In this long disunited America, we are not our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

How does the world’s self-proclaimed “most advanced” form of civilization get to the point where cities like Jackson, Mississippi, and Flint, Michigan have undrinkable water systems? Major and not-so-major cities from all regions are in dire need of basic infrastructure upgrades - the highways, byways, bridges, and tunnels across these all so very divided United States are crumbling…and the question is, why? What stops America from investing in America and Americans?

Pure greed, and now even more so, because we ain’t all White.

Walt Disney was a strong proponent of the Monorail as a solution for a mass transit system, and was in favor of a 1960 proposal to build a Monorail System for the Los Angeles Basin. It is one which can be copied and already could have been expanded all across the nation, all across the continent. A reliable system such as the monorail, already could have cut automobile ownership and use by 30%. Perhaps motivated by this potential, Standard Oil, Firestone tires, Ford, Chevy, Mobil all opposed the project and exerted political pressure, end of story. End of progress. The American citizens remain trapped in traffic, at the mercy of Big Oil, and Big car.

Lake Powell and Mead are not merely iconic aquatic desert playgrounds but also providers of electrical energy for millions of Americans across the Southwest, the Pacific coast, and the lower Rocky Mountain empire. They’re both going dry and still the God Ol’ Boy establishment denies climate change.

America’s train system, both freight and passenger, is straight out of the early 20th century.

The public education system is a travesty. As an institutional production line, they are manufacturing Pintos, Mavericks, Vegas, Mustang II, and Yugos - yep, it’s a joke. Black and Brown kids with high school diplomas and their 3 “Rs” are at the 7th-grade middle school level.

The health industry, from Big Pharma to designer boutique hospitals that were severely out-staffed during the Pandemic, is designed to generate obscene and obese profits.

It’s as if the all-mighty powers that be, the aristocratic ruling class, the elitist, and the investor class, those old enemies of peace, prosperity and tranquility really don’t give a damn about America, be it the land, air, water or the people.

I’d argue this detachment was obvious, at least dating back to the Great Depression, as FDR said,

We had to struggle with the ‘old enemies of peace’ - business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me - and I welcome their hatred.”

FDR’s enlightened thinking, that mentality, is now rare in American politics.

By the late 1950s, then President Eisenhower was warning the American people, the little people, of the military/industrial complex’s greed. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, their cutthroat capitalist priorities went beyond influencing Wall Street. Instead, they set the tone, feel, and flavor by believing in little more than get rich or die trying.

Corporate America abandoned and betrayed the then more vastly snow-white American working ants and bees by shipping “Breadwinner” gigs to the four corners of the globe in order to reduce labor costs and increase investors’ profits.

This is Ronnie “666” Ray-Gun’s USA, the America my generation sadly crafted. The American Dream was all about money and class. Now, take this attitude and couple it with the last 35 years of the darkening of America, the browning of America. The “little people” are now over 50% “of color.” So with that noted, the ruthless ruling class has concluded, they don’t even have to throw more than breadcrumbs off their big table and still sleep at night.

What loyalty do you think the aristocrats harbor for working-class Americans of color? None.

America’s leaders could revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, which was an iconic program designed to put Americans to work during the Great Depression. Camps were built throughout the country to house workers. Undeniably, we have a homeless problem, displaced Americans who need a job, a mission, a purpose, direction, hope, and a pathway to the elusive American Dream. We could address these issues, but the brain trust and the cats who hold the purse strings, the wallet, couldn’t give a you-know-what.

What could be done - rebuild the country, rebuild men and women - but the WASP-dominated ruling class has no interest in doing this, and that disconnection and indifference is multiplied and magnified because America is a nation in racial transition.

A summation of what CCC did:

Enrollees came into the camps of the district undernourished and underweight, disappointed, disheartened, of low morale, disgusted with the world in which they found themselves,” an official report of the time said. “In the Civilian Conservation Corps, they were clothed and fed; given worthwhile work to do; were enabled to assist their loved ones financially; were counseled and guided. They learned to work and to laugh and to play and thus regained their self-respect. They returned to their homes better prepared to assume their duties as citizens of the United States.”

Instead, the investor class is happy with a country of semi-educated consumers to pimp, exploit and fleece, from the Dollar Stores, firewater shacks, fast food chains selling crap as food, CVS stores, and payday loan outfits, to opposing any and all forms of organized labor unions, and worker solidarity.

Because of race and culture, most of the 90% White Investor class struggles with the fantasy that people of color are equal to WASPs in all intellectual and spiritual matters which matter. Millions simply just don’t buy it. And if they do accept we’re as human as they are, well, then it’s clear we’re not nearly as civilized as White folks. Thus, we have a few different nations within one nation - multiple Americas, i.e., White America, new suburbia, versus inner city, Black America. The heartland vs the ghetto vs deep suburbia vs the barrio. Red America vs Blue America, Fly-over USA as opposed to the Coastal Megalopolises - to name a few.

This form of segregation is strategic, and most can be attributed to “White flight,” White disinvestment, White financial abandonment, and White resistance to social unification. Maybe most precisely, deem it White supremacy, the deliberate isolation, deliberate racial segregation - tactically insulated from the advancements derived from civil and human rights, i.e., all signs of progress: diversity, inclusion, equality, and all the high-minded notions and ideas Trump’s America despises.

If they can reclaim “their” personal property - America, and remake it, transform it back to 1952, well then yeah, they’ll upgrade, refurbish and modernize the entire land, if only White folks benefit. Their dilemma is, “how do you turn back the hands of time, and place ‘the help’ back in their assigned places?”

The fear of having to “mix ’n mingle” with what they regard as human riffraff, the fear of being replaced, of having their utopia strong-armed from them prompts the sky-is-falling responses like deportation, incarceration, extradition, expulsion, banishment, internment, or perhaps being sent back to “wherever in the hell we all come from,” or perhaps good ol’ all-American genocide? Either way, they are hell-bent on taking back America and making it Nordic snow-white.

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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