Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The blame game...

If it wasn't for the government taking all of our tax dollars we would be fine. If it wasn't for those folks on welfare, if it wasn't for the liberals and the socialist, if it wasn't for the unions, if it wasn't for the President or Congress, if it wasn't for illegal immigrants, if it wasn't for the deficit, if it wasn't for the atheist and Muslims, if it wasn't for this nation turning it's back on Jesus and Christianity...

Regarding the economic side of these I wonder how do the Tea Baggers, and the Beck/Palin/Limbaugh crowd, explain the existence of wealthy, happy people?

And to the moral side of these, Christopher Hitchens, in this brilliant piece, asks it better than I can, "What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned?"

And then ask the tough question - "It's not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be."

I think some of it is racism, some of it is economic insecurity and fear, but a large damn piece of this is the strings that people like the Koch brothers (profiled here by Frank Rich) want pulled and Rupert Murdoch is more than happy to let the former Morning Zoo radio DJ Glen Beck get the crowds stirred up.

As Mr. Rich concludes, "When wolves of Murdoch’s ingenuity and the Kochs’ stealth have been at the door of our democracy in the past, Democrats have fought back fiercely. Franklin Roosevelt’s triumphant 1936 re-election campaign pummeled the Liberty League as a Republican ally eager to “squeeze the worker dry in his old age and cast him like an orange rind into the refuse pail.” When John Kennedy’s patriotism was assailed by Birchers calling for impeachment, he gave a major speech denouncing their “crusades of suspicion.”

And Obama? So far, sadly, this question answers itself."

I would say it's not just Obama and the Democrats who aren't confronting this lunacy, a large part of the blame falls to those of us, as Joe Bageant in this video says, that didn't give a damn that working folks got a crappy education, we were perfectly content to let them shovel shit and fund their schools at a half of what we fund rich school districts because "those" people could always learn a trade and get a job at the local plant... We are our brother's keeper and we didn't give a damn as long as our 401K was chugging away. Now that our 401K's are tanking, do we have the guts to stand up to the fundamentalist and their robber baron puppeteers? Or do we cower in our McHouse in the burbs and come up with our own list? If it wasn't for the mortgage, if it wasn't for the car payment, if it wasn't for the kids private school, then I'd be willing to take a stand and push for what's right...

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