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The Real America of a Tea Party Pioneer

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by Everett Wilson
January 7, 2011

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The Real America of a Tea Party Pioneer

 

            "You don't have to worry about me.  You are dreaming me.

            "I was once alive, though, in Real America, which was my own world.   I outlived nearly all my contemporaries, half of my children, and two of my wives.   That's very good, in case you didn't know, for people at our income level.  We couldn't afford immunizations against the common plagues, and our babies had to be born at home.  Also the water wasn't too good in our area.       But we raised our own food and ate whatever meat we could shoot. Since this was Real America, there was no "minimum wage" our bosses had to pay us.   We took what they gave us, and were grateful.  The cash I  earned from whatever job I could get went mostly   for ammo and shoes.  We homeschooled our kids, mainly  from discarded Readers' Digest condensed books.    

            "I was born in 1936 and survived until I was fifty-eight, so I have nothing to complain about. 

            "What's that you're saying?     We should have gone to the Public Health Service to get our shots?   You are not making sense.   I'm an American. Aren't you?      Real Americans don't believe in public anything.  We pay our own way. 

            "Besides, only individual persons can be healthy.  Is this Public Health   one of those crazy European socialist schemes, like government hospitals, government schools, government roads, government pensions, and  medical care for the helpless and old? I want to be in the dream of a Real American, not in yours, if you don't know what I am talking about.  

           "In Real America we were free—free to live if we could, free to die if we had to. It was nobody else's business.  We coped on our own.  That is real freedom!  Even if your neighbor dropped dead on the street, that was his business, not yours. 

             "We weren't two-faced about it either.  We didn't pay for "public health,"   whatever that is, but  we also didn't  make rich people richer.  It was considered  once--the crazy idea  of giving public land to the railroads so they could afford to build  across North America. In Real America, our forefathers   saw that for what it was--socialism for the rich--and stopped it cold.   

            "Did that keep us from getting our railroad?  Of course not.  We got it the right way,  all  bought and paid for, by 1948. It took us only a hundred years.  Beat that if you can!" 

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Hitler from USA! writes:
January 8, 2011
Agreed! Your satire illustrates what a horrible place this would be if we hadn't exterminated the Indians in order to build inter-continental railroads and got good white Christian people to displace the savages.

Property rights be damned. Non-aggression be damned. Human rights be damned. Red herrings about the Tea Party be damned.

Lebensraum! Lebensraum!

ELM from 98801 writes:
January 20, 2011
Lacking health-care, I was born at home & raised on a grown your own vitals farm with an out-house and a well. My father's hands were gnarled from farm labor & also road crew work with WPA during the depression to clothe & keep a warm roof over his wife and 3 girl's heads. Holes in the souls of our shoes were the norm & were covered inside with cardboard & our homemade bloomers were bleached to remove Fishers Flour label from the used flour sacks. Wanting to go back in time is out of the question!

The corporate welfare buddies demonizing Obama's health-care reform as in socialism is merely a GOP "red herring." GOP created the biggest "socialized medicine" program ever with Medicare drugs. GOP keeps saying, the majority of Americans do not want health-care reform; an outright lie said often enough in hopes it will be believed. GOP speaks for majority of Big Business not majority of Americans who have been in need of health-care reform for years. Health care is most vital thing a nation can provide it's citizens! Many Americans have died due to not been able to afford any and that matters! GOP can call it whatever turns their crank but health-care for all Americans is a ~ PRIMAL NECESSITY!

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