On this Thanksgiving holiday in America
By W. J. Anthony
Pope Francis has helped Americans understand what has been the meaning of the second paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Consideration of the unalienable Right of the People to pursue their Safety and Happiness reveals that each person has a “birthright” to be secured by Government, that is given the just powers to secure the Safety and Happiness of the People.
Governments obtain their “just powers from the consent of the governed”, which means they are honest powers.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence indicates that People in “the pursuit of Happiness” should choose “to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Pope Francis indicates that the Governments of capitalist nations are organized to have laws that serve and secure the wealth and power of corporations that are controlled by people who own and control the corporations. Corporations are designed to use their means of production and distribution of goods and services to satisfy the policy goals of the stockholders who own most of the stocks rather than the safety and happiness of the People.
Cooperatives are designed and inclined to serve the policy of the majority of stockholders, regardless of who owns the majority of stocks.
Wars have proved to serve the wealthy owners of corporations who seek to own, profit and control the means of production and distribution of goods and services and not be obligated to serve the “birthright” of the people who need the goods and services to survive and pursue their human potential.
Pope Francis has rightly described the challenge that humanity faces at this time. War does not serve the “birthright” of people to obtain solutions that satisfy the needs of people in America and People throughout the world.
Igor Bobic – November 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EST8756
Americans would do well to read and understand that the encyclical of Pope Francis appropriately Denounces Trickle-Down Economics “Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts.”
“In his first encyclical released on Tuesday, Pope Francis laid out a broad mission statement which restated the church’s opposition to abortion but also emphasized what it can do for the poor and oppressed trapped in a world of growing income inequality.
“It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new,” the pontiff wrote in the 85-page document. “Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’.
The pope also denounced “trickle-down” theories of economics promoted by many conservatives and politicians who espouse an unregulated free market.
“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” he said. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”