America Tonight with Kate Delaney features Richard A. Baraka, the author of the book United States Cultural Piece (Christian Faith Publishing; 2018).
Who is Richard A. Baraka?
Richard A. Baraka is a licensed clinical alcohol drug counselor with over 27 years of experience in helping people in treatment cope with addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders. Helping others is his life’s passion. He is very much involved with New Jersey treatment providers, serving as a clinical director of Real House Inc. from 2005 to 2008 and a clinician then a supervisor of a Partial Hospital Program at East Orange General Hospital from 1990 to 2018. He is the CEO and co-owner of Airmid Counseling Center, a Partial-Care, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient program for men and women who meet DSM-V criteria substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders; and CEO and co-owner of Angel Hope House, a 21-bed Halfway House facility for women with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.
He is a proud American who believes in the fundamental principles of the American way of freedom, equality, and justice for all. The love of God, family, country, and humanity are embedded in his core values. His grandparents were hard working farmers whom he credits his spiritual foundation and strong work ethic. Both parents were teachers who dedicated their lives to the profession and taught him to make his passion into a paycheck. His sister is a Marketing Director for a financial company and also works as a life Coach as well.
What is the book all about?
Out of love for America, Richard published United States Cultural Piece, in which he outlines how the concentration of wealth and power, held in the hands of a few, has impacted the political landscape and shaped the American Culture. He also discusses how the masses could reject the logic of this billionaire ruling class and regain control of the moral, economic, and political direction of the country. The results would be a more perfect union, with capitalism done in a more ethical way.
“I wrote the book for a couple of reasons,” Richard told radio host Kate Delaney during his guesting on the latter’s syndicated radio program America Tonight.
“One, I personally was frustrated for the fact that it seems like all the legislative benefits seem to go to the top, with very little for anyone else. The general population gets all of the rhetoric from our politicians but the legislative benefits keep going to the top 1%. No matter what Party is in charge.”
“The other reason why I wrote the book is because my dad was a military man. He was a WWII veteran (Tuskegee Airmen), who went from being poor to the middle class. He really believed in the American Dream! Today, I see this dream of Class mobility, is slowly being compromised. I wanted to find out why. That was the motivating factor to actually writing the book.”
Richard’s research into the matter led him to understand America’s history that is riddled with the perpetuation of the Ruling Class and proliferation of unethical capitalism and white supremacy, which he regards as a “Divide and Rule tool to justify imperialism, and legislation that takes from the masses to give to the few at the top.”
“I found out that Corporate Oligarchs in America use their concentration of wealth and power, to purchase elections and the way we legislate, pretty much from the beginning of America’s government. It has gotten worse over the centuries, to the point where wealth yields great power, and that power translates to legislation that benefits the rich and powerful. This, of course, translates to more power, which translates to more legislation that benefits the rich and powerful.
“It’s a vicious cycle. As a result, our Constitutional Republic is compromised, and that compromise translates into wealth inequality. The financial burden of sustaining the country is shifted on to the Working Class. As a result, class mobility is dramatically diminished.”
Richard explains how the Ruling Class exploits the divide-and-conquer strategy against the masses. The super-rich would tell working class whites and poor whites that their problems were caused by black and brown people, so they would pit the whites against the non-whites. They would as well pit Christians against non-Christians and men against women, straight people against the gay and lesbian community etc. Animus becomes a requirement in a system that takes needs from the masses to give luxuries to the few at the top. If the masses reject divide and rule politics, we could unify across party lines to take out dark money in politics. When America unifies, we take back control of our political system and effect a country that is of the people, by the people and for the people!”
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