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“Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?” – Thomas Sowell

We sure have. After all, San Fran Nan didn’t do anything wrong by violating California’s COVID lockdown rules. She was set up. That excuses everything. Meanwhile, I am supposed to feel guilty about black slavery that ended decades before my grandparents arrived in the United States from Greece.

Reparations is a stupid game, and I won’t play it unless I am forced to, but if I am . . .

My Greek ancestors were sold into slavery – some to black African, who willingly kept them as slaves – as a tax for their families remaining Christian. So to those demanding reparations from me: Get back to me about my responsibility for things that happened to your ancestors before my grandparents were born and before they got to this country after you deal with your responsibility about what was done to my ancestors. Yes, it was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead. Nevertheless, your standard applies both ways. I hold you to the same standard as I am being held. Back off or render forth.

You are only responsible for what you do. Not for what others do, and certainly not for what others did before you were born. At the same time, you are responsible for your actions. When you screw up, fess up, take the lumps you deserve, and get past it. Anything else leads to madness.

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  1. Richard Fulmer Member

    So, “Seawriter” is a Greek name. Who knew?

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    • September 5, 2020, at 7:33 AM PDT
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  2. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    So, “Seawriter” is a Greek name. Who knew?

    All you have to do to find my real name is read one of my book reviews.

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    • September 5, 2020, at 8:11 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Amen and amen! And what about those who were here, but in the North and fought against slavery? And how do the people like Kamala Harris or Barry Soetero fit in? Going down this route, the math is more complicated than any computer or programmer can handle.


    This is the Quote of the Day. We have openings as soon as tomorrow. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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    • September 5, 2020, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  4. Al French of Damascus Moderator

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Amen and amen! And what about those who were here, but in the North and fought against slavery? And how do the people like Kamala Harris or Barry Soetero fit in? Going down this route, the math is more complicated than any computer or programmer can handle.

    But not too complicated for a progressive. They’re pro science, you know.

     

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    • September 5, 2020, at 9:04 AM PDT
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  5. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Trust Thomas Sowell to capture the essence of a situation with a minimum number of words…

    (Of course, the talking heads at CNN/MSNBC probably consider him to be just another member of the “conservative minstrel show”.)

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    • September 5, 2020, at 11:16 AM PDT
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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It has nothing to do with responsibility of course, but power. 

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    • September 6, 2020, at 5:16 AM PDT
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  7. Full Size Tabby Member

    Seawriter: We sure have. After all, San Fran Nan didn’t do anything wrong by violating California’s COVID lockdown rules. She was set up. That excuses everything. Meanwhile, I am supposed to feel guilty about black slavery that ended decades before my grandparents arrived in the United States from Greece.

    I know Rep. Pelosi’s actions and words are not the focus of your post, but her claim of “taking responsibility” is about the most bizarre version of “taking responsibility” I can think of. Basically, she blames someone else for her own actions and calls that “taking responsibility.”

    Yet as you say, she and her allies say that I am supposed to put myself down and dismantle the hard work my ancestors did to build up my country and my family because some of them might have participated in a system that others fought to dismantle a century before my birth. [I am not aware of any personal ancestors who owned slaves, but my family comes from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Part of Camp David is on land my family once owned.]

    So our political leaders think we should debase ourselves to “take responsibility” for practices ended long ago, but themselves blame others for their own actions while claiming that is “taking responsibility.” 

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    • September 6, 2020, at 11:20 AM PDT
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