You're right. I did, and I did so purposely. I have this bad habit of arguing with brick walls, and although I'm getting better at resisting it, I still can't seem to stop myself.<quoted text>
That aside though, you took the one bit of my comment that I stuck in there just for fun and ran with it. You completely left out anything about the topic at hand, and that is what we all do. We ignore the poor and the down trodden and focus and the things that are most important to us.
There is no way to convince people who don't want to help the poor to understand why they should help the poor. Why should I attempt to argue that if it's pointless? It's a waste of energy. It makes me mad, it makes them mad, and nobody's mind changes.
There are people in this country that desperately need help, people that are doing a lot to help themselves, but just can't get out of the situation they're in. People like EgoBrain can argue all he wants that poor people should ride bikes ten miles to work and sew quilts by hand, but I can nearly guarantee you he has had at least a relatively easy ride and wouldn't be willing to do any of the things he preaches. I sure as hell don't want to (and couldn't) ride a bike ten miles to work. If I was 20 years old and weighed 110, I might feel differently. It would also help if I knew how to ride a bike, but I digress.:P
A lot of conservatives have a bad habit of working in ideals rather than in reality. They expect people to go far above and beyond anything they would be willing to do themselves to get out of a bad situation. The ones who preach this nonsense are almost always the ones who've never known what it's like to go without basic needs. It's easy to say "oh just do this and that" when you have enough money for your utility bills and food.
Yes, I'm stupid for coming in here and arguing. But it causes me great pain and anguish to hear people be so damned callous and uncaring. Yes, there are absolutely people in this country who abuse the welfare system, but there are also many who just need a boost or a temporary hand so that they can find their way out of a financial hole. And saying crap like "People who get food stamps shouldn't be able to buy junk food" make me furious. Believe me, there's not much joy in life when you're so poor you can't even pay your bills and you're stuck in a bad situation, and sometimes a bag of Doritos is as close to happy as some people get. But it's easy for people who have the freedom financially to go out, go shopping, go see a movie, buy a video game system or go to a football game to sit and preach about the poor and how they don't deserve a friggin' bag of chips.