Sunday, September 05, 2004

Let's get real just for a second

I know the Chainik Hocker might get mad at me for writing this, and thus refuse to help me out with my forthcoming change of residence, but I really can't resist. I shall now impress all with my feats of strength. Just kidding.

Anyhoo, CH has a quote from another Republican/neo-conservative website. I feel the need to deflate this haughtiness by just a few degrees:

If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican.


In a word, this is narishkeit. Republicans believe the government should be accountable to the people? That must be why Republicans around the country have been fighting for more government power, all the way back to their genesis in the mid 19th century.

If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican.


This is the fundamental reason why Bush seeks out the votes of specific demographics, because he believe people are individuals, not groups.

If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican.


Ahh, yes. The family knows how to spend our money better than the government does. That's why the president will not refuse unconstitutional taxpayer-funded matching funds, and that's why the president allowed his Republican convention to be paid for with taxpayer money.

If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children, then you are a Republican.


Judging by the grumblings about the education system nationwide, I would venture a guess that Republicans around the country disagree, and would prefer to be released from the beast called government education.

If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican.


Ahh, just the founders of our country, who despised democracy, envisioned.

If you have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people and faith in the U.S. economy, then you are a Republican.


In the world of the Republicans, raising tariffs and other forms of protectionism represent "free enterprise."

And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe that we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism, then you are a Republican.


A government campaign against terrorism? Could it be like every other government program, a witless failure?

Pardon by cynicism, but take this as food for thought.

1 Comments:

At 11:13 PM, Blogger The Chainik Hocker said...

I love people who choose to deliberately misunderstanding what I say in order to reinterpret it so that it fits their own agenda. A moron would be expected to get it wrong- that’s why he’s a moron. But someone as intelligent as The Libertarian Jew twisting my words to fit some kind of perverse worldview is simply preposterous. If this is sarcasm, LibJew, then I’m sorry but its way to subtle for me.

Yes, Republicans believe government should be accountable to the people. You claim Republicans have been fighting for more government power? Well, yes and no- it all depends on how one defines “government power”. Yes, government programs have expanded. Yes, Republicans have pushed for some of those programs. Your logical chain is missing a link, however.

In 1777, representatives of the people in this country agreed to create a government. They created a self-perpetuating system whereby the people would elect representatives to govern them. (Much) later, the people asked for stuff from the government. The government had to pay for this stuff. So the representatives told the people they would now be charged taxes so that they (the government) could pay for stuff. “Boo!” said the people. “But you asked us for stuff” said the representatives. “How can we pay for them? That’s why we are going to charge you taxes.” And the people said, “Oh, right, we forgot about the stuff”.

You see how that works? The people want stuff. They agreed to pay for that stuff. How do we know they agreed to pay for the stuff? Because they did not impeach the original representatives who first made taxes; they then paid the taxes. Obviously they consented to pay taxes in return for stuff, important stuff such as nuclear weaponry and the Department of Agriculture.

You see how that works? Your fellow citizens consented to pay a fee in return for services which only a massive, honking, bloated bureaucracy could provide. Some say the fee is too high. Some say the services are useless and never requested besides. All debatable. But the point is, a government is a necessary evil. We need a government to build roads, collect the garbage, deliver the mail, and shoot Iraqis. Well, maybe we don’t need it, per se, maybe it would be more efficient to privatize all these functions, but we have agreed, as a nation, to pay a government to do these things for us.
If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican.
This is the fundamental reason why Bush seeks out the votes of specific demographics; because he believes people are individuals, not groups.
What? Is this supposed to be funny? When you are running for election, you target certain audiences in order to sell yourself. When you are trying to sell a product, you target certain audiences as well. This is why so few motorized scooter commercials feature Blink 182 fans, and why so few commercials for hip-hop albums feature WWII vets. The quote is a plea to end or at least limit affirmative action. As a libertarian, you should be cheering and doing the Wave when you hear politicians talking like this.

If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican.
Ahh, yes. The family knows how to spend our money better than the government does. That's why the president will not refuse unconstitutional taxpayer-funded matching funds, and that's why the president allowed his Republican convention to be paid for with taxpayer money.
THIS is obviously a call to lower taxes. In case you stopped cheering from the last statement, you should resume cheering now. As for the unconstitutional taxpayer-funded matching funds, well, if a politician wasn’t a scumbag he’d soon be out of work. Nobody’s perfect. I, myself, am willing to settle for politician who is less of a scumbag than the other guy, and Bush certainly applies for such.

If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children, then you are a Republican.
Judging by the grumbling about the education system nationwide, I would venture a guess that Republicans around the country disagree, and would prefer to be released from the beast called government education.
Well… this one requires an additional fifteen seconds of thought. If we hold the educational system “accountable for the progress” of the nation’s children, then we will fix it if it is broken (as it certainly is now), and if it cannot be fixed we will junk it and start over. Nothing in the statement suggests “we will force your children to attend the public school system as it is forever”.

More tomorrow…

 

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