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  •  That's what it ALWAYS takes. (4+ / 0-)
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    fumie, duhban, ivorybill, OleHippieChick

    As long as "those people" can be referred to in those terms--some other group that doesn't touch the speaker in any significant way--it's easy to point the finger and say "moocher," "taker," "parasite" or whatever.

    We have seen, time and time again, where once-firm convictions pivot almost 180 degrees when "those people" turn out to be "my child", "my friend", "my neighbor" or some other specific connection.

    For a specific political example, consider the reactions to Representative Trey Radel (R-FL) and his recent conviction for cocaine possession.  Suddenly Republicans are talking about "treating his disease" and making all sorts of charitable noises.  (Left unspoken is the observation that being busted for cocaine apparently does NOT trigger expulsion proceedings.)

    So. yeah, I'd say that expanding our definitions of "my neighbors" and "my brothers" is critical to the public discussion.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 09:56:48 AM PST

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    •  Exactly. Evil pus-bag Rush needs our prayers and (1+ / 0-)
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      support, not our condemnation! Substitute a Democrat and the same oh so compassionate folks would be baying for his head on a pike.

    •  Exactly the point Jesus was making! (0+ / 0-)

      When he told the Pharisee to "love God and love your neighbor" the Pharisee asked "who is my neighbor?"

      And he told the parable of the Good Samaritan, in which the Pharisee is forced to admit that the neighbor was the man who SHOWED MERCY, which made him uncomfortable because that was the SAMARITAN, a hated foreigner, half breed, "wrong" religion, and "impure" person.

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