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African-Americans for Clinton? You Really Should Read This


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Republicans do not believe that voting is a right either.

 

Maybe it is all how each of us defines a 'right'.   To me a right is someone one gets for nothing.    i.e. you is entitled to it without having to work for it or pay for it.

 

In a capitalist society most goods and services are NOT rights.   I'm not saying there shouldn't be government programs to provide basic needs but these programs exist because those needs are not rights.

 

So to me health care isn't a right.    This is why I support the ACA.    Everyone should make a contribution into the system to gain access to health care.

 

(with the exception of those that are just not physically able).

 

Even hippies in communes understood this.    One had to make a contribution if one wanted to share in the 'bounty' of the commune.

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Just to be clear on something ... I don't really like politicians in general.  It doesn't know any borders.  Granted some are worse than others but I find them all a bit like sleazy salesmen.

So, with that in mind please don't view any of my comments as being directed against citizens.  I love Americans and Canadians.  Bob Dylan, John Candy, Humphrey Bogart, Justin Ti... (well maybe not him).

But Bernie has a point.  Politicians are not serving the people but the top 1%.  It's not just true of America either.  The surprise is that this is coming as news to people.

As a former politician (maybe a current one?) I disagree.  They are "sleasy salesmen"  because that is what the voters DEMAND.

As Jack Nicholson so fameously stated it "You can't handle the truth."

The voters, especially in America, do not want to hear the truth.  That is what Trump, Cruz, Rubio and endless armies of Republican governors and legislators depend upon.

Incidentally, Bernie is a politician.  As a mayor, he used the taxes of people from all over the US to benefit the people of Burlington VT.  Did the same as a member of the House and Senate.  The same as any other mayor in US or Canada or England or anywhere else who is successful.

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"Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accused rival Hillary Clinton of closely embracing President Obama to win support from the black community.

"You know, Hillary Clinton now is trying to embrace the president as closely as she possibly can. Everything the president does is wonderful. She loves the president, he loves her and all that stuff," Sanders said in an interview with BET News.

"And we know what's about. That's trying to win support from the African-American community where the president is enormously popular."

 

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/269929-sanders-clinton-is-cozying-up-to-obama-to-win-black-votes

 

-no surprise there

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So, with that in mind please don't view any of my comments as being directed against citizens.  I love Americans and Canadians.  Bob Dylan, John Candy, Humphrey Bogart, Justin Ti... (well maybe not him).

 

Speaking of Bob Dylan and capitalism (weren't we?), I was kind of disappointed that Bob Dylan sold his archives to the University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma. I would have preferred that he donate it to the Library of Congress.  Even super-rich artists can be greedy - Tom Stoppard sold his papers to the University of Texas. (I know the Ransome Center there has an excellent Theater collection because they have a lot of money, but still -- it should have stayed in England.)

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Maybe it is all how each of us defines a 'right'.   To me a right is someone one gets for nothing.    i.e. you is entitled to it without having to work for it or pay for it.

 

In a capitalist society most goods and services are NOT rights.   I'm not saying there shouldn't be government programs to provide basic needs but these programs exist because those needs are not rights.

 

So to me health care isn't a right.    This is why I support the ACA.    Everyone should make a contribution into the system to gain access to health care.

 

(with the exception of those that are just not physically able).

 

Even hippies in communes understood this.    One had to make a contribution if one wanted to share in the 'bounty' of the commune.

 

Well, we pay for health care in Canada and the UK through our taxes.  But because all are enrolled in the system the majority are covered with basic health care and people have come to take that for granted.  The socialists introduded it way-back-when and it is so popular that even the conservative governments won't go near tampering with it.  So, it seems a 'basic right' to Canadians.

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Maybe it is all how each of us defines a 'right'.   To me a right is someone one gets for nothing.    i.e. you is entitled to it without having to work for it or pay for it.

 

In a capitalist society most goods and services are NOT rights.   I'm not saying there shouldn't be government programs to provide basic needs but these programs exist because those needs are not rights.

 

So to me health care isn't a right.    This is why I support the ACA.    Everyone should make a contribution into the system to gain access to health care.

 

(with the exception of those that are just not physically able).

 

Even hippies in communes understood this.    One had to make a contribution if one wanted to share in the 'bounty' of the commune.

A right is something you are entitled to because you are a citizen.  True enough that many have stretched that way too far.  I agree that the recepients should make or have made some contribution if possible for many programs.

As for goods and services, you should have the right to be able to purchase any good or service from anyone else.  You do not have the right for someone to give it to you by having others pay for it.

Incidentally, you mentioned those not "physically able" to contribute towards the system.  Hopefully, you are not excluding those mentally unable?

There is a difference between a right and an entitlement.  Voting is a right, equal protection of the laws is a right, equal treament is a right.  Social Security, ACA, education, etc. are entitlements.

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