Is the USA a Democracy or Oligarchy based on Average Salaries? Is the terminology that the USA is a “representative democracy” a misnomer? Would it be wise or foolish to acknowledge the truth and reality of what the real type of the type of Government to help end the present political divisions in the USA?
Readers of my blog are probably familiar with my repeated use of King Solomon most recognized verse: What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Most of my blogs relate to contemporary news reports we hear and read every day to the 3000-year-old wisdom of King Solomon’s ancient verses in the Bible. King Solomon has been described as one of the earliest recorded philosophers in history.
The Purpose of This Post Series
This series of posts will compare Aristotle verses of 354 BC and King Solomons 3000-year-old philosophy on the subject of politics and governing to our contemporary times in the USA
The purpose of the comparison is for interested readers to decide if the USA type of governing will in time repeat the same demise that occurred in both ancient Israel and Greece.
Oligarchy Definition for Purposes of Series of Posts (Merrimu Webster)
2: a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes
Republics and Democracies Definitions
Republics and democracies both provide a political system in which citizens are represented by elected officials who are sworn to protect their interests.
In a pure democracy, laws are made directly by the voting majority leaving the rights of the minority largely unprotected.
In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen by the people and must comply with a constitution that specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority.
The United States, while basically a republic, is best described as a “representative democracy.”
King, Solomon, Aristotle, USA, Observations
King Solomon -The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverb 22:7)
Aristotle – …yet when a small group has authority it is said to be an oligarchy. (Excerpt Chap 8 par 20)
(oligarchy as in that the rich are few in number and hold offices, amd democracy in which the poor are many and hold the offices) another problem arises, for what we are to call the Constitution, we just described, those where the rich are the majority, and the poor are the minority in its own constitution…….? (Excerpt Chap 8, par 25-26)
USA -….reported that the wealthiest 1% of Americans possess 40% of the nation’s wealth; the bottom 80% own 7%. The gap between the wealth of the top 10% and that of the middle class is over 1,000%; that increases another 1,000% for the top 1%. The average employee “needs to work more than a month to earn what the CEO earns in one hour.”
Average Salary Information for U.S. Workers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wage for workers in the United States in the first quarter of 2020 was $957 per week or $49,764 per the current base salary for all rank-and-file members of the U.S. House and Senate is $174,000 per year, plus benefits. 1 Salaries have not been increased since 2009. Compared to private-sector salaries, the salaries of members of Congress are lower than many mid-level executives and managers. (Google)
What’s My Point?
In the USA Democrat Republic, for a legislator to become elected, often times requires him or her to raise political contributions from mainly wealthy contributors that often times result in the legislator becoming a tool or even a slave in Congress being ruled by to his campaign benefactors.
My Point is while the USA has aa Constitution which supposedly is the equalizer between rich and poor according to Aristotle, the truth in reality the truth of Congress salaries is more likely to be closer to the truth of the King Solomon proverb observation that the rich rule over the poor.
In My Opinion
Based on the average salary’s information and the fact that those in Congress and Corporation salaries and benefits comparisons compared to the average salaries, it is a misnomer to state that the USA is a Democrat Republic or a representative democracy, and instead is an oligarchy according to King Solomon and Aristotle philosophy.
However, in our contemporary times and history of the Socialism experiment of Nations in recent history, plus the proven psychology of how wealth incentives serve to motivate people to work hard to achieve education and obtain higher salaries for comfort in their relatively short life spans. that too is nothing is new and the truth is the USA is, same as in ancient times.
And it also t appears that in reality, the USA is in fact an oligarchy rather than a Democratic Republic based on salaries.
Which begs a question about the wisdom or folly of the current National Debt of the USA approaching thirty trillion dollars and the King Solomon proverb that the owners of the debt are slaves to the rich?
And in truth who are the rich ruling over the poor, or does it really matter if the USA is in fact an oligarchy instead of a representative democracy? And if so, should we acknowledge this truth when we educate our children to help motivate them instead of creating an illusion to the truth that may be leading many to engage in political diffusiveness.
Will the present political divisiveness and marching in the streets engaging in anarchy actually going to result in Socialism which has proven in recent history to result in failure of Nation economies or is there an alternative solution based on a King Solomon ancient observation?
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If the USA is in fact an oligarchy, would acknowledging this reality help USA citizens to understand the truth by Congress instead of being led to believe Socialism type of Government will in time be a better choice for our Nation in the future even though it has been proven to fail in other Nations. same as experienced in recent history?
In My Next Post,
I will explore the ancient Aristotle beliefs in the USA Constitution as to whether the statement Aristotle made: “It would seem that these Constitutions were not well written, or is there some other factors of truth taking place in the USA type of governing contributing to the present political divisiveness?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Wikipedia – Wealth Inequality in USA
Aristotle – Politics – Translated by C.D.C Reeve
Thought Co Salaries and Benefits of Congress Membershttps://www.thoughtco.com/salaries-and-benefits-of-congress-members-3322282#:~:text=The%20current%20base%20salary%20for%20all%20rank-and-file%20members,is%20lower%20than%20many%20mid-level%20executives%20and%20managers