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January 14, 2005
Ignorance Rules Us All

What I can't quite figure out is why the Right-wing hates America so much? I mean, I think it's justifiable to say that short of an outright dictatorship, there's no way Junior could have risen to the #1 public office in any other country in the world but this one, so he should be grateful to this country, but he doesn't seem to be.

Nor do any of the rest of that bunch seem to be interested in preserving this country.

On the contrary, they're attempting to dismantle it with almost indecent haste. (Perhaps they suspect their days are numbered.) If they have their way, in fact, they United States of America will cease to exist.

We will become, instead, a loosely affiliated conglomeration of near-independent states, linked only by a highway system and an army. A sort of Western version of the USSR as it disintegrated.

This seems to be what the Right-wingnuts have in mind...but I'm not sure why.

It's a serious question.

It was about three years ago that I started trying to "forecast" or at least make a logical extrapolation of the outcome of the Right-wingnuts stated desires...and no matter how I rearrange the information, that's how it always ends. With the USofA disintegrating into a neighborhood of squabbling nationettes.

And I can't quite figure out how they think that's in some way preferable to being the richest, strongest nation on the planet, you know?

(Granted...if I thought there was any danger of this bunch remaining in power for any length of time, I'd be the first one lobbying to break up the country on the theory that if they all go back to Texas or wherever, they'll be a lot less danger to the world than they are with the weight of the USofA armed forces and economy behind them.)

Maybe all of this is because their entire theory of governance is predicated on the understanding that none of them will ever suffer the consequences of their own policies. ?

There's no chance, for instance that Junior will ever be living on Medicare and Social Security, so why not dismantle the programs? People who rely on the money...well, they should have had the sense to be born into a wealthier family.

There's no chance, for instance, that anyone named Cheney or Bush will ever find himself in lifetime detention as a "terror suspect" because of his (documented) dealings with Middle East 'terrorists', so why not enact and enforce legislation that allows the government to imprison innocent bystanders on less "proof" than there exists to identify Grandaddy Bush as a Nazi sympathizer?

There's no chance, for instance, that any Bush or Cheney kid will wind up going to a public school in some inner city, so why bother to fund education in those icky places?

There's no chance, for instance, that anyone named DeLay or Cheney or Bush will wind up living in some poor neighborhood with substandard public housing built on a toxic waste dump, so what's the point of requiring all of those luscious campaign donors to waste millions of dollars cleaning up after themselves?

Maybe that's it. They're dismantling this country because there's no chance any of them will ever have to live in it.

They simply can't be brought to understand that millions of people are living in poverty without knowing for sure when their next meal will be arriving? They don't believe that many people make a daily decision between rent and food? They can't comprehend that subsidized public transportation makes the difference for thousands in being able to hold down a job? They are able to calculate the "intolerable burden" to corporations of a fifteen-cent minimum wage increase but entirely blind to the very burden of a five percent payroll withholding increase? They see more good being done by handing back a million dollars in tax cuts to a man who already has seven-hundred and fifty million dollars than they do in handing fifty dollars to someone who has nothing?

I continue to wonder what planet these people are from.

I was not raised in poverty, okay? I never wondered if there would be food on the table or a roof over my head. I never lacked for clothes or toys or anything else when I was growing up.

And yet...I don't find it impossible to understand that there are people who do lack things. I understand the desperate desire to have a meal and a bed to sleep in, both in the same day. I can empathize with the despair that comes from looking around at a neighborhood soaked in violence and failure and to know there is no escape. I have no problem envisioning that most of the people living in poverty in this country long for the ability to stand on their own two feet, support themselves and their families, and look everyone else in the eye as an equal.

I understand there are those who are disadvantaged not through any fault or failure of their own, but because the social and economic structure of this country mandates that anyone who falls X% behind the curve will never be given the opportunity to catch up.

It's a pity that those with the power to make changes can't see these thing.

Maybe I needed a longer hiatus.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:32 AM


Welcome back.

Posted by: Hal at January 14, 2005 11:58 AM

Yes, welcome back, Anne. Your essays are as inspirational and wonderful as ever.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 16, 2005 08:31 PM

Thanks. :) I was hoping I'd be less cranky after a break but it's not looking that way....

Posted by: Anne at January 17, 2005 08:20 AM