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Why do we humans band together for the greater good?

Why do we give up some our freedoms to coexist and thrive, within the context of this abstract thing, called Government?   USA. Canada. European Union. China ...


Why haven't we remained in the unfettered days of the Wild West, where your destiny was solely the result of the strength of your fists and your guns?  (Although there is an undercurrent that would have us return to those self-governed days ...)


Think about it. All the complexity; All the compromise; All the baggage and overhead -- that goes along with "Governing." ... Couldn't much of this be better accomplished by leaving us each to our own devices ... To learn to Sink or Swim on our Own?

Rugged Individuals.  Survival of the fittest.  Your Destiny is your business -- and yours alone.

There are some who think this way. Some who approach "Governing" with that dismantling strategy, as always their ultimate underlying agenda.

They think Government is the problem, not the solution.  And they seek to cut, cut, cut that problem. No matter the fallout -- in human pain and suffering.  THAT does not concern them, as Governing Representatives.  As if, human pain and suffering, were simply some abstract concept too.

Other humans in dire need is NOT their problem. It's simple the luck of the draw. The lack of individual preparedness. The lack of individual fortitude and industry.

As one flash-in-the-pan would-be leader recently put it:  "If you're poor in America -- it's your own damn fault!"

This is what were up against -- us proponents of effective governing.  Up against that mindset. That mentality. That ingrained lack of compassion.


So I'm here to ask you today,

Why Do We even have a Government, if not for This?

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This?  The reason Governments are established among like-minded humans?

Compassionate effective solutions. Solutions that find the balance between all the competing interests. Solutions that provide for the "greater good."  Solutions that balance our need for freedom with our need for co-existence.

Solutions that only a Government can provide.  Only together are we strong enough, to "build a healthy diverse society."  Alone, we are not much more than tumbleweeds in the wind.

Life.  Is Living supposed to be a brutal struggle, individually fought day after? Or has human-kind risen above such crass animal instincts, finally?  Haven't our governing structures been established to provide for everyone in our abstract life-raft?  To provide for the "general welfare" for those who have thrown in together in our rag-tag band of united citizens.


As evidence of this "sink or swim" mindset undercurrent seeking to dismantle compassionate government, just recall what a "leader" of the cut government brigade had to say.  A proclamation that once shocked those of us still living within the context of a civil society:


After Joplin Tornadoes, Eric Cantor Blocks Fed Disaster Relief


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I guess the shock has worn off.  Because after nearly 70 days since the worse Hurricane in the brief history of East Coast society, these same masters of the Tax-distribution shell game -- simply forgot about -- the on-going human pain and suffering left high and dry, after that latest Extreme Weather event ...


Steven Palazzo votes no on Hurricane Sandy aid

by Deborah Barfield Berry, Malia Rulon, ClarionLedger.com -- Jan 4, 2013

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Rep. John Fleming, R-La., another lawmaker from the Gulf Coast who voted against the measure Friday, said the flood insurance program needs to be reformed so it can stand alone without taxpayer subsidies.

"We are borrowing 46 cents out of every dollar we spend and I can no longer tell the next generation they have to pay for our spending habit," he said. "Unfortunately, my colleagues weren't willing to properly pay for Sandy relief. Had it been paid for, I would have happily voted for it."

The Club for Growth, an advocacy group for low taxes and small government, urged House Republicans to oppose the measure, arguing that the federal government should not be involved in the flood insurance business.
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Sounds like some Club, eh?   Their motto:  "Disaster victims be Dammed!  You're on you own." Enjoy.

Well the actual local on-the-ground leaders of the victims, saw this all-too-typical stonewalling and bureaucratic foot-dragging, and they were have none of it:


Christie Takes a Swing at His Party, Possibly Hurting His Political Future

by Michael Powell, cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com -- Jan 3, 2013

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“The House of Representatives failed the most basic test of public service,” he told the press. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”

He was just warming up.

“New York deserves better than the selfishness we displayed last night; New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw last night,” he said. “There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering: The House majority and their speaker, John Boehner.”
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I guess that "human pain and suffering" is different, when it's in your own backyard.


Another would-be leader, from a not-so-recent history, had these keen observations on how the cut-government yahoos, are treating those in need in this country called America:


'This Is About Human Beings'

by Gary Hart, huffingtonpost.com -- 01/04/2013

"This is not about politics," said one conservative Republican Congressman, "this is about human beings." Later, a colleague added: "This is not a handout." Both are from New York and both were arguing, and rightly so, for federal aid to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

But both have participated in harangues about "government spending." Though usually not specified, the spending they wish to curtail includes safety nets (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid), social programs (nutrition, child health care, education and much else), environmental protection and investments, and the list goes on. Though any government program can and should be made as effective as possible, each of these is about human beings and none is a handout.
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What might have been, eh?  If it were not for all that monkey business, and ambulance-chasers with cameras ...


