We are in this together

E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One) or (Out of Many, One) is the inscription on The Great Seal of the United States. I like to think of it as, "We are all in this together.”

Rich and poor, educated and uneducated, all fought together to create this great country, and continue to do so to this day to keep our nation secure. Shouldn't all its citizens be able to share in its wealth? Did our forefathers fight and sometimes die so that a few could become billionaires while their descendants were forgotten?

This is not about sharing equally. Hard work, responsibility and innovation should be rewarded. I believe that everyone who can work should work, and those who do should receive livable wages. We should provide for those who are mentally or physically unable to care for themselves and let no child go to sleep cold or hungry or without shelter. I can't imagine letting anyone starve to death.

The draft is still in effect, and even though we have an all-volunteer military, all able bodied young men over 18 are subject to be called to serve their country. In the past, young men have answered their call to duty, and many fought, were wounded and even died in service to their country. When they were called, no one asked them if they or their parents were rich or poor, or if they paid income taxes. All were drafted equally.

Until a few decades ago, for the most part, we had a closed economy. We imported some things (mostly raw materials) and exportedsome things (mostly finished goods). When times were good, we all prospered; when times were bad, we all suffered. When capitalist prospered, they reinvested in our country; when corporations prospered, they expanded here at home. This created new opportunities for jobs, for pay, and for advancement.

Today, many capitalist and corporations have chosen to not only reinvest in but to move jobs and assets to third world countries, exploiting workers there and leaving Americans without jobs or opportunities. Those that have gone before did not fight and die for this. We are all in this together – E Pluribus Unum!

Dennis Thompson

Newnan




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