Tom Licata: ‘Dear Democrats and Progressives …’

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Tom Licata, a writer and caregiver and a former Independent candidate for Burlington’s 6-5 House district.

In response to Kevin Ellis’s commentary (“An open letter from Kevin Ellis – ‘Dear Republicans…’,” VTD, May 9), below is a mostly mirror image to his commentary.

I know you are nervous. You see it slipping away. That Great Society revolution you rode for nearly 60 years is almost gone. Your kids and mine don’t even know it happened: Some $25 trillion dollars spent in Great Society anti-poverty programs with no meaningful change in poverty rates; some $30 trillion dollars in government debt; and some $100 trillion dollars in government unfunded liabilities. My kids just look at your government spending and efforts to strangle the economy as strange.

Tom Licata

With the exception of the College Democrat and Socialist Clubs, most voters feel the same way.

For 60 years you championed “non-traditional’’ families and proposed child care from the government as its replacement, derided two-parent families, opposed school choice, opposed self-reliance and loved your drugs.

But the country has moved on, with lots of help from Covid and technology. The next generation cannot believe that in 15 years every penny of tax revenue will be needed just to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the interest on the debt. They can’t believe government is a lead balloon.

Since 1965, you won the debate. You were better at it. Federal spending should grow because government programs work. And grow it did! Great Society government spending (which doesn’t include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all our military wars since the American Revolution of 1776. And as for those “single black women — the welfare queen” — that Mr. Ellis wrote of, some 75% of their babies are now born outside of marriage. In 1965 some 7 percent of all American children were born outside of marriage. Today, the number is over 40 percent. As the welfare state expanded, marriage stagnated and single parenthood soared. People actually said that. And in quiet places where no one is listening, a lot of people still say it.

But movements die, replaced by the next one, driven by a new generation. This generation wants a better world and they are prepared to vote for it. And that is your problem.

You have been trained to like lots of spending and the coercions necessary for government dependency. From Lyndon Baines Johnson to Barack Obama, that was the deal. At the bottom of it all is a system built on tens of trillions of dollars of government debt and unfunded liabilities; and the deconstructionist, Marxist-laden postmodern critical race theories that permeate today’s Democrat and Progressive parties. You wanted to keep all the power for yourselves.

What you didn’t bargain for is that your coercion and big government spending led to all these ills. To tax billions and expect no duties, to shoot up drugs in the open, to pay a lot for bad government-controled schools, roads and health care: That all came with a huge cost for humans. And that bill is now due.

You hate this stuff, I know. You think women shouldn’t be expected to care for their children and instead have them shipped off to some stranger at government-controlled child care. And in reality you don’t really want people to work much at all, as some 1 in 3 Americans already are hooked on one or more of these ineffective anti-poverty programs.

No, your aim is de-growth and deindustrialization. Your aim is to deflate and neuter the citizen into an obedient sheep, with you as totalitarian eco-shepherd: simultaneously saving the environment while de-materializing the middle class. Hardly the essence of a Christian America.

But as the sheriff said to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they tried to go straight: “It’s over. Don’t you get that?’’

You are struggling now. You don’t know how to deal with the Trump people. You don’t know how to deal with all this government spending by Biden and the Democrats that is hastening our day of hyper-inflation and bankruptcy, as you print money out of thin air. Socialism has its costs: the equality of rubble.

The regulatory sabotage of our economic system — for which Democrats fought so hard — requires that both parents work. If you had regulated the system a bit less and not allowed the government to take all the power, our traditional family might have survived.

There is a way out of this mess for your party. Embrace the future. Get rid of the deconstructionist, Marxist-laden postmodern critical race theorists now running your state parties.

And embrace “E Pluribus Unum”; “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”; “that all men are created equal”; “that [we] are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights”; “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”; “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

God Bless the United States of America.

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9 thoughts on “Tom Licata: ‘Dear Democrats and Progressives …’

  1. Will the writer explain how ‘Social Security or Medicare’ that is paid for by the people who collect from them is causing the debt? Or does he not work and pay into them with every payday?

    • Ed,
      It’s not that that difficult to explain. The simplest explanation is that the people who receive benefits from Social Security and Medicare receive far more in benefits than what they paid into them.

      According to Pew Research, “Social Security’s combined reserves likely will be fully depleted by 2034, according to the trustees’ intermediate forecast. The old-age and survivors’ fund is expected to be depleted in 2035. The exact depletion dates depend, of course, on future demographic and economic trends. After the reserves are exhausted, the system still will be receiving tax revenue, but it will only be enough to pay about three-quarters of scheduled benefits – unless Congress changes the benefit formulas, raises the payroll tax, or makes other changes such as raising the cap on taxable wage income (currently $118,500).”

  2. Progress DemocRATs are a ” Cancer” running rampant in Vermont’s government
    and schools……………. you put your trust, and you got stabbed in the back all for
    an agenda

    Wake up people, save the state and your children from this ” Liberal ” disease, debt
    for you and indoctrination for your children ………

  3. This is what’s going on: Postmodernism doesn’t believe in objective reality. It believes reality is constructed in language and discourse and that those who control the language and discourse can control the hierarchies and systems of power. The Left, incorporating this with Critical Race Theory, has tied our culture and thus our politics and politicians into knots. The Right hasn’t figured this out. They’re all tied up in their knots of constructed-guilt, combined with the manipulation of their natural goodwill as they try and “solve” the language-constructed ‘systematic’ racism. It’s a a language game. Postmodern philosopher Michel Foucault termed this phenomenon ‘Power-knowledge’. This in conjunction with our culture’s inability to truly understand – because of the Left’s takeover of our education system – its own roots and principles rooted in Modernism, Judeo-Christianity and the Enlightenment, produces an inability to defend these principles… leaving us flailing in the wind towards a kind of nihilism.

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