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Why Obama should be challenged in the Primary

Obama should be challenged in the primary not just because he has failed to stand up to Republicans, but also to take advantage of an opportunity of getting the “message” out. To debunk the obscene lies that should have been debunked decades ago but have been intentionally reinforced and willfully ignored by the corporate media.

Let’s face it Obama has compromised and capitulated on every single issue that Republicans have irrationally, unreasonably pushed too far on and has moved him (and us) farther and farther to the right… wing.

The outrage of the Republicans pretending to care about the debt and jobs but holding hostage unemployment benefits so they can continue the obscene tax breaks for the rich which hurts jobs and puts us another trillion in the hole should have Obama and the whole country outraged. But unfortunately neither Obama or enough people are.

Republicans don’t have a leg to stand on but Obama doesn’t take advantage of the obvious and capitulates with their terrorist-like demands. And this last “deal”, with no tax increases for the rich at the expense of our countries most precious programs is an abomination!

The Republican party with their power abusive corporate agenda are part of a sick deep infection to our society!

But in order to fight this infection/sickness/cancer we need for the public to “wake up” and smell the dystopia.

Not only do we need a president who will stand up to it and fight aggressively and loudly against this malignant process (corporate take-over) but also to acknowledge that it exists!

We need a strong leader to fight this and to expose these corporate puppets for what they really are and explain in great detail what really is happening. To express very clearly the danger our country is in and force enough of the people to realize the urgency and the danger before it’s too late.

Unfortunately Obama won’t do that.

We need a challenger to Obama to force the publics awareness of the truth.

We need to have an avenue to get our message out to the mainstream media. We need a challenger to express the voice of the rational, that will have to be covered by the mainstream media of ABC, NBC and CBS.

A challenger to Obama will have to be covered media wise, especially in any debates between the two. It doesn’t matter if the primary challenger wins or loses (well ok it does), but most importantly that he or she speaks loudly and clearly about this outrage of compromise and capitulation with a party that is extremely, intensely, dangerously sociopathic. A party (criminal in my opinion) that is no longer rational or reasonable (if it ever really was in the first place).

A party that acts more like domestic terrorists then political opponents. A “party” that has no interest in fairness, justice, the middle class, the disadvantaged, the needy, the common wealth or the greater good.  A party that will stop at nothing to increase the power of it’s corporate masters at the expense of everyone else.

The latest lie told by Obama is that there is going to be “shared” pain and sacrifice on both sides. How outrageous. There isn’t any pain or sacrifice on the one side, the power side, only on the same vulnerable power-less side as always!

The country needs a lesson in economics and needs someone to debunk the most dangerous lies.

LIE: Money magically “trickles down” from the top to the bottom. – trickles down to who? – the top share holders? –   and creates jobs for who and what pay and conditions? – and what percentage of the lower 98% are getting these supposed jobs and money? If money really “trickles down” than why is the money all trapped at the top while the middle class is shrinking?

LIE: Tax increases for the rich (or on anybody) hurt job creation – It’s the opposite, more revenue creates more jobs.

LIE: We are broke and we can’t afford to invest in the people – It’s the opposite, we can’t afford NOT to! – And we are not Broke! – We are the wealthiest nation in the world but most of the money is distributed to the top few.

LIE:  We need to cut spending at the expense of everything else (supply side economics) – Again the opposite, we need to spend more to create jobs, invest in people, infrastructure and technology which stimulates the economy.

LIE: There is a liberal media bias – It’s the opposite again, it’s a corporate/conservative media bias.

LIE: Government doesn’t create jobs – Tell that to GM

LIE: The invisible hand of the market will regulate the economy naturally – 8 years of Bush has disproven that myth along with the rest of these lies.

LIE: Republicans care about debt, jobs or people – No they only care about one thing, POWER

There are many more extremely dangerous lies but these are a few of the worst ones and they need to be powerfully and globally debunked!

