Diagnosis for Democracy
Insights into the State of Our Union
A Blog by Rob Tenery, MD
Does it matter that we are becoming a country that is increasingly governed by what we can get from the system rather than what we give back? Our forefathers fought and died to ensure that this country allowed the opportunities for its citizens to succeed. Countless more sacrificed at home during the war to ensure that these constitutional freedoms continue. In recent times, a growing percentage of the population has forgotten that these opportunities are not just given but earned.
There must be a public awareness of the transformation that is happening in this country. Instead of searching out the truth, a growing majority of the populace either doesn’t seem to care or turns to the media outlet of their choice. By doing this, they are brainwashed to that particular way of thinking. The continuing immigration, instead of assimilating into the fabric of this country, is diluting our culture, language, religion and most importantly, our country’s goals.
Solutions can only come if we look for them. Diagnosis for Democracy serves as a voice to address the concerns that are gradually moving this country away from what our forefathers envisioned. As a physician of over 40 years, a small business owner, who also served my country during the Vietnam era, and a husband and father, I have dealt with big business, big government and now big media. The trend I see as troubling is that these three entities are engulfing the individuals in preference to the will of the masses.
If there is one truth that underlies all others, it is to leave this country better than how we found it. My two granddaughters, pictured above, deserve that from us!
Economic Globalism May Be Setting Us Up for the Big Fall
Following the stock market crash of 1929, Congress passed the Glass-Steagall legislation in 1933 that would keep separate commercial banks from investment firms. The purpose was to keep the Main Street depositors and lenders distanced from the uncertainties of Wall Street. The banks held the depositor’s money in trust. Since these depositors were federally insured, their risk was small to nil. Wanting to make more money, the banks began merging with investment firms and the risks started to escelate.
During the Carter administration in 1977, the passage of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) began a pushback on the financial constraints outlined by Glass-Steagall. Finding more loopholes around the legislation, this slow deregulation process continued throughout the ...Read more
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