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Who's Your Daddy?
Nancy Morgan
April 14, 2008

Editor's Note: This article was first published April 14, 2008

Uncle Sam used to resemble my rich old uncle, the uncle that didn't visit very much but would always be there for us in a crisis. Uncle Sam would take care of the things our family couldn't take care of ourselves, like war, natural disasters and various other crises. But Uncle Sam is getting old and has decided he wants to move in with us.
Since a lot of us are living without fathers, this is good news. Finally, someone to take charge and guide us. Someone who will go to obscene lengths to make us safe and happy, full of self esteem and good little citizens. You know, kinda like Dad used to do before marriage became so, well, outdated.
It's a very secure feeling knowing that Uncle Sam is looking out for our best interests. He got the lady down the hall to quit smoking, just in case they find out some day that 2nd hand smoke causes cancer. He got cars to use special gas additives and even mandated using biofuels so cars don't pollute Mother Earth. It wasn't his fault that the special gas turned out to cause cancer and biofuels are causing food prices to skyrocket. His intentions were the best, so you really can't fault him.
Uncle Sam has made himself indispensable. What would we do without him? It used to be that Americans relied on their own families, their neighbors, and their churches. With all those institutions being redefined out of existence, I'm thankful that Uncle Sam has stepped up to provide the help we all seem to need now. As Hillary says, 'It Takes A Village'. She realized before anyone else that in our new global world, we would necessarily lose much of our individualism and eventually become new, improved global citizens.
The thing I like best about Uncle Sam is his emphasis on feelings. There is now a law that protects us from nasty slurs and bullies. There is even a law that actually interprets the intentions behind someone's actions. If the intention is said to be racial, pow, it qualifies as a hate crime. Finally, a law making hate illegal.
Sam (as he insists I call him) has sure made a big difference in my life. I never knew that the earth was melting, or that gays had a right to get married. Or that having a baby contributed to global warming. Or that capitalism was bad or that all cultures are equal. Thanks to Uncle Sam, the age of individualism is turning into the age of social justice. About time. 
Sam has also taught me an awful lot about compassion. It used to be that I would actually have to spend my own time and money to help out, say, the homeless or sick family members or friends down on their luck. Or the AIDS crisis, or the climate crisis or the...well, all the crises that seem to pop up with such regularity these days. Now, all I have to do is support Uncle Sam and he'll handle all the messy details. The best thing is, all this compassion will be paid for with other people's money. Taking rich people down a peg or two is an added benefit.
What's great about having Uncle Sam in charge is that the focus is on my rights, not my responsibilities. I now have rights I never imagined. The right not to be offended, the right to abort right before delivery, the right to have everyone respect me, even if I don't have a job or contribute to society in the old fashioned way. I have the right to censor conservative views if they offend me. Hey, I even have the right to embrace, learn and even practise other religions, like Islam. I'm becoming very open-minded.
Another benefit of having Uncle Sam as daddy is that nothing is ever my fault. I once lost my whole government check gambling in a casino. Uncle Sam provided me a lawyer, free of charge, who showed me that it was the casino's fault for taking advantage of my weakness. He even got the ATM machines moved further away from casinos. Same thing when I drank too much and caused a little accident. That bartender learned the hard way that serving booze to an alcoholic is a no-no. It's only fair that he lost his bar. My only problem now is figuring out how to keep my government checks coming even though I was awarded a couple million from that negligent bartender.

Uncle Sam has taught me to value myself. Now that I don't have to worry about the small stuff, like working and contributing to society, I am free to focus on all the world's problems. I have choices I never imagined, like should I help Obama get elected, or help educate morons about global warming. I'm leaning towards getting a degree in Queer Studies so I can help a dowtrodden group become empowered. Just like I did. Once I do that, I think I'll help our elected officials make war illegal. Why they haven't outlawed war yet is something I'll never understand.

I now have self-esteem, no worries, and all the time and tools I need to fight to make the world a better place. I have evolved into a proud citizen of the world. All thanks to Uncle Sam.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and a news editor for RightBias.com
She live in South Carolina.

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