Someone has to teach the low information voters the truth. A powerful speaker debating with Obama could possibly accomplish this.

 

 

How a Right Wing Authoritarian Thinks (A Sample)

Beginning of Right Wing Authoritarian Thought Process

The basic underlying principle I have is that people are responsible for their own actions and choices. Rich or poor you are the only one responsible for your choices. Nobody owes anyone anything. There are different kinds of people and some are better than others.

My family was poor to lower middle class. My father only had an 8th grade education. His family were farmers who lost their farm during the great depression. They migrated from Texas to California. He stayed behind for a few years to work on his Uncle’s farm before he too came to CA. He worked as a farm hand and did other odd jobs. He chose to work very hard. At one point he was working 3 jobs so my parents could buy a house. My mom was abandoned by her mom when she was 10 and spent at least 6 years in foster care. She married my father at 16. Together my parents made the choices to work hard, save money, buy a house and raise 5 kids all who made different choices. The oldest married at 17 and is still married. One worked in a orange processing plant, chose not to move up into management and was just laid off after working there for 30 years. He is accepting of the choices he made. The middle one went to bars, met a guy who didn’t work got married had 5 kids she couldn’t afford and lived on welfare for 12 years. She believes she is ‘owed’ and expects handouts. She doesn’t take responsibility for any of her choices. She finally divorced and remarried a man who works. The 4th kid chose to drink and do drugs. Selfishly causing fear and pain for years. He died last year at the age of 49. I worked hard, went to collage and have a good job. I have had more success than my older siblings. I have a higher standard of living than any of my siblings. It is due to the choices each of us have made. Nothing was handed to me Nothing was handed to my parents. They chose to work hard. They chose to make decisions to better their family. I chose to go to school and work hard. I earned scholarships and took out loans to pay for school. I chose to have a better life. I chose how to save for the rainy day and retirement. I am not responsible for the choices of my siblings. I do not owe them anything. They must face the consequences of their own actions. I could of chosen to be the victim and stay stuck in the adverse beginnings I was given. The rich and their money have no impact on my choices. I could of chosen to not to work hard, not to go to school. I could of just whined, oh woe is me life is not fair, everybody has more money. I can’t do anything. Poor me. Someone needs to give me money because I’m poor. I chose to be responsible for my life and it’s outcome.

Too many people are quick to play the victim role and abdicate personal responsibility. The “oh poor me” mentality is limited and selfish. Just because I made good choices doesn’t mean I have to take care of those that didn’t. They need to take responsibility for their own condition. Those that expect/demand a handout, a freebee are the selfish and greedy ones. Some rich are born rich. Yet some worked very hard to get there. They shouldn’t be forced to give up what they have earned because someone else is greedy and expects everything to be handed to them. They are not lucky, they worked hard. I am not lucky. I deserve what I have because I earned it, I didn’t win it, it wasn’t handed to me, I wasn’t lucky. I earned it. I made the choices I needed and I worked very hard. I shouldn’t be forced to pay more in taxes to give money to the poor who chose not to better themselves and take the easy way.

My tax dollars should go to provide basic services a community needs. Fire protection, police, education, government, military. Education is the key. Not enough tax dollars go to education. I’m torn about social services. Because it is the children who suffer for their parents poor choices. Our current system rewards the poor choice makers.

I quote I clipped from a calendar sums it up “If we believe ourselves to be victims, we become victims to justify our belief. If we believe ourselves to be responsible and capable, we become responsible and capable to justify our belief. And in both cases, we reap the results – or the excuses – that our attitudes create for us.”

End of Right Wing Authoritarian Thought Process


My Responses:

Before I begin I will be using the pronoun “you” as if I was talking to this person specifically in the rest of this post.

After thinking about it I realized the main thinking flaw in the thought process, which was RIGID thinking. No shared responsibility, no cooperation, no meeting half way, no talk on probabilities, no consideration of environment or internal (mental health) or external conditions, most of the time the thinking was Black and White, All-Or-Nothing, and inflexible. They focus on the relatively little money spent to help people enormously and ignore the enormous money being acquired, wasted and trapped by the super powerful, that could be used to create a great society. They don’t care about how skinny or long the tightrope is that people have to balance on to avoid falling into the abyss.

“The basic underlying principle I have is that people are responsible for their own actions and choices”. Well that’s a good start but pretty simple minded. What about shared responsibility? You mean to say our “choices” are completely independent of our internal and external conditions (genetic code, physiology and learned experience)?

“Rich or poor you are the only one responsible for your choices”. What if your choices are bad and worse? Are people responsible for the way their parents raised them? You use the word “choice” in a very simple manipulative way. You had a tough life and were ABLE to work hard and make good choices. That’s impressive and it’s also something to be proud of. However it doesn’t make you more deserving as a person.

“Nobody owes anyone anything”. Well whatever. Who says? So in that case we should have no government and no laws right? You don’t seem to realize how dependent you are on other people. It’s not about “owing” it’s about what works and doesn’t.

“There are different kinds of people and some are better than others”. People have different abilities, conditions and properties of course but no one is better or more deserving than another. SeeWhy No One is Better than Anyone Else.

One worked in a orange processing plant, chose not to move up into management and was just laid off after working there for 30 years. You mention this because this person should have chose management? What if he or she didn’t like or was any good at, that kind of work? This person was suppose to avoid being laid off for even longer than 30 years? 30 years is pretty good. What do you expect/demand?

She believes she is ‘owed’ and expects handouts. She doesn’t take responsibility for any of her choices. Being on welfare is not a great life. Nobody wants to be stuck on welfare. I think if we have government at all it should give everybody a certain minimum. What kind of alternative did she have I wonder? The money saved for getting rid of welfare (which would cause more suffering, hospital emergencies and death) is nothing compared to what we would save if we got rid of corporate welfare which you support by voting for conservatives. So who is more irresponsible? Do you take responsibility for corporate welfare? Funny how that is not important to you.

“The 4th kid chose to drink and do drugs”. You mean to say this person simply said to himself, yeah I’d like to be hooked on drugs? No consideration of genetic pre-disposition causal factors or peer pressure, or dealing with not completely getting what he needed from his parents emotionally? And if you had all of your brothers conditions you would of been able to choose “above” that? No, some very important conditions between you and your brother were different.

“Selfishly causing fear and pain for years. He died last year at the age of 49”. Well too bad for your brother huh? I guess he deserved it. It’s too bad he wasn’t as good a person as you were. How selfish for him to cause fear and pain for himself.

“I worked hard, went to collage and have a good job. I have had more success than my older siblings. I have a higher standard of living than any of my siblings”. No brag just fact ah. I knew you were better! And less lazy and more responsible too (as a person) I’m sure… you were ABLE to work hard. No chance you had different conditions than your brother?

“It is due to the choices each of us have made.” I see that you think he just wanted to make bad choices (his choice) and you just wanted good choices. He was inferior and you were better. It’s too bad people don’t want to make good choices.

“Nothing was handed to me”. Apparently you were given some ability to make better choices, which you got for free which you don’t count. After all you didn’t earn THAT ability. None of us get to choose our genetic code or our learned experience when young.

“I chose to have a better life”. Well of course you did and everyone else just simply chose to make bad choices… you were ABLE to choose a better life, your siblings didn’t have the right conditions for it.

“I deserve what I have because I earned it, I didn’t win it, it wasn’t handed to me, I wasn’t lucky. I earned it. I made the choices I needed and I worked very hard. I shouldn’t be forced to pay more in taxes to give money to the poor who chose not to better themselves and take the easy way”. The easy way! How ignorant can you be? What is easy about being sick and poor! You chose sociopathic behavior and you should be paying for the wars emergency rooms, tax breaks for the rich and corporate welfare. You made the irresponsible choice of voting for conservative politicians that supports the sociopathy of financially migrating most of the money up to the top few from the rest of us. Of course we can never prove you were at fault for any specific thing your leaders do.

