kilativ (kilativ) wrote,

о представительной демократии

Originally posted by herr_0berst at о представительной демократии
В американской либеральной блогосфере (не путать с российской либеральной блогосферой -- совсем другой, так сказать, вектор направленности) муссируется высказывание конгрессмена Эрика Кантора:

“If we want America to be what we want America to be” — programs like Social Security and Medicare must be abolished. Not “reformed” — abolished.

Это, невозможно не отметить, даже для ястреба-республиканца сильно сказано. Правда тут же выясняется, что именно этого дословно он не говорил.

“50% of beneficiaries under the Social Security program use those moneys as their sole source of income. So we’ve got to protect today’s seniors. But for the rest of us? Listen, we’re going to have to come to grips with the fact that these programs cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be.”

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Majority Leader
at Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA | March 21, 2011

Малость передёрнули, не без этого, но close, как говорится, enough.

Остаётся только порадоваться за избирателей Virginia's 7th congressional district[wiki] -- не самой, прямо скажем, зажиточной местности -- выбравших представлять свои интересы в Конгрессе гражданина Кантора, сына застройшика, трудившегося до прихода в политику в поте лица в папиной фирме.

Невольно вспоминается широко известное изречение Джона Стейнбека:

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

Правда Стейнбек этого дословно по всей вероятности не говорил и уж во всяком случае не писал.

"Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: ‘After the revolution even we will have more, won’t we, dear?’ Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picknickers on her property.

I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn’t have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.”

Jonhn Steinbeck: “A Primer on the ’30s.”
Esquire, June 1960: 85-93

Close, однако, enough.
Tags: Америка, политика

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