matters of interpretation

Most of the news we hear on television lately is analysis. It’s hard to not realize this, given that most of the people in front of the camera spend more time talking to people who reinforce what are basically political beliefs.  Some of this analysis is fact, while a good portion of it is also interpretation.

The Tea Partiers and their media partner, Fox News, are perfect examples of this clear bias.  Catalysts such as Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin perpetuate this idea that our current leadership has the singular goal of destroying this country and turning it into a socialist nation.  So, to clarify a few of their complaints about some of the “destructive” legislation either in place or in debate in this country:

We have had a national health care program since 1965.  It’s called Medicare. The new program extends those benefits to people who cannot afford their own insurance.

The Arizona immigration law fundamentally encourages racial profiling, as it allows law enforcement to demand, without question, identification from anybody who they suspect may not be here legally.

President Obama is not a Muslim; he is a Christian. And he was not born in Africa; he was born in Hawaii. He would not have been allowed, by law, to run for office if he did not present his birth certificate and other citizenship information to the proper authorities when he submitted his application to run for President.

Taxes are not the government’s way of taking your money from you.  Everything the government does to make our lives easier–education, roads, law enforcement, libraries, defense–is paid for with taxes.  If you want your government to continue funding these necessities, you need to pay taxes.

The administration does not propose bills and ideas to spite the other side of the aisle or to spark animosity.  These bills, laws, and ideas are to increase the benefits that the government  provide to improve the quality of life in this country for all of us.

Our leaders have fought over the size of government from the beginning. In a nation of 310 million people, government will not be small, because it has so many people and so many organizations to regulate, communicate with, and operate.  And despite what these fearmongers would have you believe, there is no vast conspiracy to destroy this country, at least not from our government.  Instead, I subscribe to the scientific precept known as “Ockham’s Razor:” All things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the correct explanation. Consider this the next time you attempt a conspiracy theory.

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