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Tea-Party Social Darwinism vis a vis Liberal Philosophy: a humorous analysis
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2010-10-22 09:44:57
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Commentary: A few days ago I received those reflections below which are making the rounds in the present political arena. I found them intriguing and humorous, an eye-opener of sort. I’d like to share them with the Ovi readership oversea, to furnish them with a glimpse of the bizarre intellectually bankrupt right wing Tea Party politics prevalent in the US nowadays and deluding itself that it has inherited the mantle of Martin Luther King’s populism and Jeffersonian libertarian democracy. In reality the emperor’s mantle is a cover-up for a most illiberal and close-minded war against liberalism and social justice. Somebody ought to muster the political courage to shout: “the emperor is naked.”

A guy gets up- let's call him Jeff.  He fills his coffee pot for his morning coffee.  The water is clean and pure because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.  With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought the large drug companies to insure their safety and that they worked as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Jeff gets it too.  He prepares his breakfast, bacon and eggs.  Jeff's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Jeff reaches for his shampoo.  His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount of the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body, and how much it contained.

Jeff dresses up, walks outside and takes a deep breath.  The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.  He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work.  It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because  some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Jeff begins his work day.  He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.  Jeff's employer pays these standards because Jeff's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.  If Jeff is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn't think he should lose his house because of his temporary misfortune.

It's noontime and Jeff needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills.  Jeff's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Jeff's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.  (Under the 'compassionate Conservative' George W. Bush regime they surreptitiously dismantled many of these protections and the result was a near world-wide economic collapse.)
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Jeff and the government would be better off if he were educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Jeff is home from work.  He plans to visit his father at his farm home in the country.  He gets in his car for the drive.  His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards that are the envy of the world.  He arrives at his boyhood home.  His was the third generation to live in the house financed by the Farmers' Home Administration because millionaire bankers didn't want to make rural loans.  His house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal under FDR stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired.  His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Jeff wouldn't have to.

Jeff gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show.  The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good.  He doesn't mention that the beloved Republican Party have fought against every protection and benefit Jeff enjoys throughout his day - not to mention the eight-hour work day, child labor laws, the minimum wage (which they still regularly try to destroy), Medicare, Medicaid, etc., etc., ad nauseam...

But Jeff agrees with the multi-millionaire talk show host:  "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives!  After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of himself - just as I have".

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Biff2010-10-22 13:13:08
Damn libertarians ruined the US

N. L. Wilbur2010-10-27 23:16:38
Nice post, Prof. Paparella. A different perspective.

Chris A2010-11-15 23:06:34
I can't imagine how humans survived so long without a government taking care of us. I enjoy liberals pointing out the 'hypocrisy' of an individual living in a world within its legal bounds. Social Security, roads, water, medication, FDIC, seat belts, and education are not choices.

DESPITE these tax-payer funded programs :
People do choose to purchase medicine outside of their health care plan; including purchasing them overseas DESPITE the risk.
People buy bottled water.
People start private retirement plans.
People don't wear their seat belts.
People home school or choose private education.

All of your 'commie' and 'liberal' driven programs are bought at the expense of our freedom and our and our children's future. Too soon is history forgotten. I hope you enjoy your aristocracy and plutocracy in democracy's clothing. All it cost you was your right to choose.

If you're really out to open people's minds, I suggest you stop preaching to the choir here on this site. I could provide you with a myriad of other forums your ideas would reach an audience that, I'm 100% sure, would not already be predisposed to agreeing with you. Then again, if you're just looking for pats on the back, please continue.

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