Senator Hart has a point.  Governing IS about humans beings.  Humans beings in dire need. Humans trapped in circumstances of pain and suffering.  Most of us have been there at some point in our short lives. And if not, just wait.  Climate Change is no respecter of "rugged independence."  

Eventually the "luck of the draw" will run out, on even you. On even the haters-of-govenment, with their pension plans, and advocacy group deep-pocket backers. These schmoes still have homes. They still have families. They, like most of us, are utterly dependent on electricity, and most of the other trappings of society, like schools, roads, grocery stores, health care.

It's kind of hard to be happy, when your home has been wrecked, you town has been trashed, and the powers-that-be can't even restore the electric power grid.  If these don't fall under providing General Welfare, I don't know what does.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter [...]

Why Do We even have a Government, if not for This?

To provide for those in need, in their time of need?  To be stronger together, than standing alone.

Even animals do as much, for those in need within their local groups. It's called compassion. It's called belonging. It's called helping the least among us.

How quickly the haters have unlearned these lessons. The pace of retrograde-rollback agenda, is disturbing indeed.  I think they're stuck on the "abolish" cause of that declaration. That and their John Wayne mantras. Or is that Rambo version 2.0?




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  •  Starting to think the only reason... (9+ / 0-)

    The Republicans want government...

    Is to prevent the poor from doing to them EXACTLY what they do to the poor daily.

    Oh and to protect us from communists, no wait!  fascists, OH sorry, we meant Terrorists!  Which of course entails invading other countries and taking their stuff for the rich!

    /Trying to turn off the cynicism, but DAMMIT...

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:35:17 AM PST

    •  that is a conundrum (2+ / 0-)
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      detroitmechworks, Lily O Lady


      America has seemingly always needed a perpetual Enemy.


      You would have thunk by now,
      we would have out grown that tendency.


      Of going to war against an idea.  Real war.  With Real lives, hanging in the balance.


      As most generals say, they want a concrete achievable objective, before they send their troops out into battle.


      What, is ask, Is our Objective now? After so much cost in blood and treasure.  


      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:44:23 AM PST

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      •  That's classified. (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, Hammerhand

        Above your security clearance, citizen!

        Even knowing that there IS an objective is above your security clearance.

        Remember, Trust No one!  Keep your Firearms Handy!  The Computer is your Friend!

        (Sorry, that was a perfect opportunity for a Paranoia joke.)

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:47:34 AM PST

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  •  I think we need to tackle this first (6+ / 0-)
    Why do we give up some of our freedoms to coexist and thrive?
    What "freedom" do I give up to coexist? The freedom to spend a significant part of my day hunting and foraging or guarding my crops and cattle from others trying to steal them? If I'm a woman the "freedom" to not be raped by some modern caveman? Just what "freedom" do we give up when we become part of a society? In my view we gain much and lose nothing when we work together.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:36:03 AM PST

    •  Don't you want strong children? (1+ / 0-)
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      I mean, if he can successfully rape you, it's clear that God wanted you to have a kid who was of good genes!

      Unless he's got a really dark tan of course.  

      /Rethug mentality.

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:38:14 AM PST

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      •  as the supreme court has ruled (6+ / 0-)


        even our cherished Freedom of Expression has its limits:

        -- shouting 'Fire' in a crowd theater

        -- the freedom of your fist, ends where my nose begins

        etc.


        If would seem that Women would deserve similar boundaries of protection, with respect to their health, safety and well-being.

        Of course, Republicans see that domain, as their business.


        Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
        -- Here's how.

        by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:49:59 AM PST

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        •  An often misunderstood aspect of (1+ / 0-)
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          jamess

          Brandenburg is that yelling "Fire!" in a crowded only might be against the law and only if it was intended to cause panic. It was given of an example of speech that could be consider unprotected because it intended immediate and harmful action as a consequence.

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:48:57 AM PST

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    •  why? (2+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, Egalitare

      because the alternative, of No Boundaries,

      is much, much worse.


