Originally posted by jamie83
I understand 100% now where you, and the Dems, are coming from.
Just to be clear, I am not speaking FOR Democrats. I am not a Democrat and I cannot speak for them. I am giving my opinion of why they do what they
Republicans (not all Republicans!) see the same issues you pointed out, and yet they feel it is better to err on the side of less government
intervention to solve these problems.
I understand. But less government intervention isn't working. Actually, I am quite conservative in that I believe in less government. If you would
see my stances on welfare and Affirmative Action, you would be totally shocked, as I sound like a Republican on those (and other) issues.
However, I understand that it's not realistic to just hope that things even out and that eventually, these problems will work out on their own. And
if you were a member of one of those groups (I'm assuming you're not), you may be tired of waiting for it to happen on its own. You may want some
support from the government whose job it is to protect the rights of ALL people.
I have the benefit of being an educated woman who worked in a professional environment and received 75-80% of my male colleagues' salary, who didn't
work as hard or well as I did.
(As regards my blanket statement about Republicans, I am speaking in generalities, as I assumed you were in your first post and thread title about
A perfect example is gun control. Republicans feel law abiding citizens should have guns, and if somebody commits a crime with a gun, they should be
I can't argue with this. I agree 100%. I support the 2nd Amendment 100%.
As for group politics, Republicans feel that laws and regulations should apply to everybody, and not be directed towards groups.
And that would be fine in an ideal world, where people were held responsible for not hiring a black man because they didn't like black people or
whatever. But it's VERY hard to enforce that. Not impossible, but very hard.
For example, Republicans feel that it is plain wrong to add points to LSAT test scores for black college applicants just because their skin is
Republicans aren't the only ones who feel that way. It IS wrong. It's wrong that black kids are denied a good education because they live in
enclaves of poor, underfunded areas of large cities. It's all "wrong". But until everyone is treated equally and is offered the same education as
everyone else, SOMETHING should be done to make up for it.
jamie, you just can't compartmentalize people as "Republicans believe this way and Democrats believe that way. And anyone voting for McCain is a
Republican and anyone voting for Obama is a Democrat." That's why you get into so much trouble on this board and why you get little respect from
people you disagree with. You make up your mind that they're a Democrat and deserving of your scorn. I have voted for Republicans, Democrats and
Independents and I belong to no party.
Republicans feel that it's the government's role to build the playing field and let the people play on it. If one group or the other starts winning
the game, the Republicans feel that it's not the government's role to change the rules to make the score closer.
Well, then, they need to make sure that all parties are playing by the same rules and on the SAME playing field. The public school system is
responsible for the basic education of all Americans. If one school has a computer per student and 12 students per well-paid teacher and another
school has no computers and 35 students per cheap teacher, when the students bring themselves to the college playing field, you've got a great
discrepancy on the playing field. When THAT problem gets solved, then we can do away with this LSAT scores nonsense.
You hear people saying they're excited that Obama, a black man, may be our next president. THIS IS WHY. When a black man becomes president of the
USA, it makes a statement. It says that this country is really getting beyond its racial scars. If a black man can be president... if a black child
can watch TV and see a black man being treated with utmost respect... that says that we are getting closer and closer to the time when we CAN live
without government interference. We CAN do away with Affirmative Action. We CAN submit LSATs without added points, because society will have moved
beyond racism to the point where everyone has an equal chance.
Republicans are living like we're already there and we aren't.
[edit on 3-9-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]