Published: Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
The right has gone out so far, I don't think it can come back.
If conservatives hope to get people to believe that they stand for social
justice then they've got to do something other than double-down on their
fundamentally authoritarian and antisocial policy positions.Attacking our public schools, slashing services to the poor, the sick, the
unemployed and the elderly, weakening protections on our air, water and food,
denying women control over their own bodies, shamelessly embracing voter
suppression and claiming that even larger tax breaks for millionaires are
required - all of these things that embody today's conservative movement
demonstrate that genuine social justice is not remotely a conservative cause.
"Since he took office, the wealthy have been the only ones to gain
ground."And they have complained loudly all the way to the
bank.Can someone point to any GOP proposals that will not insure that the
wealthy gain more ground?Perhaps, the system is built that in good
times, the wealthy will do very very well and the poor and middle class will
maintain. In bad times, the wealthy will just do well and the poor and middle
class will lose ground.
Wow! What a convolution of notions!The author certainly did some
rearranging of reality to produce that piece of fiction, even coming up with
something he calls "real social justice" that bears NO resemblance to
real social justice.Right Wingers have NEVER promoted social
justice. Right Wingers ALWAYS support a status quo that strongly favors the
wealthy.For Right Wingers, the rich deserve to become richer at the
expense of everyone else because that's just the way it is. The author asks
why income disparity has grown during Obama's term in office. It’s
because of INERTIA. Reagonomics is STILL in effect. The system is STILL rigged
to favor the rich. The highest earners STILL don’t pay nearly enough in
taxes. It is the wealthy with all that extra money lying around who could afford
to buy under-priced properties, and then make billions when the market
recovered.And what makes him think that Conservatives have a
monopoly on “faith, family, community and work?” That’s a
conceit so ridiculous on its face that it serves best to demonstrate just how
out of touch with reality Conservatives really are.
Does the Deseret News get PAID to run this stuff?, orDo they pay the
Lobby Groups to run this stuff?Either way, It's
propoganda.========= Arthur Brooks is President of --
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Mr. BrooksThat was so well stated (and true) that I predict you will
get a slew of personal attacks from the left. Or, they will say that all the
problems you pointed out that the progressive left have not been able to fix
will be the Republicans fault.
I'm guessing that one of these days, the DN will publish some letters from
left-leaning "think tanks." I won't hold my breath.
From the piece: "The simple fact is that intentions don’t equal
results. The left’s policies aren’t working — which means
it’s time for conservatives to step up to the social justice
plate."The simple fact is that the left's policies
haven't been tried. The right has managed to obstruct them all. The minimum
wage has not gone up. There is no financial transactions tax. Glass-Steagall has
not been reinstated. There was no jobs program. There is no infrastructure bank.
etc., etc., etc.We have a president who has governed more
conservatively than Richard Nixon ever did, and an opposition that calls him a
communist for it.
This piece is a remarkable example of Orwellian doublespeak. Mr. Brooks'
forces have conducted a war on the poor for 30 years and now maintain
they're the saviors of the poor? Who exploits the poor and creates
dependency more than Walmart? Who exported all the American jobs to the slave
quarters of Asia? Who nearly destroyed the US economy in 2008 out of sheer
greed? No, it wasn't Obama...As for Mr. Obama, every economic
indicator you can name is far better than it was under Mr. Job Creator Bush,
notwithstanding the bizarre claims of the "American Enterprise
Institute," an Orwellian moniker if I ever heard one. "American
Exploitation Institute" is more like it.
Nice try. Conservatives do not have any sense of social justice. The mere
concept violates their governing principles. They love saying "Lord,
Lord" yet their hearts are far from Him.
Quote, "moral transformation of the poor is most important"That is a very telling statement isn't it? A window to the conservative
soul.Yet inmathew 19, "23 And Jesus said to His disciples,
"Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
heaven. 24"Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When
the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can
be saved?"…The only Christian reason to gain any wealth is
to have the ability to give it away and do good with it.
"Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the
society where they live."Social justice cannot work in a society where
there are no guidelines. A playing field and rules need to be in place. All we
have to do is look at third world countries to see the worst of examples.Social justice is the Conservative Right Wing's single greatest
FEAR! They fear an equal playing field where everyone has the same opportunities
to succeed. Equal opportunity employment on government funded jobs is another
sore spot with the Conservative Right Wing. If they had their way they would
hire only family, friends and illegal aliens. This is very true today is so many
ways. In the private sector of employment we see the best of nepotism.The Right
Wing Conservatives do not believe in equality. When confronted with equality and
fairness they scram foul. It is so sad that we live in a country
that is so wealthy and yet we have so many poor people.
As much as I like to read my own thoughts let me forgo that and act as editor
here and summarize my favorites. "The author asks why income
disparity has grown during Obama's term in office. It’s because of
INERTIA. Reagonomics is STILL in effect. The system is STILL rigged to favor the
rich. ""From the piece: "The simple fact is that
intentions don’t equal results"The simple fact is that the
left's policies haven't been tried. The right has managed to obstruct
them all. The minimum wage has not gone up. There is no financial transactions
tax. Glass-Steagall has not been reinstated. There was no jobs program. There is
no infrastructure bank. etc., etc., etc.Put these thoughts on top of
the worst recession in 70 years (inherited from a conservative administration)
and you have reality. A context that conservatives refuse to recognize.
That's right. You get him guys! Look at how we overwhelmed this article!
Conservatives don't care about the poor! They hate women, minorities, and
public schools. We could have actually responded with some nuanced comments or
attempts to engage the right on social justice issues, but why bother? Hooray
for demagoguery! And to think, we could have used this time to think about why
the left isn't winning elections in Utah. It can't be our divisive
message posted daily on these comment boards. Nope.
"....Conservatives should start by asking the downtrodden what they need
most. In the conversations I’ve had over the years, I’ve identified
three things: Moral transformation, material relief and opportunity...."______________________________I'm skeptical. Those three
sound fine in the abstract but the proof must be in how or if they translate
into substantive policy proposals. I don’t expect the far right to budge
off course. But at least the Tea Party is not the only faction doing the talking
on the GOP side. Let’s see if this tone amounts to anything more than
words and gamesmanship.
Some people are so close-minded that they reject anything unless they approve of
the author, his background, and his peers. What utter nonsense! When someone
writes an "opinion piece", he is entitled to be considered ONLY on what
he wrote. I disagree with much of what the author wrote, because I
don't see that the Constitution allows government to shape social policy.
I don't see that the State of Utah has the authority to shape social
policy. I don't see that the cities within Utah have the authority to
shape social policy. Each entity of government is charged with
specific and very limited duties. Those duties do no include shaping social
policy.The 10th Amendment clearly states that any duty not delegated
to the Federal Government is to be left to the States OR TO THE PEOPLE. We, the people, are fully accountable and fully responsible to handle
all "social needs" in our community. We are to care for the poor among
us. We are to assist those who are unemployed or underemployed. WE are to
serve. It is OUR responsibility.
The only thing I'm sure of about conservatives, is that they oppose social
Glenn Beck said to quit any Church with "Social Justice".Rush
Limbaugh called Pope Francis a Marxist.So, once again -- we have
the Conservative in-fighting.Give it up.You guys won your
Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.The Rich are solidly in charge now,
and can rig any election and bribe any politician.You've
destroyed the Middle Class, and have pushed us all into poverty while
taking 85% of America's GDP.What more do you people want form
the rest of the 99% of us?
to airnaut"The Rich are solidly in charge now, and can rig any
election and bribe any politician... What more do you people want form the rest
of the 99% of us?"Everything we are clinging to that they
don't have..... yet.Case in point; Kelo v New London which
Govt's and their corporate paymasters the right to take whatever they want.
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