icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Dis-United States of America?

Despite President Barack Obama’s calls to fight income inequality any push for national unity will be one-sided as the US is ruled by a small elite, believes Caleb Maupin from the International Action Center.

He told RT that in his last State of the Union address before running for re-election President Obama made a lot of references to the United States as one country where everybody is pulling together and sharing the sacrifice.“But in reality there are people all across the United States laid off, unemployed; food stamps are being cut; homes are being foreclosed,” he stated. Maupin does not see the US as one nation with everyone pulling together but a country with two classes in it. “There is one class; a small ruling elite that owns the banks, the factories, the oil wells, and then there is the rest of us who have to sell our labor to the small ruling elite.”The change does not come from one politician or another, but from people being in the streets in huge numbers making demands on the ruling elites, Maupin argued, referring to the Occupy movement.“History was made when people took to the streets in huge numbers and began demanding things like jobs, education, etc.” Investigative journalist Matthew Vadum told RT that a lot of people on the left have grown disillusioned with President Obama and are not expecting much from him. And even though he did accomplish a lot in the previous Congress it would be very hard for him to accomplish very much now as he has a hostile House of Representatives dominated by the Republican Party. “I don’t think he is going to be doing very much in terms of legislation for the rest of this year”Vadum believes, however, that Obama views the Occupy movement as a “valuable ally.”

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.