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Since our elected leadership has chosen yet again to forsake the largest potion of voters in lieu of their wealthy cohorts I must suggest an immoral proposal.

The levels of poverty and wealth inequality hit our most vulnerable citizens the hardest. The elderly, the disabled and children are bearing the brunt of the wealth inequality out of their own health and security. The majority of the population is so far into debt, saving for ever increasing college tuition is fantastical. Aging adults have to continue working well past retirement age because the Casino on Wall Street gambled away their pensions in ever more obscure financial gamesmanship; thus decreasing the number of jobs available to those trying to climb the ladder of success. Those that have physical or mental ailments that preclude their ability to be employed are thrown to the bottom of the pit with no access to healthcare, both physical and mental, or the supports needed to maintain the semblance of humanity.

For these reasons I must present this Immoral Proposal. We sell our elderly, disabled, and our young to the Congress persons and the wealthiest amongst us.

There is a historical precedent to this methodology as shown by these examples and explanation. Do you see how so many of our problems will be solved by doing this?

From US History dot com

A worker seeking a new start in America signed an indenture agreement,* which stipulated that he was borrowing money for his transportation and would repay the lender by performing labor for a set period. Skilled laborers were often indentured for four or five years, while unskilled workers often had to remain under the master’s control for seven or more years.

In addition to receiving passage to America, the servant would be provided with food, shelter, and clothing. Perhaps as many as 300,000 workers migrated under the terms of these agreements. Most were males, generally in their late teens and early twenties, but thousands of women also entered into these agreements and often worked off their debts as domestic servants.

Treatment of indentured servants differed greatly from one master to another. In some areas, slaves were treated more humanely because they were regarded as lifetime investments, while the servant would be gone in a few years. The length of servitude could legally be lengthened in cases of bad behavior, especially for those workers who ran away or became pregnant.

From Teaching American History in Maryland

Indentured servants are typically defined as poor immigrants from England who, because they could not pay to come to the American colonies, contracted out their labor services for a period usually lasting about seven years in exchange for passage to the New World. Once they arrived, they initially worked for the master who brought them over and then received their freedom and a small plot of land at the end of their term of service. While this scenario undoubtedly played itself out in some cases, the reality for most indentured servants was quite different. First, the idea of an indenture, or a labor contract, was quite common in English tradition and was a part of English law. Second, Maryland’s early legislature created a series of laws addressing a range of issues related to indentured servitude which show that servants were not just poor white men, but children of both genders, as well as Africans. Additionally, indenture contracts were bought and sold, bartered, and litigated. Indentures were both a traditional means of securing work training, similar to an apprenticeship, and were a form of punishment. Lastly, terms of service could be until maturity if a child, seven years as typically described, or any number of years that the master, the family, the courts, or the worker himself deemed appropriate or necessary. The Maryland colonial legislature, recognizing the need to develop a stable economy and labor force, acted numerous times to codify the definitions and boundaries of indentured servant contracts. The series of laws clearly shows that they system was much more than simple seven year terms in exchange for free passage to the colony.

We used to have indentured servitude in this country and basically I'm proposing a similar plan. For seven years we will be not only their property but they must care for us appropriately; feed us, house us, and clothe us in a manner befitting human dignity. Here is a form letter to get yourself started on the road to self worth:

contract

Originally posted to Julian Domain on Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM PST.

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