Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Philosophical Differences

The underlying discernable difference, yet so apparent during the hurricane Katrina catastrophe, between the present administration of conservatives and those of us who are labeled progressives is that we believe in a community founded on a covenant of mutual responsibility. This gang of robber barons believes we are all in this alone. What is equally astounding is how their fundamentalist Christian allies also ignore Christ’s overriding entreaty to be their brother’s keeper. The covenants that bind us, those upon which we all share the burden according to how much we have, no longer apply to the leaders and followers of the Grand Old Party. The GOP has aligned itself with the likes of James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Cal Thomas, and the assassin Pat Robertson. This is the party of Barbara Bush, her sons, and her husband. It’s the party that wants to follow Grover Norquist’s entreaty and “drown” all government programs except those that fill the coffers of their rich comrades. FEMA’s leadership was gutted and replaced with Bush’s cronies who had absolutely no experience dealing with disasters. Why fund those programs that come to the rescue of the rest of us when your rich constituents can fund their own escapes from disasters. It’s all about personal responsibility, isn’t it? This president is the most inept head of state in the history of our great republic. He has young people dying in the Iraqi quagmire, dismembered the helping hands of the government, increased the gap between the rich and the rest of us, and ransomed our future to the government in Beijing. The list of follies that Bush, Rove, and Cheney have wrought is too numerous to print. We have got to take our country back from these charlatans. We owe it to our children.

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