President Obama used the term to describe Republican’s vision. First, “Republican vision” is an oxymoron because vision implies imagination. One does not have to imagine grasping the meaning of standing still at best or drifting into poverty.
Let me explain the concept, “social Darwinism.”
For some this may sound like an old record, though we have a new context, a new term in which ideas are encapsulated.
First, all persons are created equal, meaning that they have certain inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The concept of social Darwinism begins at birth. Republicans will fight tooth and nail for life in the womb, but when life lands on Earth, there may not be room. So life after womb may be without a room and Mother and baby won’t be happy.
However, Republicans will argue that a Mother has no right to be happy, but only to pursue being happy so Republicans can be happy too.
Mother and baby need a Daddy to be working; or Mother needs a job and somebody must care for baby. Republicans don’t care about that but if you come to the back door of the church maybe some kind Christian Republican will take you in. Don’t count on that.
Republicans believe Daddies should be working. If Daddy has a problem and can’t work, that’s too bad for Daddy and Mommy and Baby because those are the breaks in life. Some people have and some people have less and others have nothing at all or less than nothing. For them, they can think about being happy and value their liberty and keep trying.
Republicans believe that their inheritance is something they deserve. People without inheritance get what they deserve too.
That is social Darwinism.
A society won’t last long under those circumstances.