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The 2012 Election Will be a Contest Between Community and Greedy Self Interest

ProudProgressive 2012/08/15 15:12:16

The 2012 Election Will be a Contest Between Community and Greedy Self Interest
By: Rmuse
August 15th, 2012

Every nation earns a reputation based on foreign policy, economic strength, and national character, and although they are related, only character is defined by the overall ideology of the population irrespective of the other two. For the past three years there has been a shift in many Americans’ mindset and it is splitting the country into two factions that are the polar opposites of each other. In the campaign for the White House, Americans are being asked to define America as either a community, or a nation of self-interested individuals with no allegiance to anything except money and power. Balancing individualism and community is possible, and it is how America achieved greatness throughout the twentieth century whether it was being on the winning side of two world wars, or building a prosperous middle class that elevated the entire population. It is unfortunate, but the presidential team of Romney and Ryan are plotting to decimate the concept of community and are pushing the notion that the wealthy deserve special rewards because they succeeded as individuals.

Romney continues to attack President Obama for remarking that every success story was dependent on more than just individual initiative, hard work, and perseverance. Willard recently told an audience that “when a young person makes the honor roll, I know he took a school bus to get to the school, but I don’t give the bus driver credit for the honor roll” and it informs Romney’s belief that the successful student owes nothing to the bus driver whose job was insignificant to the student’s success. However, it also means taxpayers who fund schools, pay for text books, pay teachers’ salaries, and the teachers and child’s parents were also insignificant to the child’s success. It defines Romney’s portrayal of his fallacious self-made man success story that is based on pure fiction and explains his disregard for community.

Romney and his mirror-image vice-presidential candidate are staking out a libertarian, Ayn Rand position that the wealthy’s success is individual effort that warrants more wealth from the underclasses Paul Ryan refers to as takers. However, there are no individual success stories and whatever wealth and power the so-called “makers” acquired was a result of community effort and a government that allowed them to prosper. Romney, of all people, has benefited his entire life from privilege, and yet, he portrays his success as an individual effort and expects the American people to shower him, and his wealthy cohort, with what little wealth they have left.

Romney went to the finest schools because of his father’s wealth, and he avoided serving in the military because his cult sent him to proselytize in France. He started Bain Capital with money from alleged South American death squads when American investors refused to fund his venture. His success at Bain was built off of other investors money and Americans’ jobs he destroyed or sent overseas, and the 2002 winter Olympics was saved by $1.5 billion of taxpayer money; not Romney. Romney even avoids paying taxes because his government provides special breaks, loopholes, and questionable shelters that allow him to hide his dirty money in offshore accounts and dubious IRAs working-class Americans will never have access to.

However, it is the insignificance Romney and Ryan attribute to the underclass that defines them as morally deficient. Their plans to cut programs that serve children, seniors, and the middle class to fund outrageous tax cuts for the wealthy will not contribute to the community or a vibrant economy that gives every American the opportunity to achieve success. Why? Because in Romney and Ryan’s world, 98% of Americans are insignificant except to contribute to the “makers.” Both men advocate robbing seniors’ Social Security and Medicare accounts after they built this country into a great nation, and it defines their attitude that Americans are disposable when their productivity falls off due to old age. It is telling that both Romney and Ryan benefited from the largesse of others, and in return, their selfishness and greed drives them to take more regardless it decimates the people who made them wealthy.

A commenter to this column asked if what Romney and Ryan propose “is what we want of the compassionate community we call America,” and it is a prescient question with a frightening answer. It is what Romney and Ryan want because they do not see America as a community, but a nation of peasants to serve and enrich the wealthy until they have nothing left to give and then let them wither in poverty and ill health. What men like Romney and Ryan cannot comprehend is that all the greatness America achieved was a community effort regardless if it was building the Hoover Dam, the great highway system, or fighting and winning two world wars.

There is a place for individualism in America, but it must be balanced with a sense of community and if not, America is finished. Romney’s story of the student really makes the point that it was a community effort that allowed the student to excel. However, no-one should be surprised at Romney and Ryan for dismissing the important contribution of community because they portray teachers, firefighters, police officers, bus drivers, the poor, and senior citizens as leeches living off of big government instead of part of the community. In fact, the notion that every American is an important member of the community that contributes to this country is being diminished by men like Romney and Ryan who believe 98% of the population is insignificant and disposable. What is remarkable is that the American community, including the little people, gave Romney and Ryan the opportunity to succeed and now that they have theirs, they want yours and will use the government to take it.

Romney is a taker because he achieved nothing on his own, and if not for his father’s wealth, government loans and grants, and investors’ money, he would just be another immigrant’s child. Paul Ryan lived off of Social Security and married into an oil family and now he wants Americans’ retirement and healthcare transferred to the wealthy. They are both greedy, selfish libertarians whose philosophy is “I’ve got mine, now I want yours,” and they will attempt to win an election and take it by legislation. Their mindset may work in Ayn Rand’s fiction, but it is death to America.

