Here’s a question for your rich friends: how many of them think it’s okay not to pay taxes even though they make lots of money, but that it’s not okay for the poor, retired, disabled or those in military service to pay no taxes, even if they make very little money?
And for the Republican right: why does Romney speak of the lower classes who pay no taxes with what the New York Times called “bone-chilling contempt and revolting smugness” when he thinks no one can hear? And then, with trademark schoolboy earnestness, show just how stupid he thinks we are by refusing to show if he paid taxes while claiming the poor would pay taxes if only they could, when he, Romney, and his rich friends contort themselves energetically not to?
And for your in-your-face, bumper-sticker proud religious friends who boast of being “One Nation, under God”. Now, which god is that – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Wiccan? Do they rotate? Shouldn’t that be notional not denominational? Better yet, an ethical construct?
And another for right-wing Republicans: what do you make of Nixon passing environmental protections, and of earned income tax credit expansions under Ford and Reagan – did these iconic Republicans have surreptitious bleeding hearts or were they RINOs? Reagan the RINO?
And for your hypocrite friends: what’s more damaging to health, eating as much as the ads promote and becoming obese; breathing polluted air; gaming mine safety; incompetent doctors, lawyers or bankers immunized by lobbyists; or being LGBT? Or just being female in a Romney world? See the money-coming-out-of-ears Bain photo? Like a Republican House hearing.
And another for right-wingers; does having a mercenary military make being a chickenhawk easier? So stupid wars won’t be protested by real people. And does a mercenary military justify inadequate armaments in combat theaters and indifferent care after returning home?
And for my Constitutional scholar friends: how is government regulation of corporations less benign than corporate stacking of the deck using one-sided adhesion contracts and lobbyists that protect incompetence through malpractice caps, mandatory arbitration and prejudicial personal bankruptcy law, like for student loan treatment compared with corporate executive bonuses?
And last, isn’t it stupid to do everything to stymie a President trying to fix an economy broken by greedy creeps, and stupid to claim rape victims can’t get pregnant, and stupid to listen to Donald Trump always or Rick Perry almost always? And isn’t it stupid to let the middle class and equal opportunity be denigrated by Fox personalities and a talk radio host with little heft other than a breathtakingly impressive body weight? Mysterious how people who think they’re canny can trust in a drug addict that does news rant HipHop, or in a “news channel” ownership that disdains fact, is converting the Wall Street Journal to tabloid and hacks a murdered girl’s voicemail.
By gosh, I think I like the Socratic method. Don’t you?
The Plains, Virginia