Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's About Equality of Opportunity

I keep seeing this meme, and I keep thinking it's one of the smartest, most accurate, pol memes of the year. It does so well illustrate the two different mindsets at work in almost all politics, not just current American politics.

I am a liberal because I believe in equality of opportunity for all people. Some people need more help than others. Some people can give help to others. That's simply because the circumstances and events of our lives were different, starting with our parents, which no one gets to chose.

Throughout childhood, a person gets to make almost zero decisions that materially effect their life outcome. Those decisions are made for children by the adults in their lives. I see people every day who received so very much by the time they reach adulthood, they treat everyone as if they had benefited from the same level of privilege. These are the people that maintain the slanderous myth of "entitlement thinking" by the poor.

Let me clue you in. The only thing the poor in this country or any other ever want is a break, an equal chance to succeed. That doesn't happen if everyone gets treated like they grew up comfortably with supportive parents, and if their life situation doesn't reflect it at the moment, then somehow they've "failed," or even more conveniently, they are an inferior "class" of human to the person utilizing this paradigm.

This has to stop. This is ONE country, and if we are to be true to that, we need to look for opportunities to HELP our least-enabled fellow Americans, not hinder them, not ignore them in their distress, even hurt them with politicized selfishness. If it's going to continue as is, I want no part of what results, that's not my understanding of the great American democratic experiment.

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