reply to post by darkbake
I'm with you. Perhaps more people who have seen both sides should see their way to contributing to an understanding.
I grew up in a liberal family, have a liberal arts degree (ATH) from a mixed college. I was always self-sufficient, but lended help to liberal
causes, such as the rain forest, recycling, tribal issues, etc..
I was beggared into libertarianism. It got to the point that so many people were asking for so much, I literally could not give more. I was charitably
giving myself into poverty. A chairman from one organization would see the work I did for another org, and would approach me for the same treatment.
This was constant. I was perpetually involved in giving my life over to causes, some I didn't agree with, but it was a 'good' cause all the same
I began avoiding human contact as much as possible. People seemed to only talk to me when they had their palm up and out, asking for something. What
was galling, is that many times, these were things they can very well do themselves.
I took a break. At first it was just a two month break, then it became a year, so that I could recoup my losses. I worked a lot of extra jobs, and
learned the true value of money. I had to help myself before I could help other people. I had to get on my feet before I became one of the people I
Now I am in a position where I can be charitable again, but I will never allow myself to set on by a pack of rapid charitable people. I teach them how
to do it themselves.. If they have within them to work as I did for their organizations, good. If not, well the organization does with less.
I think it's good for each of us to explain how we came across our philosophies. I do believe that both sides of the aisle honestly want what's best
for our country, we just have different definitions of what is best.