The two party system cannot possibly include every political viewpoint. You have to let independents vote in primaries because to do otherwise would exclude the opinions of a vast group of concerned voters. Limiting the democratic primary to only registered democrats is tantamount to saying that only white male land owners' votes count. Always strive for inclusiveness.
"The best way" is not an either/or proposition. I give generously to the food bank, but will also hand out pocket change to street beggars. Most homeless people are not homeless for their entire lives. They are are in a bad place either because of their own bad choices or circumstances beyond their control. Giving them a little help while they deal with their problems is a good thing. There are more stories from homeless people who say, "He helped me out when nobody else would", than there are stories about ungrateful beggars looking to rip you off. One ingrate story involves a guy who said that he was homeless and people gave him money and he just spent it on booze and drugs. Then a woman came along told him to sober up and get a job. He did that and eventually married the woman who chastised him. He said that she was the reason he turned his life around, and not all those liberal bleeding hearts who gave him money he didn't deserve. I say that he would have never lived long enough to meet that woman if it weren't for bleeding heart liberals giving him money which literally kept him alive while he was dealing with his problems. If you are truly homeless and everybody turns their back on you, you are dead. If you are begging for money you don't need (I once had two teenagers ask me for spare change while one of them was talking on a cell phone!) then you are not getting any money from me. If you are wearing nice, clean clothes and new shoes, you are not getting any money from me. If you are clean shaven with a stylish haircut, you are not getting any money from me. If it looks like you are strung out and living day to day, I will give you money, if I have it on me. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. If you look like you could use a couple of bucks, be it for your next fix or drink, so be it. Being kind to beggars has never hurt me in the slightest, and may have actually helped a few people. That's all the justification I need to keep giving when I can.
Giving money to street corner beggars is not about whether the beggar "deserves" it or not. They never deserve it. That's the point. They aren't going to buy clothes or food or invest in street improvements or anything that would qualify a bum as deserving of your spare change. Giving charity to people who don't deserve it is the most christlike thing you can do. Don't judge the beggar, judge yourself. I throw the bums a dime every now and then, I don't ask them what they are going to do with the money (I already know). It's all about being kind to strangers. Who knows? Maybe this time, the beggar will actually do something right with the money. But if you never give them the chance to do something right, they never will. Remember the passage in Les Miserables where Jean Val Jean steals the church silver, gets caught, and the priest tells him that the silver is a gift to him? That moment of complete charity to a non deserving person can have life changing consequences for both giver and taker...or not. You can be cynical and say, "thanks for the silver, sucker" or you can actually do something right with it like Jean Val Jean did.
Being fat and ugly does not give you the right to denigrate others for being fat and ugly. Remember that Seinfeld episode about the dentist who became a jew so he could tell jokes about jews? Lets try to be a little more circumspect when using the public megaphone, OK?
My trusty slide rule says that the spiral path runs both ways. The internet also giveth, creating the anti-log to your downward spiral and raising travelers to the power of X. If you draw a triangle between any two people on the spiral and Tom, he always has the right angle!
It seems to me that all jobs, sooner or later, will eventually make you compromise your principles, religious or other. It's up to the worker to decide just how much. For that Kentucky woman, it was about bigotry against gays. Fine, she should quit her job and go hang out with that pastry guy who won't make wedding cakes for gays but will for dogs. Instead, she refused to keep her oath about upholding the laws and regulations, and refused to quit her job. Well, she can't do both. People with strong convictions about such things shouldn't take jobs that force them to go against their convictions. In the case of the Kentucky woman, the rules changed on her while she was fulfilling her duties, so, she simply should have quit instead of refusing to do her job. People make these choices at their jobs all the time. Her solution was the stupidest choice she could have made.
Punishing people for doing stupid things just adds insult to injury. Charging a person for being rescued because they made a bad or uninformed decision is truly mean spirited and accomplishes nothing by punishing someone for making a mistake. This isn't Catholic school where you get hit with a ruler every time you get an answer wrong. Real life and death situations should not be treated so callously. If you have a car accident because you ran a red light, and your child dies as a result, do you really think the proper thing to do is to charge you with murder? How about a little compassion?
Why do we try to prevent others from creating nukes? We have international agreements to do so. Google Nuclear Threat Initiative. That should answer your question.
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