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Andy Taylor: What won't work?
Barney Fife: You and Peg. That's what won't work. Andy, I hate to have to tell you this but you're gonna have to give her up. Forget about her. Nip it. Nip it in the bud.
Andy Taylor: What're you talkin' about?
Barney Fife: You want me to spell it out for ya, huh? All right, I will. Andy, she is one of the rich, and they are different.
Andy Taylor: Oh, come on.
Barney Fife: No, no, no. They are. They're different. From the minute they're born with that silver spoon in their hands...
Andy Taylor: Mouth.
Barney Fife: Right...life is different.”
The fact that homeless people do not have housing is a wrong done against them, not a sign they did something wrong. To then try and ban them from public spaces and existing in public (including doing things we all have to do, like sleep or eat), is yet another grievous wrong.
An attack on homeless people is not “protecting the community”, it is an attack on the community. Homeless people aren’t my enemy, those who would ban them from things like sleeping in public are my enemy.”
That world does not exist to all, only to some. And those born into the world of opportunity and choice cannot comprehend why anyone can’t just “pick themselves up by their bootstraps” and just “stop being poor.””
And yet so many of us pretend we know. Can’t they just go get a job? Can’t they just work harder? Can’t they just go get a degree? Can’t they just save more? Spend less? These questions are ridiculous. They come from people who have never known any struggles. They come from people who never held multiple jobs just to put food on the table. These questions are from people who assume hard work is the answer to all problems. These questions are from people who were not born into poverty.”
Frankly, I think these women are exploiting the movement. Also, I refuse to be made the ‘heavy’ for the women's movement. I’m as exploited by conditioning as women are, and yet I'm blamed for being unfair to women. That's as stupid as blaming me for the sins of slavery. I never owned a black, and as long as I haven’t owned a black and no one can show by my own actions that I am mean to blacks, I refuse to feel guilty. The feminist movement tries to blackmail men. In fact, one of the first editors of SCREW was a woman, who's now working for Penthouse.”
For that matter, would you be troubled if news and information about some controversial matter became tougher to find online because the major providers of internet service would just as soon you didn’t hear of it?
Though all of us, as taxpayers, paid to help create the internet, the big providers are eager to harness and own it, treating it as their own personal profit stream. They want to write the rules.”
Poor people buy Jordans? We're upset.
Poor people have cable? We're angry.
Poor people make minimum wage? We think it's too much money if we don't make more.”
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