Originally Posted by lionessrampant
So, then, what is the point?
Because, I'm 22 years old and 8 months out of my undergrad and I already own and run my own business and make more money and act more inventively than the average person. So, I'm not laying on my couch waiting for the legislative branch to feed me bon bons. That's not what this is about.
The government DOES have a responsibility to me, a law-abiding citizen, the same way I have a responsibility to it. The government's job is to make laws to keep us relatively safe (mostly from ourselves these days), provide me and my family with education, parks, roads, trash removal, etc, and if I fall on hard times or have a severe medical emergency, assist in getting me back on my feet. Hard work and good intentions can't prevent tragic circumstances, Bruce, especially when they've been born of historic racism, lack of leadership and years of neglect and needless persecution.
I don't know if you've ever been to a low-income minority neighborhood, or if you see the working poor very often, but they're there. And they're doing their best in spite of bad circumstances, the magnitude of which you and I can't even begin to comprehend, Bruce, but that sometimes isn't enough. Maybe it's just because I live in the city and get to see everyone from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich, but this makes perfect sense to me.
Additionally, the government has the responsibility to be color-blind and sexuality-blind and age-blind and caste-less, and to make sure that every law-abiding, tax-paying citizen in this country has access to the same government-provided services and places. We're still working on this, but we HAVE come a long way.
My responsibility as a citizen is to pay my taxes, abide by the laws, be an informed member of the electorate, and then VOTE. The person who wrote this is hardly cultured and hardly informed. He (I'm assuming it was a man) is more than entitled to his opinions, but this would hardly constitute being well-read on the issues. THIS is a knee-jerk reaction based on his own narrow-minded, barbaric view of society. He really needs to get out more, and maybe read a newspaper every once in a while.
I like the idea that both sides have responsibiliities. But with all the responsibilities of the gov that you listed, I think there are more that need to be listed on the side of the citizen. The citizen also has the responsibility to NOT use welfare or assistance when they DON'T need it. They also have the responsibility to pay their bills (especially their medical bills.) We all pay for someone who goes to the ER for the sniffles and then walks on the bill. No one is saying you have to pay it all up front. But you pay it off. Slowly if you have to, but you don't walk away. The gov has the responsibility to provide your children education, but it is your responsibility to insure your child goes to school on time, is fed, clothed properly and behaves. If your child is a behavior problem it should not be the school who has to deal with it. They should be able to send the child home to you to deal with. The teacher has a whole class full that will learn, given the chance. You should be responsible enough to realize that and not let your child disrupt the rest of the class. The gov has the responsiblity to be color-blind, but then that would mean an end to affirmative action. The gov should provide us with parks but it is our responsibility to do what we can to keep them up and safe.
And I have seen enough of soceity today to know that while there are a lot of people who do take their responsibilities seriously there are many, many more who do not. They want all the gov has to give, but do nothing, and give nothing in return. They drop trash all over the streets. They don't care about how their children do in school, and threaten lawsuits if the school tries to remove the child for being disruptive and violent. They use whatever social services they can be approved for, no matter if they can work or not. They use medical facilities and don't pay anything if they can possibly walk away. But I bet if you followed them home they would have decent cars, cable TV and nice stereos.
I think these people are what the angry white man in the article is angry about.
Oh and disclaimer: Any 'you' in the above post was not directed at anyone here and certainly not the person I was responding to. Just a general 'you'.