- Apr 7, 2013
I so appreciate your response Queenie. So I will give you my thoughts which does not at all remove the view you see. My thought may only shine a light in a corner, which will be determined by the people who read. So I will also speak generally to those who read.Sis. Willa, I'm not seeing the same America that you are describing. In one of your posts, defending capitalism, you said that under #45, Blacks are doing better than ever in recent history. How so? And remember, when you point to lower unemployment numbers, recognize that people are rolled off the unemployment list after being on it for a period of time without finding a job.
But, I'm not seeing the trickle down effect caused by the significant tax savings given as a gift to the wealthy and that helping everyone else. Why should the wealthy not have to pay a federal income tax?
But even if you believe that Black people are better off economically under #45, how do you speak to his racist rants and should they be overlooked by us simply because some believe we are "better off" under his administration? Talk about living in a bipolar world which makes me think of how house slaves must have viewed their situation. Still a slave, but thankful that at least they get to work in the big house and not toil in the fields. So, thank u massa!
I have thought about your comments in favor of capitalism and against democratic socialism. I've learned a lot from your opinions and your humor. But the world that I want to live in, I just don't see it being described in your argument. Why can't something be done to close the gap between the wealthy and poor and we still thrive as a nation? What's wrong with fair and higher wages paid to the working class so they can live their best life? Why can't we show more compassion toward each other and have affordable and quality healthcare for everyone? Why can't a college education be affordable so that families that live in the inner cities can send their kids to college like the families living in the Hamptons?
Compared to you, I know I sound naive and uninformed on this topic but why does this have to be a black and white issue--either this or that--ignore a different paradigm that might help us to be really better off. I may not want to live anywhere else for reasons that you have stated when it comes to enjoying certain freedoms that our Constitution gives us, but as Black citizens, I think it is critical that we do what we can to help this nation become better under a democratic rule that embraces equity and justice for all
Do you think that capitalism can be improved to eliminate racism, and economic inequality?
First I will quote the Lord who said, "The poor will always be with us." Now there are those who will not give that any kind of credit, however it is holding true so far to this date.
Here is what I have seen and studied as it has been experienced and recorded in every culture through the ages of historians. Speaking of the "gap" as the topic:
There is the Robinhood method, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but this has never been successful, in the reality that Robin keeps the money and goes to jail.
Next is Communism where the evil, liar king sends out his edict in Sherwood to tax the rich and the middle income and the poor claiming a level playing field filling in the gap. This method makes everyone equally poor except for the king and the tip top of his government and other elites. It is not only authoritarian but totalitarian.
With this brand of governance, it is enforced, mandatory by law, with consequences of death, disappearing people and prison. The odd thing about Communism it is always presented as relief for the poor, the fair and just government, scorn for the rich, hate for corporations and especially money. Hate that money -- capitalism. And then the arrests and shootings start -- to keep control of people who have discovered the scam and poverty. The math does not support an ability to take care of Communist bills. So the buying of proper housing falls off, roads and freeways crumble, people have to wait to have their teeth fixed until the dentist can afford enough novocain for everyone for pain relief.
Remember Eldridge Cleaver? He said he went to Cuba because it claimed to have bread on every table. But then he found out that's all they had was bread and he didn't want to raise his little daughter there so he got out. After traveling around to other Communist nations the story was all the same poverty for the people. Finally after finding out how bad it was and what a lie Communism is, he made a deal with the law, turned himself in with the U.S. and did his ten years. It was worth it to him.
Socialism: is the entry gate to Communism. Venezuela claims to be Socialist and Sanders uses Venezuela as his beautiful model of Socialist perfection. Remember the Venezuelan kid in his twenties who was desperately out looking for a dog to eat? He wasn't finding any at the time because everyone was eating pets.
Scandinavian countries have turned more to capitalism now because their Socialist economies were collapsing.
We have got it good here. We have got all kinds of programs including welfare.
A question was asked; "Do you think capitalism can be improved to eliminate racism and economic inequality?"
Everywhere I go there are Black professionals, TV and the movies are filled with people of color. How is that possible with overt racism? I am some what a west coast person. I don't see what is happening like in the South? My family is treated well. So I think some of it has to do with what we choose to do for employment and socially.
I truly believe that if we work at what we love, that makes for success. Does that mean wealth. Maybe not, but it might be enough to be happy. There are a lot of employment opportunities that require a specialized training or education. I found out as an example that even though I'm a pretty good artist, I am so much better at it because of college classes finding out what tools I could use.
Regarding economic equality, what by law? It never works. In the first place is everyone the same? No. Then how can we expect across the board equal pay? And I notice every time the minimum pay goes up, so does the rent.
What do you love? Find a way to make a business of it. I think we can talk more about that with ideas. More talk later.