Saturday, October 13, 2012


It's about time someone in the big leagues said it.
If you believe that Thursday night's vice-presidential debate was a "draw" because Joe Biden was "rude" and "disrespectful" while Paul Ryan was obviously being disingenuous and uninformed, or that you've decided to go with "disingenuous" and "uninformed" because its manners made it more "likable," then you deserve the inadequate health-care voucher that's coming your way in 2014, as well as the letter from the Social Security Administration that your benefits will be down to 85 cents a month because International Embezzlement LLC went belly-up and took your retirement with it. Tough luck, kids. Them's the risks of an Opportunity Society.
This is something I've harped on for months (probably years), but it really cannot be overstated. If you're a woman and you vote for Rmoney/Ryan, you bloody well deserve to have a conservative Mormon and a conservative Catholic tell you what your reproductive rights are (and more importantly, aren't). If you're gay and you vote for them, you deserve to have them and their knuckle-dragging surrogates tell you what a "real" family is, and treat you like a third-class citizen (or, you know, a chick).

If you care about scientific and technological advancement, and about America's primacy in the sci/tech fields, and you vote for self-styled teabagger morons, you deserve to have a school system that would rather teach your children that the earth was created in six days a few thousand years ago, than teach them to read and to be rigorous critical thinkers. If you're a working-class dog and you vote for a money-grubbing plutocrat who pulled his hectomillions out of the downsized hides of people who actually produced something worth buying, don't be surprised when your job gets sent to Shenzhen or Bangalore.

Conservative friends 'n' neighbors, all your high 'n' mighty valyews won't pay a day of your light bills, or make health care an iota more accessible, or put a dent in the upward siphoning of the economy to those who already have more than they could spend in five generations. If you like a landed aristocracy sucking your childrens' futures dryer than Phoenix will be in twenty years, keep on keepin' on.
Income for most workers has barely risen in the last 30 years, but the top 1 percent of earners have seen their income almost triple in the same amount of time.
Keep telling yourself that anything else is communism, and let us know how that works, how that's been working, for you.


Anonymous said...

Very well said. That essay deserves national distribution.

Heywood J. said...

Thanks, by all means spread the word!