Friday, February 27, 2004

Conservatism and “Class Warfare”—Why the Winners Decry Change

More definitions…

According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, “Conservatism” is:

con·ser·va·tism ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kn-sûrv-tzm)
n.
The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order.
A political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions, distrust of government activism, and opposition to sudden change in the established order.


Hmmm… So, if for example, I already have a stock portfolio valued at $35 million, homes in New York, Florida, and Grand Cayman, and a series of tax shelters throughout the world, I am likely to be a “conservative”. If on the other hand, I cannot get a job that pays more than $6 an hour, live in a 30 year old mobile home, and can’t get health insurance, I am NOT likely to be a conservative.

Let’s face it, being a conservative simply means you’ve got most of the marbles and you want to be damned sure it stays that way. So let’s take a look at the kinds of things “conservatives” want to conserve.

Prior to all the bleeding heart liberal programs enacted by tax-and-spend Democrats over the past 45 years, the United States was, let’s face it, the perfect place. Right? No hunger, plenty of high quality, affordable housing, racial equality, no crime, low taxes, and easy living for everyone. Hell, we don’t even need that horribly expensive interstate highway system that costs so much federal tax money to keep repaired. What we need is a return to the “good old Eisenhower days” when…

White men ran everything. Yep, everything. Colored folks stayed in “their place” and always rode in the back of the bus. Women stayed home, shut up, and did what their men told them to do. Taxes were low because we had “bums” who deserved to die under railroad bridges instead of politically correct “homeless people”.

Yes sirree, there’s nothing quite like a conservative viewpoint. If you’ve lost your job because your company went out of business or moved operations to China and you can’t afford your house anymore, then, tough! As any good conservative knows it’s your own damned fault. Move someplace where there is a job and stop whining!

But don’t you dare, you obnoxious, hate-filled, whining Liberal, don’t you DARE ask me to hand over nearly half of my $2 million a year in income because you have problems. No, no, no! I am one of the winners and I like it this way. If “poor people” have problems, that’s their own fault.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to confer with my broker on what to do with my $127,000 in unearned income from stock dividends this year. After all, I certainly want to make sure that I get to keep as much as I can. The wife and I are getting pretty bored with the winter home in Florida and are thinking of buying in Scottsdale. Of course, that will require a little more money. But, hey, making the tax cuts permanent will cover the mortgage. And, oh yeah, bleeding heart Liberals, you should be happy. With the new “guest worker” program, we’ll be able to keep a half-dozen foreign workers employed at $6 an hour taking care of the place!

Liberals are sickening.

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