“Too many people are quick to play the victim role and abdicate personal responsibility”. There is a seed of truth to the fact some individuals who have adversity do not act in their best interest and feel sorry for themselves and their behavior becomes passive or self-defeating. These “victims” need to learn a more empowering way of thinking. But this is mainly a psychological problem and requires mental health treatment which the government should provide if they can’t afford such treatment. In most cases people with adverse psychological adversity are not well off financially and probably can’t afford private industry costs.

“Those that expect/demand a handout, a freebee are the selfish and greedy ones. Some rich are born rich”. What kind of upside down planet of the apes world do you live in? You got it reversed. No, the selfish and greedy ones (at the top where a billion is not enough and don’t care if their money is at the expense of everyone else) are the selfish and greedy ones.

They shouldn’t be forced to give up what they have earned because someone else is greedy and expects everything to be handed to them. I agree. So why are you letting the rich and powerful do this to us?

“My tax dollars should go to provide basic services a community needs. Fire protection, police, education, government, military”. Education is the key. Not enough tax dollars go to education. Without health care and health (mental and physical), education is not going to help much. Normally I would agree with your statement if you added health care, but with this extreme thinking you have I want to ask, Why? I thought no one owes anybody anything? Won’t we have to tax people to get these things? Why do you think you have a right to tax anybody for anything? Why shouldn’t you provide for these things yourself independently of any government assistance? Do you need help from other people?

“I’m torn about social services. Because it is the children who suffer for their parents poor choices”. Well guess what, these children grow up to be adults. So when they become adults they no longer are victims and should just “will power” out of any situation no matter what?

“Our current system rewards the poor choice makers”. Yeah I agree, like George Bush!

 
Furthermore:

It’s not that people don’t have to take ANY responsibility for their actions… of course they do. But responsibility has to be shared.

You have to take responsibility for how you affect people in society indirectly, not just directly. Social or societal responsibility is part of “personal responsibility”. Right Wingers conveniently filter out this subset of responsibility.

The person I have been responding to here had a very tough life, but not so tough that he or she couldn’t get unstuck.

Maybe this person is mad because they could of used some help back at that time and think it’s not fair for others to get something “for free” which they didn’t get and should have. Actually this person did get that important combination of conditions to get unstuck. Maybe this person wants others to toil and suffer like he or she did.

Since life is getting harder for everybody (including you) I have to assume punishing the sick and poor is even more important to you than even raising your standard of living!

These right wing authoritarian followers like this person are ignorant of how unlikely it is to get out of a powerless situation because they drew the wrong conclusion when they got out. They are ignorant of all the incredible complicated multi-faceted difficulties people can have. Instead of thinking, “I don’t want anybody else to go through what I went through”, you thought “I want to make sure no one gets an easier way out of adversity like I didn’t get”.

One of the most important and basic ways to prevent this “stuck-ness” would be offering everyone affordable health care. The positive ripple effect would be dramatic (not to mention the cost savings in administration and marketing costs) and (not to mention the money saved for healthier happier more productive, less sick people). After health and health care is achieved then education could help enormously, but only after health is achieved.

Any number of adversities can keep a person down and the fact that there are a few people who overcome incredible adversities (usually they are simple and extreme but NOT multifaceted and complicated) doesn’t mean that everyone else should. When someone on TV says “if I can do it, so can you”, that’s a lie. No, your conditions are different than the person on TV! The fact is if you look with a microscope those people had something extra with their mind or belief systems or physical health or enough simplicity (they only have one isolated extreme problem instead of a complex nest) or some set of sufficient conditions that allowed them to overcome their adversity.

