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I composed this utter on the way to work this morning, and liked it so much I decided I’d transcribe it and make it my post today.


(I can’t wait for auto-dictation on utterli)

So click on over there and listen to me talking about it off the cuff, or read on in the extended entry.


Hey-hey, it’s Wayne from whall.org 8:45am on January 13th, 2009 in Austin, TX.  and I want to rattle on a little bit about giving. I’ve done it before, but I think I have some new thoughts on it. And this is kind of targeted at all you liberals out there.

 

You know, liberals?

Sorry that I use the word “liberal” as though it’s a bad thing, but that’s kind of how I feel, but I realized, and this is the kicker, I only feel that way about the politics, or the government

Here’s the example I would give for that: (Hope I don’t come across as, I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t do too many disclaimers.).   You see a homeless person on the side of the street. I’m of the mind that I want to give that homeless person help. I want to give that homeless person some food. I want to give him/her some clothing, I want to teach them something, give them opportunity, encourage them, give them hope, pat ’em on the back, hand them a sandwich, say “hey look over here, there’s a job“, and take them into my home…

These are all things I’ve done, and do, regularly.  I, the kids, we make gift bags for Christmas, where we get some fleece, we make blankets, and scarves and we get a christmas bag and we put the scarf and the blanket and some toothpaste and some toilet paper and some granola bars and some floss and some candy and some gift certificates to McDonald’s, you know, the little $5 gift cards, maybe a handwritten note from the kids and we’ll make 20 or 30 every year, we’ll get in the van and we’ll just drive around some of the colder days around Christmas, and find, you know, you see the homeless, the little packs or whatever, and we just give them out.  We ask for their name so we can put their name on it, and we just say “Merry Christmas, someone’s thinking about you.”

And the look in their eyes is such, so powerful… because they are grateful.  And some, a very small few, you know, they’re like, oh thanks, whatever, and they look for the money, and if there’s no money, they just pass on, and those are the disingenuous homeless, but more often than not, you see this look come over them, and it’s a look of hope, it’s a look of encouragement, it’s a look of gratitude, and it’s very difficult for someone to take that away from me.

My dad and I have ridden in the MS-150 a few times… I’ve done eight, my dad’s done fourteen or so.  It’s a 170-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin to benefit Multiple Sclerosis, we give to charities, we give to churches, we’ve taken homeless people into our homes before.  I don’t believe in giving money, I believe in giving help.

And so, that’s how I approach the needy.  I want to give of myself to the needy.

And here’s what I think a liberal thinks.  A liberal, and if you consider yourself a liberal, don’t necessarily think that this is you, but this is how I view liberalism in government… is the liberal will approach the homeless person, feel empathy or at least sympathy, for that homeless person, and instead of giving of themselves, say “they’ve gotta give to them, those rich people.  someone else…”  

They’re very liberal with other people’s money.  I’m liberal with MY time, my actions, my resources, and a liberal is generous with other people’s money.  And that’s the difference, that’s what I don’t like about liberal government, because these liberal politicians and all these people pining about give, give, give, give, but they’re always talking about using someone else’s money.  You look at their giving, their charitable donations, their time and more often than not what you see is only photo ops, things that give them a boost, and they’re not giving of themselves.

But I see conservatives, not all, I’m not bulking all of them, but people like myself, they give of themselves.  

That’s the big difference, and what I don’t like about progressive taxes and liberal government is they infringe on my ability to give.  They’re actually taking away, and deciding… “no, no, no, we don’t want you to take your money and your time and help this person right in front of you that can thank you; we want, we’re going to TAKE your money, and we’re gonna help these other people.”  Now, whether or not I agree with helping those people, or even if those people need help, they’re probably pork-barreled, lobby-tagged, earmarked fat cats, (incenses the heck out of me) and they take away my ability to give.

And what they do, even for those people who DO need it, they replace someone like me, who gives a heart-warming, heart-felt, from-the-gut gift, and that person is grateful… they replace it with a cold hard brick building, where someone is PAID to hand out the money, someone is PAID to hand out the food.

What kind of gratitude is the person gonna get?  If you’re really hungry, and you need clothing, and you’re tired, and you need a place to stay… if you get that from a fellow human, you FEEL something with that, and you don’t want to do it again.  You’re grateful, you feel maybe there’s a little stigma about it, and you resolve to do better, and you feel emboldened by the human race and maybe “someday I can have the opportunity and I can be successful and I can give to someone else the way someone’s given to me.”

But if you’re hungry, and tired, and cold and you go to the cold brick building, where someone is SUPPOSED to give you what you need… don’t you feel a little entitled?  Aren’t you gonna come back the next day?

And those are my thoughts about liberalism in government.

My policy: act liberal and vote conservative.

This is Wayne from whall.org sending positive “I really wish the best for you” energy from all across the universe, to you.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

17 Comments

  1. Bravo! ::standing ovation::

    Charity on a personal level uplifts people. Charity on an institutional (or government) level entitles people. You’re awesome.

