Monday, October 03, 2005

A Needed Conversation for Protestors

A Needed Conversation for Protestors

I happened to notice how many Communist and Socialist groups were at the peace protest a few weeks ago, and my friend sent me a conversation that their parents should be having with them. One day they will grow up and change their ways or they’ll become teachers and remain misinformed.

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is you friend Audrey doing?" She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus, college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the Republican Party."


At 6:41 AM, Blogger Anna said...

I was like "Audrey" only in that I was liberal in college. My father was Republican, but I would never have challenged him on his politics. He let me learn that lesson on my own! ha!

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Steve the Pirate said...

If you vote Republican when you're under 40, you don't have a heart. If you vote Democratic when you're over 40, you don't have a brain.

I'd much rather be a heartless bastard that a moronic retard.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Cove Rebel said...

That argument may make her conservative, but it definitely doesn't make her Republican. The dang GOP will pick your pockets almost as bad as the Dems. They just give it to different folks.


At 7:37 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I wanted to change it to read Capitalist but thought for the integrity of the way it was sent to me it should remain. Yes I know that Republicans also have a spending problem.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger PoP said...

I realy don't have a problem with them giving money. Just give it to me and tell me what they need done. I will insure they get their money's worth. They can't pay me what I'm worth.... there is a minimum wage law.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Toni said...

I've heard that story before. For me it's the opposite situation. It's daughter telling Dad. I'm the "radical". :)

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous mukrz said...

Conservative Christians would rather have everybody's money go to social programs through churches. Take from everybody and give to the church.

Republicans would have everybody's money go to their rich friends. Take from everybody and give to the rich.

Democrats would have everybody's money go those who don't earn enough to qualify for the title "average". Take from everybody and give to the "less fortunate".

Libertarians would have everybody keep their own money as long as a minimal infrastructure is maintained. Take from nobody and give to nobody.

Socialists would have have everybodys money go toward leveling society as much as is practical and making sure that everybody has access to the same mediocre services. Take from everybody - level out the bumps and ditches.

Bush is no conservative:
1. He spends to much to be a fiscal conservative.
2. He likes to mix religion and government.
3. He likes his government big and powerful.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Wrong on two accounts. Conservative Christians would not force anyone to give throught church. It should be changed to "asks for money and gives to less fortunate". Also letting rich people keep more of their money is not giving to their friends. It was their money to start with.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Also I hate the term "fortunate" it refers to luck and I just don't believe that most of the rich arrive at their money by luck. Most of them are self made by hard work and ingenuity.

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous MEGABRAD said...

That was a great example doc. I'm gonna send it to all the whiney liberals I know.
Wait. They can't read.

At 4:25 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Megabrad - And they smell, too!

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous mukrz said...

OK, but if that is true, then why do the politicians who purport to represent the conservative christians do things like:

1. Give federal money (i.e. my money) to churches for "faith-based" initiatives.

2. Try to ban the teaching of evolution (vs creationism or intelligent design).

3. Try to ban teaching high school kids about contraception.

I am not trying to rail against self-made rich people. However, when they use that wealth to influence politics in order to further amass money, that is wrong. Giving energy companies federal money so that they can build more and cleaner refineries is a farce, but this is exactly what the current administration has proposed.

Fortunate. You and I are fortunate to have been born with the ability to work and generally conform to societal norms. Not everybody is that fortunate. Those "less fortunate" should receive help from the government. Nobody who is mentally and physically able to work should be on the government dole. There are people who should be helped, but are not. There are people who abuse the system for their own financial gain. Would you rather help people who truly need help and put up with a certain level of deadbeats or would you rather help noone because of the deadbeats?


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