The good, the bad and the ugly

Ah, the GOP certainly has a bad reputation. I believe, they don’t help themselves when they have folks out in the media representing the GOP – folks, like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove – their views are so far right – it is pretty darn close to fascism. When the tea party broke out in 2009 – I began to believe all conservatives were just plain ugly. It wasn’t until I took a deep breath and realized not all conservatives think like Ann. She can be pretty cruel and I certainly wouldn’t want to be the same room with her.

And, you have some bad republicans – George W Bush, Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan to name a few. I am sure I can come up with some more, but I have a point to make and I want to get there today.  These folks truly belive they want to do good and serve their country and the American people. I don’t know some days – I want to put Sarah Palin on that ugly list – her antics of true americans can get my blood to boil. But, I think she really loves America and wants to keep it thriving.

Now, my favorite republicans are Abraham Lincoln – what a wonderful man to end slavery and created the rail road system – things that probably wouldn’t get passed by today’s GOP. Ronald Reagan, Ike and even Nixon were good republicans, because they helped create a solution to a problem. Ike created the Highway system. Nixon got our employers to provide health insurance. But, who is a good republican today? Colin Powel, a true republican in today’s GOP world, but are they pushing him out? Sure, he voted for Obama – but he is a true conservative – don’t push the man out! Embrace him! If he ever ran for President, this liberal would for vote him.

We need to understand both parties need to work together. We need to understand – we have a mixed economy. There is socialism and capitalism and it can work together. This isn’t a new concept – it goes back to Joseph and the Pharaoh.

Genesis 41, 28 – 36 (socialism)

 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.   29 Seven years of great abundance   are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine  will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided  by God, and God will do it soon.

33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man  and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners  over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”

Genesis 41, 53 – 57 (capitalism)

53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine,  the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”

56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians,  for the famine  was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

It wasn’t a perfect system for the people, but it worked. Let’s not put the USA on the path to ruins. Let’s get our economy moving again – it may be a sacrifice, but a justified sacrifice. Let’s work together people!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “The good, the bad and the ugly

  1. I’d add Mitt Romney to the “ugly” list…mainly because he tries to pretend that he isn’t.

  2. There are two different issues in this article. 1) Bad GOP/Republicans and 2) merging socialism and capitalism. I’m not really sure how they go together in the same article. I mean, I can see how they do, because there it is. However, it felt like a huge non-sequiter when you went from scowling at the elephants to explaining the history of the Sociapitalism merge (or is it Casocipialism?).

    Interesting look at the 7 and 7 of the Bible. I’d not thought of modern day political systems in that light before. I’ll ponder it more. The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University is on a similar line there, get $1000 in the bank and don’t touch it. Then add three months’ salaries to that. Then when things fall apart, you have something to fall back on. But that’s socialism on a personal level… (which is not socialism then is it? Because one person does not a society make. 😀 ) But it is similar.

    • I had a reply but it isn’t here….hmmm. OK, let me see if I can try to make my point again.

      The two are intertwined – just imagine during this time if we had Rush Limbaugh telling the folks, “The Pharaoh and Joseph are cronies! They are taking what is yours and keeping it for themselves!” “We worked hard for our harvest and they come in and take what they want!” And, then during the famine “Now, we have to buy back our own harvest! Those stupid, greedy fools. Who do they think we are? We aren’t stupid. If they had worked on their own harvest – they wouldn’t need to take from us!”
      I don’t know – I could be wrong. But, I have always thought differently than everyone else.

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