Since President Trump won the election, the Republican Party has tried, often times to no avail, to steer the United States away from the legacy of Barack Obama and the Democrats. Whether it is health care, taxes, or the Supreme Court's membership, the Left has responded with either unparalleled derangement or profound disbelief that the country did not vote in favor of the Democrats' message or lack thereof. As a result, the marketplace of ideas has given us a greater insight into the perverse minds of mainstream liberal thought.
HuffPost, for example, published a piece on Monday by an Emmy Award-winning video editor named Kayla Chadwick that reaches peak virtue signaling while simultaneously expressing the sanctimonious nature of the political Left. Aptly titled "I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People," she premises her piece by stating her fatigue from talking about politics while explaining that she is dumbfounded that people (mainly conservatives and Republicans) don't "care about people." Here is how she defines "helping people":
Personally, I’m happy to pay an extra 4.3 percent for my fast food burger if it means the person making it for me can afford to feed their own family. If you aren’t willing to fork over an extra 17 cents for a Big Mac, you’re a fundamentally different person than I am.
I’m perfectly content to pay taxes that go toward public schools, even though I’m childless and intend to stay that way, because all children deserve a quality, free education. If this seems unfair or unreasonable to you, we are never going to see eye to eye.
If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.
In other words, if you oppose paying more taxes to subsidize someone else's health care, then you are a terrible person. A "good person" in Chadwick's opinion must support state coercion of the American people to pay more for subpar government programs; including a higher minimum wage, even if it increases unemployment and automation of low-skill labor. Chadwick continues:
There are all kinds of practical, self-serving reasons to raise the minimum wage (fairly compensated workers typically do better work), fund public schools (everyone’s safer when the general public can read and use critical thinking), and make sure every American can access health care (outbreaks of preventable diseases being generally undesirable).
But if making sure your fellow citizens can afford to eat, get an education, and go to the doctor isn’t enough of a reason to fund those things, I have nothing left to say to you.
I can’t debate someone into caring about what happens to their fellow human beings. The fact that such detached cruelty is so normalized in a certain party’s political discourse is at once infuriating and terrifying.
The “I’ve got mine, so screw you,” attitude has been oozing from the American right wing for decades, but this gleeful exuberance in pushing legislation that will immediately hurt the most vulnerable among us is chilling.
In an attempt to label Republicans as uncaring cretins whom she cannot converse with, Chadwick incinerates one of the most popular straw man arguments against the Right. Conservatism is centered around individual responsibility as well as the existence of a federal government limited in scope that does not hinder free enterprise. The emphasis on personal responsibility without government involvement is not a "screw you" to others but rather a desire to see individuals work hard for their keep and not to have the government impose restrictions on others.
Without fail, whenever the federal government tries to involve itself in economic affairs beyond its constitutional role, problems emerge as a result of bureaucracy, corruption, and lack of accountability. For example, the government has spent $22 trillion on so-called War on Poverty since the 1960s and poverty has only decreased from 15% in 1964 to 14.5%. If $22 trillion can be spent to kill poverty by only 0.5%, how can the average American honestly expect that government involvement in healthcare and education could alleviate various gaps across the nation? The Department of Veterans Affairs, for example, had its budget doubled since 2009 but thousands of veterans still remain backlogged for medical treatment and many have died as a result. Therefore, when we have instituted the closest thing we have to single-payer, government subsidized healthcare, people have died or have been seriously harmed as a result. Conservatives understand this problem; the Left refuses to accept this inconvenient truth.
Nevertheless, Chadwick remains convinced that those truths do not matter because optics matter more in the battle to fix many broken systems. In her opinion, the only way to show that you care is to be a leftist. This is completely insane and categorically false. As The Daily Wire's Aaron Bandler wrote last March:
- In 2012, 54 percent of registered Republicans donated to charity compared to only 45 percent of Democrats.
- In 2012, 33 percent of Republicans volunteered their time to charitable work compared to 24 percent of Democrats.
- In 2008, conservative households donated 30 percent more of their money to charity than left-wing households.
Thus, Chadwick's idiotic and slanderous argument does not hold a candle to the facts. Instead, she immolated the straw man and virtue-signaled to her leftist audience at HuffPost in order to make herself feel good about herself under the false premise that she "cares about people." Unfortunately, willing to sacrifice your liberty and freedom so that big government can make decisions for you does not make you a good person nor does it demonstrate you care about the lives of others. It makes one look like a hack, an opportunist, and a wannabe tyrant who wishes to compel others to do their bidding in the name of "social justice." Furthermore, we should not be compelled to care about everyone. We have the freedom to choose when to care or not care about others. If an individual cares more about their own self-interest than seeking to increase their taxes in pursuit of a so-called government interest, then that is their right.
Conservatives cannot and should not tolerate this kind of ridiculous bullying from self-righteous leftist mouthpieces and it is incumbent on the Right to know how to punch back against this insanity.