The following appeared in the Beaufort Gazette on 8/23/2011 -
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Ken wakes. His breakfast and medications are safe because some socialist liberal fought to make them so.
Ken walks outside and breathes deeply. The air is clean because some environmentalist wacko demanded laws to stop industrial polluting. He has a job with medical benefits, retirement, holidays, and vacation because of some lazy liberal. If Ken is hurt or loses his job, he'll get worker's compensation or unemployment because some bleeding-heart liberal didn't want him to lose his home because of temporary misfortune.
Ken makes a bank deposit. It is federally insured because some godless liberal wanted to protect Ken's money from unscrupulous bankers. Ken has a student loan because an elitist liberal knew he would benefit if he were educated.
Ken takes the federal interstate to visit his father's farm. It was financed by the Farmers' Home Administration because bankers wouldn't make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some latte-drinking liberal fought for rural electrification. Ken's father is retired and has Social Security and Medicare because some quiche-eating liberal fought for them.
At home, Ken listens to his favorite radio host ranting endlessly that liberals are destroying the country. He doesn't mention the reactionaries who fought against every benefit Ken has enjoyed today.
Ken agrees: "These big-government liberals are ruining us. I'm a self-made man. I take care of myself. I will write a letter to the editor bragging about my independence."
Hilton Head Island
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