2012-09-07 / Columnists

The Progressive

Building It
Commentary By John Paul Culotta

This summer has been a busy summer for my family. My nephew is getting married and relatives from overseas and far parts of this continent are coming. Preparations are frantic. It has the feel of the anticipation and excitement of a child’s Christmas.

Major life events of this nature cause a family to take inventory of old family stories both happy and sad.

It is also so interesting that old family squabbles come to a head and differences in the family narrative come out.

I also find it interesting when members of the same family have different political perspectives to the family history and nation’s history.

That is why the different narratives of our two major political parties are so diverse.

My analysis of the recent Republican convention is that the GOP has decided that this nation can only be saved through private enterprise and individuals building small businesses without any assistance from government. It is a negation of any communal responsibility or government intervention except for defense.

To the Republicans the free market laws of self regulation and the harsh reality of failure for the enterprises that do not meet the standard of violability will resolve all our social and economic malaise.

This rejects the citizens who help build their lives and the lives of the community by using their skills and brawn to work in the businesses the self-made entrepreneur built.

It negates the role of the educator that gave the self-made entrepreneur his skill, the roads built by government, research done by government and private industry, the parents who sacrificed to help the individual succeed. Nurses, teachers, electricians, plumbers, firefighters, police personnel, struggling immigrants documented and not, janitors, and domestic workers all have contributed to this miracle called America.

All Americans built the businesses that are so heralded by the GOP.

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