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  •  I always admired my father, a truly self-made (7+ / 0-)

    man, because he believed strongly in social programs and on helping the neediest and most vulnerable.
    He never got rich, but he ended up with a very comfortable upper-middle class life even though he started as a child without enough food to eat (parents separated, mother supported her 3 sons by doing housework); he worked his way through college and graduate school as did his brothers and the three of them supported their mother from the day they first started working until the day she died.
    Yet instead of saying "I did it myself so everyone else should do that also" he was closet socialist (closet because he lost his job during the McCarthy era so learned not tell anyone the entire truth about his beliefs); he gave generously to liberal causes and charities, supported the most liberal politicians, joined in the March on Washington in 1963 (with his older brother, me and my older brothers). He got reprimanded in the 1950's for trying to hire black accountants in his government department.  When he retired he joined the Gray Panthers, got training as a paralegal to help low income people at a legal clinic.
    Compare him to Clarence Thomas who also came from somewhat poor roots but got all sorts of help and scholarships (unlike my father) yet feels smug and comfortable with denying that help to anyone else.

    If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

    by Tamar on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:59:59 PM PDT

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    •  What a heritage (0+ / 0-)

      So you didn't get to where you are on your own either -- me neither.

      Somewhere your father had someone who taught him those values. That's a different kind of wealth, and one we need even more than money.

      •  He certainly benefited from public schools -- all (0+ / 0-)

        that intelligence wouldn't have gotten him into college without a free primary and secondary education. (socialism!)
        He worked for the government -- but as an auditor, he saved the government far more than he cost them.  
        At one point he worked for Wage & Hour (don't know if it's still called that) and learned all the ways employers try to screw their employees.
        As an auditor for the Army Air Force (before it was a separate branch), he had a meeting with Harry Truman who was some kind of administrative judge at that point.  And my Dad had to tell Truman that the government was being cheated by Truman's old gang -- the machine that he had worked for as a bagman.  My Dad assumed Truman would protect them, but he didn't at all.  My father had the utmost respect for Truman from then on (but he loved FDR).

        If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

        by Tamar on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 03:32:21 PM PDT

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