Life Duty Death

Julie Locascio julie.cpc at mhs.unc.edu
Thu Sep 7 12:45:20 EST 1995


>My great grandfather came here from Denmark as a sailor. He paid his way 
>and had children which he supported. My grandfather was born in San 
>Francisco. He lost land in the Great earthquake of 1906 and took NO 
>assistance in rebuilding. My father was born in San Francisco and held a 
>job with the railroads. He died when I was four.. My great grandmother 
>came from Germany and worked as a stenographer. My grandmother worked as 
>a legal secretary and is now on her Social Security. My mother died when 
>I was four and thus my father's railroad pension never was used.
>On my mother's side I can trace my ancestry back to the 1700's and so far 
>as I can determine I am the FIRST in my family (both sides) te recieve 
>disability (due to blindness).  I am a taxpayer as well, because I 
>recieve a small income from a part time job. 

What--your great grandfather came here from Denmark?  How on earth were we 
able to absorb him?!!!  Is he inherently better than a Mexican migrant?  
Please explain this!  He actually had children?  I am surprised that somebody 
did not simply assume that a poor immigrant would never be able to raise 
children and forcibly sterilize him.  Your dad worked for the railroads?  I 
don't suppose any public money every went into THAT.  Your great grandmother 
was a foreigner, too?  Was she also more gifted and deserving than Mexican 
migrants?  Social Security???!!!  Say it isn't true!   Traced your ancestry 
back to the 1700s, eh?  Do you really think ancestral records made a habit of 
noting when people had to borrow money or get handouts?  C'mon!  The Pilgrims 
needed the Indians' charity to learn how to eat in North America--there is no 
way you are going to get around that one.


>AND I HAVE NO CHILDREN. Why? Because I cannot afford them. And because I 
>cannot afford children, I do without! I am not proud of recieving help 
>from the government. I have worked for twenty years and now, my failing 
>eyesight will not allow me to continue.There is no way I would be able to 
>raise a child with the advantages it would need. So I do not have one.

Advantages?  You refuse to bring a child into the world unless it can have an 
immediate advantage over everybody else?  I'm glad my parents didn't require 
that criteria!  If you honestly feel that you cannot raise a child, that is 
your decision--I fail to see why you feel you have the information AND the 
right to make that decision for people you do not know.  Mexicans are not 
statistics--they are people, like you and me.  They have hopes and dreams, and 
have to work very hard (unless they are born with those "advantages" to which 
you were referring).  Many of them do end up having children that they cannot 
feed, but many people in the U.S. also have children which end up neglected, 
unclothed, unhoused, unfed, beaten, sexually abused:  you cannot look into a 
crystal ball and know exactly what is going to happen when somebody has a 
child.  You can have clues and likelihoods, certainly, but you do not KNOW.


>All I expect is that people, like myself, who are forced onto accepting 
>public money SHOW RESPONSIBILITY for the money they recieve!

>Swan

Does that include spending time and money tying up the Internet with hateful 
and bitter diatribes?  The Internet is subsidized,  in case you haven't 
figured that out!  Its main subsidies come from educational institutions with 
the idea being that enough informational productivity and distribution will 
filter around and make it worthwhile to everybody.  If you feel so strongly 
about family planning in the third world, then send money to organizations 
that provide responsible and voluntary education and services on family 
planning--not nazi sterilization policies that may ultimately conclude that a 
poor Mexican willing to process chickens is worth more to society than a blind 
U.S. middle class consumer who can no longer work.  I do not feel that way, 
but I do not see how you can have the views you have and not believe that 
somebody will turn those views on your situation some day.



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