This conversation resulted from a group email from one of my ‘right’ leaning friends….
“The content of this parody is what really hacks me!! We as a country are broke and spending more money as a country rather than building an environment which allows business to thrive and do the hiring and building will bring about our demise….we are screwed!”
My comments via return email…
We are not screwed, we are on track to do great things as a nation. It looks to me like we’re still trying to restore the promise of the American dream into the hearts of ALL the people, not just business.
What really worries me is that the political right is trying to limit the rights of people that don’t drink the Kool-aide.
It’s my opinion that the Tea Party, and the agenda of the ultra right is so much like the Taliban’s agenda in Afghanistan that it worries me. If the political right ever takes over, your wife will be wearing a burka, (very much like a Nun’s habit) and you, an educated man, will be imprisoned for sharing an enlightened view.
I remember mentioning to you that the Tea Party had failed to initiate any attempts at legislating the 15 MUST HAVE things on their agenda and you responded “Well Brad, the Tea Party is only two years old” as if that was an excuse for their lack of productivity.
Your President and mine has only been in office for three years Dave, and he’s done quite a bit to move our country forward and it’s working.
But no one on the political right , except Mitt Romney, gives the President any credit for his great works.
Dave, in my America, liberty and justice for ALL means exactly that. Not liberty and justice for all of those that agree with you, not liberty and justice for all of the folks the same color as you, not liberty and justice for all who go to the same church as you, but liberty and justice for ALL. To me, it means ALL citizens of our great nation are equal. Just as I believe the Grace and Promise of Christianity is for ALL people, I believe that our rights are equally universal.
The political right is seeking to restrict the rights of many people only to enhance their own ability to advance and justify their bigotry and hatred. If we get on track with the political right , women will be taken out of the work place, forced to be homemakers, forced to leave their careers, and our country would be at the mercy of the American Taliban. That worries me.
But we are NOT screwed Dave, because Americans like me won’t let that happen. We will NOT allow the country to go backwards to the days of division and injustice and slavery.
Dave, if you can limit someone else’s rights, they never really had rights at all, they had privileges. If, as it says in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
So if all our rights come from God, who among the American Taliban has the right to change that?
I invite you to read my blog www.bradgolding.com and comment if you like.
And let me ask you this, if you mean that we can create an environment which allows business to thrive (like GM’s record profit?) we’ll have more opportunity for the rest of us, then why is that not the case today when capital has more funds and more wealth than ever before in the history of the nation, then why don’t they get off their asses and start creating jobs and opportunity? Your basic argument is full of holes if we look at history, and I mean current history. Look at this simple graph from Mother Jones magazine:
This is from 2007 and it shows that the environment for business has never been greater. The top 10% of the people in the nation control 73.1% of the wealth in the nation. Where is the investment in creating more manufacturing? Where are the jobs? Where is the ‘trickle down”? Note: The 2007 data (the most current) doesn’t reflect the impact of the housing market crash. In 2007, the bottom 60% of Americans had 65% of their net worth tied up in their homes. The top 1%, in contrast, had just 10%. The housing crisis has no doubt further swelled the share of total net worth held by the superrich.
By creating an environment where capital will create more jobs by giving them better tax breaks and less regulations to cope with we are offering up our savings accounts for them to sack, and our earth for them to rape. No thanks Dave, that’s not what the majority of the American People want. You are holding and defending a minority view point that is not based in fact, it’s based in fear.
Why don’t you go ahead and forward this to your mailing list? Some might spit out their Kool-aide.
I think your worry is that “The Government” (which you seem to feel is an alien body) is spending too much money. Dave, we the people, are using the Government to help us get through a very difficult time that was created by business (I call it Capital). We are in essence a nation that was on the brink of disaster and we’re crawling our way out. We are using our ‘credit cards’ to get through this, and we’re accumulating debt. We’ve been in debt before Dave, and we’ve always paid it off.
You’ve mentioned that you don’t want to leave debt to your grandchildren. I wonder how you feel about paying for World War Two? I mean, to provide stability in Europe, we have hundreds of bases there at a cost of billions a year. You, Dave, pay for that because our father’s believed it was a good idea to stabilize Europe after WWII, after all, we learned from post WW I that defeating Germany and then just walking away was a sure fire way to enter into the conditions that led to WWII.
I also believe that the political right is spouting this poison about reducing regulations and taking away rights of people in order to line their own pockets, or as you’ve put it, to create the environment in which they can line their own pockets. I don’t see any other answer to their behavior. The political right is certainly not known for this principal from the preamble to the constitution: We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union (not a less perfect union), establish Justice (that’s Justice for All) , insure domestic tranquility, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE (not just their own welfare)…
We the People demand full rights for all, we know we’re spending money we don’t have, but we know that by doing so we ARE creating an environment where Capital can thrive, but not without a public consciousness (provided through regulations), we won’t let Capital rape the country for their benefit so we can eat crumbs.
By the way, I wrote this in Feb. of 2012. Please join me, I just can’t get back to 1950.