Sunday, October 24, 2010

Big Government jackboots or We the People?

The right-wing likes to portray the US government as comprising jack-booted thugs coming to "help" and make a mess of everything.
But as Abraham Lincoln reminded us, American government was unique when it was created and defined by the Constitution. It is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. A list of accomplishments credited to the US government, paid for by US taxpayers includes winning WWI and WWII, developing nuclear energy from theory to bomb, creating the interstate highway system that allowed for unprecedented business growth and opportunity, putting the first human on the moon, eradicating smallpox, and decoding the human genome.
It's downright unpatriotic to be scornful of what Americans working together for the general welfare can do. How many people really want to keep an extra 50$ a month in taxes, but have to go out and work  on maintaining the road in front of their house when potholes develop? Do you really want to keep an extra hundred dollars a month and watch your elderly relatives eat catfood, or have to come live with you to survive?
What would life be like today without satellites, the internet, and all the amazing technology derived from government funded research?
The right-wingers are very very good at directing the dialog using images and clever soundbites to get in power. It's all bologna - meaningless words that are meant to trigger emotional responses, and kill critical thinking.

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