In terms of politics America is a peculiar beast. Our system can get stuck in old ways of thinking for decades or more (gay marriage, marijuana) and then, all of a sudden, there comes a tipping point and things start to change very quickly. As a country America is still an awkward teenager and it experiences sudden changes in its body politic.
Such has been the case since 2016 with formerly dirty words like “socialism” and “progressive tax reform.” Thanks to leaders like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beating the drum as vocal supporters for reforming the system so that it serves the majority and not a tiny minority of elites the idea that the wealthiest Americans should be paying back more to the country that made them so wealth is gaining visibility and picking up steam.
And conservative media is scared sh*tless.
In a recent Fox News segment the hosts expressed confusion and dismay that a large majority of Americans – as evidenced by Fox’s own polling – support raising taxes on millionaires. Their guest goes on to complain about how it’s all because we’ve been teaching kids the importance of “fairness” in schools.
Fox, apoplectic over its own polling showing wide public support for @AOC and @ewarren's wealth tax proposals, literally blames the fact that schools teach kids to be fair:— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) February 5, 2019
"The idea of fairness has been promoted in our schools for a long time." pic.twitter.com/GowAZWYWpZ
It didn’t take long for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to chime in.
Just wait until they find out about the Golden Rule https://t.co/i0qWby8aY6— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 5, 2019
They are so palpably terrified of her and it’s THRILLING https://t.co/b9FsWsZh2R— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) February 5, 2019
Fox News' streak of self-owns going after AOC is the most blessed thing of 2019. They keep doing this, they're like "raising taxes is extremely popular & gaining momentum" & just assume the viewer sees that as per se bad. I'm sure many of their viewers do but...certainly not all. https://t.co/2mXq11bb4U— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) February 5, 2019
Some pointed out that a certain guy with a beard and long hair and some crazy ideas who conservatives always claim to love…was pretty big on fairness actually.
Fun fact: Fairness is also promoted in *the Bible.* https://t.co/OtIV4cOrcQ— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) February 5, 2019
Indeed Fox News better brace itself. Considering what they’re teaching in schools these days pretty soon every American is going to be demanding a juice box and a snack and then we’ll be no better than Red China.
Fox News comes out against the radical ideology of "fairness"https://t.co/HLcNam92Nz— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) February 5, 2019
(Gasps, drops monocle) FAIRNESS?!?! https://t.co/avka3h3RH8— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) February 5, 2019
Fairness?! Equal representation?! Are these values expressed by the American people?— M33ch (@Michell86757239) February 5, 2019
Oh the humanity! https://t.co/XxibbUcNPD
Fox: “The world isn’t fair. Work hard to get ahead.”— Dan Van Winkle (@Dan_Van_Winkle) February 5, 2019
Kids: “What if we worked hard … at making the world fair?”
Fox: “No, wait. Not like that. Please stop." https://t.co/YwYjVgM5Xe
Ok. So now teaching kids to share their toys is some kind of Dem conspiracy that violates GOP first principles? Good to know. https://t.co/7snKjNa6aI— Shockratees ???️? (@ThatShockratees) February 5, 2019
people laugh at this but honestly Fox News keenly understands the values differences between their ideology and mainstream ideology. "Fairness" versus "To the victor goes the spoils" https://t.co/XLMe7T2djc— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) February 5, 2019