Americans are divided into two factions made evident by how they value responsibility for themselves and other people in need. The choice is to care about others or not.
A baseline value in America is that everyone tries to be self-reliant and self-sustaining. That usually happens, but sometimes a portion of the population have extraordinary needs that require assistance.
That is where social responsibility becomes operative.
Many conservatives who are often wealthy Americans advocate self-determination and self-responsibility because they have the mental and resource capacity combined with good fortune to be able to take care of their needs completely. For those who cannot for whatever reason, they don’t care, and don’t believe that it is their concern.
That may be a product of profit-driving capitalism. Capitalism is neither patriotic nor socially responsible. That is one reason why we have government, to mitigate and to compensate for excessive greed and deficiencies in societal responsibility.
Most citizens work hard to address their needs and responsibilities, and have a measure of success. Yet, when they see others in need, they give compassion and share of themselves to help.
Leave religion out of the story because that is not a necessary factor when considering individuals’ propensity for caring about social responsibility.
50 million Americans need healthcare insurance who are without it. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, enacted by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court, yet conservative members of Congress seek to undermine or take back the solution.
That means that they believe that it is acceptable to have an extraordinary number of people at risk.
How can such value judgment be explained? Conservatives also accept that a large number of people must live impoverished lives in a land of plenty, apparently.
Now, while the middle class is struggling to hold its own, these same conservatives choose to turn a blind eye or worse. They choose to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs that are born of need and purpose. They are essential for many citizens, and yet conservatives simply don’t care.
How else can this behavior be explained?
“Conservatives aren’t backing down from their threat to shut down the federal government over ObamaCare funding, despite criticism from other Republicans.
A prominent Tea Party group pressed GOP senators on the strategy Monday, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is making the rounds promoting the strategy as well.
“We have a fight we can win. If ObamaCare isn’t working, this is our best opportunity to defund it. … If 41 Republicans stand together in the Senate or if 218 Republicans stand together in the House, we can win this fight,” Cruz said Monday on CNN.
His fellow Republicans aren’t so confident. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has said the strategy won’t work, and Sen. Richard Burr called it the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.” GOP leaders who were around for the government shutdown in 1995 say it’s simply not a good strategy and gives false hope to conservative activists.
Tea Party Patriots, though, dug in on Monday, telling GOP senators it will not support them unless they back the threat to shut down the government.”