Below are my words which were written in response to a post written by AJC columnist, Jay Bookman, on February 4, 2014. The link to Bookman’s post is here: http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/jay-bookman/2014/feb/04/ben-franklin-tea-party-they-mistake-point/
My response follows:
“. . .talking about how taxation is theft, and it’s OUR money not THEIR money. . .” ==========================================
And, Thomas Jefferson advocated for at least 3 years of public education – paid for by public taxes. Unfortunately, Virginia’s legislature at that time in the late 1700s, who were part of the aristocratic class, resented “footing the bill” for the education of the children of poorer citizens, so Jefferson’s dream regarding public education for all citizens did not materialize until after his death in 1826. Our Founding Fathers were gifted men who, each, had a far-reaching intelligence and generosity-of-spirit that was missing in some of their lesser compatriots and is certainly missing in Americans of all classes and status today.
A wise old teacher once said to me in a private conversation that so many students have no idea of the forces in society – for generations – which have made them what they are and which have given impetus to what drives them today. In other words, most students are unconscious human beings as adolescents.
Likewise, many adults today have no idea what forces in society in the past 40 years have driven them to be so narrow and selfish in their private visions. They cannot be authentically at peace containing that much selfishness. This selfishness is what JFK opposed when he said in his Inaugural Address, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” JFK’s words have been misinterpreted over the years. JFK, like America’s Founding Fathers, had a ready intelligence, an expansive vision for America, and a generosity-of-spirit.
The Libertarian ideologues, of 40 years of propelling their ideological agenda upon our nation, have not only been successful in having made the top 1% of our citizens selfish, but their philosophy of has filtered down to the most common American to be much too self-serving.
I refuse to let the ultraconservatives claim exclusive understanding of our Founders’ far-reaching visions for our nation. The ultraconservatives of today have, unwittingly, perverted our Founders’ expansive visions for America to one of narrow interests and self-serving pettiness, imo.
Addendum: On April 19, 2014, I posted the following words on Jay Bookman’s “MyAJC” blog thread entitled, “Georgia Bars Its Citizens From Help.” The link to Bookman’s column can be found here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/opinion/ga-barsits-citizensfrom-help/nfcKL/
“The 40-year rabid ideology of attempting to cut ‘our’ government to the point that it will become almost nonexistent except for defense purposes has turned many of America’s citizens into callous, cynical, selfish, and self-serving individuals.
That extreme libertarian ideology will fail because it is morally corrupt. Dr. Paul Krugman, columnist for The New York Times, reported last week that a study has revealed that between 7,000 and 17,000 Americans will die annually as a direct result of the decision of those states throughout our nation which have decided not to serve hundreds of thousands of their poor working class citizens in receiving medical care and medical insurance through denying the expansion of Medicaid in their states.
Georgia is one of these states. Our Republican leaders who support not expanding Medicaid in Georgia will have blood on their hands. That is between themselves and God, who sees truth as it really is and not filtered through politics and self-serving spin. Shame on these callous politicians.”
11:00 a.m. Apr. 19, 2014