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Thursday, October 27, 2016
King Solomon, USA Repeat Performance of Folly? Post Three
Does slavery still exist in the USA?
In a previous post, I stated I will compare King Solomon’s Domestic Policy in regard to King Solomon’s use of slaves and how the issue relates to the USA slavery in the past, present and future.
Comparison Excerpt of King Solomon’s to USA Economic Policies
“A further cause of north-south unrest likewise comes to the fore when we consider Solomon’s ethically dubious decision to keep unemployment figures down by using conscripted labour. In 1 Kings 9.15-25, we are told that he utilized slave labour from among the indigenous Canaanite people still living in the land to complete his many massive building projects.”
Does this seem to be a repeat of President Obama policy and now being repeated by Hillary Clinton election campaign except King Solomon used slave labor? However, there appears to be a present controversy about US workers complaining their minimum wages are slave wages and they have to work eighty hours a week. How do todays wages compare to US history of slavery?
Excerpts on USA Slavery
Abraham Lincolnand the Republicans argued that the condition of wage workers was different from slavery, as laborers were likely to have the opportunity to work for themselves in the future, achieving self-employment.The abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglassinitially declared, “now I am my own master”, upon taking a paying job.But later in life, he concluded to the contrary, “experience demonstrates that there may be a slavery of wages only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other”.
“Fazzari, ($15 minimum wage) for instance, said not raising the minimum wage substantially entails the risk of leaving many workers “without the ability to afford a decent life, despite working hard at a full-time job. Aside from being fundamentally unjust in a rich society, this situation also fuels the kind of social frustration and unrest that we have seen break out in various ways over the past few years.”
Future, According to King Solomon
Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen? (Ecclesiastes 8:7 NLT)
In My Opinion
There is no common good comparison of freedom to chattel slavery. However, our USA capitalist philosophy is in need of a drastic adjustment and culprit change. Not that capitalism is the culprit. Rather this ending statement in an article in the Sources below needs to be addressed by voters and our elected political representatives.
“Therefore, we must conclude that the system we call ‘capitalism’ is in itself not a doctrine of greed but becomes so only when some citizens, imbued with a poor sense of values and acting with great ignorance, perform unnatural economic acts, seeking illegitimate ends, which activities run counter to the common good.”
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant (slave) to the lender.(Proverb 22:7)
You decide if this King Solomon was true 3000 years ago and is still the same in our modern world based on today’s USA economic statistics and the folly of our elected politicians.
Twenty Trillion Dollars National Debt
34.6 percent of USA wealth is owned by one percent of the USA population.
USA wages have not increased since 1970 mainly because of manufacturing job outsourcing.
In My Next Post
I will explain how this statement is true today same as it was 3000 years ago.
“This treaty essentially put Solomon in the same submissive and subordinate position…”