We know logically and factually that if we use our wealth to re-invest in the people that our society flourishes and, on the other side of that, if we allow the abundance of prosperity to be sucked up to top few, that the society will move toward despotism. Wealth distribution goes to quality (and quantity) of life, and what is more important than that? Voting for people who are against a balanced wealth distribution is irresponsible. And voting for people who get in the way of making sure everyone at least has their basic needs met is deplorable!

You can say “it’s a free country” to justify your draconian rules, but is it? Freedom is not an absolute. The poor are not “free” They supposedly live in a “free” country but are they really free? No, true freedom requires power which requires health and money. Freedom is relative. We live in a society and so we affect each other so their is no ABSOLUTE freedom.

If you cared about people you would also want there to be more government money spent on medical research and development for remedies and cures for physical and mental problems and spend much more money on improving the quality of life and for creating a higher standard of living for all people!

If we give people safety nets they often can rebound and be given a second chance. But the person I am writing this article around probably doesn’t want to see others get a second chance because they must think people should be “all knowing” and be able to predict the future, otherwise how could they be certain to make the right choice? In my opinion someone who thinks everything is a simple choice and that people are 100% responsible for ALL their conditions, really are not rational and reasonable enough to vote.

I say to this person, you make mistakes all the time like every other human being, it’s just that your consequences have not been devastatingl, … at least not yet. But unpredictible catastrophic things can happen to anybody and it’s irresponsible to not insure against that. It makes no sense to demand infallibility on others, hypocritically similar to you not demanding perfection for yourself. You preach “personal responsibility” but it’s irresponsible to take away safety nets for people in an imperfect world such as this. So quit hiding behind “personal responsibility” and learn the Golden Rule so we can have a great country again!

 

Hiding Behind Personal Responsibility

I also could have  titled this “The Hypocrisy of Personal Responsibility”.   A few years ago I met a couple of right wingers in a certain setting. To protect the identities of these people I will not use their names or give clues to how we met. I was surprised to find out their views later. One was incredibly shocking to me. For the rest of this article I will be using the word “you” as a reference to this person as if I was speaking to him or her.

Here is a link to what one of those people emailed me about their political views and specifically about Personal Responsibility.

After thinking about it I realized the main thinking flaw in the thought process, which was RIGID thinking. No shared responsibility, no cooperation, no meeting half way, no talk on probabilities, no consideration of environment or internal or external conditions, most of the time the thinking was Black and White, All-Or-Nothing, i.e. inflexible and missing shades of gray.

“The basic underlying principle I have is that people are responsible for their own actions and choices”. Well that’s a good start but pretty simple minded. You mean to say our “choices” are completely independent of our external and “internal” conditions like genetic code and physiology and brain wiring and learned experience and environment a person grew up in?

“Rich or poor you are the only one responsible for your choices”. What if your choices are bad and worse? Are people responsible for getting out of their economic slavery? You do not take into account how important your CONDITIONS are, and use the word “choice” in a very simple manipulative way. You had a tough life and were ABLE to work hard and make good choices. That’s impressive and it’s also something to be proud of. However it doesn’t make you more deserving as a person.

“Nobody owes anyone anything”. Well whatever. Who says? So then we should have no laws to enforce? You don’t seem to realize how dependent you are on other people. It’s not about “owing” it’s about what works and doesn’t, what helps the most people the most ways with the least cost. What is the best optimal practical way to run society.

“There are different kinds of people and some are better than others”. People have different abilities, conditions and properties of course but no one is better or more deserving then another. See Why No One is Better then Anyone Else .

“The 4th kid chose to drink and do drugs”. You mean to say this person simply said to himself, yeah I’d like to be hooked on drugs? No consideration of genetic pre-disposition causal factors or peer pressure, or dealing with not completely getting what he needed from his parents emotionally? And if this person had all this his or her brothers conditions you would of been able to choose “above” that? No, some very important conditions were different. In addition there is a huge difference between a choice like flipping a light switch and a choice like every single day sacrificing a drug you crave or other extremely difficult sacrifices.

