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Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 05:30 AM PDT

What's the Point

by Diamond Jim55

I like many black men before me spent the most productive years of my life serving in this country's military.We black folks have a rich history of serving this country from day one. But sometimes events such as the Martin case have you asking yourself "what's the point".

You serve in many War of Independence battles only to be told later that you are 3/5 of a man. You perform valiantly in Civil War battles to even be awarded the Medal of Honor. Yet you live in fear of former enemies who had their citizenship restored after nearly destroying this country. You serve bravely in both world wars only to be treated worse than enemy POW's in your own country.

I was reminded of my "standing" in this society when I was clearly profiled while in my military uniform. This happened over 20 years ago but it still stings and makes me just as angry as if it happened yesterday.

To an outsider I would imagine we black folks would be seen as the ultimate "gluttons for punishment". But yet we continue to believe that this is as much our country as any one else's (due deference to Native-Americans). See the thing is we've totally bought into the words of the Declaration of Independence. We are vested in the "American Dream". There is this eternal hope that one day we truly will be judged by the content of our character.

But until then I will continue to find my self sometimes asking "what's the point".

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I have ben asked to repost this diary. This was very hard for me to post the first time but considering how the debate has evolved/devolved, it might be a good idea to remind some people of what is at stake here. If our experience changes one heart or mind of the decision makers, then it may well be worth it.

I've been listening with great interest the debate concerning health care reform. It is with utter amazement that I listen to some of the rationale of those against reform. Well, I have a little story to relate concerning my encounter with socialized medicine. I have related this story in comments in other diaries. However, I feel that my story is so germane to the debate I decided to try my hand at writing it in a diary. This is my first so be kind.

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Let me start out by stating that I am a currently employed, middle-aged, middle-class, retired military black man. Also I get my health care through the military and VA so I personally don't have any health care issues.....yet. But I do have adult children with families whom this issue affects significantly, thus my interest. I have been watching and commenting on the HCR debate for sometime now. Follow me below the fold and maybe help me understand that which perplexes me to no end.

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I have ben asked to repost this diary. This was very hard for me to post the first time but considering how the debate has evolved/devolved, it might be a good idea to remind some people of what is at stake here. If our experience changes one heart or mind of the decision makers, then it may well be worth it.

I've been listening with great interest the debate concerning health care reform. It is with utter amazement that I listen to some of the rationale of those against reform. Well, I have a little story to relate concerning my encounter with socialized medicine. I have related this story in comments in other diaries. However, I feel that my story is so germane to the debate I decided to try my hand at writing it in a diary. This is my first so be kind.

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