Here is a man, Bill Gates, who made his billions largely as a direct consequence of the opportunities, benefits, rights, and priveleges that are derived from American citizenship.
His citizenship enabled him to solicit and enlist the support and cooperation of his fellow citizens in helping him to create and market his products to an American market comprised of American citizens who purchased his products in huge numbers.
And now, 25 years later, after having become the wealthiest person on the planet, he wants to make it more difficult for those same American citizens to enjoy the same benefits and priveleges that helped to catapult him to unparalleled levels of financial success?!
So watching him lobby Congress for the right of American businesses to hire from an immigration pool of "unlimited SKILLED workers" created within me a growing sense of disgust and despair -- despair over the increasing plight of American workers in this new age of "corporate globalization".
More and more I am finding myself feeling less like a citizen and more like a "unit of production" hopelessly embedded in a market-based economy with no national boundaries and no sense of national sovereignty. Where is a sense of national pride? More importantly, where is our sense of national "self-preservation"? It seems to be quickly vaporizing in Corporate America's lustful quest for profit maximization on a global stage.
The sense of a "national identity" and of having a vested interest in American citizenship is quickly being supplanted by a growing and looming sense of hopelessness and despair amidst a culture dominated by corporate greed and malfeasance.
More and more I feel as though our very lives and dreams have little to no significance as they are officially subjugated to the needs and desires of a corporate elite that has no sense of community, allegiance, or gratitude to the country of its origin. There is no patriotism in this paradigm. It is vapid and soulless
The war on the middle class rages on. It's an outrage and a shame. And, to put it bluntly, it sucks!