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Response to GreenTea (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:19 PM

1. My feelings exactly

Two quick little stories I haven't had the chance to tell lately: After I sent one of my semi-annual letters to the editor of our local tinytown weekly, expressing yet another compliment for President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed, the next week some hysterical fool had sent in a letter screeching about "LYING HYENAS OF SOCIALISM!" No need to guess what party he follows. His letter 100% lies, and I'm sure most people in RedNeckLand believed him. Trying to bide my time and simmer down, I waited until the eloquent Bill Moyers reran a show about the dangers democracy itself faces from vulture capitalism run amok, then I wrote a few sentences of my own and referred readers to the podcast and/or transcript of that show if they wanted to read or listen to a very erudite discussion on the situation by one of the most respected and ethical authorities on the subject. They wouldn't listen to me because I'm right here among them, and they know of no reason to consider me an authority on anything. I know most will ignore my suggestion, but I had to raise the flag for our side regardless. And the paper, though just a local weekly, has a far-ranging subscribership so you never know who you might reach.

The other story concerns a hapless neighbor lady whose worthless husband skipped town, leaving her with no job and a bunch of kids to feed. No alternative but food stamps, of course. So last month when everyone was supposed to renew their eligibility status, the state decided to simultaneously tweak its rules and reprogram the computers. No telling how many people got caught in the crossfire, but my neighbor lady did. Uninformed about a new requirement which the state has now confessed they didn't disclose in the first place! she couldn't and didn't provide them with a secret form, and they kicked her off food stamps. All her cries and pleas went unheeded. When she turned to me, not because I had worked many years as an official advocate but probably because I was the only person who'd take the trouble to help her, I started making calls and climbing ladders, announcing at each step that I had no intention of stopping until this lady's EBT card got fully reloaded.

So at last when I did get the nasty tangle straightened out, she did at least thank me and ask - voluntarily! - what she could do to thank me. As mildly as possible, I said please just remember at the next election that it was the GOP which had to be forced to do its bare minimum duty and an individual Democrat who stood up for her. She shrieked (they do that a lot around here) that the Democrats were at fault in the first place because we wrecked the economy!

Instead of giving this woman the tongue-lashing she deserved, I just said, again mildly, that I hope she'll realize her mistake someday. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance and spitefulness of these people. Yet I keep on, because this woman has innocent kids to feed somehow, and on rare occasions I KNOW I've managed to turn a few people to our side.

But you're totally correct about the GOP always being 100% wrong about everything. And their sociopathic greed. They want everything for themselves alone and are not above taking the last crust of bread from their victims.

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