OP, I just registered to say how proud of you I am.
I'm a conservative. Not one of these "well I like some conservative principles but not the fact that conservatives hate women and gays" people
who've bought into the kool-aid, but a real conservative. I agree with the Republican party on most principles, if not every particular legislative
act by some clown who's mainly interested in grabbing federal dollars to buy off his own constituents.
You might want to watch this guy's videos, he's totally on the ball and he comes at the issues from a highly literate and distinctly black
After him, I'd suggest you start reading Thomas Sowell's and Walter William's syndicated columns, if you haven't done so already. I recommend
them not only because they're black, but also, and perhaps primarily, because they're two of the wisest conservative scholars in the world today.
As to my own comments for you, I would give you two pieces of advice:
1. Be proud of yourself. Don't for a second let yourself be swayed by people who believe you should "know your place", and who try to get you to
buy into the culture of dependency. Many have posted in this thread, sadly. It's no great thing to be dependent on others; every great achievement
of humanity that has brought us up from the oceans, down from the trees, and built great cities and futures for our children, all of that has arisen
through people breaking ahead of the pack and trying to achieve something special for themselves. Nothing great has ever been achieved by people
focused on placating the lowest common denominator.
2. There's a philosophical phrase called "false equivalence". It's a logical fallacy that occurs when someone attempts to deceive another person
by asserting that "the other party is just as bad". You've seen it thousands of times in your life; like when a drunk argues that he was right to
punch a cop because the cop was using force on him to restrain him, or when a scummy celebrity argues that everyone else is just as scummy, etc. I
bring it to your attention because you'll hear it CONSTANTLY.
False equivalence is often the last refuge of the corrupt. When the evil at the root of their position has been fully exposed, their final rejoinder
is "okay, yeah, I'm awful, but so is everyone else!"
And you've seen it by the bucketloads in this thread. "Okay, fine, I admit the Democrats want to enslave you and keep you in chains, but hey, the
Republicans aren't any better! After all, they want you to be happily married!"
In fact, that argument alone is pretty crazy, because one of the ways that Democrats try to suppress and segregate the black community is by
destroying the family structure. It's a statistical fact that the prevalence of single-parent households and the lack of strong male role models
(i.e., fathers) is one of several pivotal factors behind the unusually high crime rate in the African American community.
So when a Democrat - oops, I mean "an independent"! (yeah, sure) - tells you that, hey, they understand that you don't want your children to be
condemned to a life of violence and suppression, and then they turn around and say "but hey, don't buy into this hype about the importance of
family", just understand that they're the opposition. They're the exact same people as the plantation owners and the Democrat party officials,
even if they don't realize it.
And they'll say the same type of thing about any principle or concept. No matter what you're talking about, it's rather mysterious that, to
Democrats, the Republicans are always "just as bad" as the Democrats. But it's funny, I don't think I've ever heard a Republican tell someone
that "the Democrats are just as bad". In fact, I'm sure I've never once heard that or seen that. Not in person, not on message boards, not in
the news, not anywhere. That alone should tell you something.
So, be mindful of that fallacy and ones like it. You've come a long way, but you're not done yet. You still have things to learn, and things to
realize. Anyone who tells you you've reached the finish line is just trying to keep you from going any further.
In conclusion, we're proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself. And thank you for your service.