Since the death of the moderate wing of the GOP, its sole political platform (besides the neocons trying to rush us into wars) has been liberal-bashing. The word “liberal” has been used as an epithet over and over again, as if it’s some nefarious force designed to destroy America from the inside.
In truth, its the words of these politicians that have been dividing us. Most of us want the same things for ourselves, for our families and for our country. Its the politicians who keep us at each others throats, and those who seek to divide us rather than keep us united are growing more virulent and nihilistic at every turn- especially on the right.
This was posted as a comment to an online story-so I’m not sure of who wrote it. Its a brilliant portrayal of the hypocrisy of the Tea Partiests, who enjoy every benefit liberalism has bestowed on this great nation, and yet whose existence seems to be dependent on nothing more than the defaming of liberalism and what it stands for.
Well here is what it has stood for and stands for. The fact that nearly all tea partiers enjoy these benefits exposes, at the least, the hypocrisy of the movement, and at worst, why IT is the more dangerous belief system.
Even with our “high taxes” (which are relatively low compared to most industrialized nations) we still live in the wealthiest society in history. And as corporations pay far less than their fair share, shifting the burden to the middle class, that problem is not caused by “evil liberalism” but by a corporate welfare system that is out of control, and almost totally without accountability.
“Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards.
He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.
All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry. Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree- hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It’s noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.
Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dad’s; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards.
He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republicans would still be sitting in the dark)
He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.
He turns on a radio talk show, the host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day). Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”” – Anonymous