I am sure that many of you will remember Steve from our previous discussions. Steve has stopped by several times lately and has; with some encouragement; posed a couple of questions that could cause a less well armed opponent to tremble. I however am ready and willing to defy the laws of nature; try to make this poor guy see the light of “Social Democracy” and bring him into the fold. Of course the hardest thing is to convince the Conservative to have the surgery. Most of them figure; They’ve done without a heart for all these years; why get one now?
I decided to answer his question here on the front page; so to speak, because this is good shit. And because “I just can’t drive 55.”
Steve’s first question is: Can you name one thing that this Presiden
t has done since being in office that has promoted MORE freedom and responsibility for we the American citizens and LESS control and regulation for the government?
Oh gee. I don’t know Steve. I suppose we had better try to reach an agreement about what freedom and responsibility are first.
Don’t worry Steve. I know you aren’t here now but I will go ahead and answer for you. I am sure you won’t object. After all. You have let the Right-Wing Fascists speak for you for a long time now. Let me try.
Freedom? And I guess we’re still working with the Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness concept.
The problem here Steve; is that you want freedom from the government. Freedom from regulation. Freedom from restrictions. Freedom to lie, cheat, and sell the people any snake oil product you choose; material or intellectual; without fear of government sanction. Buyer Beware?
Freedom to pollute and destroy; poison and defoliate; kill and torture with no one to say what you do is wrong.
You see; what I and everyone I know wants is not to be free of government intervention.
We long to be free of corporate oppression. We long to be free of a life spent working to keep your head barely above water; or not.
We long to be free of an advertising industry that lies and deceives us; insults our intelligence; misleads and deliberately confuses us into spending more than we should for things we don’t need which are not of the quality or efficacy advertised. (this paragraph could easily be the beginning of a whole series of short articles.)
We long to be free of Theocratic Assholes who wish to enforce their particular brand of Phony Christianity on us.
We long to be free to practice any religion we choose and to make moral and personal decisions according to our personal relationship with God and or our conscience.
As for more responsibility? I am as confused as you. I thought you didn’t want to be responsible. We support more responsibility; according to your ability to bear that responsibility. In short. You make more; you pay more. You remember that Steve.
You call it… THEFT; I believe.
Let me see if I remember the details.
You don’t think your seat on the train should cost more than mine just because you have more money and can afford more; AND; You are willing to let the train screech to a halt for lack of fuel to enforce that belief.
No; That’s not quite it; is it?
You don’t think your seat on the train should cost more just because you have more money and can afford more but you are willing to pay many times as much for your seat as long as I don’t get to ride at all.
Yeh; That’s more like it.
Hey folks; Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Steve turned out to be some old hippie like me just trying to pull my chain?