Martin Niemöller was freed by the Allies in 1945, having been imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau from 1937. He consigned himself to his fate by supporting Hitler as a protest vote against communists and is famous for saying:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Who will speak for you?
As a child of parents rendered stateless by peasants with pitchforks from a remote province in a far-away country called China in 1949, this is a wake up call to seniors, especially ones who happen to vote Republican, do not pay any federal income tax, are using Medicare and collect Social Security.
In the big picture, we are all pawns, but it doesn’t change the fact that your party has officially labelled you as an obstacle to progress. They exploit your shrinking frontal lobes by turning your fear of Muslims, China, black people, Latinos, gays, Cuba, socialism, etc. into a daily dose of existential threats to secure your vote. And it will be used against you.
Chuck Todd reports,
“The share of votes among white seniors has increased in each of the last five elections to a whopping 58% in 2008, and we’ve seen it in the same high numbers in 2012…
… and according to The Tax Foundation, eight out of the top ten states with the lowest income tax liability are so-called red states.”
Fox News is a cash cow
News Corp is just another global media corporation. They are out to make as much money as possible for their shareholders by any means necessary.
We know from the ratings that Fox commands an incredible number of the 50+ demographic. Young conservatives do not watch Fox News. Frank Rich explains:
What did I learn in my week imbibing the current installment of the Reagan revolution? I came away with empathy for those in the right’s base, who are often sold out by the GOP Establishment, and admiration for a number of writers, particularly the youngish conservative commentators at sites like the American Conservative and National Review Online whose writing is as sharp as any on the left (and sometimes as unforgiving of Republican follies) but who are mostly unknown beyond their own ideological circles. What many of the right’s foot soldiers and pundits have in common is their keen awareness that they got a bum deal in Tampa, a convention that didn’t much represent either their fiercely held ideology or their contempt for the incumbent. They know, too, that their presidential candidate is the Republican counterpart to Al Gore—not only in robotic personality but in his cautious hesitance to give full voice to the message of his troops. Even Paul Ryan, the right’s No. 1 living hero, let many of his fans down with his convention speech—not because he fudged facts but because he soft-pedaled his “big ideas” about small government once in the national spotlight. Ryan left some conservatives wondering if the only thing they gained from having him on the ticket was his name on a lousy T-shirt.
It gets better. David Brooks writes,
There are sensible conclusions to be drawn from these facts. You could say that the entitlement state is growing at an unsustainable rate and will bankrupt the country. You could also say that America is spending way too much on health care for the elderly and way too little on young families and investments in the future.
. . .
The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.
Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.
The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view — from the Reaganesque language of common citizenship to the libertarian language of makers and takers.
While the Gen-X and Y grass-roots conservatives like Paul Ryan do not see eye-to-eye with the Republican establishment (VIDEO), they all agree on one thing: If you do not pay federal income tax, expect Medicare and food security, you are dead to them, a freeloader who will never “take personal responsibility and care” for your life.
Watch out seniors, you may well get what you voted for.