I was astounded to read an opinion piece by Frank Rich of the NY Times last week claiming that Tea Partiers are not really upset about the growth of the size and power of the federal government, or out of control and unsustainable spending. We are apparently really upset that a black man is president, a woman is speaker of the house and the openly gay Barney Frank holds a position of power. (You can read the outrageous claims for yourself here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/opinion/28rich.html ).
Likewise I have heard those on the left opine that people who watch Glenn Beck must just agree with what they call “his doomsday hate speech”. It had me completely confounded. We are absolutely spending at a rate that will lead to economic disaster if drastic measures are not taken. Moody’s has warned that we are in danger of losing our AAA credit rating as a country. The CBO said last week that within 10 years our debt will equal 90% of GDP.
Nobody can deny that the process used to pass this health care bill was shady at best and unethical at worst. And even if you believe that health care is a right of all people in America and that it is our government’s job to ensure that “right” for all, where does that end? Will it be the government’s job to provide housing? Food? Clothing? Transportation? This is the model that has been widely accepted in Europe. However, this model runs counter to everything that this country was founded on: personal responsibility, limited government, and private charity.
For every suffering person in America without adequate food, shelter or medicine, there are private charities, generous individuals and businesses looking to help our neighbors and fellow countrymen. Private donations to Hatti from US business and individuals topped 1 billion within a matter of weeks. That is the strength of the United States of America and that is the spirit that you will kill if you try to run all people’s needs through the breadline of the federal government.
Giving not only blesses the recipient, it blesses the giver. How much blessing and sense of community do we get out of having the government stick their hands in our pockets and then redistribute to the less fortunate as they see fit?
On the other side, if a person receives assistance from the government, some will come to see it as their due and never pick themselves up and move forward the way they might after getting a helping hand from a neighbor, friend, colleague or private company.
The company that I work for does more philanthropic work then anywhere I have ever worked. That makes me proud to work there and my associates and I feel a sense of team and community when our company hosts drives to raise money for causes and charities. The government taking money from my paycheck and giving to similar needs lacks all those benefits of giving that inspire us to want to give more and do it again.
Add to that the fact that everything the government does the private sector does better, cheaper and more efficiently and I think you have a strong argument against growing the scope of government in people’s lives.
People are mad. Not because a black man is in the white house. I rarely think about the president’s race unless someone is accusing me of not liking him because he is black. I could care less that Pelosi is a woman or Barney Frank is gay – never even crosses my mind. I have enough to think about with trillions in new debt, bailouts of “too big to fail” car companies, banks, Fanny and Freddie, government run health care, privatization of student loans, government subsidized mortgages, and, well, I could go on and on.
So Mr Rich, smart guy NY Times writer extraordinaire, you don’t know me at all – not one little bit. I am hard working, and I want to keep what I work hard for and I choose to give to those in need and causes I believe in. I am deeply proud of my country, especially those men and women who put on the uniform of our country and lay their lives on the line for my freedom. I am involved in politics now as never before because I hope to be a mom someday soon and I want my children to have the exceptional America that I grew up in. But Mr Rich thinks I am protesting our government actions because I am a racist who fears losing the white man power structure in this country. I have decided that I don’t care what Frank Rich thinks. I am done defending myself and my fellow Tea Party patriots against ridiculous labels of racist, misogynistic red neck. The truth is on our side and more see it every day. Mr Rich’s argument holds no water, because he doesn’t know a thing about me.