I am reading and taking in everything everyone has said so far; a lot of great comments and ideas being thrown my way, and I'm super excited to hear everyone out. I honestly didn't think I would get such great responses, so thank you all for taking the time to consider my questions.
I've been thinking, considering. I spoke with someone I know about this. This person and I may not always see eye to eye, but they hear me out and I always respect their opinion. They have lived through more than I have. I honor the knowledge that they have; even if I don't quite agree at times.
Portent brought up healthcare. I don't know as much about healthcare in the US sadly; I'm trying to learn more though. That tracking chip sounds kinda scary, on one hand I can see the benefits to having a medical history right there and easily accessed. Very convenient, and helpful to doctors I imagine. On the other...a tracking chip? Again, it just sounds scary. It makes me think of those new chips on credit cards, etc. I've heard all the ways they can be hacked. Hm.
I asked this person what they thought of universal healthcare, that shouldn't it be a human right to have access to that? They said you shouldn't have to force people into anything, that's why they doesn't like Obamacare.
Fair point, I said. Yet, they have a medical disorder. The medicine costs upward of $750 without their wife's health insurance from her work (they worked as long as they could until it became impossible; they are now on disability).
I said, it's sad because I know how bad it can get. I know there are people out there without good insurance. I can't bear to think of others suffering this way, and not having access to things like medical attention and the medications they use. I said if there was any way I could share what we have with people, I would find a way.
They said, perhaps. I don't know if they changed their mind, I don't think so to be honest lol. They listened though, like I said they hear me out. I hear them out.
I still think, I mean, what is wrong with an educated populace? What is wrong with giving everyday hardworking people a living wage? If we all do better, and are educated with a decent wage, shouldn't that be for the benefit of everyone? I saw pictures of a Detroit school the other day; I was horrified, mold, broken desks, rats. How can we educate young people like this? Why don't we want to help them? I guess it will take a lot of taxes, I might sing a different tune later, but I'm fine being taxed if it goes to the benefit of others. I care about humanity. How could I not share what I have with others? I can see what they were saying, but on the other I just want to help people and our country grow in positive directions.
It disturbs me the environment our future generations are growing up in. I felt so sad seeing those pictures, reading about the water disaster in Flint. How can these people not have access to non-toxic water? I don't understand, it truly, deeply breaks my heart.
Todd, Kung Fu; that makes a lot of sense. I can see it now. Thank you both, and everyone in general for replying, once again. Some truly great ideas generating here, and some great thoughts.
I am still thinking and trying to educate myself better, so this really does help.