“Our constitutional rights have steadily been stripped from us by judicial fiat.”
Those “constitutional rights” were won by the struggle and death of millions since the Constitution was written by the slaveholding, less than 1% elite, terrorist founders. All that was won through the centuries of death and struggle was lost with globalization and the destruction of the labor movement, the only power the common people ever won.
Political discourse is absurd within the limits of the two party system and has been absurd ever since globalization destroyed the only power U.S. citizens ever had which was the labor movement that, briefly, created a large middle class that could not be ignored due to strong unions. In reality though the republic is not dead as it is merely returning to its original restricted representation of property owners only, those with the most property(private ownership of wealth) get the most represented. This has always been the plutocratic heart of the U.S. and even in the heyday of the middle class, success was always defined by ones economic success. Indeed it seemed as though all one had to do was own a house and build equity to enter the middle class. Even a poor person that was a home owner felt somewhat successful. But the safe investment dream of home ownership depended on government support of low cost loans and a sellers market thanks to the prosperity of good paying jobs due to the political muscle of labor unions. But along came the jet plane and computerization that made globalization possible.
Capitalism even in the U.S. economic boom following WWII was always tilted to the rich. Capitalism can be temporarily reformed but it is always set to take from everyone for the few who own everything. That is what the twentieth century taught us. Capitalism is always the exploitation of the many for the profit of the few.
So its back to the good old days of the gilded age. The answer has always been socialism and now more than ever before capitalism destroys the human race. The constitutional rights that have been lost by judicial fiat were always relative to ones ability to demand and afford them. Nothing much has changed for those who have always been at the bottom due to ethnicity, poverty or both.
Many believe that Rome eventually fell due to a widening tax revolt. It became increasingly expensive not only militarily but in terms of bribes to “barbarians” such as Atilla The Hun to not invade Rome. Thus the military was reduced and became unable to fend off the attacks of those who could no longer be bought off due to falling revenue.
The U.S. Empire is now engaged in permanent war for the sake of the freedom of global capitalists to exploit. It would seem as though the ever increasing cost of empire is of no concern. More money can be printed, infrastructure can be ignored and more social programs can be cut for the sake of the empire. Rome took a long time to fall but each succeeding empire has had a shorter life. With economists of all schools predicting an imminent world wide financial collapse the days of the U.S. empire may just about be over. With a worldwide infrastructure collapse the days of empires may be over if it becomes impossible to have enough law and order for government to function in a world beset by political and environmental chaos.
The future holds ever increasing chaos and resource wars aggravated by spreading poverty, ecological destruction and desperate short term financial solutions by the owners. Into the coming chaos there is the very real possibility, with loss of central control and stockpiled weapons of mass destruction, of the human race destroying itself.
Socialism is “the only alternative”. Fight capitalism in any way you can, no matter how small, and better yet look for new ways to fight. You may even become an inspirational leader in a new socialist world where all are provided for and respected in a classless society.