I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President what would be the first thing you would do? 'She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.' Her parents beamed. 'Wow...what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house. ' She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ' Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? 'I said, 'Welcome to Conservatism.'
Her parents still aren't speaking to me.
Conservatism, as you portray it, apparently presumes everyone is equally capable, and there is no such thing as mental illness or another reason for homelessness.
Surely you are to be "commended" for implicitly accusing the 30 per cent or whatever of homeless people who are VETERANS of being shiftless.
gen>>Ity is the late 1990s, strudel (and in an academic setting, a particularly tolerwant setting), not Alabama in the 1950s. At one time people would have been shocked at the concept of a black man running for president.
I am not sure of the word I used. It was a while ago. "Surprised" would be a more appropriate word than "shocked." I did not say there was any animosity toward him for winning the award. I am sure they were as pleased that he won it as they would have been if a white sudent won it. Maybe more. Still, there was an element of the unexpected, of surprise.
Frankly, I don't remember the context in which I posted that second hand anecdote, but I do recall posting that it was second hand (i.e., from my son), because it was.
If you want to check it out, it was the Best Junior Math Achievement Award or a name very similar. I tried to find it on the net, but couldn't. (I don't know why you or anyone would really want to do that for the sake of a silly message board) And I could give you his name, but how could I or you prove he was actually black from his name?