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Joe Republican gets up at 6:00 AM and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first drink of water, Joe swallows his morning medication. His medications are safe and effective because some stupid commie liberal fought for federal legislation to create the Food and Drug Administration, which ensures that medications are safe to take and work as advertised.

All but $10 worth of Joe’s medication is paid for by his employer's group medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for health benefits. Now Joe gets those benefits too.

Joe prepares his breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meatpacking industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. The bottle is properly labeled with a list of ingredients because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what sort of chemicals he was putting on his body.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath of fresh air. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws that stop industries from polluting our air.

Joe walks on the government-provided sidewalk to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. He is able to save considerable money in parking and transportation costs because some dumb liberal fought for affordable public transportation, so that everyone can have the opportunity to contribute to our economy.

Joe begins his workday. He has a good job with excellent pay, health insurance, retirement pension, paid holidays and vacation, a safe workplace and a union contract protecting his right to continue receiving those benefits, all because some lazy liberal union members fought and died so Joe could enjoy these working standards.

If Joe is injured at work or gets laid off from his job, he'll receive a workers' compensation or unemployment check because some dumb liberal didn't think he should lose his house and end up homeless or in bankruptcy through no fault of his own, just because of a temporary financial setback.

It is Joe’s lunch hour. On his way out, he stops at the ATM to deposit his paycheck in the bank so he can pay some bills. Joe's bank account is federally insured by the FDIC, because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's hard-earned money from the unscrupulous speculators who ruined our banking system during the Great Depression.

Joe is paying off his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federally guaranteed student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe got his college degree from a state-funded public university at reduced tuition, because some commie pinko liberal decided that the advantages of higher education should be available to rich and poor alike.

Joe arrives home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his home in the country. Joe gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for automobile safety standards to go along with our taxpayer-funded roads and bridges.

Joe arrives at his father's house, where Joe spent his boyhood growing up. His was the third generation to live in the house, which was financed by the Farmers' Home Administration because the banking industry didn't want to make unprofitable rural loans in the 1930’s. The house had no electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

Joe greets his father, who has just arrived home from his place of worship. Joe's father is free to practice his faith openly and without fear, because a bunch of candy-ass liberals fought and died to defeat Nazism and Fascism and preserve our American way of life.

Joe's father is retired. He survives on Social Security, Medicare and a union retirement pension, all because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself, so Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home. He tunes in his favorite right-wing radio call-in show. The talk show host explains to the listening audience that liberals are evil and conservatives are good. The host fails to mention that conservative Republicans have fought against every single one of the legal benefits and protections that Joe and his family have enjoyed throughout the day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives. After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of himself, just as I have."

By John Gray Cincinnati, Ohio

From Tom Hartmann Website:

PS: Take A Copy Of This Letter To The Polls, AND READ IT EVERY TIME YOU VOTE, To Remind Yourself Of Your American Working Family Values And Where You Came From!

Steve Tisza, President
CWA Local 4250/CTU #16 Retired Members' Chapter #210
Chicago, Illinois




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