January 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Politicians all seem to have their own pet causes, and all too often they’re related to something personal. A congressman’s wife had breast cancer, so he supports funding for breast cancer research. A senator’s kid has multiple schlerosis, so she supports MS research. A governor’s state gets hit with a hurricane, so he supports a huge federal aid bill for hurricane damage. This goes on and on and on.
But too many politicians, and this especially includes self-described fiscal conservatives, simply can’t draw the obvious conclusion from all this: namely that you shouldn’t support help for the poor and the sick and elderly only if you personally happen to know someone who’s poor or sick or elderly. All of these people exist whether or not they happen to be family members.
Amen!! I also thought Dick Cheney’s position on gay rights is the near-perfect example of this. Does anybody seriously doubt for a moment that Cheney would be opposed to gay rights if not for the fact that his daughter, Mary, is a lesbian?! The idea that you should only pay attention to or care about something because it happens to someone you know is just an amazing failure of imagination. And for a politician who’s supposed to be truly representing their constituents, it’s offensive and preposterous.