We are NOT that nation

Posted: October 4, 2013 in Tea Party, The Economy, Ugliness American Style
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Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) sent out an email today (ht Anne Laurie from which I am shamelessly borrowing)

Government is real, and it has three basic functions:

*Provide for the national defense.
*Put rules in place rules, like traffic lights and bank regulations, that are fair and transparent.
*Build the things together that none of us can build alone – roads, schools, power grids – the things that give everyone a chance to succeed.

These things did not appear by magic. In each instance, we made a choice as a people to come together. We made that choice because we wanted to be a country with a foundation that would allow anyone to have a chance to succeed.

The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that the white pills we take are antibiotics and not baking soda. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees crash tests to make sure our new cars have functioning brakes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes sure that babies’ car seats don’t collapse in a crash and that toasters don’t explode.

We are alive, we are healthier, we are stronger because of government. Alive, healthier, stronger because of what we did together.

We are not a country of anarchists. We are not a country of pessimists and ideologues whose motto is, “I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.” We are not a country that tolerates dangerous drugs, unsafe meat, dirty air, or toxic mortgages.

We are not that nation. We have never been that nation. And we never will be that nation.

Why do Republicans hate the REAL America? /rhetorical snark

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