I apologize for the politics, but I’m feeling cranky today and need to rant.
I used to be an asshole. That is, I used to be pretty conservative. I listened to all the talking heads and surrounded myself with like minded people. In a way, I was indoctrinating myself and after thinking about it, decided that I was becoming a hard-nosed prick.
Today, I don’t understand why we attack our weakest citizens for what is wrong with this country. They didn’t destroy the country, the obscenely rich did and people still take time off from work to protest a tax hike for someone making 24 million dollars a year for (in my opinion) committing crimes that destroyed the economy.
We disdain hard working minimum wage earners for asking for enough compensation to put themselves over the poverty line while we subsidize corporate payrolls with welfare and food stamps. The same corporations that are paying executives obscene salaries and recording record profits have helplines to assist their underpaid employees in getting welfare and food stamps.
We are angry that the people that are able to afford better healthcare are losing their shitty healthcare, healthcare we’ll eventually have to pay for when they get sick, and don’t even think of those that have gone to early graves because they’ve been denied coverage or can’t afford it. Again, because corporations (spitefully) do whatever they can to avoid providing it.
I’ve got news for you friends, unless you are a member of the top 1-2% of the richest Americans, Conservative Republicans don’t give a shit about you. They are using you. They’ve duped vulnerable, and uninformed Americans into protesting things that benefit them. Guess what, entitlements aren’t just welfare, they are social security, veteran’s benefits, and medicare as well. Entitlement simply means that the government has to fund it..it isn’t a synonym for welfare.
This is not our America anymore. It belongs to the super rich. The income divide is the widest it’s ever been, and that is by design. Oh, you’ll hear that America is a land of opportunity and that if you work hard you’ll join the ranks of the richest Americans, but that is only true if you know someone rich or are born into it..maybe a regular Joe will make it once in a while. My mother worked her way into disability through hard work. The truth is, the rich don’t want you in their ranks. They don’t want you occupying their vacation spots, their airplanes, or their doctor’s offices. They want a two class system where only the rich and slave labor exists. It’s the more logical of the conspiracies to me.