Dear America,it's revolting, really.
disgusting beyond words.
Let's just hop, skip, and flip burgers to the last couple of summations from the American president:
It’s not enough anymore to just say we should just get our government out of the way and let the unfettered market take care of it -- for our experience tells us that’s just not true. (Applause.)
Look, I’ve never believed that government can solve every problem or should -- and neither do you. We know that ultimately our strength is grounded in our people -- individuals out there, striving, working, making things happen. It depends on community, a rich and generous sense of community -- that’s at the core of what happens at THEARC here every day. You understand that turning back rising inequality and expanding opportunity requires parents taking responsibility for their kids, kids taking responsibility to work hard. It requires religious leaders who mobilize their congregations to rebuild neighborhoods block by block, requires civic organizations that can help train the unemployed, link them with businesses for the jobs of the future. It requires companies and CEOs to set an example by providing decent wages, and salaries, and benefits for their workers, and a shot for somebody who is down on his or her luck. We know that’s our strength -- our people, our communities, our businesses.
But government can’t stand on the sidelines in our efforts. Because government is us. It can and should reflect our deepest values and commitments. And if we refocus our energies on building an economy that grows for everybody, and gives every child in this country a fair chance at success, then I remain confident that the future still looks brighter than the past, and that the best days for this country we love are still ahead. (Applause.)
"It's not enough," he says, "to just say we should just get our government out of the way and let the unfettered market take care of it..."
"That's just not true," he says, after having the gall to mention the name Adam Smith within the same body politic discriminately prosed as polished free enterprise speak -- based upon self-reliance and hard work and virtue -- only to have it intermittently stained with an underlying progressive agenda determined to undermine that same free market all along the way. This is the way, the voice, of the social engineering, fiercely ideological driven, American anarchist.
His entire speech leaves me speechless.
And yet no, not really; there is so much more to say.
Lucky for you, however, the old g thang is STILL not of this blogosphere to give my full retort. Something called gainful employment is asking more of my time these days -- and it's a good thing, too.
So upon this cyber-Thursday, let me leave you with just two things to read for yourself.
First, the king's speech, here.
Second, a link to a piece written by John Podesta, the guy who leads the Center for American Progress -- the location where the oration was ceremoniously displayed. It came with the heading, "Proponents of austerity are out of ideas..." and was featured not all that long ago on The Guardian, October 24, 2013.
Going out on a proverbial limb masquerading as a trunk, what's tripping America up these days is the rather broad-based walking contradictions of who we are and what America stands for that are now coming to a head. For the progressive, it's as simple as this: "growing the economy from the middle out, rather than from the top down, is the only way to build broad, long-term prosperity."
When, in fact, they have entirely misunderstood the American way [on purpose, of course].
It's never been the "top down" -- even if born and raised under that illusion.
For America designed and championed a certain exceptional, worldly, economic, and virtuous understanding of a certain way of life. America expected a certain respect of the law from everyone, in equal portion; learning to grow and revolve and find happiness and wealth from not only the bottom up -- no matter what race, no matter what religion, no matter what socio-economic reality -- but with the expectation there was no such thing as INCOME EQUALITY!
America is not designed for all of us to make $10.10 per hour. Just think of how absurd that idea is!
Sure, this is an oversimplification on the day; but I have no time to waste.
With any kind of luck, I will make my case stronger, brighter, upon light of day tomorrow. Until then...
Make it a Good Day, G