This one is for our Lefty readers. We know that you love all things Big Government, whether having them make our choices for us regarding education, our retirement savings, health care, our basic right to self defense – heck, you even think that our children are property of the state.
And we know that you’re frustrated and mystified why, for some strange reason, we knuckle-dragging low-forehead conservatives haven’t gotten on board with your government-knows-best philosophy. Between the success stories of Obamacare, the high quality and affordability of higher education in America, not to mention the wealth and prosperity where your policies have come to fruition such as Greece, Venezuela, Detroit, Illinois, and California what’s not to love? You could try asking us and listening to our reasons, but you already know that our resistance stems from either our ignorance or racism. What if I told you there was a way to get through to us ignoramuses? I know, you don’t really care what we think since we both know that you hate us.
And I’m not going to try to BS you that we’d all get on board – I’d probably still be among the naysayers. But what if there were one easy trick, and it were so simple that anyone can do it? And as an added bonus this action could actually turn the government into as great a force as you want it to be! If this sounds like a trick and that I’m setting you up for some twisted punchline, it’s not. Still interested? Well, here it is:
Give a damn.
Instead of focusing in how brilliant and noble your intentions are, focus on the actual results of what you support.
That’s it. Whenever there is a government scandal that does not involve embarrassing a Republican, the biggest cheerleaders for Big Government get mysteriously quiet. We conservatives get angry as well, but unlike the radical left, government is not our one true faith. When you’re Hell bent on every last one of us living under your belief system, how can you expect us to follow when you care so little about it that you do nothing to improve it? You’re ready to warn Christians to not get on their high horse over those killed during The Crusades, but you have no trouble getting on your high horse over the over 100 million who’ve been murdered by Big Government in the last century. When the mistakes of private companies (Exxon, BP) hurt the environment, you collectively chant for us to fine them and destroy them. When the EPA’s negligence pollutes a river all you can do is shrug and say we need to throw more money at them.
Look at other scandals in the news – instead of flying into a rage and destroying somebody’s lives over a wedding cake, how about giving a damn when the IRS basically robs small business owners at gunpoint with no recourse? Remember your cute little anti-Bush protests 10 years ago when you were claiming to support our troops except for when they do their jobs? Great times! Well, they need your support now. Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports on this abuse of VA patients:
Rima Nelson disappeared from public view after the St. Louis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital she managed potentially exposed 1,800 patients to HIV, was closed twice for serious medical safety issues and ranked dead last in patient satisfaction.
But Nelson wasn’t fired. Her VA superiors hid her literally on the other side of the Earth in 2013 at the department’s only foreign facility, a seldom-used clinic inside the palatial U.S. Embassy in the Philippines capital city of Manila.
She resides in a government-provided condo and gets the same $160,000 salary she made in St. Louis, which allows her to live like royalty in a country where the average person makes only $2,500 a year.
While Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw shows how completely unaccountable the heads of the VA truly are:
For the third time in a matter of weeks, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has met and reversed the order to terminate the employment of a VA employee who was taken to task for falling down on the job.
In the last year, two male nurses at Stratton were accused in separate incidents of stealing and using powerful drugs intended for patients. One of them was charged with federal crimes, and the second nurse, who was found incoherent with a used syringe nearby, was let go from his job but not charged criminally even though it was the second incident involving his illicit drug use. Another nurse remained on duty despite complaints from co-workers that he was sleeping on duty, including in the bed of a patient who had died the night before. Also, a former nurse alleges that patients in a geriatric unit with “treatable” conditions were instead being given morphine, hastening their deaths. A hospital spokesperson denied the allegation.
So when you wonder why we don’t share your enthusiasm for a Single Payer system, understand that we don’t hate our friends and family as much as you do. You don’t like the fact that we don’t share your faith in Big Government and that we cringe at the mention of SP? Get mad at them, not us – they’re the ones making our argument for us. If you think a system like SP is going to work, you should be the ones calling for these criminals to be held to account. Where is the outrage? These people are making fools out of you. You march in force over every perceived slight or grievance – where is your outcry when the leaders of your belief system fail you?
I’ll close on a positive note. Here in my own backyard, The people’s Republic of Arlington County just released some proposed child care regulation changes that could only be proposed by somebody with zero understanding of children of child care – here is a quick sample:
“The licensee will ensure that mothers are encouraged to breast feed their infants.”
“Celebrations (birthdays, special occasions) should include mostly healthy foods or non-food treats.”
“Staff will promote dental hygiene among children at mealtimes.”
“The licensee will ensure that a trained staff member shall conduct and document a health check of each child every morning upon arrival.”
But this story actually gave me cause for hope. If you read the comments of the original post at arlnow.com, you’ll see almost unanimous opposition to this insanity. And in there are even a few quotes along the line of, “I’m a lifelong Democrat, but this could get me to start voting Republican.” Where there is life there is hope.
Or at the very least we’re seeing people on the left start to give a damn.
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
1. Demand "reform" of something you judge to be imperfect.
2. After the inevitable disaster, demand to be judged by your good intentions.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 20, 2013