I continue to watch what is going on in this country, and in the world, under the trumpeter’s agenda. So I want to say once and for all.
I am 76 years of age. I have been involved in politics since I was 11 years old. I have moved thinking around as I learned things and grew up and watched changes. I went from being a republican to being a democrat, pretty much because the parties changed themselves. I remember well being a Republican in Democratic Texas; now I am a Democrat in a Republican Texas. Thing is, I haven’t changed – I have always been a liberal; I have always fought for the rights of others, and equality. I have been a christian, but there is no way I would identify with today’s christians. Nor do I identify any longer with any organized religion.
So, truth: I am ultra-liberal, and a Socialist Democrat. I believe everyone has a right to free healthcare and free education. That is about the limit of the old Socialist regime that turned into communism. And then died.
I believe every human being who ever lived was born equal to every other human being. I have never cared about the colour of skin, or what is called “race”. I have met human beings from around the world through my life, and I don’t consider a Swede as superior to a Jamaican. I do not consider a Ukranian as being superior to a Tahitian. I do not consider a Greek as superior to an Egyptian. And I do not consider a white American superior to a Native American, or a Latin American, or an African American.
I know that no child is born with hatred in its heart. They have to be taught. Remember the words from South Pacific: You have to be taught to be afraid of people’s who eyes are oddly made, of people who skin is a different shade, you’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, you’ve got to be taught to hate; you’ve got to be carefully taught.
The big argument from a conservative generally includes that they don’t want big government. This is simply not true; every conservative really does want huge government – they just want it for themselves. Don’t mess with their Social Security Disability, or their food stamps, or their health care. And oh God, don’t even mess with the money for defense. Got to give defense billions and billions of dollars. And if to do that it requires taking benefits away from the opposition, then so be it. Just don’t step on their, the conservatives, benefits. They are entitled. And they want war, war, war.
So don’t ask me to be your friend. I will always respect your rights as a human being, but I will never respect your hatred for me, and my beliefs. It is enough that I have liberal friends that I have to debate with. But we will never call each other names, or try to shoot one another, or take anything away from one another. We are more likely to help out each other, even if our priorities are a little different. There are so many others who need help, and not every one of us agrees on which ones deserve the first help. I support Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Protection folks, the believers in global warming/climate change, the Native Americans, the tree huggers. I cannot afford to give all of them money. So I choose to give monthly donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU. I hope to eventually support Habitat for Humanity and Disabled Veterans on a monthly basis. In the meantime, I give what I can. I live in assisted housing, and I have given away food, cigarettes, money, until I realized there were those who simply were using me. And I closed my “free” store. But if there is a fire, a hurricane, a tornado, a natural disaster, happening to anyone near me, you will find me sharing things – clothes, household goods, food, whatever.
I know there are people who take advantage of the system. They need to be weeded out, but when a wealthy person buys a farm just so they can get the tax advantages, I believe they are the ones taking advantage of the system. When people cry out about drugs like cocaine or heroin, I remember that it is the corporate styles who actually buy them, and then sell them to the downtrodden, just so they can keep them downtrodden.
So anyone who approves of that, don’t come to me to be your friend. I have enough friends who believe the way I do.
I ramble, I know that, but I think in my rambling, you probably know exactly what I am saying.
And if you support the trumpeter, you really are the person I most don’t want to know.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX