Church and state — much is said about it on the news, in social media and elsewhere. Opinions vary. Some think there’s too much religious influence in government, others say there’s not enough. Personally, I think the Constitution is pretty clear on it. Still, I get the feeling that all the noise about it isn’t relevant.
Consider how easily corporate America peddles its influence in Washington, DC, the general lack of restrictions on corporate campaign contributions, the rights corporate entities such as Facebook and Google have to your personal information and anything you post on their services, the push by corporations to be allowed access to your online accounts to see if you’re saying anything about them or to see if you’re fit for employment.
The biggest threats to our privacy is not the government but the corporate world. That’s not to say that the government isn’t actively mining your data.
The courts have determined that a corporation is a “person”. The government has made it a practice to bail out major corporations, large banks, and airlines but there have been no bailouts for the middle class. Indeed, it has become increasing more difficult for the average person to get out of financial trouble.
Yes, the ongoing rhetoric about the separation of church and state is merely a distraction; I’m more concerned about the rise of the corporate state, a totalitarian and oppressive form of capitalism in which the government is run by and for the corporations. The corporate “person” has greater freedoms, privileges and rights than natural citizens. It is Thomas Jefferson’s worst nightmare come true. In the corporate state you can participate in the free market only if you’re big enough to play the game. The American dream and all that goes with it is reserved for the wealthy. The middle class need not apply. However, they may stand outside the gates and dream as long as they’re quiet about it.