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A Day in the Life of a True Conservative

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Thom Hartmann posted this on his radio show today.

A Day in the Life of a True Conservative

Joe Conservative wakes up in the morning and goes to the bathroom. He flushes his toilet and brushes his teeth, mindful that each flush & brush costs him about 43 cents to his privatized water provider. His wacky, liberal neighbor keeps badgering the company to disclose how clean and safe their water is, but no one ever finds out. Just to be safe, Joe Conservative boils his drinking water.

Joe steps outside and coughs-the pollution is especially bad today, but the smokiest cars are the cheapest ones, so everyone buys 'em. Joe Conservative checks to make sure he has enough toll money for the 3 different private roads he must drive to work. There is no public transportation, so traffic is backed up and his 10 mile commute takes an hour.

On the way, he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at. Paying for kids to go to private school until they're 18 is a luxury, and Joe needs the extra income coming in. Times are hard and there're no social safety nets.

He gets to work 5 minutes late and misses the call for Christian prayer, and is immediately docked by his employer. He is not feeling well today, but has no health insurance, since neither his employer nor his government provide it, and paying for it himself is really expensive, since he has a precondition. He just hopes for the best.

Joe's workday is 12 hours long, because there is no regulation over working hours, and Joe will lose his job if he complains or unionizes. Today is an especially bad day. Joe's manager demands that he work until midnight, a 16 hour day. Joe does, knowing that he'll lose his job if he does not.

Finally, after midnight, Joe gets to pick up his daughter and go home. His daughter shows him the deep cut she got on the industrial sewing machine today. Joe is outraged and asks why she doesn't have metal mesh gloves or other protection. She says the company will not provide it and she'll have to pay for it out of her own pocket. Joe looks at the wound and decides they'll use an over the counter disinfectant and bandages until it heals. She'll have a scar, but getting stitches at the emergency room is expensive.

more at http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Essay:A_Day_In_The_Life_of_Joe_Conservative .

He listed this as a contrast to John Gray's famous essay A day in the life of Joe Republican.

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance -- now Joe gets it, too.

He prepares his morning breakfast: bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment checks because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

more at http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=144 .

I think that I really prefer option B for our nation.

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i am so glad that this wasn't written with prejudice and venom

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Except that there are no clothing factories in the US anymore. Big business laid off all the workers and closed the plants here, because workers in Honduras and Mexico only make pennies on the dollar of what an American makes, and employers don't have to worry about OSHA, the EPA, or those pesky child labor laws.

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i am so glad that this wasn't written with prejudice and venom

I'm a true conservative and it doesn't ring true to me. :D

More like making fun of me.

But that is ok - I am a big girl. :clown::clown:

Plus, some tree hugging liberal is spiking trees locally . . . . putting my family at risk.

steph

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What you are describing is a criminal behavior not liberalism....

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I did NOT see the COST of option B for everyone either. Sure it all may sound great but at what cost? We must find a middle ground.

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Yawn.

A day in the life of a true liberal.

Woke up at 5am freezing cold because there was no oil subsidy available this month to pay for heating. Besides, the paper thin walls of my gov't housing just don't provide insulation. Woke up at 5am to make it to the queue at the grocery store so that maybe I could get a little food to feed my family before the store's daily supply was used up - normally around 7am. Had to walk because there is no gas at the gas stations - none can be found at the gov't set prices. I go to my job where I get great wages, just as great as all my friends and neighbors, no more, no less. If only there were some connection between the value of my salary and the value of the products needed to survive. I don't particularly like my job, but I wasn't given a choice: it was assigned to me by the bureau of human resources. It is hard labor and in the last year, it has become more difficult by the fact that I need an operation on my knee. But, I'm on the waiting list and should be able to get an operation before the end of next year. I thought it would be a utopia for the government to take over my life. Except. In order to 'do more for me', the gov't has taken everything FROM me. Increasingly, in order to quell rebellion, the gov't has had to use force to keep the people in line. Instead of fighting wars against foreign terror, the gov't is using up all its military resources fighting domestic insurrection. There was a school that was bombed near here last week. I'm afraid to send my kids to school. But hey! This was supposed to be utopia. All I had to do, they said, was trust the government to do more for me than me. Maybe it was a mistake to believe that the gov't had my best interests at heart more than I did. But, I shouldn't even THINK that, because it's an illegal incitement of insurrection to even think less than happy thoughts about our 'great' government.

We have an ample example of this utopia: the FAILED Soviet Union. Exactly how is liberalism any different if left unchecked?

I like this enough to start its own thread. . .

~faith,

Timothy.

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I think these 2 pieces show the very real differences between visions of America. On the world stage those countries pursuing option B seem to be doing just fine in their competition with the US. (Arguably the EU is going to blow on by the US witihin the next 10-20 years.) The Euro trading at a 30%+ premium over the dollar is a strong indicator of where the world economists see economic stability and value. The libertarian ideal doesn't yield a paradise. If you compare States such as MN, IA or WI to GA (for example) on dimensions such as HS graduation rates and health outcomes the advantages uniformly go to the states with the dedication to closing the social conditions underlying poverty and poor economic achievement. The goal isn't equality of results rather it is to make sure that individuals have all the tools necessary to achieve in society through closing or ameliorating barriers to individual achievement.

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I think both of these pieces are pretty extreme, divisive and inaccurate.

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I'm a true conservative and it doesn't ring true to me. :D

More like making fun of me.

But that is ok - I am a big girl. :clown::clown:

Plus, some tree hugging liberal is spiking trees locally . . . . putting my family at risk.

steph

OH and just so you know, true story, there is a gun store in my full of kids neighborhood of Kensington, MD. It's called Potomac Guns and Millitaria. The owner of the store is from a very well connected family that happens to be conservative and that owns a number of properties in the neighborhood. 2 of the properties have been condemned and a third wasn't even approved for utilities (very unusual in a suburban neighborhood with lots less than .3 acre). This jerk has made the neighborhood unsafe for all our children and has driven the property values down for all of us. There have been shootings close to his store that have sent bullets into our neighborhood.

As much as I hate this man and his total lack of any concern for the community, I don't refer to him as the conservative gun toter or use him as some emblem for all conservatives. That would be petty, prejudiced, and unintelligent. He's just a jerk. There are liberal jerks and conservative jerks.

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As much as I hate this man and his total lack of any concern for the community, I don't refer to him as the conservative gun toter or use him as some emblem for all conservatives. That would be petty, prejudiced, and unintelligent. He's just a jerk. There are liberal jerks and conservative jerks.

oh gawd, thank you bluesky.

it's amazing to see some personalizing these stereotypes to make it about them.

that's like responding to a gen'l statement about religions, ethnicities, genders, age groups, etc.

it's hard to take offense at such broad, sweeping generalizations...

but agree about petty, prejudiced and unintelligent.

sums it up for me.:)

leslie

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Plus, some tree hugging liberal is spiking trees locally . . . . putting my family at risk.

steph

This may come as a shock to you steph, but I am a liberal (close your mouth now ;))

BUT I have qualms about those tree huggers. Cut down a tree, plant a tree is my motto. Don't live in them so others can't do their jobs - like your family that depends on cutting trees. I know we have our disagreements, but the last thing I want to see is a family on the streets or in the poor house because some liberal can't part with one tree when he/she can plant another. There is a thing called Arbor Day.

Do I need to don my flame retardant suit? :chair:

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