I’ve been hoping to write on some relevant, debatable topics for a while, and now is as good a time as any. You may not like and vehemently disagree with a lot of what I write this week. To which I say, mission accomplished. I have no qualms about making people angry, and this week I hope it happens. I just hope you don’t unfollow.
Before I inevitably forget everything I learned in social class this year, I’d like to take some time to outline my political views. I know no one cares, but if I can convince one Republican to get off their holier-than-thou ass and actually do something about their nation instead of whining, I’ll do everything in my power to do so.
Let’s begin with the defining question, regardless of which nation you hail from, because let’s be honest, when it comes to politics, it doesn’t get much more exciting or horrifically absurd than it does in America: Republican or Democrat? For me, that answer is clear-cut Democrat. Here’s why.
First of all, it’s amazing how I disagree with every major component of the Republican party platform. Like seriously, there isn’t a single aspect of the party I would embrace, and I can’t imagine why you would. A few examples include: taxation (progressive taxation is the way to go), economic policies (don’t screw the 99%, level the field), state secularity (government and religion are incompatible), state power (ultimately, the federal government should wield more power than states), abortion (pro-choice), government intervention (if you don’t want it, then why do you have a government), military/gun control (what kind of idiot is against outlawing gun possession), civil rights (may not always be the case, but in the past at least it’s always the Republicans playing the villain), the list goes on and on. I’ll discuss a few of the bigger issues in greater depth.
Let’s begin with the only thing that gets Murica more riled up than foreign crises: taxes. I’m a firm believer that taxes should be progressive, and that if cuts are provided, it should be given to the needy, not the fat cats. If income is uneven, then it’s only fair that taxes are also uneven – I don’t see how it’s a travesty when someone rich needs to pay more because they’ve earned more. Let’s think rationally for a moment. In a society, you want everyone to be as happy as possible. No, I’m not a communist, but what kind of ass are you if you don’t want everyone else to at least live happy lives? Inequality is a necessity, yes, but that doesn’t mean the lower classes should be wiped out. So give them a break, and take more in taxes from those who can afford to lose a lot more than what they bitch about through their taxes. If you’re giving up in taxes more than what the average family takes in as income, you are doing pretty damn well, and you really have no right to complain. Taxes are necessary, and if you can give up more without taking any significant blow to your bank account, then pay it and make more money. Good samaritan logic.
Taxes take me right to my next point of discussion – what type of economic system should a nation implement? If my social teacher some day stumbles upon this, I hope I do him proud. You should clearly go for a demand-side Keynesian approach to economics instead of a supply-side approach. In the former, the government keeps the economy in check. It makes the boom and bust cycle less turbulent, and there isn’t one person who doesn’t want to see that happen. When disaster does strike, the government will get you on your feet again, instead of letting the “natural forces of the economy” rescue you…after you’ve lost all your money, your house, your job, and your dignity. A strict fiscal policy doesn’t distort distribution in an economy, it prevents it from fluctuating beyond belief. The only way to stabilize the boom and bust cycle is to manipulate the circulation of money, which is done through the monetary policy. I don’t understand why you’d be an opponent of this style of economics. Do you not want economic stability? And no, you’re not giving up economic growth to achieve it, but it’s obvious you need to give up some growth to maintain stability. The two biggest economic crises in America were due to Republican policies, but that doesn’t stop them from viciously criticizing every measure Democrats take to clean their mess. Let’s consider the Republican approach to economics, supply side economics. In theory, you cut taxes to businesses to encourage output, which trickles down to create jobs because it all encourages profits. It’s a flawed theory. The sad truth is that for the vast majority of humanity, rich people are also inherently the most greedy. When jobs are created by businesses, the people in those jobs barely scrap by with the job, and receive little to no benefits. Increased profits from tax cuts to the rich go to only the most elite, rich businessmen. The facts don’t lie. Again, go back to the good samaritan logic. It’s no surprise that every time supply side economics is implemented, the income disparity gap grows exponentially. Yeah, inequality is needed, but if you suggest that 1% of America profits massively while 99% struggles beyond belief, you are a cruel soul-less fat cat. The “Occupy” movement had some good points, but I won’t delve into that. Instead, I’ll part with something that’s bothered me since I learned it. Why the hell is Reagan considered to be such a good President? He drove America into massive debt while doing nothing for the vast majority of Americans. Economics wise, he is the most overrated President to date.
One more major point of discussion I’d like to bring up is government intervention in a society. I briefly mentioned it above, but I’d like to hit home a couple points. Before I begin, I’d like to remind the redneck Republicans that advocating greater government intervention doesn’t render one a communist, or a “socialist” either for matter, considering how that word is taboo in America. Should the government intervene in the economy, and ensure the economy stays in good shape? Of course. Like I’ve said, if you want stability (and really, who doesn’t), then government intervention in the economy is a necessity. But how big a role should the federal government play otherwise? Should states have more power? Short answer is no. In fact, I don’t know why America insists on giving the states so much power. They are all subject to the control of the federal government. Honestly, it’s only at the federal level where the collective interests of the whole nation will be adressed, so the federal government should be all powerful when it comes to legislation. But what about government intervention on a higher level – concerning security and safety of the people? That’s a topic for another post, because it’s a murky area where politics are laid aside and the true beasts of man come to the forefront. But I digress. The government should be involved fully in a society to better the economy, ensure political compatibility across the whole nation, and basically prevent disaster from striking before it somehow inevitbaly does. Again, saying so doesn’t make me a communist, you ignorant haters. Tell me how many of America’s problems could have been prevented or mitigated if the government had involved itself earlier, and shut up when you realizes that it’s all of them.
I know some people will inevitbaly disagree with what I’ve written. But I remind you, we have the same ultimate wishes for what we want to see in a society. On a fundamental level, everyone wants things like economic stability, reduced poverty, a safer society, and nation, not state, solidarity. When you realize that almost all of the views of the Republicans either oppose or obstruct the achievement of these goals, maybe you’ll agree with me and come to see them to be the absurd party they are (I won’t even get into the farce of a group that is the Tea Party). It’s the only party that would rather shut down their damn government than see a Democrat bill passed; the only party that would willingly see their nation into the gutter before they compromise with the Democrats. Children have more sense. And if you’re a Republican, after reading this, I hope you will too.
TL;DR? Republicanism is a series of absurd notions that violates every natural desire of man. Vote Democrat, kids. Clinton 2016!