I’ve often read and heard conservatives speak of traditional values of the past. I’m not entirely certain what that means. I’ve previously proposed that it is some kind of post-WWII Mayberry-Leave-it-to-Beaver illusion left over from the prosperity and peace after that great industrial defeat of Fascism. Does it mean family values? Well, I don’t know any progressives who don’t value their families or love them any less than conservatives do.
Fiscal responsibility is often bandied about, yet today Eric Cantor said “no compromise” on repealing the Bush tax cuts despite repeated economists and the Congressional Research Service saying (depending on to whom you listen) this would lead to 4 and 7 trillion dollars over the next ten years in additional debt we’d have to borrow from, presumably, China. The CBO estimates 4.84 Trillion. I’m a little fuzzy on how that equates to fiscal responsibility regardless whose math you use.
There is at least one member of the GOP who concedes that extending the Bush tax cuts will increase the deficit. Guess whom?
No, that seems more to me like the continued milking of the middle class for personal gain. Republicans don’t mind spending the money, they just want to be in charge of who gets it.
What else? Are these the traditional values that took American Indian lands in broken treaty after treaty and sequestered them into compounds (reservations) as though they were animals? Are these the values that enslaved an entire people based on their skin colour? Are these the same values that made women second-class citizens for so long? Are these the values that had no problem with dispensing with labour laws over profit? Are these the same values that cause more discrimination to the brown people from below our southern border? Despite the rhetorical tone, I actually don’t want to believe it. I’d like to believe that worm has finally turned.
But the political Tea Party rhetoric has been tinged with some of that innuendo. And there’s the self-righteous tone behind it. ‘We’ve got Jesus on our side’ kind of entitlement attitude. You know, if Jesus came down right now and I told him a little of our history and asked him ‘What would you have done?’, I bet he would give me a completely different report than how we handle stuff. If you guys read your Bible closely, Jesus was the world’s biggest socialist (gasp!).
There is one value that the Bible espouses that I think is a really good one. The Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have done to you. Well, there’s a bunch of us out in America who don’t like what the conservatives are trying to do to us.
Tune in to tomorrow for ‘Just What do Progressives Consider Progress?’.