Be Careful What You Wish For

Often, as I review history, I notice that the evolution towards fairness or resolution of issues is a positive and self-sustaining strategy to better results for the people for which it is intended.

In nearly every revolution in politics, someone loses, usually with great costs to many, and often the results are bloody, contradictory, with a winner who no longer feels empathy for those who did not always support the winner’s efforts.

This difference, evolution vs revolution, seems to be the choice we are being asked to make within both Democratic and the Republican parties.

As someone who craves peace and considers the words spoken by those who wish to serve, I worry when certain words are used. This year, I worry as an American because many words of division and radical change, which to me represent the more dangerous roads, are being spoken from the left and the right.

I hope the more moderate leaders among us soon find their voices and their passion. I hope those with influence and wisdom will step forward and become the people that will support them. Whenever America veers too far either way, usually too far right, it is at great costs to our individual Liberty.

Please consider these words. I simply ask that you hear what words are being spoken. What words incite rather than inspire are disconcerting. Words of division rather than of unity. Words of control over freedom.

What makes America great is not our most extreme views and not our military power. What makes America great is that we allow others to be different from ourselves. We appreciate creativity and uniqueness. We do not force others to our will but ask people from all faiths to respect others. And, we are merciful to those who lose, who are fearful, who are working through their own weaknesses.

Extremism makes America weak. Please do not be seduced by the easy fixes proposed by the extremes. It is likely not without additional costs not mentioned. Whether it is a promise of a big wall or a big program covering all, it forces compliance of some. And, that is the true threat to a great America.

Tea Party Policy Goals Will Lead to Economic Slavery

I have been observing the impact and results of the Tea Party Movement since its development by Fox News, the Kohn brothers, and other neo-conservatives who had lost their positions of power. In 2009, I watched, with curiosity, the passion of everyday families willing to push for a new agenda. I hoped that their public education would win out over the media manipulation of special interests from the most extreme within our country. Their policies of desperation and deficit spending denial could cause a recession within a year.

Tea Party activists believe they are moving into a world where they will have less than their parents. They want to do something drastic to change America’s direction. They know major changes have to occur and that special interests must be curbed. They want to save America. And, they are right. Unfortunately their strategies, goals, and focus – if successful – will only lead to America’s destruction or a return to a distant past we left. They have bought the snake oil salesman’s elixir and have nothing but poison in a bottle.

The calls for major cuts in every area of the government’s budget is welcome. Forcing governmental agencies to review where and how they spend tax dollars is necessary. Reviewing decades old regulations and updating those regulations, upgrading benefit calculations, and curtailing spending should be done. It should be done based on community priorities, updated information, changes in expectations, and national strategy. Simply demanding Cut, Cap And Balance doesn’t provide incentives, change, or development of a concrete conversation for America. Nor does it allow America the flexibility to make creative and inventive solutions that it needs to remain in leadership in the future.

Cutting safety nets for Americans will increase volatility of economic cycles, create larger pools of poverty in America, increase mortality, devastate families barely managing to remain in the Middle Class. Simply capping the growth of some expenses won’t make those expenses disappear, it will simply create a growing “haves and have not” class in America. And, forcing the government to balance the budget without being a party willing to raise income taxes on the most affluent in America reduces America to a third world country in a matter of decades.

Attacking social programs that support the most needy, being uncompromising at the expense of stability, the growing support for a more racist, less diverse agenda, and stronger “might is right” process abhors me.

I applaud the Tea Party focus on the checkbook. Yet, the attack on medicare and social security shows they would sell out their mother if the budget couldn’t afford it. That is immoral. They also tend to forget investment is necessary in any budget or you kill your future. And, the attacks on unions is the ultimate exposure of the tea party. Unions were what assisted in the growth of the great middle class of America. The disgust by which Tea Party leaders have for unions, in and out of government, shows the true distaste for American workers, the middle class and 90% of Americans.

It is clear that the god of the Tea Party is Ann Rand. She may be the Anti-christ many in America have been awaiting. Ann Rand considers employees to be parasites! It is elitism to its darkest capitalistic conclusion. Eric Cantor is her current high priest. Do we want an America based on an ant structure? This belief should not be a part of the American make up. America honors the idea that all people are equal, no matter who they are. No matter their social status or status in business (whether employer or employee). If the Tea Party Agenda moves forward America will be longer be able to be called a society for and by the people when it’s social policy becomes “everyone out for themselves”. To worship “job creators” and despise workers is immoral. It is the reverse of Communism and the most extreme expression of Capitalism. It is a return to slavery.