Recently, several letters from left-leaning, liberal writers have appeared in the Record. Many of the letters are so convoluted and patently dishonest that the writers obviously live ideologically beyond the realm of logical reasoning.
One writer compared Romney’s religion to the Taliban, another advanced the argument that anyone who is pro-life and is against free contraceptives and abortion pills to women, not only is showing a lack of “Christian love” but is waging a “War on Women.” One writer even accused the Republicans of being against everything but motherhood and apple pie. (On second thought, the phony “War on Women” covers motherhood too).
Although these charges are ridiculous and small-minded and don’t deserve an answer, there is one accusation that cannot go unanswered — that Republicans and conservatives lack compassion and only Democrats and liberals reach out to the poor and needy.
Nothing could be more erroneous.
Time and space does not allow me to quote all the sources of information pertaining to charitable giving, but here are some of their findings:
• Most private charity endeavors, such as homeless shelters, food pantries and adoption agencies, are ministries of churches and other religious organizations (i.e., The Salvation Army), which tend to be conservative in their theology and in their politics.
• One study revealed that conservative households gave 30 percent more to charity than liberal households. Another study by Google found that conservatives’ giving doubled that of liberals.
• Conservatives also donated more time and blood. If liberals and moderates gave blood at the same frequency as conservatives, the blood supply would increase by 45 percent.
• Republican political leaders were much more generous with their giving than Democratic leaders.
• George W. Bush gave away more than 10 percent of his income before and during his presidency. From 2000 through 2004 the Obama’s gave less than 1 percent to charities. After becoming president, they raised that to 5.7 percent.
• The Biden’s reported giving $995 in charitable donations in 2011, about .3 percent of their income. Over the last 10 years they gave a total of $3,690, a miserly .2 percent to charity. In comparison, for 2010 and 2011, the Romneys’ charitable giving averaged out at 16.4 percent.
Conservative political writer Ann Coulter made the following satirical observation: “Elected Democrats crow about how much they love the poor by demanding overburdened taxpayers fund government redistribution schemes, but can never seem to open their own wallets. The only evidence we have that Democrats love the poor is that they consistently back policies that will create more of them.”
Red Cross appreciates support
I would like to correct a mistake that was made in an article published on June 8, 2012, titled “4 eateries generate $2K for local Red Cross chapter.” The Red Cross gave the wrong address for the Subway restaurants that supported us. The two Subways in Roswell that held Eat, Drink, & Be Charitable event for the Red Cross were the stores at 1307 S. Main St. and 2901 N. Main St.
I would like to apologize for this mistake and again thank both stores and their staff for their hard work in supporting the American Red Cross in Southeastern New Mexico. We and other non-profits in Roswell would not be able to provide the services we do without the support of local businesses. We would like to ensure that all of the staff at the South Main Subway store receive the recognition they deserve.
Community Relations Manager
American Red Cross in Southeastern New Mexico
Education and health care vital
As I see it, the way to reduce society’s dependancy on government is to provide education and health care to all.
Conservatives like to characterize the poor as unwilling to help themselves up because they’ve become too comfortable with the government providing for them.
I don’t believe this to be true. I believe that all people want to do better, want to be part of a productive society and are willing to work to that end given the opportunity. It’s just part of human nature.
The real problem is that there are far too many obstacles on that path to self-sufficiency. Obstacles created by uncompromising legislators who represent special interest and not their constituents. Unwilling to look at the bigger picture, they become bogged down in ideology and common sense is tossed out the window.
We are all familiar with the adage “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day, but give a man a rod and teach him to fish and he will feed himself.” In my opinion, education and health care are the two basic tools (the “rod” if you will) that Americans need to lift themselves out of poverty.
Chairman, Democratic Party of Chaves County
In response to Maria Hinojosa’s column regarding less protection for immigrant victims, I have a few observations to make.
First of all, to equate the immigration of Pilgrims to this country to current conditions is a specious argument. Regardless of one’s view of the establishment of the United States, the fact remains that it has become a sovereign nation recognized the world over. This recognition, in particular with regards to legal status, establishes the right and authority to determine who may enter lawfully, whether those wishing to enter agree with those laws or not.
Ms. Hinojosa is accusing the Republican Party of dividing the country. She does not go far enough. Both parties, as well as those with a vested interest in the continued racial divide, of which she is one, have contributed to the victimization of American citizens, legal immigrants and illegal immigrants of all races and skin colors. It has continued to open new wounds within America’s melting pot successes, where instead of being judged on one’s character and merit; all humans are diminished into whether they fit into a particular victim group, or characterized as an oppressor no matter what virtue that person possesses.
The unique and noble idea in America, although not always achieved, that each person is born with inalienable rights is only half of the equation. Government must recognize and protect those rights against those who would violate them. What seems to get lost in translation is that one of the first duties of the federal government is to protect the nation itself. Even though people are born with rights, they do not include violating the rights of others. In other words, there is no inalienable right to violate the lawful restrictions a sovereign nation has on immigration or to receive the same privileges as law abiding citizens and those who legally immigrate enjoy, regardless of skin color. I’m certain Ms. Hinojosa and her friends would be even unhappier if the United States employed the same immigration policies that Mexico and other Latin American countries have on their books.
Ms. Hinojosa is further distorting the issues surrounding domestic violence against women who are here illegally. I would not argue that our legal system is a mess, however, what Ms. Hinojosa is promoting in the special protections she’s after is in fact making the entire situation worse. What made the Jim Crow and similar sorts of laws so egregious is that the law created a situation whereby some people were more equal than others, which resulted in horrific injustice and more hatred. Ms. Hinojosa seems to be promoting the other side of the same coin. The fact remains that an American citizen who happens to be a woman battered and found to have committed a fraud against the government would find herself in the same predicament as Ms. Hinojosa’s illegal immigrant victim.
If Ms. Hinojosa is truly interested in keeping people from being exploited when they enter the country unlawfully, she would invest far more effort into taking down the industry built up around illegal entry. This includes the human smugglers, who often rape, extort and leave these people in vehicles out in the sun to die horrific deaths. It includes misguided church groups facilitating this kind of activity and not ensuring that these people have education and jobs to succeed in life, rather they encourage violation of Christian teachings in the name of their political ideology. We can’t forget those industries which exploit desperate people by circumventing federal and state employment laws, as well as politicians pandering for political power at the expense of everyone not politically connected.
In short, Ms. Hinojosa and others like her are bringing about the same lawless chaos that many of those entering illegally are trying to escape from. We can see, even from childhood, that when the rules are not clear, evenly applied and consistent, much resentment, bitterness and chaos results. Sadly, far too many people have forgotten that not everyone can be made happy and that sometimes life isn’t fair from our own perspective.
Now, more than ever, this country needs virtuous, morally and ethically principled representatives and citizens to rise above the race baiters and exploiters to establish reasonable, consistent standards for entry into this country and enforce those laws when they are violated, to include those already in violation of the law. I can’t help but think that if Ms. Hinojosa had become the victim of a fraud against her, she would want the person involved to receive justice, regardless of the passage of time or whether it disrupted that person’s family, regardless of skin color.