posted on Mar, 1 2009 @ 02:16 PM
I like Ron Paul's chutzpah. I like his dedication and (seemingly) honest voice in a sea of greedy party people. I agree with standing up for the
constitution (although if his CPAC audience were really heart-felt defenders of it, they would have been standing up loooooonnnnggg before this!).
However, I don't agree that we don't need departments concerned with the greater good. How could I have afforded education without the subsidized
public education system??? It's idealized to think that everyone can homeschool. No offense to those who do (I have two cousins home-schooled by an
uncle of mine) but not everybody has the time (or the education themselves) to be an educator.
My opinion is that if there is something that EVERYONE uses, then it should be provided by the government through taxes: healthcare, education,
infrastructure. These things can't just be existing in the ether, only available to the wealthy. That's ridiculous. I can't afford to only drive on
toll roads, only go to high-priced surgeons and only get educated at private institutions. The way the corporate system is set up, that will be a far
cry from anything our oft-mentioned "fore fathers" dreamed up.
Seriously, conservatives are always so afraid of the evil demon of communism. Well, what is communism? A type of government / economic system centered
on state control of all means of production and services, if you boil it down, right?
Well, these people who laud the greatness of unrestrained greed (I'm sorry, I mean unfettered, laissez-faire economics) fail to connect how the end
result is a form of corporate communism.
No regulation by the government; no punishment for unethical practices (yeah, Monsanto, Coors, BofA [formerly w/ MBNA], Haliburton, Blackwater,
Lockheed, Pfizer, AstraZenica, Walmart, Yum Foods, et al.); unfettered lobbying...what does this all lead to? Straight to monopolies...So, you have a
scenario where your town only has that one Walmart where you can get that one fan and that one dresser, and that one duvet cover and 16pc. frozen
chicken tenders and those are your only option (and it ain't as cheap as when they were coming up, destroying the competition). Well, now keeping up
with the Jones' means more or less having exactly the same restricted options to chose from so that you and the Jones' can be EXACTLY the same,
right down to the lazy-susan and the DIY assembled foyer counter with artificial stain and the matching faux-victorian lamp.
Gimme a break...you go to any extreme and it sucks. You want the same grey jump suits that are government issued, or the same grey jump suits that are
Walmart, Inc. issued???
I say neither.