Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shipwrecked


The catch phrase used by politicians these days that "we are all in the same boat together" while used by both parties to try and rally a nationalistic feeling amongst Americans during this time of depression really needs some defining, especially after seeing in general the Republican reaction to the situation that our country is in today. Might I add mostly as a direct result of the past 8 years of conservatism led by the illustrious duo of the Bush & Cheney vaudevillian administration. If you want to insist that we are all in a "boat" let me break it down for you. The poor in America are in the mighty ocean on Huck Finn styled rafts hanging on for dear life. The middle class Americans from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum are in the ocean simply put on a sinking ship. Finally the richest and the most privileged of the Americans navigate the same waters on a luxury cruise ship with all the amenities that a person could ever ask for. This is how it is and to use this "we are all in this same boat together" line is simply a lie.

So this is why I am tired of hearing this particular catchphrase from any politician. This also comes to bare as a result of either parties ability to identify with the real problems that are plaguing Americans today. I say this about the left because they caved in to the demands of the right on the ideology of what the make up of the Stimulus package should have been, and now rendering it less helpful, the left also let the right frame their attempt to re-regulate Wall St. and help ailing Americans in such a negative light, and with impunity to boot that you would swear after hearing a Republican tyrade about the actions of the left in regards the Stimulus, that the best thing to do to help America and its citizens would be to do nothing at all.

4 comments:

The Law February 14, 2009 at 4:25 AM  

I also hate it when they preface every sentence with "in these tough economic times..." it seems more like a slogan than a true reflection of what is happening on the ground. Your analogy is spot on.

Anonymous,  February 17, 2009 at 6:30 AM  

With all due respect: I disagree. Everybody is in the same boat..... for now:

Like the Titanic, the US is a sinking ship. The well-to-do are sipping their champagne and eating their caviar before they enter the life boats that are ready and waiting to bring them to safety without looking back.

Like on the Titanic, the middle- and lower income people have safely been locked away in steerage, and will go down with the ship.

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Walt February 21, 2009 at 4:34 AM  

I don't think the poor will let this ship sink without a fight. When the cities start to burn, then it will be time to head for the hills, and hope you get there first!

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