Letter: The cult of greed

Published: 7/31/2020 12:05:18 AM

The comedian Louis Black once pointed out that the United States “has no goal,” that we are essentially a country without purpose or direction. I politely disagree. The current goal of the government of the United States is to increase the wealth of those who already have it. While this is blatantly obvious in the Republican Party, there’s plenty of evidence that Democratic leaders have embraced that goal too. They see how the wind is blowing, and they want a piece of the action.

While the two parties are institutionalizing that goal, the American citizenry is becoming increasingly divided into two factions: those who embrace the greed, and those who are disgusted by it. (Sadly, most of those who embrace the goal will never benefit from it.) What is happening in Portland, Ore., and elsewhere is not a clash between haves and have-nots, but a clash between the selfish and those who want to end the selfishness.



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