Helping the poor would be a good thing if we could do it right. Demands to do it wrong makes helping the poor the most dangerous political issue of this election year. It will hurt us not because we are afraid to take a stand against throwing money at poverty, but because we won’t voice outrage at an agenda determined to use the bottom to control the top.
American Ideals and Values
The political principles you were taught in school don’t matter anymore. Democrats murdered them. Republicans helped.
Limited government is dead. The rule of law has been shredded for the sake of quashing immigration, voter ID, marriage, labor, and other laws. Popular sovereignty means nothing (see: Does Our Take on Popular Sovereignty Defile American Democracy?
Why do we deserve government handouts when life hits the skids? Because politicians say we do. It’s that simple. America owes you nothing, which is why it is so important for pols to blur the distinction between our country and our government.
You can trust Obama to do what he says if he thinks he can get away with it. Don’t confuse trust with honesty or integrity, though. They are not the same. In most cases being trustworthy is good. There are exceptions.
Is it easier to destroy conservative career politicians than ruin the lives of liberal Democrats? We like to complain about media bias and railroading, but the press is not always as forgiving of the left as we like to think. In Illinois we delight in watching Democrats fall down hard.
Income inequality used to be a fact of life and not being poor was a goal. Now it’s a right funded by our government. Upward mobility used to be a goal, too, and a value we took pride in. It’s hard to be proud of something others do for you, though, especially when they are paying the bill.
The worst thing about Republicans is that they don’t act like Democrats. Sticking together has never been their strong point, but John Boehner’s doublespeak is undermining America’s conservative party after each new attack from the left. It doesn’t sound like a strategy anymore.