One of the most interesting things about Harriet Tubman is that she fought, not against some external enemy like the British, but against America’s internal enemies – who had erected a greedy and cruel system of theft and oppression in the form of slavery. Fast forward to today. Today Americans are also being enslaved by their own government. We are being enslaved by a burgeoning national debt, which has grown at an alarming rate over the past decade. At the current level, the national debt is almost $20 trillion, a cost of over $60,000 dollars for every citizen in this country. Moreover, the debt is accelerating. It has basically doubled over the past twenty years. Let that sink in for a moment.
Almost every child born in this country is born with a negative net worth. At today’s average income of roughly $50,000, it would take that child more than three years of slave labor to repay the debt they are born with. And that does not include the debt the country is likely to accrue in the interim, or the personal debt that child is likely to incur trying to borrow their way through college to get a job that even pays the average wage.
Harriet Tubman would likely be turning over in her grave if she knew she would be the new face of American debt slavery.