By now we should all realize with clarity exactly what we are up against. The state envisioned by “winners” like Charles Koch, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin and other right-wing stalwarts born into incredible wealth, is like an autocratic, abusive, but very wealthy father they stand to inherit the world from. That ruthless state sets all the conditions you must live by if you want the rewards it may or may not hold out to you, and you have no right to any say about the conditions. You do exactly what the overbearing parent-state tells you to do, you obey, this is not a “democracy”!
The autocratic state rightfully tells anyone in need that their trouble is entirely their own problem and that they need to simply grow up and stop whining about it or the state will really give ’em something to whine about.
How about a life sentence in a state-supervised rape room for your sniveling and persistent illegal drug habit, loser? Do you think the state has any obligation to offer help if your life is crippled by drug addiction? Think again, our public-private partners make billions a year keeping you locked up, that’s called win-win. Do the math again, inmate, you’re still the loser.
This ideology in its current form dates back to Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher — the idea that we are all individuals competing, the best of us win and as for the millions who lose, nobody has any obligation to help weaklings who cannot help themselves, there is no social contract except ME. Though sometimes remembered with some nostalgia, these were two supremely vicious and destructive bitches, whatever superficial charms either may have displayed at times.
Relieved as I am that the worst will not come to pass in regard to the peaceful transfer of power to a far more human president, now is actually the time we have to start fighting in earnest, to the extent we can organize and make ourselves heard. We have to rebuild what has been ripped up, create a stronger, better social contract and a sturdier social safety nets, particularly during these once-in-a-century hard times. We are as strong as the weakest among us. The mark of a just society is how it treats its most vulnerable: children and old people, the sick and the poor. Take this for example:
As the U.S. enters the holiday season, millions of people across the country are struggling to find enough to eat, with the hunger relief group Feeding America warning that some 54 million U.S. residents currently face food insecurity amid a massive public health and economic crisis. Food insecurity in the U.S. has intensified after the expiration of federal assistance programs in the CARES Act, and the United Nations World Food Programme predicts acute hunger could affect 270 million people worldwide by the end of 2020 — an 82% increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.source
some 54 million U.S. residents currently face food insecurity amid a massive public health and economic crisis.
Mitch McConnell just, since Election Day, rammed another six right-wing judges, some deemed “not qualified” by the conservative American Bar Association, onto lifetime spots on the federal bench. Then Mitch sent his hardworking colleagues home for a well-deserved break, while the millions of hungry Americans lining up at food pantries all over the country before Thanksgiving, during a highly contagious pandemic… well… what can you do? Mitch likely went home to Kentucky to eat turkey with all the fixin’s until he falls asleep in front of the football game on his gigantic TV.
Joe Biden has said over and over that “we are better than this, America” and rightfully so. We are better than this. The bar for “better” is presently very, very low, because these types, well… we have seen every day for four years that they are prepared to do literally anything to advance their ruthless vision of the state — an autocratic, abusive state that rewards only loyalty to the leader and the dumbest of dumb fucking luck (a nod to you, Betsey DeVos).
We need to be better than just better. We need to head, resolutely and steadily, away from the totalitarian impulse to simply “dominate” anyone who has a problem by forcing them to obey without question. Questioning authority, and the right to receive reasoned, responsive answers, is essential to fairness, which is another word for justice.
We all know what justice is, don’t we?