Congressional candidate Tom Cotton and the illusive concept of “sacrifice”

Tom Cotton perfectly represents the Republican view of “sacrifice.” The elderly, disabled, veterans, poor families and children make the sacrifices and the top one-percent gives up nothing. It may be that Mr. Cotton will win election. I won’t lose a minute of sleep worrying about it. People get exactly the government they deserve.

Arkansas Times covered this in some detail and I will only highlight Cotton’s sorry excuse for an Independence Day greeting.

Liberty Demands Sacrifice Today we celebrate not only our independence, but also our brave men and women who sacrificed in service of country. May we continue to fight for liberty at home, as so many have done and continue to do overseas.

May we all hold dear the liberty we have. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

God bless the men and women in uniform who endure so much in service to this nation, and may they be so respected and cared for once they return home. Rest assured that, when Republicans take control of the federal government in November, veterans will be among those hit hardest by the brutal budget cuts to be imposed by the party of “fiscal restraint.” Anybody who has been wide awake know that this bunch would bring the entire federal government to its knees before even restoring the Bush tax cuts.

Cotton is nothing but another cut out of the same mole Republican. This is a party that does not know the difference between personal insults and policy, whose only vision of the future is a land that nurtures the wealthy while working Americans struggle to pay their bills. The real Republican objective is a nation of third-world status, crumbling infrastructure, and cheap labor.

Let’s talk about the military. Since when is limitless “defense” spending a useful policy? Once upon a time, the Tom Cottons of this world would have needed a few more years to develop a mature worldview, even in the Republican Party. To substantiate this, let us turn to this address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower “The Chance for Peace” delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16,1953.

This world in arms in not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

One cannot absolutely guarantee that Democrats will always do a better job on Pentagon spending. Historically, there is plenty of guilt to go around. The priority should be to look out for the those in uniform and the veterans. In the present situation, Republicans are determined to favor the industrial interests that benefit from big weapons programs and privatized military operations.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

17 Responses to Congressional candidate Tom Cotton and the illusive concept of “sacrifice”

  1. Ben Allen says:

    Ok, what are your vaunted Dems (who are also in the top 1%) sacrificing personally? Please list what John Kerry, Al Gore, the Kennedy’s, Obama (who are all millionaires many times over) personally sacrificing? When the libs who call for all this “sacrifice of the rich” and “tax the rich” start DOING what they are preaching I’ll pay attention.

  2. patlynch says:

    Ben, your comment does not contribute much to the conversation. If Obama and Kerry are bad people, and I do not accept that, but if they are, so what? It does NOTHING WHATSOEVER to change the fact that the wealthy one-percent should pay its fair share.

  3. Ben Allen says:

    No actually it DOES contribute because I’m calling on those member of the “1%” who are calling on the “1%” to pay their “fair share” to put their money where their mouth is. Did you know it’s possible to voluntarily contribute to the treasury? Have any of these dems done that? I’ll wait til they put their money where there mouth is before I believe them. Do you actually believe that John Kerry will raise taxes on his wife and pay it? When he donates, or any of them voluntarily donate I’ll believe they truly believe what they are spouting. Until then, they are just spouting bile to try to get elected.

  4. Ben Allen says:

    Pat I call on those who are (mistakenly) saying that the top 1% aren’t paying their fair share and ARE members of that same 1% to put their money where their mouth is. Is there anything unfair about that??

  5. Ben Allen says:

    Why don’t you ever slam the rich dems for not putting their money where their mouth is? Have you ever checked to see what the Kennedy’s pay in taxes? Have you ever checked to see what the Gore’s or the Kerry’s pay? Just wondering. They’re the one’s who are calling for the “rich” to contribute their fair share. What are they contributing?

  6. patlynch says:

    Your answer is an evasion and I think you know it.

  7. Ben Allen says:

    You’re evading my posts? Why? What have your vaunted dems actually done to put their money where there rich mouths are?

  8. Ben Allen says:

    Have you ever slammed a dem or even taken a look at what they pay in taxes? Have you ever looked at what a dem who “calls for the rich to pay their “fair share”” to see what they pay?

  9. Ben Allen says:

    I’m applying the same criteria that you apply to conservatives to the rich libs. Is that a problem?

  10. Ben Allen says:

    Here is the crux of your post “Tom Cotton perfectly represents the Republican view of “sacrifice.” The elderly, disabled, veterans, poor families and children make the sacrifices and “the top one-percent gives up nothing.” It may be that Mr. Cotton will win election. I won’t lose a minute of sleep worrying about it. People get exactly the government they deserve”
    Thus I ask what are your dems doing better. The stuff about Eisenhower is fluff to re direct attention to the main crux of your post. Note the part of YOUR post in quotes. THAT is the main point of your post, at least in my opinion. “the top one percent gives up nothing” I repeat, what have the top one-percent of dems given up?

  11. patlynch says:

    None of that has anything to do with anything. The issue is restoring the previous tax rate for the wealthy. Why won’t you address the ISSUE?

  12. Ben Allen says:

    What have your vaunted dems done to do that and I repeat my question do you truly believe that the Kerry’s, the Kennedy’s and the Gore’s (all members of the 1%) would actually REALLY raise taxes on themselves? If they TRULY believe in what they are spouting they could have already been voluntarily been giving more. Have any of them done that? Have YOU ever done any research to see what THEY actually pay? I’ll bet not. The ISSUE is are the people spouting this willing to put their own money where their mouth is? That’s been my question the whole time and you keep evading it.

  13. Ben Allen says:

    Pat, when you are willing to apply the same criteria of criticism to the libs who are spouting this mistaken drivel about the “rich” paying their “fair share” as you do to the conservatives I’ll take you seriously. When you are willing to admit that the 1%ers among the libs (and they are legion) are hypocrites unless they are willing to voluntarily give what they say the law should require I’ll take you seriously. Until then you’re just spouting the typical partisan bile.

  14. Ben Allen says:

    And the bottom line is that that problem is NOT how to raise taxes, the problem is how to reduce spending and, there, I will admit both sides are at fault equally. We don’t need to be focusing on how to get more money out of American’s paychecks. We need to be focusing on how to spend the money removed from American’s paychecks much more efficiently. It can be done but BOTH sides need to be willing to bite the bullet and make the cuts necessary. BUT until we change the way things are done in DC (the only focus is on getting re-elected) it will never happen. TERM LIMITS and LINE ITEM veto are two things that would take us a long way down the road to reform. But, unfortunately I’m afraid those two crucial reforms will never happen.

  15. patlynch says:

    Ben, when you are willing to deal with real issues, I will take you seriously.

  16. Ben Allen says:

    What real issues Pat? I’ll take on anything you post but I’ve laid out the crux of your original post and commented on it. What do you think I’ve missed? Please be specific on what you think I’ve missed.

  17. Ben Allen says:

    I’ve addressed the issues Pat. I’ve laid down what I believe the crux of you post is and you’ve not challenged me on that. I’ve asked you if you’re willing to hold liberals to the same standard to which you hold conservatives and republicans. You’ve never answered that. You haven’t disputed what I say is the crux of your post. You only post vague posts about “I don’t address the issues”. I’ve asked you repeatedly to tell me what the main issue is with your post. I’ve addressed what I got as the main issue in your post but if I’m wrong please tell me and I’ll address it.

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