Hooray, the politicians in charge seem to have reached a deal on the debt limit. Maybe. You know, pending approval from the entire Congress. We’ll see. It may still prove to be not-yet-cruel-enough to the most defenseless Americans. I guess, no surprises, here. I wrote a little while ago, I felt they’d come to some agreement and I’ve written that said agreement would inflict harm on the most vulnerable Americans so…I feel vindicated. Um…yippee? Details are sparse, of course.
They’ve agreed, in principle, to cap non-defense discretionary spending at 2023 levels for two years. Keyword? Non-defense. Actions speak louder than words. The cons are a-okay with borrowing and spending – so long as said spending is going toward killing somebody, somewhere. Kevin McCarthy pitched important euphemisms when he said it includes “historic reductions in spending” (again, non-defense spending) and “consequential reforms that will lift people out of poverty and into the workforce.”
The cons have been pushing for increased work requirements for people who receive food stamps and other Federal aid programs. (No! NOT subsidies to mega-corporations! THOSE “Federal aid programs” are essential…and sacrosanct!) Poor people. They mean poor people. The victims of the ‘Greatest Country on Earth.’
Did whatever you were digging for run out or become unprofitable so your job went away and nothing ever came in to replace it? Suck it up, buttercup, get a (non-existent) job anyway. Why – and this is important – WHY are certain people just…allowed to lounge around in their wheelchairs all day? Get ’em on an assembly line, somewhere. Listen, we’re conservatives in Congress. It’s not our job to get you jobs. It’s our job to punish you for not having one – NO! Keep your “reasons” to yourself – by cutting as many holes in your safety net as we can. And we LOVE our job…
I’ve been listening to the cons go on and on (and on and on and on and ON) about how they looooove freedom. Nothing, but NOTHING, is more important than freedom. Freedom this, freedom that. They want their freedom, freedom, freedom. They wrap themselves in the flag, paint half their face blue, look directly into the camera and shout “FREEDOM!” like they really, really love freedom.
The thing about cons and their “FREEDOM!” is that they don’t really mean freedom for all. They’re not really interested in freedom beyond themselves. They’re interested in their own, perfect freedom. No, not you. YOU don’t get freedom, you get to do as you’re told. But me? “FREEDOM!” I know a lot of cons who would try to argue the point with me, but they lose before they open their mouths. Actions STILL speak louder than words. So, let’s set the rhetoric aside for the moment and look at what cons actually DO with their “FREEDOM!”
You want to marry someone I disapprove of? NO!
You want to read a book that scares me? NO!
You want to vote? NO!
You identify in a way I think is weird? NO!
You want to highlight social injustice wearing a sports team’s uniform? NO!
You want control of your own reproduction? Oh, HELL No!
You want the sperm donor to take responsibility for his “Ugh?” NO!
You want to teach children actual history? Fuck you, NO! (Conservatives look really bad throughout history…)
You want to suggest that people who don’t look like me may NOT be dangerous? NO!
You want to take action to try and protect yourself from getting shot by a random stranger? No, No, NO!
You want to buy a short-barrel rifle and murder the next 32 random strangers you see? NO…way I’d interfere with THAT glorious freedom!
It can be summed up this way: the cons insist on the freedom to rob other people of their freedoms. I’d like to blame Fox Not-News but this is their pattern going back to at least the civil war. (Yeah, Rupert Murdoch is old but he’s not THAT old…) What, after all, was the civil war about if not slave states “rights” to deny other human beings their rights? And the pattern continues.
There’s a comedian named Jim Jefferies who does a bit on American “freedom.” He makes the point that America isn’t even the freEST country on Earth. (This is a link. Click here to watch him. Seven funny minutes…)
I’ll tell you this: I’ll believe the cons are serious about “FREEDOM!” when they get serious about protecting everyone’s freedom.