I had an interesting conversation on Facebook the other day. It was in regard to a political post I put up on my wall. It was actually an enlightening discussion. It made me consider the kinds of things I post when it comes to politics. The post in question was bound to incite some ire on the part of those who disagreed. Despite the disclaimer I added that I didn’t agree with everything in the article I posted, it was the incendiary part that people focused in on. I couldn’t seem to get them to see the underlying message, the part that I wanted people to see.
But that’s not what’s been weighing so heavily on my mind since that discussion. No. It’s the part during the discussion when a woman I went to college with truly and honestly tried to clarify her position by relating a story of her recent trip to the grocery store. It seems the man in front of her ,”kid you not”, while she was “buying stuff with coupons”, had his cart filled with “frozen pizzas and tons of soda” for his kid’s birthday party to which twelve kids were invited. And, then he, “pays with an Access card. Is that not taking advantage?”
A friend jumped in the conversation and asked the question that really needs to be asked, “How on Earth is what was in someone else’s shopping cart any of your business?" That’s the part that was so upsetting to me. The attitude that people are just out to take advantage of food stamps and other assistance programs is what I simply don’t understand.
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