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  •  As a white woman, single mother-not-by-choice, (4+ / 0-)

    and longtime leftist, I appreciate your reservations.  These people are my enemy too.  They hated the civil rights movement.  They hated peace activists and feminists. They called us "n-lovers" and "sluts" and "dykes" and "unfit parents" and when we suggested that some of our institutions were not really doing the people's work, traitors; they still mainline Fox news and vote republican and now dislike teachers and immigrants and science and .... yeah.

    But their children, you know, like everyone else's children, are innocent.

    I just retired from 30 years of teaching the poor (rural and urban) young.  It was the work that will keep me out of hell, if there's an afterlife.  It is not finished.  

    We can't turn away.

    •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

      I offer that when these people deal with the 1 percenters, that making lines in the sand to delineate themselves from the "rabble" is an attempt to not give the powers that be, any excuse to abuse them.

      I am not saying this is fair or right or good--I am just pointing this out.

      People assume the poor are immoral or a-moral. So the poor fight back by living or pretending to live their lives at a higher standard than the wealthy.

      It's an act of self preservation--even if it is extremely misguided and a the source of unnecessary ugliness in the world.

      Add to this, clinging to religion in the hopes of an afterlife that is better than this corporeal existence, adhering to what are considered "high moral standards" would be insurance that their misery will not be continued after death.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 07:12:40 AM PDT

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