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  •  Never forget (7+ / 0-)

    that this country was founded by, of and for rich (white) men. That didn't make them bad, in and of itself, but it did color their ideas about what kind of country this should be. They set things up so that it would be run by men like them, for the benefit of men like them (with whatever was left over to be shared by the masses). Everything since then has been a long, slow, painful proces of making the rules they set up apply to everyone, equally. We've obviously still got a ways to go because this country is still, predominantly, run by rich (white) men.

    Also, almost no one with power or money ever gave up even a tiny part of it willingly and without a struggle, and the rules are set up to keep it that way.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 01:59:13 AM PST

    •  Reminds me of Chris Rock's distinction between (2+ / 0-)
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      wealthy and rich.

      He says that there are wealthy white men while black men with money are rich.

      He says it has to do with ownership.

      He says: Hichael Jordan is rich but the owner of the NBA teams are wealthy.
      He says:  Tiger Woods is rich but Bill Gates is wealthy.

      He is of course referring to who owns and runs things in this country.

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