I do realize that most of the folks who read my blog posts are Democratic Liberals like myself but occasionally I get a Republican to stumble upon my blog and leave a comment to set me straight…A week or so ago I wrote about this round of Republican presidential candidates and their policies and proposals for a better America, none of whom seem to have many, if any, plans for enhancing or keeping intact social programs for American citizens…programs which I favor.
Programs like affordable Healthcare for all, the protection of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other Pension funds, Women’s rights, A raising of the minimum wage, prison and sentencing reform, Environmental protection etc…and I concluded my post with a question: Why would anyone vote Republican if they are against these programs? What’s in it for you to do so?
To which my reader replied: “I would like to know when “what’s in it for me” became an issue?” THIS is exactly what is wrong in America! Everyone points at someone else to blame. Blame Wall st for their greed while motivated by our own greed & jealousy that they have what we want! Phoey!!”
Her conclusions went on to point out that I and those who think like me are selfish. We want social programs that help others and ourselves and are basically just jealous of those who have them because they can afford them, like rich wall street types. And that Republicans are the opposite of selfish because they don’t want anything for anybody, including themselves!
All Republicans want is their freedom, No regulations of any kind, no taxes and a large active military…all to be directed and guided by Christian teaching and morality as intended by the Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution. Republicans offer a fix to what ails us, she wrote…while Democrats want more of the same of what is making us sick which will lead us to total and complete socialism, which is based in greed. ie: the greed of the needy.
I must admit that I was taken aback by these comments because I never thought of myself as a greedy, selfish person. In fact that is what I think about most Republicans…that they are mostly folks that have an “I’m OK, who cares about anyone else but me and mine?” kind of attitude…which I would characterize as being selfish.
So ain’t that a kick in the pants? We both think exactly alike…she and I…except what we think is completely the opposite from one another! And there I suppose is America’s rub. We may see eye to eye but with completely and differently functioning eyeballs. The same information comes in through our eyes and ears and is then apparently broadcast upon our brains in completely differing hues, shapes, forms and meanings…I guess?
For example: My Republican reader says that President Obama’s and that ” criminal traitor Hillary’s” policies have brought America to its knees. And I say, criminal traitor? Really? That requires a firing squad doesn’t it? Good heavens where’s the Christianity in that kind of language and criticism? And as for America being on its knees? That kind of rhetorical imagery conjures up begging or fellatio doesn’t it? Who is America begging and or pleasuring…and for what? Don’t we have the largest military in the world by a factor of ten now?! Aren’t we kicking ass, dropping bombs and droning entire countries and their civilians wherever and whenever we please? I thought everyone is on their knees to US?!
I just don’t see it like the Republicans do. And they don’t see it like I do… Even though we are both looking at the same things. So there you have it! This 2016 election is going to come down to 2 completely different points of view. Will we be selfish and vote for what we want…or will we be selfish and vote for what we don’t want?
To be me or not to be you? That is the question!
Now, raise your hand if you think there is any hope that our American politicians will be able or interested enough to discuss this obviously discordant and uniquely American Yin-Yang of a problem, sincerely and intelligently in the hopes of finding ANY answers…because I’m starting to wonder if it’s even possible anymore…or if we even remember how…