Friday, January 21, 2011

a Father & Daughter Discussion

I really don't know who to credit for the following . . . I certainly didn't write it!  But this sure seems about right to me.  I know my blog is a running blog . . . but sometimes stuff just leaks out! 

'A Father & Daughter Discussion

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so
many others her age, she considered herself to be a very Liberal
Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in Favor of
higher taxes to support more government programs, in other Words
redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch
Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the Lectures that
she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she
felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to
keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to Higher
taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The
self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to Be the
truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by Asking how
she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and
let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that She was
taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which
left her no time to go out and party like other people She knew. She
didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many
college friends,  because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked , 'How is your friend Audrey
doing?' She replied, ' Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are
Easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She Is
so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited
to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for
classes because she's too hung over.'

Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to the Dean's
office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your
friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA,  and
certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.' The
daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired
back, 'That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really
hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard
work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played
while I worked my tail off!'

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, 'Welcome to The
Republican party.''

If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between
Republican and Democrat I'm all ears.

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat..
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
(Unless it's a foreign religion, of course!)


  1. Thanks for posting something non-running related Frank. It is all so true.

  2. I suppose this can be interpreted either way. I think the fathers response was inappropriate and very narrow in respect. I do not believe that what needs to be accomplished in America is "giving" up your wealth just so others can enjoy a free ride. I do believe there are a lot of folks out there that require help. Our help, for are we not our brothers keeper? I could lash out about "Republican" beliefs that they don't give a damn about a person down on thier luck (which would be true). Do you contribute to Charity? Why. If you do then do you contribute enough, seriously, view what you give

    and tell me if you can't possibly do more. Do you view life as spiritual or as a one time thing and the winner takes all? Do you have the ability to turn up your heat when you're cold, to air condition when hot, to have a hot shower, a warm bed and a full stomach? Why do you then denigrate others for their lot in life through an example that is such a narrow view. The young lady probably led a comfortable life and had her education paid for by her family or through Government loans, the father may or may not make his money through illegal venues and is taking a high road answer because I'm sure he wouldn't see himself or what he does as wrong, he feels justified and his glib smart allecky answer fit the sphere of his life at that moment. Don't forget and throw in all the people who this email denigrates who can't take care of themselves or are untrainable. Just because a man lives in a homeless shelter doesn't mean he is lazy and chosing a "free ride" at our expense.
    We view life as what "we" think it should be and how it fits our perseptions. Republicans (or folks with this view) think that the poor are out there partying it up on the handouts they get. Baaaaaah (sheep sound)

    Poverty in America? One of the richest countries in the world?

    Yes, poverty is a reality in America, just as it is for millions of other human beings on the planet. According to the US Census Bureau, 35.9 million people live below the poverty line in America, including 12.9 million children.

    This is despite abundance of food resources. Almost 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in America each year. 700 million hungry human beings in different parts of the world would have gladly accepted this food.

    Instead of worshipping the dollar we should value that which is of importance. First of all ourselves and our neighbors (family, friends and people in general). Try not to form perceptions that at the moment fit the scheme of life but look down the road. Walk in someone elses shoes before you judge their lives. Remember the famous saying "judge not lest you be judged" or something similar and remember the one about stones as well.
    The case of the girls friend with the barely 2.0 is valueless, that is what she chooses for her life. What about the 10-20 others who for whatever reason are only making a 2.0 GPA and are working their butts off to improve their life and the lives of those they touch or will touch in the future due to their unselfish desire to help others but are presently accepting a helping hand to achieve their goal and didn't even have health care. What about the others who can't seem to get their lives together for a multitude of reasons, reasons you would never be able to understand and would think "how could this be" in the America you envision.
    Foward this to the people who send you these stories as a reminder that they are blessed and that they should never forget that others are not as lucky as they. "Blessed" could be a double edged sword if we point it the wrong way. I consider you a friend and always will, I am not perfect, you know me.

  3. Well . . . Mister Anonymous . . .

    I feel like I di a lot personally. At least I try. But without a doubt I could do more.

    My heart does go out to those that can't . . . those that are just in an unusual situation or have personal issues that don't allow them to make ends meet, Those folks I truly want to help.

    But there are a huge number of other folks that may 'say' they can't. But they really could. They just have not or won't.

    I wish it were easy to tell the real difference!

    But so often the story we hear is very different from the facts.

    If I knew the facts, I would do more. I'm sure of that.

    I am not a judge. I certainly don't want to be a judge. But to a degree I'm forced to be. I have to decide who to support and who not to support. Or trust an agency / not-for-profit to do that for me.


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