October 19, 2007

This Will Not Help

In replying to a comment on my last post, I said that sticking our heads in the sand, and pretending that problems do not exist, will not help. I was talking about the illegal immigration problem, but that is not the only problem going on in this country, and in our political system.

When I watched, and heard Democratic Congressman Pete Stark saying during a debate on children's healthcare: "But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement," I was sickened, not only at the mean-spirited words, but at the total lack of respect for our President, our country, and the families of our troops. Worst of all, it seems that it was perfectly acceptable to the rest of the Democrats. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying that the remarks were inappropriate, but I am not aware of any others.

It seems to me that the only thing on everyone's mind, is their own self-interest, and that of their cronies, and others who can benefit them.

Health, and education are not the only problems we are faced with, on a daily basis. Our cities are going down the tube, crime is rampant, illegal drugs are destroying a whole generation, and racial issues abound.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic presidential candidate wants a Justice Department voting rights official fired for a comment the official made about elderly minorities. Barack Obama sent a letter to the Justice Department today, calling the remarks by John Tanner "offensive and dangerous." Tanner is head of the Justice Department's voting rights division. Tanner's remarks came during a panel discussion on voter ID laws earlier this month. He said certain laws hurt the elderly but aren't a problem for minorities, because minorities don't grow old -- quote -- "the way white people do. They die first." A Justice Department spokesman says the October 5th remarks by John Tanner had been "grossly misconstrued."

I agree that the above statement by the Justice Department official was less than sensitive, but is it reason enough to be fired? Was it more insensitive than the statement made by Congressman Stark? So far, I haven't heard Barak Obama make any objections to that particular statement. Somehow, I get the impression that Obama is more interested in racial issues, and the times when I have read his statements, and he mentioned, "my people," he was always talking about African-Americans, which makes me wonder about certain of his motives. I always thought that a presidential candidate should have the concerns of all the people at heart.

I mentioned, also, in my reply to a commenter, that I must be coming across as a really heartless individual because I keep talking about illegal immigration. I think that I probably have as much sympathy, and empathy, as anyone, but I am concerned about the direction in which this country is headed. I am concerned about the plight of the everyday, ordinary, citizen. My heart aches when I see a homeless person. It aches when I see those who struggle to survive, having to decide between this month's prescriptions, and enough food to last between SSI, and Social Security checks. It hurts when I see young families, struggling, with both parents having to work to pay for the bare essentials needed for their children, existing on minimum wage, in most cases. I am saddened when I see discrimination in any form, against anyone, regardless of color, or religion, or nationality.

I am not heartless, and without compassion, but I am a realist, and I can see what is happening all around me. Some of it is obvious, and some of it is not so apparent to many, but it is happening. Pretending otherwise is not going to help, and until we realize, as a nation, where our priorities lie, it is going to get worse, rather than better.


Anonymous said...

It's not the only reason to fire John Tanner. There are many, many others. Trust me. I know people who work for him. The man is a racist.

Jan said...

anonymous.. racism exists at all levels of government, and society.

Unfortunately, it seems to be more tolerated when it is an African-American making racist remarks against others.

One would have to be totally naive not to recognize that.

Where is Obama when certain individuals are being verbally tarred and feathered by black leaders such as Jackson and Sharpton?

GUYK said...

LOL Jan..when one speaks up about facts they are always labeled racist..they cannot attack my argument with logic so they attack me.

The facts are that black men die at an earlier age than white men on an average..why? Lots of reasons but racism is not one of them..more like life style and black men being killed by other black men.

Those of us who are realists are usually called heartless capitalists with no compassion. Yeah, I hate to see homeless people,,but I also know that the majority are homeless because of choice..no, they probably didn't choose to be homeless but they made a choice to use drugs, or alcohol, or both, or quit school, or something other choice in their life that put them where they are today...on the street.

The American society has always tried to lend a helping hand to those who actually need help..but those who have made their beds and refuse to get out of them deserve no pity nor help..and I give neither.

Jan said...

"Yeah, I hate to see homeless people,,but I also know that the majority are homeless because of choice..no, they probably didn't choose to be homeless but they made a choice to use drugs, or alcohol, or both, or quit school, or something other choice in their life that put them where they are today...on the street."

guyk..I suppose I can see your point of view on this, but I don't totally agree with it. Children don't really get to choose, and many whole families are homeless, including small children.

There was a time when I was homeless, and it was due to no fault of my own, other than what you would call a poor choice, I guess. I lived in a storage room with a small child, while pregnant with another, but I did work for our room and board, which was a room filled with broken furniture and old bedpans, etc., and our meals consisted of peanut butter sandwiches and fruit cocktail. I didn't choose that, but it was a consequence of a bad choice of a husband, but a good choice of saving the lives of myself, and my child.

That was a time when I really needed it, but there was no help for me, so I do have a lot of compassion for those who are in real need.

rockync said...

Jan, I think you and Guy are talking about different people in different circumstances. For women like you and their children, and even sometimes families with a mother and father in dire straits, thank God most communities now have shelters where folks can be safe and warm and can get a hand up while they pull their life together.
On the other hand there are those using alcohol or drugs toward their own destruction. The same ones who would rather stand on a street corner begging than to get in a shelter, sober up and get some help.
I have always held that having been richly blessed myself, I don't mind my tax dollars being used to give someone a hand up but I do resent my hard earned money being used for hand outs.

Jan said...

rockync..I seem to have a problem communicating my thoughts on here. In my post, I was only trying to get the point across, that regardless of the things that I write about illegal immigration, I do have compassion for those in need, including them. Even so, their need does not justify their flagrant disregard of the laws of our country. There are many legitimate needs among our own citizens,and the funding needed to help them, is going somewhere else. When I needed help, there were no programs in place to help me, and even if there had been, I probably would not have asked. But because of my own experience, I now have compassion for others in any kind of need. The point that I was trying to get across is the fact that there are many problems in our country besides the immigration issues. Obviously, I didn't do a very good job of it, and I, in no way, took guyk's comments personally.

rockync said...

Sorry, I was just getting into the conversation and I wanted to point out the difference between those in need and those opportunists who take up resources that could be used for better purpose. I wish more people in trouble would come forward and take advantage of programs now available. Helping each other up and out of a bad situation should be what it's all about.
I too have much compassion for those in need and I understood your post; you are right, no matter what the circumstances of illegals, breaking the laws of our country should not be tolerated. I'm sorry if you thought I was being critical, that was not my intent.

Jan said...

rockync..there is no need to apologize. I know that you are never critical of me, and I am always happy to hear your point of view. I was afraid that I was not communicating well, and tried to clarify what I said. Your comments are always welcome, and are much appreciated. :)

DNR said...

They are politicians. I believe almost nothing they say.

Vin De Vine said...

This is the land of opportunity so unfortunately when we offer aid it is like chumming the waters for sharks, the opportunists swarm all over it. You can tell the difference between those who need and those who want by the volume and tone of their voice. The opportunist shouts demands for their rights and what they deserve, the needy smile and say please and thank you for whatever small favor is bestowed them.

Jan said...

dnr..unfortunately, neither do I.

Jan said...

vin..for some reason, that last sentence brought tears to my eyes.

There is so much truth in what you've just said.