Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled The Tyranny of Low Expectations.
Not to be outdone by yesterday's homeschooling snark, in response to this column I received an email from Robert, whom I call "my favorite liberal reader." Robert routinely disagrees with every single thing I write, but for some reason he seems to like me as a person (I'm not sure if I should be flattered or not). At any rate, his email is copied below. (You'll have to read the column first for Robert's email to make sense.)
Hello Patrice ! I like you and you seem to be really nice person, but I'm sorry . You're dead wrong here, and this post shows how out of touch with reality you re . Entitlements? This is in fact a term in business meaning "EARNED BENEFITS . People don't feel "entitled" sponge of the government . They NEED government help to stay alive because of extremely difficult economic times . You see, wages have pretty much stagnated while the cost of living has risen steadily , so many honest,hard-working people are out of work through no fault of their own and we be starving on the streets without government help . We dom't have millions of lazy bums in America who don't want to work and want to sponge off the government. That's an urban legend .
Health care is not a right ? You mean it's okay to allow people to die from easily curble diseases or because of serious injuries just because they can't afford medical care ? Medical care is expensive nd not everybody can afford it . It's obscene for a rich person to get the best medical care in the world while a poor one dies of easily curable diseases . CHILDREN TOO.. You think babies and toddlers can support themsleves ?
So you've loist your job , can't feed your family,, can;t pay the mortgage and lose your home . You've got three kids and your wife is pregnant and the government won't give you any help for your wife and kids . But your wife can't have an abortion, because of the "right to life"? What about the right to decent food,. shelter, medical and education for that unborn child ? Tough noogies, kid. You're on your own .
Your wife is too sick to work .. There are complications in the pregnancy nd she could very well die if an emergency abortion is not performed. One of your kids has cncer, and can't get medical help . Things like this would be common if the government operated the way people like you want .
Oh yes. Conservatives like you say that private chrities should provide help for those in need . Sounds great in theory , but there's just one problen with this. PRIVATE CHARITIES AND CHURCHES JUST DON"T HAVE THE MEANS TO DO THIS . Don't get me wrong. I'm all for private charities .
Schools are putting a "cheery face on communism" and painting capitalism as evil ?" Don't believe this urban legend .
Patriotic citizens are now considered "domestic terrorists " by the government?" Puh-leaaaaze !!!!!! Give me a break. This claim is beyond ridiculous . You've been brinwashed and indoctrinated by right-wing propaganda .
Our government wants to mke all guns illegal and confiscate them from everyone ? Puh-leaaaaaze again. The Obama administration has yet to confiscate a single gun from any law-abiding citizen.
But be very afraid of the government under the GOP taking our social security away , denying desperately needed help for people down on their luck , raising interest on student loans and providing far less financial aid for young people who want to go to college, graduate,law and medical school, thus destroying th edreams of so many young people.
Be afraid of the government eliminating nutritional help for helpless impoverished young children young children whose intelligence and mental capacities will be permanently stunted by malnutrition, handicapping them them for life.
Beware of the government arresting , criminally prosecuting, and imprisoning innocent people who have never harmed anyone merely fo r being gay . Beware of thew government making abortion illegal , causing countless poor pregnant women to risk their lives and health at back-alley abortionists and the poorest ones kill themselves with coat hangers. And even wors,e making contraceptives, which can PREVENT so many abortions illegal
Beware of schools trying to force kids who are not Christian to participate in Christin prayer and sitting through Bible readings and punishing them for refusing to do so . Teaching them ridiculous superstition bout creationism as scientific fact, and brainwashing them with bigoted disinformation about homosexuals and homosexuality.
Beware of our government , under the rule of the religious right making non-evangelical Christians second citizens .
All the best, Robert