‘REPUBLICANS HAVE A STUPID IDEA OF PATRIOTISM’
Move over, Nancy Pelosi – Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich is back in town. And guess what? He’s still just as loony as you are. Writing for Business Insider, the diminutive Democrat was in rare form in an article posted today. As is the case with all Hall-of-Fame-caliber liberals, not only does Reich’s perception of reality exist somewhere in the Twilight Zone; he accuses Republicans of the very shortcomings of which he and his fellow-liberals have been guilty for at least the last 50 years.
The gist of Reich’s article – Some Republicans Have a Stupid Idea of Patriotism – is this: Patriotism means paying (your “fair share”) for America. Let’s check in with the former Labor Secretary’s line of reasoning and do a bit of analysis along the way, shall we?
“When arguing against paying their fair share of taxes, wealthy regressives claim ‘it’s my money.’ But it’s their nation, too. And unless they pay their share, America can’t meet the basic needs of our people. True patriotism means paying for America.”
This is an outstanding example of liberal class warfare groupspeak – complete with all the code words. Notice how he begins with the disingenuous assumption that conservative argue against “paying their fair share of taxes?” This, of course, is not only false; it is ridiculous – twice. I cannot remember reading – or hearing from – any conservatives who don’t want to pay their fair share.” This dishonest loon is hanging his hat on the liberals’ definition of “fair share.” Let’s get this out of the way:
The top 1% of wage earners make less than 20% of total income in America – yet pay nearly 40% of total taxes. Additionally, the top 5% of wage earners pay approximately 70% of total taxes, while the bottom 49% pay no income tax at all. Fair share? Really? How much is “fair” loons? How much? Break it down for me, please.
“True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of it. Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. True patriots work to improve the U.S. government, not destroy it. But regressive Republicans loathe the government – and are doing everything they can to paralyze it, starve it, and make the public so cynical about it that it’s no longer capable of doing much of anything.”
This is incredible in its dishonesty – and irony. Conservatives don’t hate the government of the United States, Mr. Reich; they hate the decline of America foisted on it by arrogant presidents who circumvent Congress and ignore the Constitution. Conservatives hate politicians who attempt to cling to power by means of class warfare. Conservatives hate politicians who show no regard for future generations by heaping trillions of dollars of debt on yet-unborn backs – all for the purpose of pandering to those among us who are less fortunate – all for the purpose of votes, Mr. Reich.
Conservatives love and honor our nation’s military – the “generations who have risked their lives to preserve it” of whom you speak. To the contrary, it is liberals who often oppose our military and call brave men like General Petraeus General “Betray-us.” It is liberals who make their way to Venezuela to stand arm-in-arm with dictators and denounce America and its military, Mr. Reich – not conservatives.
Oh – and conservatives have little to do with the growing cynicism of your president; that’s one thing he’s managed to accomplish all by himself.
“Their patriotism is not about coming together for the common good. It is about excluding outsiders who they see as our common adversaries. The conservative conception of patriotism is about securing our borders, not securing our society.”
A nation that cannot secure its borders cannot secure its society, Mr. Reich. To that end, those who enter America illegally should indeed be our “common adversaries.” Were it not for your party’s pandering to Hispanics for votes, perhaps you and the rest of your liberal friends would see it the same way. That is, if you and your friends are truly interested in “securing our society.” In the minds of millions of Americans, Mr. Reich, that’s about as “patriotic” as one can get.
This is who these people are, America; this is how they think. Is there any doubt that this will be the most important election of our lifetime?
Yeah, I know – who gives a damn about Robert Reich? He only matters to the extent of illustrating the twisted mind of the tormented loon.