Sunday, December 5, 2021

Short Takes: Wisdom in a Few Words

My voice of partisanship and, yes, reason is not alone. Here are some shared sentiments I culled from Facebook and Twitter postings you might not have seen:

“I don’t like paying higher gas prices either but it’s incredible that people will buy GOP outrage on gas that’s $4 instead of $3.50—but then excuse GOP for keeping the minimum wage at $72.5 instead of $15, insulin at $1200 instead of $35, & paid leave at 0 weeks instead of 12 weeks.”—Qasim Rashid

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”—Desmond Tutu

“If paying a cashier a living wage will make prices go up, why doesn’t replacing cashiers with self checkouts make prices go down?”—Mohamad Safa

“Being an American means reckoning with a history fraught with violence and injustice. Ignoring that reality in favor of mythology is not only wrong but also dangerous. The dark chapters of American history have just as much to teach us, if not more, than the glorious ones, and often the two are intertwined.”—Ken Burns

“When you see your roads being paved and bridges being built, thank a Democrat.”—Left Action

“Companies that complain they can’t find workers because unemployment pays more should realize it’s because they aren’t paying enough.”—The Other 98%

“When you have more than you need, build a long table not a higher wall.”—St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

“This holiday season, if you really want to thank Jesus for your food, then give him and his family a path to citizenship and pay them living wage!”—The Other 98%

“Proud Boys asking for better jail conditions is just another example of them not understanding things until it personally affects them.”—The Other 98%

“You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there’s a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.”—Left Action

“The Pentagon spends over $2,000,000,000 every single day. Meanwhile, 40,000 veterans experienced homelessness last year. What if ‘support our troops’ meant reinvesting funds to actually provide veterans with basic necessities?”—The Other 98%

“Is there a nicer feeling than being in a room full of people and the dog chooses to come sit next to you?”—Peace, Love and Music

“Apparently, 12 years of tuition free public school isn’t socialism. But add 4 more years and suddenly it’s a communist plot.”—Jeffrey Levin

“White privilege is refusing to get a proven vaccine while millions of Black and brown people around the world still can’t get access.”—Robert Reich

“Likely we will have to live with Covid and its variants for many years. Vaccinating the world regardless of cost will save millions of lives in the US let alone around the world. We don’t need more shut downs, we need more people vaccinated to prevent deaths.”—Maxine Clark

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being, and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government makes that decision for her, she is being treated less than a fully adult human.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg