Yes, nephewsam, you are right! Read Democracy in Chains. I just finished reading it and it tells how this has been happening to us and some of the reasons why. The haves, those who own the businesses, want cheaper and cheaper labor, and fewer and fewer laws that protect worker safety and the environment so that they can make more and more profit for themselves at the expense of everyone else. They only care about their own “freedom”. Freedom from paying taxes to support anything or anyone that they don’t like or care about. Freedom for these radical " libertarians" means slavery, tyranny, and injustice for everyone else. They complain that Americans have an excess of democracy and too much freedom to control what they and their corporations do and force them to pay any taxes for anything except the military, police and prisons. They believe this even though for the most part to any sane person just the opposite is more true. What these guys want sounds like a totalitarian police state to me! They force all American workers to have to compete with slave labor workers in China and India, and other third world countries. Laborers are not human beings to these sociopathic people, they are just natural resources to be exploited. They act as if the entire planet belongs to them and only to them and everyone else be damned. They make Dickens’ Edwardian England look like a paradise. They are never satisfied because they are totally addicted to greed and lust for more and more power and more and more wealth. They think that being wealthy and greedy makes them superior to other people, even though this is absolutely not true. Jesus was the greatest human being who ever lived, but he was absolutely penniless. These men, and most all of them are men, are mostly from the south. A great deal of their motivation is because they deeply resent racial equality of any kind. If you are used to having privaledge as a white male, then having to be treated equally with black men, women, or God forbid, gay people feels like discrimination to them. Desegregation of public schools in the 1960’s was a great motivating factor in their rise to power. This is why bigotry of all kinds, especially racism against people of color and immigration of people of color into America is such a big part of their agenda and activism and why they naturally are aligned with the Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists and nationalistic fascists. They hate the poor, disabled, and suffering people of the world because their poverty and suffering causes people to want to raise taxes to provide care for these people and perhaps it reminds them of their guilt and responsibility to care for others that gets directly in the way of their insane greed and lust for power. They know deep down inside that what they are doing is morally wrong so they clothe themselves in phony morality. They know that what they want to do is also wrong so they have to lie about what they are doing or else no one would go along with them and they lie to themselves like every drug addict does to justify their evil behavior and their addiction to greed and power. Then they falsely accuse everyone who opposes them of lying so it takes the onus off of themselves because they are the real liars and phonies and purveyors of fake news. They want everyone to believe that democrats are just as bad as republicans so that people will be too paralyzed to vote for anyone because all politicians are so bad. This is not true. Watch C-Span sometimes. Watch when bills are debated. Time after time I have seen democrats stand up to defend the ordinary people of this country from republican partisans and their bills which seek to strip us of our rights and plunder and pollute our public lands and the environment for personal gain and dump the toxic waste onto poor communities who cannot deal with it and being poor, have not profited from exploiting our natural resources. We ought to dump the toxic waste these men create right onto their own front yards and make them drink fracking chemicals instead of filtered or bottled water from Figi. It says in the Bible in Revelation that God will come down and destroy those men who destroy the earth. These evil men will be punished severely by God in the end. However, in the mean time, and it is a mean time, we must rise up and fight these thugs! They forget that the Bible says the worker deserves a fair wage for his work. It is the workers of this country that have really been robbed. Taxation is not robbery. It is only an attempt by government to try to right some of the wrongs done by corporations and greedy employers who have robbed workers of fair wages for generations so that workers can at least stay alive and have basic food and shelter. Even any slave would be given that much, but the insane greed of men like the Koch brothers will not allow them to have any compassion. Compassion makes them feel all squishy inside, instead of mean and hard and how they define manliness. Their hypermasculinity and fear and loathing about gays stems also from their own insecurities about their own masculinity. They are like Trump, who is an idiot, but goes around telling everyone how smart he is. Trump is weak, but tells everyone how strong he is, etc. Perhaps these men were never loved by their mothers and girlfriends and found more certain gratification and satisfaction in money like the drug addict finds in his drugs? I don’t know, but I can guess. Anyway, we must rout out these guys and find a way to permanently stop their evil agenda which is basically everyone for himself, except when your company needs a taxpayer funded bailout. I say all for one and one for all! Liberty, equality, and fraternity! It is together, in solidarity, that we fight these guys who want to divide and conquer us. I don’t know how we can deprogram the zombie Trumpites and Fox News addicts, but we have to find a way. They are driven by fear and emotion, rather than rational thought, I hear, so maybe we can get them to fear what will happen if these right wing thugs get their way. The so called Freedom Caucus and the Koch brothers are planning to rewrite the Constitution giving them absolute power forever and they are two or three state governorships away from being able to call a Constitutional Convention to do this, which is why they are rigging elections so much by gerrymandering and voter suppression, because if they can permanently change our Constitution they will create a permanent dictatorship run by them. We cannot let this ever happen. Not enough people are aware of what they are doing. Google it if you don’t believe me and you can read about it. They are attempting to overthrow our democratic government because they hate democracy. They do not believe in majority rule, but rule by elites, and they are the elites that will rule. They want to be kings and dukes and earls, etc. with everyone else being the slaves and serfs and the whole country will belong only to them. This is why they are constantly lying about caring about the middle class, so people will vote for them enough to get them the governorships they need to change the Constitution. Once they do that, they will never have to worry about elections ever again because they will have permanent absolute power and control over our militarized police and the greatest military ever created. If they take over America, they can rule the world. The fossil fuel companies are worried that they will lose money from green energy and global warming so they are in league with these thugs so that they can frack and drill and mine up the earth at will and get richer and richer at the expense of the earth’s environment. They won’t care if everyone else starves to death as long as they have what they want for themselves. Can you see what I am saying? Believe me it is all true. I have been seeking the truth all my life and I wish it was not true, but it is. We must find a way to stop these guys!