IF CHARLES DICKENS had only lived in our nation’s capital in 1997!
One can only imagine the tales he could have written about the corporate Scrooges shipping American jobs abroad while slashing wages at home… the artful dodgers who manipulate the law to avoid public accountability… the fast-talking rogues who “buy” their own legislators. . . the pin-striped charlatans who are paid to assert that black is white, and white is black.
Yet in a hostile political climate, there are hopeful signs as well: brave voices of decency struggling to fulfill the promise of citizenship, people of goodwill organizing their communities for the common good.
Yet as Dickens’ Scrooge was transformed, we, the citizens, have the power and the opportunity to transform our nation. Together we can halt the corporate thievery and political trickery that are robbing people and their children of a secure, just future.
Copyright The Human Quest Mar/Apr 1998
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