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September 14, 2009 - Ray Hall (Archive)
Ever since President Ronald Reagan, the God/King of modern day Conservative Republicans, uttered his infamous words “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem” his ideological apostles have been attacking all who suggest otherwise.

There is no area of government immune from assault and anyone, including President Obama, who hesitates to accept Reagan’s premise is assailed with the dastardliest, weirdly bizarre and even the most violent of words. Writing in the Washington Post Colbert I. King tells of Stephen Anderson a minister of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona telling his congregation that he prays for the death of Barack Obama.

King says that in a sermon titled “Why I Hate Barack Obama” Anderson preached "I'm not going to pray for his good, I'm going to pray he dies and goes to hell." This past June the Rev. Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., said he was praying for the president's death. Anderson, however, was even more explicit: "I'd like him to die of natural causes. I don't want him to be a martyr; we don't need another holiday. I'd like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer."

Critics of government, especially critics of the President, are “flat earthers:” loudmouths who insist public school children must be taught that the earth is 6000 years old and that dinosaurs and man frolicked together in some Fallwellian Jurassic Park. They have in a summer of mass hysteria fueled by demagogues and dastards proclaimed their will to protect America with everyone’s blood but their own. They routinely condemn moochers and free loaders and illegal immigrants as unworthy welfare recipients and even the seriously disabled as children of a lesser god.

The loudest of this summer’s protestors whined and cried about socialism, but they always take their social security check—there is no one forcing them to cash that check. I’ve only known of one person who ever refused his social security as a matter of principle. Although he paid Social Security for years Jacob Lapp, a local farmer, never cashed a social security check. Instead when in his seventies, he surrendered his farm to the Internal Revenue Service and moved to Costa Rica. Mr. Lapp had harsh words for the government, but he was a man of his convictions.

The latest bunch of whiners decry Medicaid and Medicare as waste ridden social programs conceived by evil liberals for shiftless blacks and Latinos. Yet they claim not to be racist because they include lazy whites among the useless. But, if truth were known, this current crop of society’s helplessly hopeless are takers; taking more from society than they will ever give back.

They, like a large segment of society, will actively seek Pell Grants and government backed student loans for their children’s education. They claim to be philanthropic and boast that they give more to charity than liberals—that might be so, but would they give if that charity was not subsidized with hefty government tax deductions? We saw it in Katrina—the Gulf Coast and New Orleans; we saw people accepting accolades for manning food kitchens after the disaster. But many of those same people would never have agreed to spend the necessary money to properly install the dikes around New Orleans in the first place.

The summer screamers fan the flames against healthcare, but like a large segment of society will actuarially spend the last two years of their life on Medicaid—living off welfare in a skilled care facility after spending down their assets to preserve an inheritance for their children and grandchildren.

The summer critics need to hear that they are at best ignorant, at worst stupid and tragically misinformed. The continued acceptance by this group of leaders like Governor Rick Perry of Texas who calls for secession and Sara Palin illustrates why ignorance and the lack of critical thinking—indeed any serious thought is dangerous to our future as a nation.

An example of Sara Palin’s sloppy thinking was when she answered a question in a 2006 questionnaire for Governor of Alaska:

Question: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

The pledge, of course, was not written until 1892 and the words "under God" were not added until the 1950s.

Yes, these critics are correct to say that they have lost their county, because that which they espouse cannot stand. Regardless, they are fortunate by birth or choice that we live in a country like ours, because there are probably a limited number of societies on earth where they would ever be welcomed.


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