"Common Good" ... This is a term that unfailingly makes my head want to explode. I hear it or see it and I feel like blood is going to come gushing out of my eyes.
In the course of history politicians have used this catch phrase, and in every instance, the goal behind this disgusting expression, is to relate the fact that it is going to hurt but it is "for the common good". For the good of the people. The people be damned then.
If any of you have read the book "Atlas Shrugged", you know what I mean. For those that haven't, go take a look at that link I just hooked up to the name of the book and you will get a basic idea of what I am ranting about here.The book was published in 1957, by Ayn Rand, yet when you read it, you see todays world in it, almost on every page. How she managed to accurately describe our world, how it is now, in writing it back then, I will never understand, but she did.
The Common Good.... That burns me to no end. The Democratic party is using it as their mantra now.
At a San Francisco fundraiser in 2004- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., told wealthy supporters the government will need to take money away from them for the "common good."Link to the story here.
Clinton headlined an appearance with other women Democratic senators in San Francisco, where donors gave as much as $10,000 to California Sen. Barbara Boxer's campaign.
"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you.
"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
The common good be damned if that is how they are going interpret it. Since when is it acceptable to "punish" people that have worked hard to earn good money, for the common good? Since when is it unobjectionable to take from the rich by simple virtue of them BEING rich or well off? Since when has any Democrat ever, ever cared about the common good of the people, except when it benefits them politically? To top it off, she dared say that to people that were taking their hard earned money and donating to her.... the woman must have borrowed her husbands balls for that speech.
The term is "common good," and it's catching on as a way to describe liberal values and reach religious voters who rejected Democrats in the 2004 election. Led by the Center for American Progress, a Washington think-tank, party activists hope the phrase will do for them what "compassionate conservative" did for the Republicans.
"It's a core value that we think organizes the entire political agenda for progressives," said John Halpin, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. "With the rise of materialism, greed and corruption in American society, people want a return to a better sense of community — sort of a shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty."
So, the basic concept here is that "materialism" is bad, people earning the wealth to enjoy some of the finer things in life is "bad", they object to "greed", but in their self righteous world, greed is defined as those that work their asses off to EARN MONEY, wow, wanting to earn more money is a BAD thing again...ok so I am bad!!!! "Shared sacrifice", what the hell does that mean? Does that mean that if I am capable of earning a good living, because I am good at what I do for a living, the "Democratic Government" should be able to take more from me? How the hell do they justify THAT?????? For the Common Good be damned and so should the Democrats.
To be fair, the people that originally created that phrase many decades ago, did so with good intentions, but the way the phrase has been corrupted by the Democratic party is disgusting.
To use the catchphrase, "common good" to justify atrocities, is beyond comprehension. To think the American people will sit still for it, bend over and take it, is sheer stupidity.
The Democratic party and their definition of "Common good" can go to hell.
Right truth has a good post on headlines. Linking to Atlas Shrugs simply because I LOVE the name of the site and they bring up another good point about Democrats. Right Wing Nation has a free thread. Open thread at Iowa Voice.
Round up of those posting on the "common good": Nova townhall, Mark the Pundit, Califirnia Conservative, Pekin prattles, From the Military Ranks, kpcubed, 10/19/06- Sister Toldjah.
[UPDATE] 10/21/06- Debbie from Right Truth has a wonderful piece called: The ant and the grasshopper, revised edition. (A must read)
[UPDATE] 10/22/06- PC Free Zone.