<rant>The Tea-Party. Think about the people who make up the Tea-Party. And consider that right is right and what they believe from their point of view exists as a moral imperative …. a person believes in something, some dearly held truth that means everything. So the the loyal honest Tea-Party member, wouldn’t he or she ‘stand their ground’ so everything in Washington comes to a halt? It’s that important. Right is right. I get that.
Here’s what I don’t get: On the one hand, for all they resent what they term government entitlements and what I call trusts e.g. social security, medicare – they actually fear the loss of their own entitlements as white males with European heritage. They are losing what they felt they were entitled to now shared with women, people who have skin color, people from other-than European heritage, people who used to be their slaves.
And at the same time, they represent what those entitlements were to bring them. Power, the power of a Plutocracy – the power of wealth and control over all these women and people who have skin color. What they believe in is their lost entitlements manifested in the billionaire wealth of the Koch Brothers. The Koch Bros will show them the way, make their entitlements graspable. They will work to extend the amassing wealth of billionaires.
They don’t pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America … made up of all Americans … they pledge allegiance to an America that let the Koch Brothers amass wealth and power. For example, they refuse to consider ENDA because it represents their loss of entitlement, they refuse to back Health Care, ElderCare, Social Security, because it is a distribution entitlement, a trust people paid into all their lives …. and makes ‘the people’ more powerful. ‘The people’ don’t deserve that because they, the Plutocrats should be controlling what the people receive. Again their entitlements are threatened. Their power.
From their point of view, anyone who works for the government, and anyone who receives from the government – are considered to be despicable welfare recipients not wage earners, not people who paid into a trust established with the government. Even though the government is made up by and for the people and the trusts paid into are paid by and for the people .. they feel that money should be paid to corporations to help amass corporate wealth.
I read an article today about the thousands of people Google employs and thought about countries defined by corporate weight: the country of MicroSoft, the country of General Electric, the country of Google. Then there’s the country of the Koch Bros. Wealth establishes boundaries, value, power control. People should be working for them helping them amass more wealth.
So the Tea Party shuts the country down. They won’t consider ENDA. They want to destroy Obama’s presidency. That is their moral imperative. They want to subvert women, the general population, democracy to their wealth amassing mission-accomplished entitlements.
Do they ever discuss Health Care in a way that doesn’t protect business or in a way that demonstrates a need for all people to have access to health care? Of course not. They want to control who lives and who dies. They are terrorists really. They haven’t pledged allegiance to our Democracy nor to the people who make up that Democracy. They pledged allegiance to our economic system which has become our plutocracy. They pledge allegiance to their vanishing entitlements.
I fail not to see sedition and terrorism in everything they do, betrayal, punishment, collective greed. How in the name of anything – can such people be seen otherwise? Yet we allow gerrymandering, we demand compromise to their excesses, and we don’t stand up to them. And some, like the more stable conservatives sell out to them.
Why is that? Why aren’t we, the rest of us, as a moral imperative, just as ready to shut them down?</rant>