      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:39:02 AM PST

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      •  Yeah but that's just it (1+ / 0-)
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        jamess

        I don't see "no boundaries" as being free but rather it requires me to do absolutely everything all the time. 24/7 constant vigilance and living in fear that a bigger, stronger, meaner son-of-a-bitch is going to come and kill me for my corn and chickens. If that's "freedom" they can have it. Just do it on another planet. After all, they're free to leave.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:45:02 AM PST

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  •  And yet-they are the biggest takers of federal... (3+ / 0-)
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    revenue--the very people that hate government and that hate taxes.  

    For Example:  "Rep." Eric "I hate taxes" Cantor's state of Virginia:

    Virginia Revenue Per Capita:                           $8,038  
    Virgina  Spending per Capita:                        $14,277
    Virginia Net Contributions Per Capita:             $-6,239    

    It seems the deficit hawks, like Cantor, don't object to receiving (more than their share of) the benefits of government, at the same time the attack the government.  

    As for Louisiana?  

    Louisiana Revenue Per Capita:                    $7,844
    Louisiana Spending Per Capita:                  $10,024
    LA Net Contributions Per Capita:                $-2,180

    OTOH, the states now in need of federal disaster dollars are some of the biggest net contributors to the federal coffers:  

    NJ Revenue Per Capita:                             $14,009
    NJ Spending Per Capita:                             $7,365
    NJ Net Contributions Per Capita:               +$6,644

    NY Net contributions per capita:               +$4,502    

     

    So, do John Flemming, Eric Cantor, and the hypocritical revenue suckers like them want to strike off on their own, in a country of their own making, one where no one pays taxes, no one gets any federal spending dollars and everyone is on their own?  It would be justice if they all did go somewhere far, far away and start their own loosely knit confederation of the survival of the fittest, because most of them would soon learn that they aren't very fit after all.

    They and their supporters are truly ignorant and/or arrogant.  They drain our nation's economy while complaining about the economy being drained.  

    •  those are some stats, kurious (2+ / 0-)
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      kurious, Lily O Lady

      it kind of puts a whole new spin on

      the "Takers and the Fakers"


      thanks!


      Here's how the game is really Rigged.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:27:34 AM PST

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      •  It's infuriating to me that GOPers like Cantor... (3+ / 0-)
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        are allowed to get away with their self-righteous rants against government spending, when they are the recipients of the spending.  

        It's disgusting that they are given some sort of fake credibility as defenders of the Treasury when they are the raiding the Treasury.  

        They don't want to pay taxes, they just want other taxpayers to support them.  

        Like Paul Ryan who wants to reduce other people's social security benefits, after he personally got every dollar of social security benefits earned by his father.

        Hypocrites--every one of them.
         

        •  if Dems (1+ / 0-)
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          kurious

          had a backbone, or the courage of the convictions,

          it would not be hard for them "to make hay"

          of these perpetual "Hostage-Taking" tactics.


          If they don't point out the GOP hypocrisy,
          well then they probably deserve to remain out of power.

          (or so much of middle america will think, next go around.)


          Here's how the game is really Rigged.

          by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:49:48 AM PST

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  •  how many more years (1+ / 0-)
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    LinSea


    must we continue to endure,
    the denial of our common humanity?


    Ask the re-instated leader of the stone-wallers


    http://youtu.be/...


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:23:33 AM PST

  •  Even animals? Heck, even insects cooperate. (3+ / 0-)
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    Surely we can be at least as cooperative as ants or termites.

    “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:41:50 PM PST

  •  Why... (0+ / 0-)
    Why do we humans band together for the greater good?
    You don't band together for the greater good. You band together because you have several dozen genes that makes the species "social".

    Of course, in most it's dialed in at a level where you feel social to 150-250 other humans.

    In a few, it's cranked up so high that you tend to think and feel as if you were little human honey bees. And those people want to live in gigantic peoplehives.

    This is why you band together though. And if you think otherwise, that's just a rationalization you tell yourselves because it sounds good. You'd still want to do it even if it was proven that it actually accomplished the opposite and was for the "greater bad".

  •  If we let reality intrude, we'd have to admit (3+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, jamess, Lily O Lady

    that humans have always lived in groups, and that the ultimate sanction of our "primitive" ancestors was banishment, to be sent away to make it alone. That was the death sentence back before there were death sentences.

    So, in modern speak "learn to sink or swim on your own" means I love everything about modern society/civilization except for paying my fair share to maintain all of it. All of the bennies, none of the costs.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:13:34 PM PST

  •  Our (humanities) problem is (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, jan4insight

    that we need to band together globally.

    The nexus of internet and coalitions such as Occupy and Anon are the incubatory formation of such a future. Thus the efforts to suppress them.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 03:47:12 PM PST

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