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The Forgotten Man Sings: An Uneasy Nation Listens


“I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day
Overtime hours for bullshit pay
So I can sit out here and waste my life away
Drag back home and drown my troubles away.” 

Rich Men North of Richmond
Oliver Anthony

If the United States were a boiler, all the pressure gauges would be pegged in the red, warning us all that danger is ahead. Wars, inflation, liberty loss, corruption, Marxism and volumes of weak leaders mostly concentrated in Washington D.C. are rendering our Constitution as ornamental. 

Oliver Anthony, a salt-of-the-earth, working man and musician from Appalachia put pen to paper in his tarp-covered camper and poured all of our collective emotions into a song that went to #1 in days. “Rich Men North of Richmond” tapped the national “boiler”, blowing steam across nation. The young man’s song of hopelessness in the face of the “Rich Men” swamp in D.C., caught the nation’s attention identifying the worry most Americans share. It is palpable. 

“The Forgotten Man” is a term from the Great Depression to describe those whose interests have been neglected. Today, one can argue the term applies to all American citizens unless serving in the government or so wealthy that they have the means to shield themselves from the ravages of a corrupt government that flouts the Constitution daily. 

At our Southern border, the mostly unelected government breaches Article 4 Section 4 in its requirement to provide security for the states. Article 1 Section 8 does not seem to phase the Congress as they abdicate their enumerated powers to special interest groups and unelected bureaucracies that we now pejoratively refer to as the “Deep State.” 

While the same Congress abuses the 16th Amendment and taxes We the People into oblivion, the non-government, Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) engages in destruction of what’s left of the economy with monetary policy that validates every line of Oliver’s song. What a racket, Congress blows trillions we don’t have; inflation takes off, the Fed intervenes with interest rate hikes, turning us all into Forgotten Men and Women. 

D.C. sins. You pay. 

How do we fix this? We can step towards solutions when we first embrace the truth; not the narrative the mainstream media feeds you every day. Set aside fears of climate change and pandemics and acknowledge that the D.C. clown show, while bankrupting us, is dragging us into a potential global war, censoring or cancelling us with their tech friends, regulating every facet of our private and business lives and skipping past our civil liberties when it suits…go ahead, “sue us.” 

Get local. Forgotten Men and Women may not be in a position to take on the swamp leviathan, but we can make a huge difference if we focus on our local and state elections. The good citizen apparatchiks of the deep state are present all the way down to your school and library boards. Recall and remove them if they think American values are trivial or outdated. 

Champion business wherever you can. The Financial Policy Council (FPC) is a national leader in standing up for American entrepreneurship, “developing and encouraging sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise and wealth development as envisaged by the American Founding Fathers’ ideals.” Support FPC, support local business, build a business if you can and hold your elected to account. Call them out at every turn–ask the embarrassing question. 

Oliver did his part and hit us all, right in the heart. 

“Livin’ in the new world
With an old soul
These rich men north of Richmond
Lord knows they all just wanna have total control.” 

We won’t save our country with blind compliance to the whims of Washington. We must honor the founders of our great nation by insisting we will not be Forgotten. We must not fail future generations. We must stop the Rich Men North of Richmond.