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8/16/2011 1:01:00 PM
Letter: The insatiable greed of the wealthy elite

Editor:

We are being privatized into corporate [fascist] governance that usurps and replaces our constitutional republic with a private corporate one dedicated not “to the proposition that all men are created equal” but devoted instead to the profit motive; to the insatiable greed of the wealthy elite.

It is ironic that greed so engulfs the wealthy elite because the quest for the acquisition of more and more material wealth leads to the most destructive behavior imaginable and insures that the greed driven quest is truly an insatiable one that creates such feelings of insecurity in those who lust after it.

It generates greater and greater craving for it. This is analogous to drug addiction wherein the addict, once addicted to the drug, needs more and more of it merely to maintain a basic level of functionality that precludes the ability of the addicted person from focusing upon anything else other than the acquisition of the drug to stave off the destructive effects of withdrawal from the drug.

Driven by this addictive greed, the wealthy elite put the American people into the same category as any other commodity. Whether it is cattle, corn, cotton, computers or any other commodity, people are equitable to property in the corporate order of governance.

Ironically, the singular thing that can set them free of GREED [Get Rich Eviscerating Everything Democratic] is, as Christ, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us is the surrendering of self to the greater good with a focus upon the nurturing of others to achieve an egalitarian society wherein love can flourish and grow.

Remember the Biblical parable of the rich man who comes to Christ in search of heaven and what Christ tells him?

Clearly, the young man was an aristocrat of his era, a member of the wealthy elite in his society and he could not bring himself to follow Christ’s guidance. He could not “go cold turkey” as Christ admonished him to do.

Such it is with the American aristocracy.

Faced the choice of surrendering their considerable wealthy, to which they have become fully addicted, they shun the opportunity to participate in a democratic society, preferring instead to destroy it, and like any drug addict, themselves in the process in pursuit of their drug: P-R-O-F-I-T!

Left empty and thirsting for more, they can only seek out their addict in search of more and more mammon, erroneously believing it is God and when they obtain it, they have arrived in heaven. Only to awaken from the drug induced stupor to discover they are still here on earth and in need of more of the drug.

John A. Bond

Cottonwood


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

I am not a member of the wealthy elite. I'm not even close. I do not think wealthy people for the most part are greedy. Maybe the people who want the wealthy to pay their way through life are the greedy ones. Most wealthy people worked hard for their money, or inherited the money from people who worked hard for the money.

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Article comment by: two cents

@ empathy ends at my wallet,

Your selfish post just helped prove my point. You showed that you really have no empathy for anyone but your immediate family and friends and yourself.
Charity with you only happens with a tax write off or not at all, my guess is not at all.
just my two cents for what its worth


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Johnny Coleman
Thanks for bringing John Bond's class warfare position back up. I've been looking for another place to post this extremely apropos quote from our 26th President:

"The danger is not really from corrupt corporations. It springs from the corruption itself, whether exercised for or against corporations. So far as this [Progressivist] movement of agitation throughout the country takes the form of a fierce discontent with evil, of a determination to punish the authors of evil, whether in industry or politics, the feeling is to be heartily welcomed as a sign of healthy life. If, on the other hand, it turns into a mere crusade of appetite against appetite, of a contest between the brutal greed of the 'have nots' and the brutal greed of the 'haves,' then it has no significance for good, but only for evil."
--Theodore Roosevelt, from his "muckraker speech" during his 1904 presidential campaign on the Republican ticket.


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: @ two cents

Everything in moderation.

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: J M

@ Frank Lee Confused

A/I robots won't require a living wage and health care.



Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: @ Phil Falbo & John Bond

Sounds like you never opened a restaurant. But don't worry about the lack of family time. Unless you have a franchise and plenty of money your whole family works around the clock so someday you can hire people and have some time away from your family. Far as I'm concerned neither the Republicans or the Democrats made this any easier.
Terry the Dishwasher


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Empathy Ends At My Wallet

Mr. Bond, your letter demonstrates that you are capable of writing a grammatically correct essay. That is worth one kudo point, as many of our young people are unable to do so. Their lack of even trying to be literate somehow entitles them to a better life on the backs of those who have succeeded.
I disagree with your whole GREED principle. Yes, the attainment of wealth for some, including myself, is our expression of freedom and happiness. I can BUY what I need or want because I work hard, honestly and with integrity.
I did the labor. I keep the money. Seems to be a simple enough concept. Why would I work and then hand someone else my paycheck because they have some perceived need?
Despite some bleeding heart saying like I Am My Brother's Keeper- I am NOT my brother's keeper. I am not responsible in the end to another living soul other than myself.
We can all be wealthy if we work, save, budget and plan to be wealthy. By the time I am 60 I most certainly will be wealthy and I refuse to just hand over my money to some lazy malcontent just because they are lazy and hungry. They are hungry because they are lazy and feel entitled.
Like an earlier poster, I too may become an expatriate when I retire just to escape this sniveling, thieving class of wealth re-distributors.


