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Thoughts about life in a small Spanish town from a transplanted American, commenting on things that catch my attention.

Not So Fast, 9. Fairness.
16 July 2021 @ 21:54

Contagion just keeps going up, especially among the young people. In less than a month, Spain has become one of the European countries with the most spread of Covid. Luckily, we are also vaccinating quickly, now, and there are fewer hospitalizations. Still, this means that we are not going to have a freer summer. 

Thinking about some of the things I have written about, and that have caught my eye, I realize that my political views have always been left of center. Even when I was a child, I was obsessed with justice. "That's not fair!" was an exclamation that always made me mad. It wasn't fair that if one kid did something wrong, the whole class should be punished. It wasn't fair that a bully would take away a kid's cookies. It wasn't fair!

As I grew, and watched the evening news with my parents, I became aware that the world wasn't fair, either. There were wars, people killed other people, people lived in poverty, people went hungry next to others sipping champagne. But there was nothing I could do.

Then, the 1980 presidential election came around. At that time, I was eleven, and in sixth grade at a local parochial school. Our school had an agreement with Scholastic Publishing, which would send round catalogues for us to buy books with our parents' permission, and sometimes, they would provide information leaflets to the school for different activities. That year, I remember getting a leaflet about the election. In it, the three candidates were presented, as well as a synopsis of each of their intentions if they were elected. The candidates were President Jimmy Carter, Democrat, Ronald Reagan, Republican, and John Anderson, Independent. Forty years later, I don't remember all the details, but I do remember reading carefully, and deciding that John Anderson was the fairest one. I didn't like Jimmy Carter's presidency, with the Iranian hostage fiasco (he is a much better person than he was a politician), and Ronald Reagan's promises looked like he wanted to wage immediate war with Russia. 

That year, I realized that what I could do was vote, to help make things fairer. But, I couldn't because I was only eleven. That was when I decided I would become a U.S. citizen as soon as I turned sixteen, so I could vote when I turned eighteen. I did, and I have been voting ever since. With my dual nationality, I also vote here in every election. It's the civic duty of all citizens.

Ever since then, I have been left-leaning. Ronald Reagan changed America for the worse, in my opinion. He introduced trickle-down economics, and it has been shown that it just doesn't work. Since his time in office, wealth has gone to the top tiers, the middle class has shrunk, and the working class has grown and become even poorer. It's not fair for a few people to concentrate so much wealth, while so many suffer just to have the basics, let alone enough money left over to enjoy nice things.

There are people who will say, "Well, those that have all that money worked for it." Yes, they did. But that doesn't mean others haven't. Because the same people that say the former sentence, will also deny a struggling family any type of welfare, saying they are being lazy for wanting it. Yet that struggling family maybe can't work any harder. Maybe both parents are working two jobs. Yet they still don't make enough to put three meals on the table and pay all the necessary bills. That isn't fair. 

It also isn't fair that a woman who loves another woman can't marry her because the law doesn't contemplate same-sex marriage. Yet, they love each other to pieces. But because they are both women, society says their love isn't real. Or that they can't make good parents because they're both the same sex. 

Nor is it fair that a woman who never wanted to get pregnant, finds that her birth control didn't work, and then gets told she can only have an abortion if she travels hundreds of miles or kilometers. Or that, even if she was raped, abortion is a sin and she should just live with it and raise the baby. 

Being paid a living wage with which we can pay for necessities, and save up for niceties, shouldn't be considered something radical. We are all on the wheel of fortune. Sometimes, we are up in the clouds. The next moment we can be plunged to the bottom of bankruptcy and failure, and need to hold on to the rungs to rise again. No one should be stepping on our fingers, forcing us under the wheel, if that happens.

Having the freedom to marry whom we want, or to form a family when we want, does not oblige any of us to do so. Legalizing same-sex marriage doesn't oblige us to marry someone of our same sex. Nor does having abortion regulated force us to have one if we don't want. We are still allowed to make our choice according to our beliefs, but so are others according to their beliefs. That is fair.

Life continues.

 Fight, Box, Unfair, Weak, Strong, Small

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Neilg said:
16 July 2021 @ 23:42

I wonder if you think its "fair" that Spain´s pathetic political class enforced the lockdown illegally?
These politicians who you naively believe simply want people to live their lives as they want?
People locked in their homes. Many unable to earn a living. Business owners ruined. Holidays foregone. OAPs condemned to lonely deaths in OAP homes. Time spent sitting around - time that we never get back.
Jobs lost. Families smashed. Homes repossessed. The national debt at ludicrous levels. Money printing to pay for the debt - artificial money that destroys the value of savings and hits pensioners the hardest. People having to plan to work beyond their retirement age.
A huge denial of people´s rights to lives their lives as they want.
Police arrests. Illegal!
Fines - illegal.
The bending of the police to being the agents of illegal power.
You know who brought the supreme/constitutional court case? Yes, it was Vox - these people who you imply are fascists. The only fascists I´ve seen who want a small state! And the pro-lockdown parties? the largest expansion of the state since lord knows when.
Take a look at your smears, Maria. Think hard. Hang your head in shame.
You´ve just seen the result of your nasty ideology, yet you project it on others.
Haver a good think.

cranniedwall said:
16 July 2021 @ 23:54

I suppose you wouldn't have minded sacrificing lives to your god of libertarian "justice." Have a good think, yourself.

cranniedwall said:
17 July 2021 @ 00:01

As I said, if you don't like my blog, you don't have to read it. If you want to talk about your own ideas, get your own blog. I won't comment on it things like "spray around" as if you were a dog. Good night.

Neilg said:
17 July 2021 @ 00:02

I am a liberal. We believe in a proper relationship between citizen and state.
Not illegal power, dreamed up by a Prime Minister and his fellow authoritarians.
You think that is "fair"?
Believe what you like - but don´t smear others

cranniedwall said:
17 July 2021 @ 00:04

Don't smear me, either. I am not an authoritarian, nor are you a liberal.

Neilg said:
17 July 2021 @ 11:06

I am not smearing you. You have said that the expression of political views...ones you don't like...should be illegal.
The reason you throw around epithets such as 'extreme', 'ultra' etc is to put other views beyond the pail. To silence them. Not open to debate.
Authoritarians always do that. George Orwell expressed it well.

Neilg said:
18 July 2021 @ 02:25

If you wonder, as you may not be aware, what George Orwell said.
He said: "In the future, those who are fascists will be known as anti-fascists, those who are anti-fascist will be known as fascists".
Never a truer word spoken!
You can substitute the word "liberal" which is now applied as the opposite of what it really means.

cranniedwall said:
19 July 2021 @ 00:07

The expression of those opinions whose intent is to perpetuate hatred is what should be outlawed.

Liberal: a person who believes government should be active in supporting social and political change.

"By ‘Fascism’ they mean, roughly speaking, something cruel, unscrupulous, arrogant, obscurantist, anti-liberal and anti-working-class. Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers, almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come." George Orwell.

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