The struggle between classes has long history

The struggle formalized by our two founding documents continues today. The Declaration of Independence noted the rights of each citizen. The Constitution addressed the rights of property. The spirit of the Declaration — its consideration of human needs and inalienable rights — was pitted against the artificial rights of property.

The Founding Fathers, representatives of the ownership class, were very concerned about the federal power and the rights of the majority — those who held no property — might exceed their own. In the end, preference and power — protected by checks and balances — were granted the ownership class.

Many have been the attempts to reverse the pre-eminence of our founding documents — that is, to place man, his rights, needs and opportunities above those of property and the power of the purse. Organized third parties rallied around the notion that preference should be given to the idealism of the Declaration. Some presidents have found favor among the people by opposing private bank creation of currency, large land grants and various monopoly practices.

The struggle between classes, written into the founding documents and currently including negative nativistic sentiments, has a long history. Inalienable rights and spiritual principles have struggled against traditional structures of power. Structures which enforce the primacy and prerogatives of those who otherwise believe it is their virtue, essentiality and essence which have earned their status. Here root the seeds of injustice.

Raphael O’Suna

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