“Selfishly causing fear and pain for years. He died last year at the age of 49”. Well too bad for him huh? I guess he deserved it. It’s too bad he wasn’t as good a person as you were.

“I worked hard, went to collage and have a good job. I have had more success than my older siblings. I have a higher standard of living than any of my siblings”. No brag just fact ah. I knew you were better! And less lazy and more responsible too (as a person) I’m sure. No chance there were different conditions with how you were taught or what you and he believed and your environments. Did your parents treat everyone EXACTLY the same?

You believe that everyone is basically responsible for everything in their lives and should NOT be helped in any way. If that were true then we should have no government. And you know damn well you would suffer without government. What about the idea of shared responsibility?

“It is due to the choices each of us have made.” I see and he just wanted to make bad choices (his choice) and you just wanted good choices. He was inferior and you were better.

“Nothing was handed to me”. Apparently you were given some ability to make better choices, which you got for free. After all you didn’t earn THAT and don’t count that (which you got for free).

“I chose to have a better life”. Well of course you did and everyone else just simply chose to make bad choices and suffer and/or die. You were ABLE to choose a better life, they didn’t have the conditions for it.
There is a seed of truth to the fact some individuals who psychologically are brought up to not act in their best interest and feel sorry for themselves and become passive “victims” need to learn a more empowering way of thinking. But this is purely a psychological problem. REBT should be taught in schools to prevent irrational thinking. Learning to think rational is at least as important as English. This methodology cannot be used as an excuse to hurt people by saying feelings are completely up to the individual. Maybe you can be happy if your sick and poor but it’s irrelevant. Quality of life still matters, circumstances still matter.

However how people affect society (societal responsibility or social responsibility) is part of “personal responsibility”. That subset of “personal responsibility” (social responsibility) is what right winger authoritarian followers carefully carve out (filter out) of their responsibility list to avoid being held accountable.

“I deserve what I have because I earned it, I didn’t win it, it wasn’t handed to me, I wasn’t lucky. I earned it. I made the choices I needed and I worked very hard. I shouldn’t be forced to pay more in taxes to give money to the poor who chose not to better themselves and take the easy way”. The easy way! How ignorant can you be? You were ABLE to make good choices. You deserve to get specific things for doing specific things but you are not more deserving as a person. But on the contrary if you won’t allow the rich and giant corporations to pay their fair share of taxes then maybe you should be paying for that revenue lost instead.

However because you are only partially responsible for the massive global injustice and suffering the right wing causes and because you are being aggressively lied to and do not directly cause the suffering (indirectly yes). I will just say your lucky you are getting off Scott free with your sociopathy. You are partly responsible for the wars, emergency rooms, tax breaks for the rich and the corporate welfare which is sucking the life out of our country. Of course we can never prove you were at fault for any specific thing your leaders do. Your part of a collective that hurts people and there is no overtime or enough charity that you or your collective have to give to make up for that. Although your collective should.

The sick and poor are sick and poor primarily because of unfortunate circumstances with their genetic code and upbringing and then you make it worse for them and you try to reduce their safety nets and not give them what they need. Again your not taking RESPONSIBILITY for how you affect them even though you DO affect them indirectly.