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: two cents

Greed is and should be treated as a sickness, just like alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, and sex.
These are all uncontrollable urges that can an do destroy peoples lives. Greed destroyed lives and careers on greedy stockbrokers.

Bernie Madoff is just an example of one who got caught being greedy, but most are able to hide behind their money and cushion themselves from the rest of the world.

Greed destroys the lives of its victims, it destroys character and makes greedy people liars cheats and thieves. The way they do "shady" business deals "under the table", 'behind closed doors" has become the norm and isn't even considered unethical or illegal to hide profits, or methods used for extracting those profits from the government, or anyone else.

To me Greed is worse than alcoholism and drug abuse, because there are more victims involved and more innocent lives destroyed.

Not recognizing Greed as a sickness, has created an epidemic that will destroy quality of life for everyone and that includes the insatiable and destructive reasoning of the wealthy elite.

It was Greed that destroyed our most powerful ancient civilizations and it is well known by now, that history does indeed repeat itself.

The writing is on the wall, all you need to do is take the time to read it. The correct response would be to remove the people in charge and change the way we allow greedy rich people to make everyone else poor and eventually sick by skirting the laws that require them to pay taxes and do their part for the economy, instead of just draining it.
just my two cents, cause that's about all I have left after I pay my bills


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

In the game of capitalism, it is safe to say, "The rich have won!"

The rich have worked longer hours, made better social connections, taken more risks, manipulated more politicians, used more natural resources, dodged more taxes and all the while reduced labor costs by automating and outsourcing. Thanks to these capitalists, the American economy has a GDP of $17,000,000,000,000 per year.

Please sir, may I have a job with a living wage and health insurance?



Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: J M

Mr. Bond's submittal provides a near perfect illustration for why the I.R.S. requires that employers expedite the withholding from employee payroll.

The 99% are the 99% for a reason.


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Mr. Bond calls it GREED. I call it lazy, over-privileged American's yearning for a static feudal society. I wonder what, if we the people manage to stave off another assault on free-market enterprise, historians will call it a hundred years from now.

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Liberal Communist Perspective

I came to the States as an immigrant because I smelled opportunity. I served its people quietly, humbly and diligently for ten years, seeing more and more clearly as time went on that they were weak and ignorant. I took citizenship, hoping to make a difference. I now have a six figure salary in Verde Valley. I now view the average American as a docile lazy imbecile. I enjoy sucking money out of this society and its rich-enabling bent tax system. I will emigrate for retirement, sucking out my entitkement of retirement benefits, but giving my skills and money to better people. I know many people just like me in verde valley.

The average Americans psyche is exactly that of the aging bitter twisted under-achiever.

You deserve what you have coming. Wave your flags proudly.....you have made women like me rich


Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Tired of Hypocrisy

Google-charitable giving democrat vs republican. It will settle the greed debate once and for all. Republicans donate 7 to 10 times the amount of time and money to charity than democrats. Pre vice presidency Biden averaged less than $400 a year or .03% of his income. Pre Presidency Obama averaged 1% a year although as President he has bumped it up to a whopping 5%. Romney on the othe hand averaged 16-20% a year. imagine that? Oh yea and companies he helped fund and start created by some accounts upwards of 20,000 American jobs. So if this letter is condemning the wealthy greedy elite I am sure you are referring to the liberal democrat elite. To want or covet something that someone else has or has earned because you feel entitled to it is the worst form of greed. The difference between conservative and liberal is conservatives sign the check on the front, liberals sign on the back.

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Johnny Coleman

Time has come to reverse the process. We can sabotage their every endeavor. Get creative!

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Article comment by: For John A. Bond

My apologies for the misunderstanding then, sir! And I remain grateful for all those standing up for the rights of so many that will, apparently, remain invisible and un-cared-about for some time to come.


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