A reply to PTCO
PS - The use of "you" and "your" in this post means you (DM), not your race. I know you are sensitive about this so if I refer to your race, I will write "you people" and this you will never see DM, at least not from me, can you say the same? ;-
. Really? Are you comfortable with the phrase 'our people'?
Well, I'll apply your definition to your statements:
it's the fact that you believe that government is the solution to equality and social problems
That was not MY belief as I 'sat in' in Nashville, Tennesee; that has never been MY belief as I marched for equal voting rights in this country. It was the people ( our people) who changed a governments incorrect solution of so-called separate but equal implementation of our Constitution. My belief is the government should reflect the people it serves - by representing all people for the good of the country and not for the good of certain corporations, etc. I thought that was also a Libertarian concept. I'm sure you'll clarify that for me.
They separate us by use of money and power in return for votes. You have merely fallen for it or thrived upon it. You are either for diversity based on character and ability or you're simply a government stooge with your hand out
The 'government' and private interests have co-opted all segments of the American populace through the use of money and power in return for votes. (Do we agree?). But then you go on by saying that I am either for diversity based on character and ability(which I have stated many times) or I'm a government stooge with my hand out. Are you saying that DM is a government stooge with her hand-out? I disagree. . .since I have been a contributor all my life. . .but you are entitled to your opinion. I worked with state and federal committees to reform the welfare system, but there are some very powerful entities in this country who do not want to see minorities and/or women independent or competitive. . .and they pour a lot of money into Congress to halt meaningful reform. ( Note the difficulty of current legislation Equal Pay for Equal Work being finally passed, and many others)
You know this in your heart and deep down it really bothers you because I know you are a Christian DM and you believe that is it wrong to steal people's money by force. Thou shall not steal.
What I believe is that we the people have for generations elected individuals to represent us and some have spent our hard earned money irresponsibly. Thou salt not steal, in my understanding does not refer just to property and/or money - but also to dignity, pride,heritage, spirit. . . . And that stealing has been going on since recorded biblical times. The words of our Constitution implies that the United States respects all mankind. The implementation of that implication is still bring worked on. In the case of our country and the present, there are still millions/billions of dollars unaccounted for in the dealings with the War in Iraq. Yes, I believe in Thou shalt not steal on more levels than you have mentioned - and you're correct, it is bothersome.
Thanks for making clear that your comments have nothing to do with my race, but with my personal beliefs and actions.