Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Imagine Limbaugh, Hannity and Santilli with nothing to say

The people who say they love their country but hate government, those who always say whatever they can to run down government workers, they have the right to call themselves "patriots." But then I have the right to laugh at such absurdity.

People who hate their federal, state and local governments don’t love America, they just like to say they do. They are ideologues who abhor paying taxes and covet power. They can’t stand the idea their tax money might go to benefit people they see as shiftless lowlifes, socialists or foreigners.  

Moreover, the America they claim to love doesn’t exist, it never has. It’s propaganda. Like Ronald Reagan’s Shining City, it’s pure hogwash. 

The United States of America is a country built by immigrants, waves of immigrants. Unlike most countries, and in spite of what some protestant Bible-thumpers might like to say, it doesn’t have a predominant religion. The American culture is a crazy quilt of influences, including Native-American.

In 1776 our bold forebears started the revolution business on this planet. That revolution spawned the checks-and-balances system of government we have today. That system of government is what turns the much-revered words in the Constitution and hundreds of years of legal precedents into action. 

Moreover, without spreading fear and blaming government at some level for all the trouble under the sun, today’s rightwing Republican politicians wouldn't have much to talk about. Take away spewing hate at Democrats and government workers, in general, and commentators the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Pete Santilli, etc., would have little or nothing to say. 

1 comment:

frenchie said...

They would still babble on. Their making a living depends upon it.