Letter writer Ed Konecnik finds it perturbing that some folks don’t believe in his philosophical world (“The ‘inequality’ canard,” Jan. 16). Since he refers to the Constitution all the time, he’s either a Constitutional lawyer or one of those laughable right-wingers who carry around a pocket Constitution and flash it at every progressive they see as if it was a cross to vanquish a vampire. Back down, you Commie, I’ve got a pocket Constitution! The constitutionality of something is determined by the courts and ultimately the Supreme Court, and what the pocket flashers or Ed thinks about its interpretation means naught. They only refer to it to be some kind of pseudo-authority on democracy and imagined freedoms.
His real beef with our system and progressive ideas is any “redistribution of wealth,” the idea Karl Marx used when he wrote about socialism. Notice how the righties always call progressive ideas “socialism” so as to conjure up the image of cold war Russia, our then-enemy, and how maybe one day soon, if we’re not careful, we’ll all have to live in tiny cold, state-allocated apartments, drive soot-spewing Trabant cars, have our jobs and pay dictated by the state, and worse yet, wear big fur hats in winter. They think a progressive government will lead us down this path. How silly!
Ed is just peeved that he has to pay taxes, and he doesn’t like where the tax money is spent. He’s against government benevolence, and programs that give those in need a helping hand. In other words, let the needy eat cake. It’s their fault they’re needy, tough on them. The wealthy have a right to keep all of their money even if their less fortunate brothers and sisters are starving. It’s right in character with the right-wing platform of “no help” to punish those who don’t have enough to get by in life, and those who haven’t found a job in six months and need a few bucks to live. The punishment is supposed to teach them a lesson and make them crawl out of their desperation, or not. Kicking somebody when they’re down doesn’t help anybody. The punishers are like Scrooges who never have a change of heart.