewage pipes,
and the minimum wage
which hasn't been raised since 2009,
and it was a pittance of an increase then.

If you think the wealthy
will ever be taxed at a level commensurate
with their actual income,
you need your reality assessor adjusted.

The wealthy are in charge of loophole distribution,
and enforcement application,
and money runs the show.

And then, there is global warming.
Napoleon had his Waterloo.
And you can't eat money.
Or drink it.
Or breathe it.

Money is having a nice little run,
but it is running to its own demise.
Like the lemming's rush to the sea.
Not that that is going to matter to anyone,
what with the sea rushing to us, and all.

A fitting end to wasted opportunities
and possibilities.

What if we had done it the way
it needed to be done?
Where would we be then?
Not here, now.
For sure.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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