Love brings people together, but sometimes anger works better. There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting screwed by the government whether you are a liberal, a conservative, an empty-headed fence sitter, or the politician doing the screwing. Congress likes to have fun pitting liberals and conservatives against each other, which gives us common ground.
American Ideals and Values
Contemporary American ideals and values are decided by politics. What happens in Washington and in state legislatures can support, undermine, or destroy our fundamental beliefs about what is good and worth protecting.
Obama to Trump: ideals and values under fire
The transition from Obama to Trump stirred up unprecedented anger and even violence after a surprise Democratic election loss. Why? Because everything the nation was told to value suddenly swung to the right.
What is this category about?
The American ideals and values category includes posts on our nation’s place in the world, religious freedom, equality and rights, the war between political ideologies, and what it means to be American.
Do we elect our president and representatives in Congress so they can dictate what we believe, or is their job to do as little as possible, keep things running, and let the people decide what ideals and values we should cherish?
Veterans are an inconvenience for our government. When they have done their duty they don’t go away. Supportive programs and benefits have to be funded and administered, something Washington has trouble with. This is good for both of our political parties. They know opportunity when they see it. It is not good for America’s heroes.
Bipartisan agreement: veterans are political tools.
When Congress finally came clean on insider trading by its members Americans were clued in on a bad habit most of us probably assumed was illegal. Now the House has been outed for another entirely permissible practice, a whopping big survivor’s benefit for a legislator’s spouse tacked onto the same bill that would cut the SNAP program.
In just over four years we managed to downgrade our national credit and the American Dream. The goal used to be wealth and success. Now Americans are told we should strive to be members of the middle class (see: Presidential Powers Threaten From Ruined Illinois).
There is only so much money to go around, a liberal conundrum that makes it hard to figure out how the government can support everyone with the resources at hand.
I hate being tolerant. Tolerance is a burden. The worst thing about it is that you can’t embrace what this country stands for without endorsing tolerance. Here’s the conundrum: our core American values also include freedom of speech. How often do the two conflict?
Can liberals force America to be tolerant?
When liberals take over the government we are expected to strain the limits of human endurance while faced with all manner of politically correct aberrations.