First, thanks for your post. I really appreciate the thoughtful dialogue.
Originally posted by dwill:
I would disagree with your assessment regarding 'us' connecting republicans somehow to 'racism' while democrats get the free ride.
I've made no such assessment here (or anywhere I think). The premise of the thread was to better understand the characterization of liberals (coming from conservatives) as people who "blame" things on racism. I don't understand that charge and am seeking to.
In other words, its WRONG for those at the top, the best and brightest, or smartest or most capable, to be PULLED DOWN to some level of 'equality', thereby robbing them of the freedom to pursue or achieve their goals and dreams to the "best of their abilities".
I agree that we should never marginalize anyone in society. That said, those at the top are where they are largely
on the backs, and at the expense, of those at the bottom. In particular, African Americans "invested" hundreds of years of free labor into this country to help bring our standard of living to where it is today. One could argue that white America has unfairly gotten a "free ride" from this. My sense of affirmative action programs is not that they are an effort to randomly pull people up from the bottom, but that they are designed to redress past wrongs.
It would be a much better goal to raise everyone UP to higher standards, rather than seeking some lower level of 'equality'. I choose to have the FREEDOM to do what I want, and that includes a FREEDOM to seek opportunity wherever I find it.
Say more about this. Where do you see anyone being dragged down to a "lower level of equality"? And to be clear, I don't think anyone is ever suggesting that we all earn the same - without regard to our contributions to society. I believe that everyone
should have equal access to opportunities though. There should be no glass ceilings for anyone. In fact, equal opportunity is exactly what you're talking about: the ability to pursue opportunity wherever and however you may find it. Onward and Upward!