Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 10, 2012, 10:20 a.m. EST by richardkentgates
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I have some stuff to get off my chest and I hope everyone is cool with that. I started my support project for the same reason others like the people offering their time to this site and to those on the ground in the Occupy sites that are giving their time. Like those who gave there freedom and some, their live in the civil rights marches. The union protests and the women's lib, the gay marches and protests. The same reason for the sacrifices being made in Syria and Egypt. Human dignity. The ability to provide. Provide for family and provide to the world. This is the common thread that makes our struggle the same. The same through time, geography, race, sex, and religion. The same no matter if you are a democrat or republican, liberal or conservative or even, libertarian. See none of those labels has made any of our lives better. They don't feed us or our souls. They do not provide for our children or teach them in school. They don't build houses, pave streets or make clean drinking water. What do they do? They empower small minded people to imprison your mind from yourself. Sure, they describe something about you but do you need the label to be those things? Would you be less of something simply because you aren't addressing them with every breath?
I don't have the answers to that nor was I making a point. I was exploring the idea. Questions. We all have them but most of us don't ask them, or we ask the wrong questions because we aren't asking often enough to know what question we should be asking. My questions probably aren't the same as your questions. We aren't the same people. Now we could leave it at that and figure out how to live with those differences. Does that sound familiar? Of course it does, that is the liberal line isn't it? See how easily we slip back into the labels. It only excuses our lack of resolve doesn't it? Still another question. Why all the questions? One more. Can you imagine? Can you imagine being part of the civil right movement and still to this day not see your dream realized? Can you imagine watching the KKK on the news telling the public they are going to blow stuff up because the Beatles are doing a concert in Birmingham, and that just being ok? Can you imagine a portion of every dollar you spend going to blow up houses in a country that still relies on horseback and candle light? Can you imagine a portion of every dollar you spend going to pay someone to convince the government and your boss to pay you less money to provide for your family? It doesn't matter what labels you wrap yourself in or how many layers, they won't protect you from small minded people. They won't protect you from those who cannot imagine. Please, just try to imagine.