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
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.
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).
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?
Conservatives need to be careful how we pick our shots. We can thank the Supreme Court for striking a unifying blow with last week’s same-sex marriage decision, but will we end up shaking our heads after taking up a losing battle we shouldn’t have wasted our time with?
With John Kerry parading around the Middle East we are sure to hear a few vacuous remarks about religious freedom from a part of the world where the idea has no meaning. Americans are loath to rethink religious freedom and even insist it be imposed worldwide on those who don’t have the slightest notion what we are referring to and who would be angry if they figured it out.