fisticuffs wrote:Does it seem to anyone else that the Democrats slogan could just as well be "We Built It" while the Republicans really should have gone with 'I Built It"?
Yes! This! I just can't get over the way that the Republicans keep on using the first person plural while acting as though each and every one of them is one of Ayn Rand's self-created supermen. Oh -- with the acknowledged help of parents, spouses, other family members, friends, former bosses and co-workers, other business owners, the community at large, various teachers, their alma mater, the armed forces, the GI Bill, the nation's founders... lots of gratitude to spread around. Because we
built it, so you darn well better not go around saying that I
didn't build it, because we
did! And it just goes on and on.
This morning on WPR I could swear I heard a Republican arguing that the government
didn't build the interstate highway system because we
paid for it with our
taxes, therefore taxpayers
built the interstate highway system. Not the government. Which I guess just collected the taxes. Admittedly I was half asleep when I heard this, but I don't think that even I could make this sort of stuff up.
I'm beginning to think that the problem isn't that the Republicans can't figure out that we all sink or swim, or build "it" if you prefer, together, but rather that they're scared silly of not being able to control who gets included in "we." I mean, what if President Obama's "we" includes "those" people, people we don't like, people who disagree with us, poor people, foreign people, people with ungodly beliefs and strange customs, people we've ignored, people we've ripped off, and people who just might turn out to be better than us after all? Maybe the visceral Republican reaction is more an assertion of tribal boundaries than any sort of rational statement about the role of government in building the national economy? Or a fear that old chickens are coming home to roost -- if we all built it then maybe we all deserve a share in what we built. Either way, I'm thinking that Obama's inclusiveness has got them panicked; perhaps they can't really be held responsible for what they say at this point. On national TV. With the whole world watching.