This commentary is from Tom Licata, writer and caregiver and former independent candidate for the 6-5 House of Representative District in Burlington.
In response to Kevin Ellis’ May 9 comment, below is a mostly mirror image.
I know you are nervous. You see him walk away. This great revolution in society that you led for almost 60 years is almost over. Your children and mine don’t even know it happened: some $ 25 trillion has been spent on Great Society anti-poverty programs with no significant change in poverty rates; some $ 30 trillion in public debt; and some $ 100 trillion in unfunded public debt. My children are just looking at your government spending and your efforts to strangle the economy as strange.
With the exception of the College’s Democratic and Socialist clubs, most voters agree.
For 60 years, you have stood up for “non-traditional” families and offered childcare services to the government to replace them, you made fun of two-parent families, you opposed the choice of school, you opposed the choice of school. are averse to autonomy and you loved your drugs.
But the country has moved on, with a lot of help from Covid and technology. The next generation can’t believe that 15 years from now every penny of tax revenue will be needed just to pay Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the debt. They can’t believe the government is a bullshit.
Since 1965, you have won the debate. You were better at it. Federal spending is expected to increase because government programs are working. And grow up! The spending of the Great Society government (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all of our military wars since the American Revolution of 1776. And as with those “unmarried black women – the welfare queen ”that Mr. Ellis wrote about, around 75% of their babies are now born out of wedlock. In 1965, about 7% of all American children were born out of wedlock. Today, that figure exceeds 40%. With the expansion of the welfare state, marriage stagnated and single parenthood soared. People have said so. And in quiet places where no one is listening, a lot of people still say it.
But the movements are dying, replaced by the next, pushed by a new generation. This generation wants a better world and they are ready to vote for it. And that’s your problem.
You have been trained to love a lot of spending and coercion necessary for government dependence. From Lyndon Baines Johnson to Barack Obama, that was the deal. At the bottom of it all is a system built on tens of trillions of dollars in public debt and unfunded liabilities and the critical postmodern deconstructionist and Marxist racial theories that permeate today’s Democratic and Progressive parties. You wanted to keep all the power to yourself.
What you did not negotiate is that your coercion and heavy government spending has led to all of these evils. Taxing billions and expecting no rights, shooting drugs in the open, paying a lot for bad schools, roads and government-controlled health care: all of this has come at a huge cost to humans. And this invoice is now due.
You hate this stuff, I know. You think women shouldn’t be required to look after their children and have them sent to a stranger to a government-controlled day care center. And the reality is, you don’t really want people to work a lot at all, because one in three Americans is already “addicted” to one or more of these ineffective anti-poverty programs.
No, your goal is degrowth and deindustrialization. Your goal is to deflate and sterilize the citizen into an obedient sheep, with you as a totalitarian eco-shepherd: Simultaneously saving the environment while dematerializing the middle class: hardly the essence of a Christian America.
But as the Sheriff told Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they tried to go straight, “It’s over. Don’t you understand that? ”
You are struggling now. You don’t know how to treat people like Trump. You don’t know how to handle all that government spending from Biden and Democrats hastening our day of hyperinflation and bankruptcy, as you print money out of thin air. Socialism has its price: equality of rubble.
Regulatory sabotage of our economic system – for which Democrats have fought so hard – requires both parents to work. If you had regulated the system a little less and forbidden the government to take all the power, our traditional family might have survived.
There is a way out of this mess for your party. Embrace the future. Get rid of the critical, deconstructionist, Marxist postmodern race theorists who now run your state parties.
And Kiss: “E Pluribus Unum”; “The laws of nature and of the God of nature”; “That all men are created equal”; “this [we] have [our] Creator with certain inalienable rights ”; “That to guarantee these rights, governments are instituted among men”; “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the people’s right to change or abolish it, and to institute a new government.
God bless the United States of America.