September found Red Brown and Blue relaunching with a revised purpose and renewed commitment. We took a moment to discuss the history of Labor Day, then got down to business with our new mission statement when everyone returned to work on Tuesday.
“Red Brown and Blue intends to move forward, embracing a future created by positive political action and thought. The old paradigm of left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican is a broken machine that no longer serves the American people. Our citizenry is stuck between Red State and Blue State ideologies that allow no room for common ground, no acceptable compromise, and no concession that the opposition just might have equally valid points to consider. This way will not work.”
Red Brown and Blue founder Rudy Ruiz continued setting the tone in his piece, “Why Can’t We All Get Along?”
“As our leaders engage on these difficult and complex issues that face our nation – from the massive debt to how to care for our aging and increasingly sick population, from our lack of competitiveness in manufacturing products for exportation and the failure of our educational system to compensate by churning out more highly skilled generations of thinkers and workers to drive our new economy – they must commit to practicing a more honest and earnest brand of civil discourse in order to arrive at actionable and impactful solutions palatable to a majority of our overall population, not to a majority of each representative’s own narrow base of constituents.”
September 11th marked the ten-year anniversary of the attacks in New York City and the D.C., causing Jake Negovan to ask if good could still come from the 9/11 aftermath.
“Despite the sympathy I feel for those affected, I’ve never had a personal emotional investment in September 11, 2001. I knew no one who lost their life in the attack, nor anyone who died in the wars since. I had no friends or family in New York at the time, no relatives traveling on that day to cause me worry, and no fear that what I saw on the news was likely to be duplicated in my home town of San Antonio. I think this detachment is part of the reason I can look at the events following that day and be critical, and why I can look at the way people now treat the day as some kind of reverent catharsis of tragedy and feel like maybe we’re not being hard enough on ourselves.”
Vito de la Cruz followed up on the theme by pointing out the erosion of American civil liberties following the attacks.
“Democracy, liberty, and privacy all go hand in hand. We cannot insure liberty without safeguarding privacy. As Thomas Jefferson said, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” That vigilance was first and foremost directed at government efforts, schemes, and laws to erode our civil rights. In the aftermath of 9/11, and perhaps blinded by the need for revenge, we allowed our right to privacy to be sacrificed in the headlong rush to seek and destroy any and all terrorists, actual or chimerical.”
Next, we examined the use and the meaning of “rogue state” designations applied by the U.S.
“How does our increasingly unbalanced economic relationship with China hold them accountable? How does our “look the other way” approach in Saudi Arabia demand accountability? It seems America’s designation of rogue states is based more on value to U.S. interests, or the lack thereof, than a true desire to rectify human rights abuses.”
With the relaunch of the site, Red Brown and Blue declares itself firmly in the camp of political progressives. Our next column examined what that means and what a progressive platform should include.
“Above all else, a progressive candidate must fully and truly believe that people are entitled to rights that are inalienable, and the law must recognize those rights equally for all. Slavery and discrimination mar the history of the United States. It is therefor incumbent upon American citizens to combat discriminatory practices and be vigilant against marginalizing any group. There should be no accountable difference in application of the law for women, racial minorities, practitioners of any religion, homosexuals, or the elderly; but where doors have been historically closed, they should be forced open and closely monitored. It should be affirmed that human rights do not recognize borders or nationalities, and citizenship is not a prerequisite for equal protection under the law.”
Reacting to one millionaire’s promise to quit working if the government raised taxes more than he preferred, Jake Negovan called the unnamed media personality’s bluff in “Plus One to the Unemployment Line?”
“On one hand, the man in question mistakenly likens the importance of his own comfort with the economic realities facing average wage-earners. Nobody who makes money wants to be told they get to keep less of it, put the proportional effects of taxing the wealthy need to be calibrated toward greater equivalence and responsibility for fellow Americans. This country provides individuals with near limitless opportunity, and some fortunate “achievers” do extremely well. It is an obligation of decency and patriotism to pay back into the system that provides one with that opportunity rather than claiming the spoils of victory. Grumbling about taxes levied on money received for doing nothing more than lending money to public corporations is an embarrassment that this man should recognize.”
RBB contributor Michael Maine offered an examination of economic externalities and called for increased responsibility.
“We live in a society where unemployment, deaths of workers, and irreversible environmental and economic damage are considered externalities (which means a secondary or unintended consequence) that need to be internalized by paying settlements and fees rather than providing a system of change to prevent them from occurring in the first place.”
Setting the record straight about what Social Security is and what it isn’t, we took a closer look at “The Ponzi Scheme Scheme.”
“Social Security was never sold to the public as a savings account. It’s a social contract to take care of America’s senior citizens in the present while expecting Americans of the future to also honor that contract. Did early beneficiaries get a lopsided good deal? Maybe so, if you don’t count enduring the Great Depression and both World Wars. Does the system rely on current contributions to pay current beneficiaries? It does. But it’s no more a Ponzi scheme by that measure than paying for last month’s credit card purchases with this week’s paycheck, or any more than putting your money into a bank.”
Finally, we discussed the importance of political education and involvement, one of the primary issues Red Brown and Blue will continue to emphasize and analyze as we move forward.
“Political education and involvement are critical to the health of our democracy and the future of our nation. The tendency of Americans to detach themselves from the political process cripples our system and must be reversed. Through active involvement and education, American citizens can utilize law and government as constructive tools for progress and free themselves from oppression and exploitation.”
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