    Sheila (Charm School Reject)´s last blog post..And exhale……

  2. Giggle Pixie says:

    Wow, you can have coherent thought at 8:45 am? I’m still trying to remember what my dream from last night was and sucking down caffeine at breakneck speed!

    Giggle Pixie´s last blog post..What Dreams Are Made Of

  3. That’s because I’m awesome.

    Sheila (Charm School Reject)´s last blog post..And exhale……

  4. Whall for 2012!

    BlondeBlogger´s last blog post..Just Remember I Love You

  5. ajooja says:

    Sure, I bet you’d rather have someone take my money and give it to the rich in the form of corporate welfare! I bet you’d rather have someone take my money and spend it on a useless war!

    Wayne, I’d rather have some poor person feel “entitled” over getting a couple of hundred bucks instead of a despicable, corporate executive fleecing our country out of millions.

    Your evil empire ran this country into the ground with its spend-and-cut ways. Thank God an overwhelming majority of Americans stood up and said, “We’re not going to take it anymore!”

    • whall says:

      Ajooja — Thank you for commenting. I would expect that as you typed your response you might have thought “what’s the point? he’s a Republican!” and I appreciate you still doing it anyway if that were the case.

      Actually, no I would not prefer anyone take your money and give it to fatcats. In fact, I think I pointed that out in my utter.

      Don’t mistake my view on this – I do NOT in any way support or tolerate corporate executives fleecing our country. I want to ferret out corruption and greed anywhere I can. In fact, I think it’s greedy for someone to look at the hypothetical homeless person and instead of giving of their own time and money, demand that others pay. They are buying “good humanitarian feelings” and paying for it with someone else’s wallet. That’s greed right there, if you ask me.

      You write “I’d rather have some poor person…” as if there’s a choice of one or the other. Each case needs it’s own decision and it’s own review.

      Funding [any] War is a different subject altogether, and to tie in the need to defend one’s country with social programs is talking apples and oranges. Those conversations should be kept separate, and to bring up unrelated controversial topics when in a conversation about a controversial topics is just a redirection tactic (however unintended it may be).

      I suspect (correct me if I’m wrong) that you are taking your current view (and inherent disdain) of Republicans, dragging up all the bad things you hate about them, and assigning them to me, presumably due to the title I chose for shock value.

      Please don’t do that.

      I suggest we take each issue as an independent issue and discuss that issue. Sidetracking the conversation with other partisan topics doesn’t help the discussion. Assuming what my stance is on those other unrelated topics also does nothing but spread more hate and misunderstanding.

      So, corporate welfare and useless war aside, do you disagree with anything I actually said? Or are you on a partisan rampage?

  6. dmarks says:

    Ajoola said “an overwhelming majority of Americans stood up and said, “We’re not going to take it anymore!”
    Only slightly more Americans voted for Obama over McCain. And this group of Obama voters was definitely a minority of eligible American voters. So an underwhelming minority stood up and said this. The rest said something else, or didn’t bother to stand at all.

    dmarks´s last blog post..Chilling on Trempealeau Mountain

  7. Allyson says:

    Whall, I applaud you. Both for the fact that you take charity into your heart, and make it a reality, and for the fact that you responded to ajooja with tact and patience. My family and I also give to the homeless, although not on such a personal level. We give to charities, my kids choose which of their toys they want to give to underpriviledged children, and we vote for organizations who want to set up cold brick buildings where people can learn job skills, get daycare, and buy food at lower prices. That has always been the difference to me between Liberals and Conservatives. Liberals want to hand out fish, Conservatives want to teach fishing.

    Maybe we could get together and write up an actual plan for what we’d like to see in the government, instead of simply blogging about it. I like that you’re a man of action. This country, this world, needs more people like you.

    Allyson´s last blog post..Life is too busy for blogging.

  8. robin says:

    i agree with you, which is why i’m somewhere in the middle.

  9. NYCWD says:

    Ok… so maybe you really are a Republican afterall.

    I agree with pretty much all of your points because they are the basis of fiscal conservation, of which I am for. The only thing I want to point out is that I don’t have a problem with job creation and there are things that people need professional help… such as social workers helping to navigate the bureaucratic mess of social programs.

    NYCWD´s last blog post..Taking Precedence

  10. martymankins says:

    Until I see verified proof that you will end up with less money under Obama, then I really don’t see an issue of how much of your money you got to keep over the last 8 years vs. how much of your money you get to keep over the next 4-8 years.

    As we have has previous discussions about donating time/money/resources and I mostly have no argument.

    Now where you can send your money you promised to donate to a struggling liberal…. the address is … 😉

    martymankins´s last blog post..Snowy Sunday #09

  11. Dragon Baby says:

    You’ve got the cutest accent for a conservative.

    Dragon Baby´s last blog post..Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  12. Matt McGuire says:

    I am not a big fan of the liberal thought process or Obama, but we need to give him a chance. This country needs a leader we can all stand behind.

    Matt McGuire´s last blog post..Sacramento Area Oracle Group

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