What kind of a nation do we choose to be? At what point do we come to the realization that what our passive acquiescence to both the policies enacted and to the others opposed is a major contributing factor to this crucial barrier we've created and reinforced? Silence in response to the nonsense and the viciousness of commentary and policy proposals is acquiescence.
If we don't speak up, if we don't take a few moments to consider on our own what's being said as contrasted with what's being done and the outcomes resulting, the few will continue to be served at our collective expense.
Compassionate choices, and legislation motivated accordingly, at the very least hold out the hope of benefiting many rather than a few. One should safely assume that benefits and advantages available to more of us promotes more of that same, and thus less conflict and intolerance. Should that approach really still be a source of contention in 2016?
Take away the compassion and concern for the well-being of others, and cold-hearted legislation is reduced to a bottom-line consideration. Period. It's not that difficult to understand how that has worked out. The callous, ugly campaign of Donald Trump isn't exactly spreading good cheer.
While there are always exceptions to every rule, the harsh truth is that for a substantial portion of underprivileged, low-income citizens, starting out at the bottom keeps them there. That reality has absolutely nothing to do with cavalier and dismissive conclusions about getting what one deserves. Denying assistance by those who should assist but do not is heartless. Flimsy ideological rationales or justifications are just that.
Protecting individual liberty is indeed an indispensable role of government. But it is not the only role.
If we are to truly maximize all the resources of this nation--which, by the way, we on the left do in fact happen to love just as deeply as do the red-blooded patriots on the right [in no small part because we more readily recognize the great capacity we have to accommodate progress]--changes have to be made in the basic structure of our economic and political systems.
Are we up to the task? Of course! Will we do what needs to be done? That answer is up to us. Time will tell.
Adapted from a blog post of mine