Posted 27 March 2009 - 04:06 PM
I make good money, but started as a lower middle class kid, had to join the military to get out of a permanently depressed economic region, taught myself enough to get my pretty high paying gig, seen most of the country and a little bit of the world in the process, and came to the understanding around 1990 that the RNC tactics of using religion, racism and "values" rubbed me the wrong way a lot more than the DNC tactics of social engineering - at least they are attempting to help people that actually need it a lot more than I did, even though at the time I was living hand to mouth.
I fuging hate being told that somehow I am not American enough, or want to kill Arabs enough, or I want to let the terrorists win, or I want to steal your money and give it to someone else. I simply understand that we live in the 21st century, not the 19th, and world society has evolved into a necessary hybrid of government and industrial cooperation that will always be pulled too far one way or the other. World events and issues will continue to accelerate, and if we do not work very hard to make everyone we can have a voice in the future, we, as the fortunate rich, will find ourselves overthrown just like the great civilizations of the past. Armies and fortresses will do nothing to protect us, but inclusiveness and shared visions will. It's a bitter pill with lots of compromise but the alternative is to isolate ourselves until the gates are broken and the walls are overrun.
Sure both parties are filled with greedy people - thats what people attracted to power generally are. But that's not why I think like I do, it's about the "big picture" for the human race. The Dems just happen to be more friendly to this kind of idea than the Republicans.
That and those right wing religious kooks really freak me out. They are like Scientologists that no one will call out for their wierdness. Tom Cruise is a total goofball, but Ralph Reed is an advisor to Presidents.