They will most likely do much better with liberal more socialistic policies I think you know that and are afraid of that. People will more likely better themselves when they are healthy and have health care then with your draconian policies. Your family had it tough and you were the one who was able to rise above it. But the fact is the reason the rest of your family didn’t do as well is has to do with the hardship they experienced and the lack of help they got. But you are under an illusion that you (being a better person) just “will powered” your way out of it without stopping to think of how mental and physical and environmental conditions for you were different then for them. Very dangerous this narrow thinking and the manipulation of the word “choice” is!
“My tax dollars should go to provide basic services a community needs. Fire protection, police, education, government, military”. Education is the key. Not enough tax dollars go to education. Without your health care and your health (mental and physical), education is not going to help much. Normally I would agree with your statement but with this extreme thinking you have I want to ask Why? I thought no one owes anybody anything? I thought government was bad? Won’t we have to tax people to get these things? Why do you think you have a right to tax anybody for anything? Why shouldn’t you provide for these things independently of government or do you need help from other people? It’s a simple choice and people should just be completely independent of any help from others right? Or would you be powerless and suffer without these basic programs? Maybe these are the minimum that YOU need but others might need more because they didn’t get some essential psychological or physical or other important invisible intangible needs met that you did. Don’t say everyone needs these things as if you care about others. If you cared about others you would not want to cut off government after your needs were met when others needs are still unfulfilled. If you were a person who acts RESPONSABLY you would not vote for people who distribute wealth to only the top few and not allow for even a small reasonable percentage of money to go from the rich and large corporations to used to create programs (not cash) for the sick and poor. If you cared about people you would also want there to be more government money spent on medical research and development for remedies and cures for physical and mental problems and spend much more money on improving the quality of life for all people! The country has the money but it’s all trapped (I could also say stolen by in a way) by the top few. We could have a great society and minimize suffering and disability and invest in the middle class but you won’t have any part of that! Shame on you!

Maybe you are mad because you could of used some help back then and think it’s not fair for others to get something “for free” which you didn’t… but actually you did get that important combination of conditions to get unstuck. Maybe you want others to toil and suffer like they did. How very sad and pathetic if this is true.

“Our current system rewards the poor choice makers”. Yeah I agree, like George Bush! He and Cheney should be in jail. Eric Holder is not doing his job! But I digress.

You refuse to acknowledge that we all need things and we need other people to provide these things. And refuse to truthfully admit that you want government up to a certain point … which selfishly and immorally filters out essential needs for those less fortunate (who obviously would choose out of their adversity/trapped-ness/pain if they had the sufficient conditions). And by the way your life has to be getting tougher as well. Even though you are relatively insulated, you wages have stagnated, and your cost of living has continued to increase. I have to assume either you are ignorant of that or insulated from that or even worse don’t care because nothing is more important then getting in the way of helping the needy.
You use the phrase “Personal Responsibility” as a shield, red-ha ring, diversion to crap on society with your sociopathy without having to TAKE any RESPONIBILITY. You sure can dish out RESPONSIBILITY though.

These right wing authoritarian followers are using “Personal Responsibility”, weather they know it or not as a diversion tool probably designed and created by their corporate masters, to keep our eyes off of what powerful are doing to our society. Right Wingers (like this person) use “Personal Responsibility” to justify being inhumane and uncompassionate. They end up with the illusion that it’s OK to blame the victims and believe they bear no responsibility whatsoever. It’s amazing how angry and self-righteous they act about the whole thing. Unfortunately you have been manipulated from day one and didn’t learn the correct lesson after you escaped your adversity.

So that is why I say I could of titled this “The Hypocrisy of Personal Responsibility”. While they vote for war mongers and fear mongers and liars and criminals who only want to help the powerful at the expense of everyone else they preach that the disadvantaged deserve to be where they are and suffer, and should take complete 100% total personal responsibility for their situation. A situation which if the person knew how to avoid or how to get out of, they obviously would. If a person is given what they basically need they will me likely behave better and be more productive. These right wing authoritarian followers like this person are ignorant of how unlikely it is to get out of a powerless situation because they drew the wrong conclusion. They are ignorant of all the incredible complicated multi-faceted difficulties people can have (especially mental illness combined with the physical). It always takes power to create more power and if you don’t have enough to begin with then you will get stuck in a powerless catch 22.
One of the most important and basic ways to prevent this “stuckness” would be offering everyone affordable health care. The positive ripple effect would be dramatic (not to mention the money saved for healthier happier more productive, less sick people). Then education could help enormously, but only after health is achieved.

