Thursday, August 30, 2012
A Rant by Ben Ditmars: Read at Your Own Risk!
As those of you who haven’t lost their minds under the constant barrage of politics may know: the Republican Nation Convention is in full-swing. It’s quite impossible to avoid, as the media covers every orifice. A few things bother me more than most. The slogan, brutally latched onto where Obama said, business owners did not build their own business is an unfair assessment. We do not live in a bubble and are a society, having certain social duties to one another. If you don’t like that, you’re probably rich enough to buy your own island and run a Lord of the Flies-esque society. I suggest you do it. More unfair however, is what they are using it to propagate. The Republican Platform on the whole is barbaric. I refuse to sugarcoat it. They want complete corporate control. They do not want the individual having a say. They don’t even want women having a say over their own reproductive system. In what world do rapists have parental rights? Isn’t it bad enough to force someone through a rape pregnancy? But, I’ve digressed as rants tend to do. The idea of “we built it” is as a motto to empower their base. Yet, it also has darker connotations. People are on their own. They should not be entitled to healthcare. They should not be helped to afford it. It should be as expensive as hell and we should have to suffer to let the rich pay low tax rates. Nothing should be done about our larger problems. We must sit idly by and watch. The benevolent market will take care of everything as it always had. What’s that commie? We owed the banks bailout money for being so good to America. Any money they want will come from tax payers for the hell of it. They don’t need to run their business well but damn it if you mess up there’s nothing for you. Don’t count on health care or benefits. We gave it all to the rich. Your tax money isn’t yours, it’s Exxon-Mobile’s. They and BP own our oceans and will do with them as they please. Also, they won’t pay taxes. You will pay tribute to them. They are mighty Gods and you are nothing.