If you’re a young adult between 23 and 26 on your mom or dad’s insurance, or you’re a person with a preexisting medical condition, you better thank your lucky stars that Barack Obama is still the president for two more years. His veto pen will be the only thing stopping a bunch of mean old (mostly) white men from taking away your health care benefits.
Yes, the Republican Party, the party of said old white men, has won the Senate, retained the House, and taken over all of Congress. And they’re why so many think that giving the poor a living wage, health care, and a safety net ruins their work ethic, yet the only way to keep the rich producing is to give them tax cuts and subsidies and more and more or else they’ll Galt it up and take away the jobs.
The Republican Party has won, and its philosophy is what gives every rich dipshit permission to willfully mistake the silver spoon up his butt for bootstraps, the fictional bootstraps people lift themselves up by in those nonsensical Horatio Alger fantasies that pump up each rare rags-to-riches story as the magical path to prosperity, as a justification for our nation’s vast and growing income inequality and a societal blueprint for trickledown economics, an “opinion,” says Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, “which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
The Republican Party has won. And they’re why we’re the only first world nation without universal healthcare. As The Wire creator David Simon righteously, and rightfully, rants, “We can’t even get healthcare for our citizens on a basic level. And the argument comes down to: ‘God damn this socialist president. Does he think I’m going to pay to keep other people healthy? It’s socialism, motherfucker.’”
The Republican Party has won, and it’s why our society fails to see that the vices ascribed to the poor—laziness, alcoholism, drug abuse, fornication—can be found amongst the rich, that the virtue of hard work is just as present in the poor, stuck at the bottom of an economic ladder in a rigged system, that the only real difference between rich and poor is money, the luck of being birthed out of a rich woman’s uterus.