I’ve been minding children for a while now –a job I’m not remotely qualified for, but I’m trying. As I often say, when I’m the designated adult in the room, we are all in deep shit. One interesting thing about kids; I notice they’re a lot like people, lacking only some pretensions to civilization that we so-called grownups use for camouflage. They are openly selfish, greedy, manipulative, irrational, and apt to lash out violently when thwarted in any way. A lot like the republicans, in fact. Is that the basic difference between leftists and wrong-wingers, I wonder? Conservatives never outgrow their infantile solipsism? Not sure we progressives/liberals do much better — but at least we know that we should, which makes us unable to buy the obvious lie that whatever I want is always morally justified. – LLF
[The following is from “An Open Letter to the President” by Senator Bernie Sanders, from late June 2011]
Dear President Obama,
The top 2% of the wealthy in this country have enough.
The corporations have enough.
They have too much, as a matter of fact. This country has the greatest income disparity since “The Gilded Age.” And yet, they want more -a “Platinum Age.”
And how do they want us to pay for their “Platinum Age?” By wringing every last penny from the dying middle class. They want the last pennies of the old, the sick, the disabled, the poor, and the children.
They’re to take, and we’re to give.
You, Mr. President, need to stand up to them and say, “That’s enough! You have enough. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more – unless it’s at the cost of everyone else in this great country but you. THAT’S ENOUGH!
Justice Holmes once said, ‘Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.’ And you are not paying your fair share. Your desire for more, and more, and more, while contributing less, and less, and less, is uncivilized. THAT’S ENOUGH!”
President Obama, we are in a class war, and ‘We the people’ are losing the battle. Badly. And yet, despite winning, the ‘have enough’s,’ want more. Enough, Mr. President, enough.
If we are to remain a functioning representative democracy, you need to tell the nation that we all need to stand together and say, “That’s enough!”
That if we continue to pad the wallets of the rich and powerful by raiding everyone else’s piggy banks, we will put an end to this great American experiment, and “We the people,’ will have failed. We will have failed because some of us didn’t realize that sometimes enough is too much. And that ‘never enough’ is not a goal, but a moral sickness.
Mr. President, if we’re not going to turn this country from “The American Dream” into a paupers worst nightmare, you need to stand up and say, “THAT’S ENOUGH!”
Do the right thing President Obama. ‘We, the people,’ need you. This is why I thought you were the right person for the job. This is why I supported you. This is why I voted for you. Do the right thing.
Ok, I’ve said enough
But is it really enough? They’re still screaming for tax cuts, and lusting to privatize/destroy our social safety net. The Occupy movement has helped us look at our problems in a slightly more rational way since this piece came out. Yet I wonder if that will suffice to counter so much vicious, cynical propaganda. And it’s not all from Fox News, though they never miss a beat. As Don Marquis might say, the chief obstacle to human progress is the human race. Still, we must soldier on, especially since the bastards count on us giving up. I want to be damned sure it’s hopeless first — and even then, I may keep going just to be stubborn. And I devoutly hope the following comment is too pessimistic, though I am forced to agree with much of it. – LLF
“Using the language of the neo-con traitors who have made tax cuts a religion and government a pariah only reinforces their theme.
Why is it a “sacrifice” to fund the government that provides so much for the community? Every citizen takes advantage of many many government functions for the common good.
Coast guard rescues
Honest weights and measures
Research and development
Air and water quality
etc. etc. etc.
As long as even Bernie Sanders frames the discussion of taxation as a “sacrifice” the neo-cons will win.
Real patriots love their country,want it to be a “more perfect union” and support it with taxes. The selfish philosophy of “I got mine” that started during Reagan union busting that makes every citizen an island and pits citizen against citizen (I don’t have kids – why should I pay for HeadStart?) is bankrupting the nation economically and morally.
It is long past the time to call out the neo-con, anti-tax, anti-government cabal for what they are – TRAITORS.”