Sunday, November 2, 2008

I read this on a blog and it sums up my position pretty well:
Here are some of the things I think and believe. Here are some of the things my heart tells me.
  • I believe that every time we do something that limits the rights of others, we make it that much easier for someone else to limit our own rights. Therefore, the best way to protect my own rights is for me to fight to protect the rights of others.
  • I believe that if the racial/ethnic/cultural group I happen to be a part of is some day to be a minority, then I ought to do everything I can to treat existing minorities well since my behavior might serve as an example of how I could be treated.
  • I believe that a society is ultimately judged by how it protects its weakest members.
  • I believe that we are all obligated to provide some form of voluntary, long-term service to our communities and that there are many ways that this can be done.
  • I believe that we should vigorously exercise each of our rights, even to voting in the most obscure local elections, so that no one can take away our rights by asserting that we never used them anyway.
  • I believe that while all of us are entitled to the rights and privileges we enjoy as citizens, very few of us have actually earned them and that we only have them by the good luck of having been born here. Therefore, those who suffer and struggle and fight to share in the benefits of our society may be more deserving of them than I am.
  • I believe that we should read banned books.
  • I believe that paying taxes is a responsibility to be fulfilled and not a hardship to be dodged.
  • I will support those who seek to expand the rights we all enjoy and not those who find it necessary to restrict our rights. I do not believe that we must destroy the Constitution in order to save it.
I also believe.

I believe that we the people have a responsibility to leave this leave a better place for our children.

I believe in my family values. Hate and racism is not one of them.

I believe in fairness and equality.

I believe that the People should come before the Corporation.

I believe in the people that fought and died for our Constitutional rights, and I believe we need to uphold those rights.

I am not in the upper tax bracket - not even close, but if all of the things I believed in could happen based on my taxes, I willingly would pay 10 times the amount I do now.

I also believe that I have worked just as hard my whole life to get to where I am in life as those in the high tax brackets. I have worked every day of my life since I was 15. I was a teen mother. I moved away from home while a senior in high school. I went to school while working 2 jobs. I still graduated high school with high-honors with a one year old and our own place. I put my self through college, again while working two jobs and raising a baby graduated technical college again with honors. Still today (the baby is almost 16!) I work full time and also run my own business outside of being a mother, a wife, a gardener, etc. I have worked every single day of my life to get to where I am, and never once take any of it for granted, nor would I have changed any of it. Every struggle, every tear, every pride filled moment, all the good days, but especially the bad days have made me the person I am today.

Who decided that because I only make $60k a year means I don't work hard??? They need to take a walk in someone else's shoes.

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget you helped mix cement when you were 3 years old.