Monday, November 27, 2017

Intellectualism 1: Why Do Republicans Hate The Poor?

Ajit Pai in in the middle.
The FCC voted back on November the 16th to roll back a good portion of the Lifeline program. The Lifeline program is one that allows people who are low-income to get phone and internet service at a reduced price through a subsidy from the federal program. In fact everyone pays a small tax on their phone bills to this program.

However since the FCC is currently being run by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a person I've come to dislike for so many reasons. One, he seems to be rather full of himself, two he is currently trying to eliminate Net neutrality, and three he's a republican. I don't think he has ever had to decide between having food or having a way to communicate with family. I don't think he has ever had to choose between food and paying the rent. So I don't think he understands what it's like to be poor.

It seems to me that the Republicans are out to turn the working poor into a slave work force. They have this hollywoodish Idea that people can just magically overcome poverty by tightening their so called boot straps. Which I feel is Republican code for all the poor should be in the army, and then should be part of the slave workforce the GOP has wet dreams about when they sleep. I think that the GOP doesn't grasp the basic notion of what it's like to be poor.

The Republican Party has had a war on poverty for quite sometime. They have been trying to remove Programs, and reduce assistance, and do whatever else  they can to make it harder for people to transition from low-income to lower middle class. Just look at what the Trump Administration has tried to do so far.

They have removed the low-income subsidy for the ACA (Affordable Care Act). Which took plans that would have been thirty or so bucks, to several hundred dollars. The GOP is currently trying to find ways to reduce programs like Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), and other entitlement programs that help the elderly, children, the disabled, and the working poor. The GOP feels that if you can't be of some kind of value to them. Then you're life is worth anything to them. It's wrong thinking.

It's something that got me to asking the question why do republicans hate the poor so much? Why do they think that somehow without any help from anyone, someone can rise up from the depths of poverty. See, I don't think they understand what it's like to be poor in a society that vilifies being poor they way America does at the moment. I really think it started in the late 70's going into the 80's. As a backlash of the activism of the 60's and 70's. We as a nation became wealth obsessed.  We turned into a nation that focused on gaining stuff, and focused on being popular, instead of being people that aspired to be a nation of character, values, and kindness. The GOP has become a fascist populist party, that aims only to benefit those who can fill its coffers. The Republican Party has been taken over by billionaires, and people that have power of one kind or the other.

We are dangerously close to being a nation that falls because of Greed. Greed for power, Greed for money, and over the last 20 plus years a Greed for Notoriety and Popularity. The GOP has become a party that cares more for the rich then it does for the poor. The Gop has become a party that is now self obsessed, self centered, and selfish. They hate the poor because the poor represent everything they don't want to be, and as a result want to silence and put the poor in the shadows in the hopes they will stay there. Republicans don't want to see that their version of America is a failed oligarchy and not the democracy they say it is.

Democracy when done correctly is inclusive, it has empathy, and compassion. Real democracy means that we have a society that is focused on helping everyone out of poverty, of helping everyone when they need help and doing it without an expectation of anything in return. Democracy means that we have to freedom to express ourselves, to say what needs to be said, and to allow everyone to live their truth even when it isn't our truth. Republican's in my opinion, hate democracy, they hate freedom and they only want a society that will serve them and no one else. That isn't a nation I want to live in, I want to live in the nation that our forefathers envisioned one that was for the people and by the people.