It is sad, no tragic, that there are any Americans supporting Willard and Ryan’s greed and distorted sense of individualism, and it portends that America is losing its sense of community. Republicans and their presidential ticket are giving Americans a clear choice; either “we’re all in this together and we will succeed together,” or we become a nation of individuals who enrich a handful of wealthy elitists. This country prospered because the community worked together, helped each other prosper, and valued every member’s contribution no matter how small, but Romney and Ryan believe underclasses don’t count and are not contributing enough to the wealthy who bear some responsibility for destroying the American community.


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  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/08/16 00:52:37
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    This is what it comes down to if we are honest with ourselves.
  • luvguins 2012/08/15 18:57:43
    luvguins
    +1
    The American people are going to choose community over greed in November...wait for it.
  • Morningstar 2012/08/15 16:30:43
    Morningstar
    +1
    Thank you for your posts Proud because most SH posters are right-wing wackos!
  • Reichstolz 2012/08/15 15:32:52
    Reichstolz
    "warrants more wealth from the underclasses"- even you cannot be that simple minded.
    I expected more from the progressives, but once again you have proven you have nothing to offer.

    What do the "underclasses" own. Are the evil rich going to take the home they don't own, the vehicle they don't own, the education they haven't paid for, etc? Please tell me how the wealthy can remove anything but debt from those beneath us?

    Distorted sense of individualism?, I would contend is defined by the dependency party promoting the ideal that if you are not successful you are perfectly welcome to demand a living from those who are.

    This nation prospered because those with ambition weren't saddled with the dead weight of those without it. We are an individual merit based society, not a collectivist society. In case you are ignorant to history, we left that way of life on the cutting room floor, after the collectivist first colonies damn near starved to death. Community is made stronger by individuals caring for themselves, then caring for others. Government is not community, it is the necessary evil that community stands against to preserve the individual.
  • Disside... Reichstolz 2012/08/15 15:48:54
    DissidentRage
    You hate government because it keeps you from doing harm to us because you are morally bankrupt.
  • Reichstolz Disside... 2012/08/15 16:00:19
    Reichstolz
    Funny, I hate government because simpletons like you think it is charitable and compassionate, which it can not be, it only holds the power to destroy.
  • Disside... Reichstolz 2012/08/17 18:34:30
    DissidentRage
    Government is supposed to be sworn to protect the people - all of them - not the few who got their lucky break (hard work my ass) by either being helped by someone bigger or manipulating many more.
  • Reichstolz Disside... 2012/08/17 23:50:05
    Reichstolz
    Protect not enable, learn the difference.
  • luvguins Reichstolz 2012/08/15 18:56:26
    luvguins
    +1
    So is euthanasia your solution for all welfare recipients now since the GOP has no plan to help them out of poverty by gutting education, medicaid, food stamps, and housing. Wouldn't want you to have to trip over the diseased starving homeless on the street.
  • Reichstolz luvguins 2012/08/15 22:22:18
    Reichstolz
    Considering wasting money on them hasn't worked in 80 years, I would contend lessening the burden on the productive might actually motivate some to get off their asses and go to work. I trip over no one, you do understand we became the most prosperous nation known to man without having a social hammock program, or are you completely ignorant to our history.
  • luvguins Reichstolz 2012/08/15 23:53:20
    luvguins
    +1
    Sure, you must mean the days of no IRS, the gilded age of robber barons. The Astors, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, J P Morgan. Much deja vu exists regards wealth control, immigrant bashing, slave and child labor, and sexism then. It was prosperous for the same upper 1%.
  • Reichstolz luvguins 2012/08/16 13:38:37
    Reichstolz
    You are funny, no one can be that simple minded. If our nation's rise to power and prosperity were so detrimental to the coddled poor, why were poor immigrants flocking to this nation? It wasn't to receive government handouts, like they do now. I pity your ignorance and lack of faith in your fellow man.
  • luvguins Reichstolz 2012/08/16 19:14:00
    luvguins
    +1
    They flocked in hope as their countries were awash only to be treated like crap here. My Irish great grandparents met on Ellis Island and settled in New York.
    Remenber the "No Irish Need Apply"? I'm neither simple minded nor ignorant so cut the insults.
  • Reichstolz luvguins 2012/08/16 23:27:36
    Reichstolz
    And they stayed why? Were your ancestors simple minded as well? While you won't allow yourself to admit it, they came and stayed because there was no better place to build a life in the world.
  • Disside... Reichstolz 2012/08/17 18:35:58
    DissidentRage
    It's because people like you fooled the rest of us into believing that America is the land of opportunity. It's only the land of opportunity if you were born into it.
  • Reichstolz Disside... 2012/08/17 23:51:13
    Reichstolz
    You have fooled yourself into thinking you aren't responsible for the life you lead, I had nothing to do with it. Sorry but your defeatist attitude is the reason you will never know success, even if it were handed to you.

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