Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Take Back America!

The Democrats are proposing a new direction for America that will put the common good first. As you know, I am a huge proponent of the Common Good. In fact, let’s look a little closer at the Democratic Party’s idea of what the common good means:

The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle:


Wait, wrong Socialist Party there.

But regardless, as a community, as a society, as an entity, as a people, and as a Progressive Force for change, caring, and helping, no person remains an island unto himself or herself or gender-neutral self. Policy prescriptions are designed by policy experts (ahem!) to benefit everyone, not individuals. And in a democracy, the majority is what matters, and only a selfish monster would think only of himself or his family.

Now, let’s look at the specifics of Taking Back America:

1) Make health Care More Affordable: Fix the prescription drug program by putting people ahead of drug companies and HMO’s, eliminating wasteful subsidies, negotiating lower drug prices and ensuring the program works for all seniors; invest in stem cell and other medical research.

The Democrats want to “put people ahead of drug companies”. Yes, in theory this is a fine idea, but where are the specifics, peeps? Nancy Pelosi said that we had enough of paying high prices to increase profits of [Zionist] drug companies. Damn right! But are we going to remove their profits? We had better, if we want to put the people first – because profits impede care. Frankly, we would all be better off if the drug company executives were carted off to prison and we, The People, relied on proven holistic remedies.

2) Lower Gas Prices and Achieve Energy Independence: Crack down on price gouging; eliminate billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies and use the savings to provide consumer relief and develop American alternatives, including biofuels; promote energy efficient technology.

This is a good start, but why restrict price-gouging crack downs to just gas prices? Why should the rest of the bourgeoisie [Zionist] retailers be allowed to rape us? Let’s defend The People against price-gouging supermarkets, restaurants, clothing stores, appliance centers, etc., etc., etc. Ask yourself: Who knows better what the correct prices should be: Multiple-degreed policy experts, or uneducated middlemen?

In fact, why don’t we The People, take over the oil companies? Why are we so afraid of the insane right-wing extremists? Let’s look beyond the Democrats for some really fresh ideas.

3) Help Working Families: Raise the minimum wage; repeal tax giveaways that encourage companies to move jobs overseas.

A $400 minimum wage would be a good start towards helping the working class. And, of course, we should never give away our taxes; we should keep them. No, that’s not right, either. That is, we should of course be taxed, but the taxes should go towards investments in areas like nationalizing oil companies. Regardless, companies should never be allowed to go overseas. A purely domestic economy is a healthy one.

4) Cut College Costs: Make college tuition deductible from taxes; expand Pell grants and slash student loan costs.

Absolutely! I salute you, Democrats, for wanting to provide universal free college educations. Nothing improves a person more than being in college – and especially if they are fortunate enough to be in one of my classes. We should also mandate ten-year undergraduate programs; four years is simply not enough.

5) Ensure Dignified Retirement: Prevent the privatization of Social Security; expand savings incentives; and ensure pension fairness.

Again, why stop with Social Security; i.e., shouldn’t we be fighting against the privatization of everything? We can start with nationalizing supermarkets. There is indeed no dignity in retiring with a private pension. In fact, there is no dignity in working at a private company. There is no dignity in working at all! Work is merely a tool for the capitalist class to expropriate the value that we create. That’s your damn free market. And that’s why your damn gas stations, damn colleges, damn health care, and damn Social Security don’t work.

Fortunately, the Democrats have a plan (albeit a weak one for now) to return the ownership of these enterprises to the working class – to be administered by experts on behalf of the people – with no profits ever again.

6) Require Fiscal Responsibility: Restore the budget discipline of the 1990s that helped eliminate deficits and spur record economic growth.

Yes, the 1990s were the Clinton years. I did not care for him because he failed to spur a People’s Revolution, but a return to an era of caring would be the right thing. We’re progressives, and we will progress to the 1990s.


shlemazl said...

Prof. Kurgman,

Nancy's logic is more sound than even yours. My all-time favourite has to be: "Raise the minimum wage; repeal giveaways that encourage companies to move jobs overseas."

Oh, and I don't think she is progressing to 1990s. "New Direction" smacks of Roosvelt's "New Deal".

REB 84 said...

It seems that throughout history, executive and/or royal authority has been gained via a ruthless determination to reach out and take as much power as people allow.

Idealogs have risen to power in large part because too many people are too easily led. A "bandwagon effect" leads to almost a cult like following of "true believers." These true believers have two main rolls (besides being cheer-leaders). They recruit new members or intimidate the opposition. Still, this dedication is not enough to maintain long-term power.

Totalitarian movements grow because far too many citizens are uninvolved with politics and don’t ask questions. These citizens are the disconnected, silent majority. The key to positive change in America lies not with divisive partisan politics. The key is tapping into the pent-up hopes and dreams of the disaffected, uneducated, and uninformed Americans who don't even bother to vote.

On a positive note, I recently found a very interesting website LearnToQuestion.com. This site is one way silent majority can learn how to question.

It's Propaganda Lessons section is good complementary reading to OhioDem1's How to Sell a War I’m glad I found this site while Googling "question." It is encouraging to find fellow Americans who are taking positive actions to help wake up America.

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