I have a genetic disability. It’s nothing that generally impacts my life, although it has kept me out of certain fields. I have deuteranomaly. What’s that? It’s a form of color blindness. I really can’t see the color green. I also have some issues with faint shades of red, or mixed shades. What the majority of people in this country see as “green,” I’ll see as brown, tan, or gray, depending on the shade of green it is. It’s sometimes embarrassing when people point out that I just called something “gray” which is obviously green (to them), but outside of that, I manage to get along. So what does that have to do with conservatives? They have a different sort of disability.
A socialist snowplow just went past my house. Will this tyranny never end?
Which was funny. What was even more amusing was the response by various conservatives.
This caused all manner of self-described libertarians and other conservatives to leap up to say this didn’t make any sense, they didn’t get the joke, they don’t think all government is socialism, etc., etc.
It’s consistent with things I’ve pointed out any number of times here in the past, that conservatives have an inability to see what is obvious to most people.
It’s not just that it’s their spending. They didn’t see it as government spending. Which was why they had this huge blind spot in their perception of themselves. Yes, I have no doubt that they are hard-working, self-reliant, and help each other out locally. I’m sure that local business owners took risks and worked their butts off to make their businesses profitable. ` They all know someone who has had a run of bad luck, had a serious injury or illness, or just doesn’t quite make enough to get by, and “needs the help.” They never made the connection that it was due to government that they were able to do so, or where that “help” came from.
I saw that same thing back when the Tea Party was protesting vigorously, when the sequester hit early last year, and again when the government shutdown happened. It’s a constant, that conservatives never seem to be able to see the things that they use, benefit from, or need are the result of “socialism” and paid for by taxes. In other words, provided by the government. Even when they are harmed by the government doing what they asked, in cutting taxes and associated government programs, they still can’t quite see that the two are linked.
I can’t see green, but I know it exists and I’m willing to take your word that something is green. Their problem? Not only can’t they see the need for government and taxes, they won’t even acknowledge it exists, or take someone’s word that it does. That’s their disability.