This pandemic will go down as one of the biggest tragedies in history. In such dark times, it can be easy to feel hopeless. But if you look hard enough, you can see some breaks in the clouds, like how the crisis has reinforced the beautiful solidarity among our nation’s rich.
Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore how elites have successfully taken advantage of this tragic situation. Through their shared vision of consolidating wealth and power, they have reminded the working class of their lower value while at the same time lifting themselves to new levels of fortune and privilege.
Money equals value in America, and everybody has value. Some people are just worth a billion times more than others, and that’s okay.
Solidarity means working with one another hand in hand with a common goal. It means having each other’s back when things get tough, and fighting for a shared vision. People are more powerful in numbers, and people are the most powerful in numbers when they collectively own 80% of the wealth.
When the elites work together they show the working men and women of America, just how disenfranchised they really are. The rich have a unique way of standing up to the little guy and saying, “Nope!” It’s truly humbling.
From the Koch brothers to Jeff Bezos, from Senate Republicans to my dad, the rich and powerful have closed their ranks and coalesced to make a better world, full of love, wealth, and happiness for themselves. Now, that is something we can all get behind.
Some of the wealthiest people in this country could single-handedly get a bill or two passed to enrich themselves. But when working in numbers, they are able to come up with a plan to “save” the economy by pumping bailout money into their very own pockets.
Here are just a few of their recent achievements during this tragedy:
- After private briefings on the coronavirus, Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler sold off millions of dollars in stocks. Some would call that insider trading; I call it having your friends’ backs. Fortunately, there seems to be no repercussions so far because homies don’t let homies fall. Whether it’s true or not, the support they received from other millionaire politicians is what made the lack of investigation possible, and that’s a win in my book.
- Sometimes our fellow elites in office get worried about staying in power, and it’s natural to have those feelings. That’s where this act of solidarity comes in. Some voters in Illinois and Wisconsin couldn’t appreciate things the way they are. They wanted to “stay safe” and mail in their ballots. That’s when powerful politicians and institutions stood up with one voice and let them know that they could either wait hours in line terrified of getting sick, or choose to stay home and give up their right to vote. Voter suppression? No, more like helping make the right decision for them.
- With the support of their corporate brothers and sisters, Congress managed to pull off a huge win, giving over $800 billion to businesses. Some weaker nations like Canada succumbed to peer pressure and agreed to a livable monthly stipend of $2000 for their citizens to pay for rent and food. But in America, the 1% fought tirelessly for the underdogs on Wall Street, giving the greedy workers a one-time payment of $1,200 and the rest of the money to the real victims, the shareholders. Just look at that solidarity.
This is the dream folks like the Rockefellers, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan hoped to see for America. And if it took the coronavirus to make this happen, then maybe it was all worth it.
In the words of the great American thinker, Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Also, if you got billions in the bank, you can kill whoever you want and totally get away with that shit LOL.”