The Patriot Post has a Conservative meme (featuring an attractive white woman, of course) going around on Facebook that says this: “I think you should pay for your own mortgage, birth control, college loans, food and cell phones. This isn’t because I’m Conservative. It’s because I’m an adult.”
First, I’m tired of Conservatives co-opting the word “patriot.” I would argue that Liberal causes, such as protecting the environment, supporting education, separation of church and state, helping the poor, and non-discrimination are not only patriotic, but more patriotic than Conservative causes, such as deciding who can marry who, what a woman can do with her own body, and that corporations are people.
And speaking of corporations . . . . if the Patriot Post thinks it’s “adult” to put complex issues in simplistic terms, how about adding “Corporations should pay for their own military” to their meme? After all, wars—like Bush’s fiasco in Iraq—are all too often fought for the benefit companies like Halliburton and Exxon. If it’s adult to expect poor people to pay for their own food, surely it’s adult to expect rich corporations to pay for their own wars!