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A large part of our current society has no impulse to share. They can't seem to get enough bounty for themselves. Even though they promote the birth of children they could care less if the kids eat, receive medical care have a decent education. In fact they spend dollars and time to cause actual harm to the poor.

They work hard to look good though. They go to church and give money, make a big deal about supporting natural disaster victims, and donate to Super PACS but fight tooth and nail to not feed a child or allow women to have health care and medications they need to be well.

The poor are blamed for their state of affairs. Instead of a helping hand they are lambasted by the conservatives. They have forgotten how to share or maybe they never knew how. These selfish ones have more than they can spend.

Let us progressives lead by example and maybe just maybe we can slowly remove these selfish bastards from our political process.

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  •  They comfort themselves with this: (2+ / 0-)
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    Larry Stallings, Thousandwatts
    "The poor you will always have with you..." (Matthew 26:11)
    and so wash their hands of all of it.

    They have succeeded because they are pleasing to God.
    The poor have failed--and must deserve it!--because they
    have failed God.

    That's how it works, to their way of thinking.

  •  What may be missing is a rich understanding (2+ / 0-)
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    Larry Stallings, jan4insight

    of all the forms of sharing that modern life entails.  For example if Americans were informed that everyone would be happier, most would be healthier (and none less healthy), US life expectancy would like increase, and per capita national health care costs would be reduced 30% if we converted to UHC, would they listen?  

  •  They "got theirs" because they deserved it; (2+ / 0-)
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    SuetheRedWA, Larry Stallings

    likewise for you if you ain't got yours; it's fair as long as I got mine.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21 Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 08:29:44 PM PST

  •  I always carefully describe (2+ / 0-)
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    Larry Stallings, Thousandwatts

    the hegemonic ideology of our times.  It is Reaganism-Thatcherism.  It was Thatcher that embodied and embedded in contemporary life the idea that there is no such thing as society, and Reagan that there are only individual solutions to collective problems.  Meanwhile the entire ruling class and all its apparatus of persuasion and confusion managed to convince working people that solidarity is bad for us, that we are "cool" and "badass" when we make each other's lives as miserable as possible.

    Until we reverse those ideological dogmas, and I don't really see how we go about it in any effective fashion, things are only going to get more like this.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 08:37:26 PM PST

    •  Well said. (1+ / 0-)
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      Larry Stallings

      Having lived through the "good ol' days" of Reaganomics before he achieved GOP sainthood, I fully recognize we are still reaping the "riches" of his trickle down "prosperity" and the realignment of values.
      I shake my head (and more) each time I hear his name invoked by the GOP as though it was a good thing.
      Of course, the MSM allows the absurd proposition to go unchallenged, thus giving it life as a foregone conclusion.

      Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21 Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

      by Thousandwatts on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 03:24:55 PM PST

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