Archive for June 8th, 2011

Republican paradise.

Jun 08, 2011 in Christian Right, Clueless Conservatives

Ali should enjoy this:

With Tea Party conservatives and many Republicans balking at raising the debt ceiling, let me offer them an example of a nation that lives up to their ideals.

It has among the lowest tax burdens of any major country: fewer than 2 percent of the people pay any taxes. Government is limited, so that burdensome regulations never kill jobs.

This society embraces traditional religious values and a conservative sensibility. Nobody minds school prayer, same-sex marriage isn’t imaginable, and criminals are never coddled. The budget priority is a strong military, the nation’s most respected institution. When generals decide on a policy for, say, Afghanistan, politicians defer to them. Citizens are deeply patriotic, and nobody burns flags.

So what is this Republican Eden, this Utopia? Why, it’s Pakistan.

It’s really not that difficult to notice that most of human history involves very concentrated wealth among a tiny group of elites while the bulk of humanity is left to toil away in poverty for the few crumbs necessary to keep the machine chugging along. It’s never in the nature of those elites to surrender wealth or power on their own. Far more often, the masses have to resort to revolution. Why should today’s dynamics be any different? Usually the answer is some incoherent ranting about America being exceptional, God’s preferred country, etc. The point that Pakistan is Muslim explains enough for most Republicans. Yet the Christian God exhorted each follower to reject wealth entirely, and was very explicit about this throughout the New Testament. Such sentiments did drive many of the efforts of the 20th century that gave America a prosperous middle class, but the climate today has turned quite sharply against any effort to redirect the flow of capital anywhere other than upwards.

Already that limp fool Tim Pawlenty is trying to stir up the base and score some points by saying Obama engages in “class warfare.” Naturally, “class warfare” is already underway, what Pawlenty means is the middle and lower class daring to fight back. The world is full of what happens if we don’t.