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>>It's interesting to know how one can live by his convictions, when many people are going to bed hungry at night.<<
DNJ, in that observation you've summed up the essential difference between the Democratic and Republican responses regarding the plight of the poor and politics in general.
Just like you and, I suppose the majority of people, I hate to see folks sitting on their rear end doing nothing and expect a hand out from the government. Indeed it's no different from going home on vacation and there are the limers expecting the JCBs to give them a dollar or more likely, buy them a drink. You may abhor it as much as you want, but if you were to step back for a minute and ask where or how can these people earn a dollar, you'll at least have to develop some sympathy for their dilemma. Man, there are always some who will have a hard time making ends meet.
As the saying goes, "there goes I but for the grace of God" (correct me if I state it incorrectly). Not everyone is going to make it regardless of which society we live in. Should we just ignore those unfortunate ones and expect them to "pull the Devil, by his tail, to get.their way through times like these?" And when they cannot make it, should we simply leave them to languish and rot if it comes to that?
During the last presidential campaign, I was shocked when I heard in a Republican town meeting, people answering yes to the above questions. How heartless! That's the logic of the survival of the fittest principle I find very difficult to swallow.
Now there is no doubt that there are some who would rather milk those social programs for as much as they could instead of helping themselves; but to assume everyone does that especially Black people, is being ludicrous. You have correctly pointed out that there are more Whites than Blacks on welfare despite the impression the conservatives try to portray. But we know that they'll continue to resort to using the boogeyman portrayal because it is so much easier to identify and categorize a Black person rather than trying to identify which White person is also on the dole.
I sometimes wonder if there is not a middle ground upon which a third party could build. Make no mistake about it as Observer pointed out, the Democrats do capitalize on the plight of the poor to ensure a voting block, but the Republicans likewise do use the hatred for the poor to similarly ensure their voting block. Won't it therefore make sense to have that third party that would give encouragement to folks to pull themselves up by their boot straps, and yet be willing to reach out to those who will always have a problem regardless of how hard they try?
DNJ, just maybe, it might be able to tie the two principles of rugged individualism and my brother's keeper together, and rescue America from the two separate societies that it is plagued with.
To discuss the ramifications of the poor man's plight, I must start with that it's based on human error. According to Genesis, in the Holy Bible, God made man, and gave him herbs to eat as meat. Everything was there for man's survival, but he deviated from it, by his own choice. Man left Paradise, and ran after toiling in the sun, to eat bread. For His action, for which there was no clemency; but punishment for violating the secrets that he'd agreed to. This had been the fate of man, after he'd fallen from grace.
Down throughout the ages, there has been different class of people. They're the first and second class,.according to society. The Democratic Party deals all class of folks, while The Republican Party deals with the first class people mostly. I think that the way the Democratic Party is being viewed, is because they concentrate heavily of their domestic issues. But, the Republican Party's concentration is heavily placed on National Interest. There a vast difference between the Democratic ans the Republican Party. The only thing they have in common the seeking of votes on any General Elections Day! With the Democratic Party, you can have some food on your table, and with the Republican Party, you have to eat the crumbs that fell off the table.
For some people, suffering is all they know. It may not be any fault of theirs, but life is made this way for them. Others are responsible for their demise, because of wasted years they spent doing nothing that was worth the while. These are the people who looks out to rob and kill for want of food,.and money to support their drug habit. Although the sufferers of the times need help, one has to be careful, when it comes to giving cash to them. They usually use any money to do other things than what they had asked for the money to do. They rather burn up any money they come across in drugs and unlawful things.
With that, the suffering of those people who are down and out cannot be permanently eradicated. Some will have enough to spare; others won't have anything at all. If the need comes our way to help someone,.we should do it without much questions for its reason.
It's a blessing to look down on someone, with intentions to pick him up.