We can’t have people tailor government by picking and choosing what they want because the laws have to apply to everybody and because of the variety of different needs people have. But we can optimize government to be efficient and create prosperity for all the people (instead of a select few). The powerful few at the top are trying to sell the people lies to push their power abuse agenda. First lie, government is bad, no, GOVERNMENT is GOOD and in fact GOVERNMENT is GREAT! Tax increases are always bad, NO, they are good because they generate revenue which increases the FLOW of money where as tax cuts especially for the rich do no good whatsoever. But I digress again.
What if this person didn’t have enough money to go to school and an impairment that made difficult to learn? Any number of adversities can keep a person down and the fact that there are a few people who overcome incredible adversities (usually they are simple and extreme but not multifaceted and complicated) doesn’t mean everyone else should. When someone on TV says “if I can do it, so can you”, that’s a lie. No your conditions are different! The fact is if you look with a microscope those people had something extra with their mind or belief systems or physical health or enough simplicity (they only have one isolated extreme problem instead of a complex nest) something that allowed them to overcome their adversity while if everyone else had “that” invisible condition they most likely would of succeeded also.

It matters what kind of probable outcomes you set up with laws and rules. It matters immensely whether you provide everyone with basic needs or just let it be survival of the luckiest. We know logically and factually that if we use our wealth to re-invest in the people that our society flourishes and, on the other side of that, if we allow the abundance of prosperity to be sucked up to top few, that the society will move toward despotism. Wealth distribution goes to quality of life, and in some cases quantity. What is more important then that?
We need to do an optimal cost benefit analysis on what taxing systems will benefit society as a whole the most, there are drawbacks if we tax too much (incentive gets hurt for one) but we are a long way from anything close to that.
You can say “it’s a free country” to justify your draconian rules, but is it? Freedom is not an absolute. The poor are not “free” They supposedly live in a “free” country but are they really free? No, true freedom requires power which requires health and money. Freedom is relative. We live in a society and so we effect each other so their is no ABSOLUTE freedom.

This is also true with the word RESPONSIBILITY. Response-Ability. The ability to respond. It is also not an absolute and varies based on the knowledge, power and control the individual has,… particularly when it comes to affecting other people.
It’s irrational and selfish and sociopathic to fight against a cooperative “working together” culture which fairly divides shared risk and sacrifice. We cannot guarantee everybody will be able to be a positive contributor to society but we sure can increase the likelihood that everyone lives up to their potential and minimize suffering and debilitation and increase the probability that they more likely will be a positive contributor which is good for all of us.

The only “entitlements” we should be talking about are the ones (obscene wealth distribution) that the fortunate have acquired from this broken system.

No one ever wants to make bad choices, no one ever wants to be sick and poor and disadvantaged and powerless either. People make bad choices of course but what does that have to do with anything? Of course they do, we are imperfect human beings! If we give people safety nets they often can rebound and be given a second chance. But the person I am writing this article around probably doesn’t want to see others get a second chance. They like their draconian rules. They vote for power abuser sociopaths who set up conditions that will increase the probability that the unfortunate will continue to be trapped and stuck and not have the “minimum” for those who started off much less fortunate. Not to mention the extinction of the middle class. They vote for power abusers that are redistributing the money/wealth to the top few and leave the rest of us a tiny (getting even tinier) thin slice of the wealth pie to fight over for the rest of us.

I happen to believe it’s fear that drives them. Insecurity over empowering others, fear of change, fear of losing power by giving others power, fear of the truth, fear of leaving their secure tunnel vision reality that their authoritarian leaders provide for them.

I say to this person, quit manipulating the word “choice” which hurts others and quit listening to your right wing authoritarian leaders. Take what they say and ask yourself, could the opposite be true? And finally, for Pete or God or the countries sake… learn the Golden Rule.