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I can better understand why it would bother you. I can also imagine that the bigotry that you are seeing being repeated today must bring back some ugly memories. I apologize for touching that tender spot.
I grew up in a time and a place where chit and dam were the only cuss words we ever heard. The town of 7000 was probably 99% white and, while segragation existed in the nation, it was not part of our "world". I was 14 when I met my first black person and had to travel to the big city to do so. I had a history teacher in high school who was so popular, his 100 student classes were held in the auditorium and he brought life into history for all of us. He was fired for being a supposed Communist. "Stirring up trouble" was used when the neighbor boys were out playing silly pranks out of boredom.
How's that for two different worlds? Yet we are all in this together.
m00n, no one I see posting is saying that anyone doesn't have the right to dissent. Yet, it was Martin Luther King who taught us that dissent can successfully be done peacefully. Have we forgotten that already? I am not angry at the people at the town hall meetings ... for a large part, they are sincere in their fears. Whether I see those fears as being right or wrong is really immaterial to the fact they exist. I am, however, FURIOUS with the paid puppeteers that are feeding the fears into those people that are so easily influenced for whatever reason. Suddenly we are again hearing people full of hate, anger, fear and racism. We see the violence on the horizon through memories of the past. I feel as a nation we are taking huge steps backwards and have lost sight of our path.
I say to all I speak to ... Ask your questions or share your opinions and allow me to do the same. Then let's return to our homes knowing that we got to say what was on our minds and we can agree to disagree if necessary.
Thank you for sharing your feelings with me.
Thanks for the clarification, NorthernJoy. I appreciate the thoughtful reply.
It seems to me that we're seeing a lot of frustration and anger among people who believe they are not being heard and not being represented. The frustration may be directed toward the health care bill, but it's been building for some time as bail out after hand out occurs with taxpayer money without allowing taxpayers a real voice. There have been and continue to be too many deals made behind closed doors...... by both parties.