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  •  This guy named "FDR" said shelter was a right (45+ / 0-)

    in his 1944 SOTU:

    In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

    Among these are:

    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

    The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    The right of every family to a decent home;

    The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

    The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

    The right to a good education.

    In today's climate, such a speech would be branded as Marxist-Leninist by 1 party, and the other party would try to split the difference.  Except for Bernie Sanders, I'm not sure that there's another senator who holds these views today, and, except maybe for Grayson, I doubt there are too many MOC's who holds them.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:26:02 AM PDT

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    •  Today, you can only have those rights (29+ / 0-)

      if you can afford them. If you cannot afford them, then there is "something wrong with you".

      How far we have come from basic decency in this country!

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      by asterkitty on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 08:06:53 AM PDT

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      •  You're (sadly) absolutely right (15+ / 0-)

        It's bad enough we don't provide help to someone who needs it, but we excoriate them for being needy on top of it.  And that includes children who had the bad luck of being born to the wrong parents.  And who are "precious babies" in utero, but become welfare moochers as soon as they are born.  Oh, and not that the women carrying these "precious babies" should have decent prenatal care, either.  The only word for it is pathological.

      •  I'm still can't figure out why "Old Dems" were bad (8+ / 0-)

        What was wrong w/ FDR's proposals?  Why do "entitlements" need to be "reformed," esp at a time when we're gorging the Pentagon and massively expanding the NSA?

        What, exactly, is "improved" about a "New" Dem?  How does a "New Dem" differ from what was once a moderate Republican?

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 11:49:58 AM PDT

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        •  identity politics changed everything (0+ / 0-)

          The Old Left was white, "square", and blue collar and with the embrace of civil rights, feminism, and the counterculture (all spearheaded by minority and comparatively elite elements), they stopped being 'Left'.  Economic/class issues with broad identification were re-framed as mere manifestations of the true evil of racism, sexism, and/or materialism.

          Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

          by Visceral on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:32:30 PM PDT

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      •  My father-in-law ranted about... (0+ / 0-)

        ...a low-income housing project in Santa Monica that pissed him off because it was on "prime sea-front property".  What he didn't seem to know (or care about) was that only a third of the units in the building were actually slated for low-income--the rest were going to be expensive condos.  But, he still felt he had to rail against low-income people living there: "they don't deserve to live there if they can't afford it!"  I almost clocked him, having been homeless myself more than once; the first time it was my whole family.  I was six or seven years old.

        The only reason I didn't hand his ass to him was that it was his birthday and we were hosting guests, too, and I was doing my best to be polite and less reactionary than was my usual.  It was unbelievably hard.  I was furious for most of the rest of the day, and the rage only built when our guest made similarly ignorant and clueless remarks about homeless people right before F-I-L made his gaffe, then said more rudeness at dinner that night.

        I now regret being so "polite".  I don't want to regret marrying my husband, but his extended family of 1%ers REALLY grind my gears (well, his mum is nice, if extremely non-confrontational.  Very head in the sand, "lalalala I can't hear you" sort of person who refuses to say anything bad about anything.  Her way of dealing with the world's crap, I suppose), so I try to make them see past their fucking dollar signs to the real people their attitudes affect... and offend.

        It's been more than five years, now, and I fear I'm getting absolutely nowhere.  Bleh.

        If we acknowledge our fears, then we must also acknowledge the consequences of our actions when we react to those fears. Hate is based on fear, fear comes from a lack of understanding. When you understand, it is more difficult to hate.

        by TheProgressiveAlien on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:13:04 PM PDT

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