Jan Wilberg understands a thing or two about conservative thinking. I sure wish I’d written this piece. Read more at redswrap.wordpress.com.
I come from a long, very long line of conservative Republican ‘you made your bed, now lie in it’ people. My ancestors were a pretty unforgiving bunch. You make mistakes, you pay for it. You’re down and out, find your bootstraps.
‘The world doesn’t owe you a living’ could have been stitched on my bibs.
So I get the animosity toward the concept of hand-outs. I don’t necessarily agree with it since I know there are many factors that contribute to someone’s being down and out including bad luck. I have learned that you can do everything right and fail. It’s a conundrum and unfair as hell but completely true. Deny the effect of luck and you’re a fool on your way to a cliff.
But still I get it about ‘reaping what you sow’ and all the other sayings of my growing up and so the hard edge of the…
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