The Conservative Guise – The Reason I Must Pick Sides This Time

Some negatively-biased people think the country is full of lazy, inactive citizens.  I think people act for themselves when there is an efficient gain to be realized, which is a smart choice – and then also when they’ve been screwed over enough times – hence the occupy movement. With this election, it is clear we may be trying to prevent the worst screwing of the public in organized civilization’s history as the 1% attempt to pull the plug on some of the best modern societal inventions, and this during a time of unparalleled opportunity.  The world is improving very quickly: an internet-based education is free and you can learn anything as fast as you can type the question.  Stem cells can completely heal third degree burns, all while we are about to begin diagnosing disease on a genetic level and fighting it with custom DNA.  Computers will outsmart us in our lifetimes and this will add to the human pool of knowledge exponentially, but treading conservatively is what will prevent catastrophic meltdowns.

I am very positive about conservative people in general… but the 1% are masquerading as conservatives and controlling the conversation through fear and disinformation.

I don’t want this article to be offensive because I am very positive about conservative people & behavior.  To me being conservative means making the smart choice, and politically conservatives want to protect us from big government and big taxes.  BUT in this era the 1% are masquerading as conservatives and controlling the ‘conservative’ conversation through fear and disinformation.

I am conservative because I believe redistribution of wealth should be limited as much as possible.  Economic growth is primarily based on demand and spending, so the more money that stays in the people’s hands the better. But there are two issues with being conservative right now: #1 the 1% ‘conservatives’ are not for keeping the money in the people’s hands – they are for keeping it in their hands. #2 the 1% want to eliminate our ‘social security blankets’ we have created that are doing a good job.  I do not think we should move backwards and undo the good we have created. Planned Parenthood is doing a good job, Medicare Medicaid AFAIK are working, same with Social Security – those programs are not failing (although the 1% would lead us to think they are in their effort to end them). Can they be improved?* That was rhetorical, so let’s accelerate their improvement.

What is failing is private war profiteering at the public’s expense (12).  What is failing is elected officials tied to weapons makers that then drag us into war.  What is failing is insurance companies covering medical issues until they are expensive. What is failing is the great American write-off (bankruptcy), particularly when it is large company owners and directors using it as a tool to avoid payment of retirement funds. America’s biggest companies were all for protectionism, until it was cheaper (due to technology) to use slave labor conditions in other countries.

While greed was the single best catalyst for growth during America’s first 150 years, our for-sale political system is now under siege by a core of American corporations and individuals, whom are so wealthy and powerful, their greed has become a weapon of mass destruction – and it must be tempered.

Our biggest single failure is our lack of positive dialogue across the globe. It is our job to lead and teach. Our second abysmal failure has been our inability to spread democracy peacefully. Only when we want the resources of a nondemocratic country do we invade and instill democracy. George Soros was a huge factor in spreading knowledge and democracy in Eastern Europe, and yet that is the only positive example I know – he planted colleges. Third, we have not prevented conflicts of interest in positions of power in our government. We give people power (too much) and then expect that they won’t act aggressively in their own best interests – which is asking for trouble repeatedly. Power corrupts, unless it is kept in check.

While greed was the single best catalyst for growth during America’s first 150 years, our for-sale political system is now under siege by a core of American corporations and individuals, whom are so wealthy and powerful, their greed has become a weapon of mass destruction – and it must be tempered.

The 1% are looking to exacerbate the gulf between us and them, and maintain their elitist power under the guise of conservatism.

“Conservative” policy at this point equals further SCREWING of all of us, and specifically of elderly, women, & poor people. If the rich pay a bit more, the systems that our country has put in play, stay in play.  The 1% are looking to exacerbate the gulf between us and them, and maintain their elitist power under the guise of conservatism. What I fail to understand is how it is even in their best interest to continue the charade.  Because the systems that are in place do not have the correct checks and balances, nothing major under Obama will change. But hopefully fewer people will be screwed over as badly.

Despite the down nature of this conversation, the future is bright as technology continues to shine a light in the dark and people continue to innovate & evolve. To the future!

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* Perhaps instead we can focus on government organizations that are ACTUALLY less successful but that the 1% conservative dialogue are ignoring… The Fed, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and others I don’t believe are accomplishing their stated mission, and it is usually because their power and exercise was corrupted (BOUGHT) along the way – the lack of checks and balances in our government is staggering, especially when it was founded with that concept at its core.

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