I posted the following remarks on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog on October 24, 2017:
To the 3rd poster below:
Your post on our culture of unequal wealth distribution via tax policy is connected to my post on sexual predatory behavior in that both require a consciousness of power of some over others, instead of a culture of egalitarianism.
We must grow in consciousness spiritually, and then our entire society and all of its institutions including corporations, will change for the better for humankind.
Actor Tom Hanks on PBS yesterday shared his thoughts on “the tipping point” of predatory sexual behavior having been reached in our culture in the video of 4 minutes, below:
I believe that this sexual predatory tipping point is the beginning of our society’s rejecting a culture of power hierarchy in which those in power dominate others into submission. This culture is a psychologically sick culture and is seen in all kinds of paternalistic institutions such as in religion and politics. Our culture must become more egalitarian in thought and values to become more humane. This is the tipping point to reach higher consciousness spiritually, as I see it for our planet. It is not simply about sexual predatory behavior. Sexual expression starts in the mind, not in the genital organs. Our society has become sick with power where human beings are viewed as either winners or losers via power and domination in the workplace as well as in the bedroom. We must become more compassionate and humane as a culture and nation.
A 2nd poster:
I saw that yesterday, love Tom Hanks, makes common sense look so easy. Until white Republican women realize being used as a token, that getting no respect is a bad thing, the women’s movement is going nowhere. I was raised and wallowed in this type woman who literally hate liberal women. Never saw that in the black or gay movements. Here is the weak link of the Dems. The white Republican women obviously do not feel persecuted.
This is about more than changing the consciousness of white Republican women or about the women’s movement. It is about the coming of age spiritually of our planet.
The 2nd Poster’s response to Mary Elizabeth’s remarks:
(I have) never seen a movement so disjointed as the women’s movement. The women are taking money for their silence and keeping out of it. High priced prostitution…
Mary Elizabeth’s response to the 2nd poster’s remarks, immediately above:
You have made some good points in your two posts above, imo, but your judgment is too harsh toward some women, who are only products of a power-worshipping and power-dominated society in which men must be seen to dominate women in the same way that white people were seen to be superior to, and, thereby, must dominate black and brown people.
As the culture matures spiritually, according to much of the thinking of Thomas Jefferson (egalitarianism, religious freedom, enlightened minds through education), the people within the culture will individually feel freer to be who they innately are, without fear. This is why we are witnessing the “tipping point” of consciousness in the American Experiment, as I see it, as a model for the world.
Thanks for your input, which inspires deepened thought.
A 3rd poster responds:
Read a good article about this issue. wish I could remember where, but the huge divide is among married and unmarried women. The more married you are, the more conservative you tend to be.
Mary Elizabeth responds to the comments made by the 3rd poster, immediately above:
I have read that analysis previously, also. I believe it was based on the fact that married women (especially older married women) have been delegated by societal norms to depend upon their husbands for their livelihood. Therefore, these married women often will not contradict, with conviction, the opinions of their provider husbands, who often have held conservative views of women’s rights to equality.
And, then, too, imo, some fundamentalist religious denominations preach (still) that the best marriages occur when women are subservient to their husbands, through the Divine plan of God. Jesus was more egalitarian in his teachings than that, imo.
The 3rd poster’s initial remarks in this discussion:
If the GOP really made this a middle class tax break, it would probably be a pretty good idea. The problem is, if you look closely, you’ll notice their lips are moving. Lowering the taxes for working class families would stimulate the economy. Like the tip of an iceberg, there’s always a grain of truth in the GOP’s anti-tax crusade, but the bulk of their argument lies dark and murky beneath the surface.
The middle class would spend the extra money on goods and services they can’t currently afford. That would stimulate growth. That’s not going to happen though. Campaign Donald told his cheering crowds that guys like him were going to be paying more taxes. That’s about as likely to happen as him losing his big flabby butt overnight.
The problem is, as it has been, income inequality. Working class Americans aren’t getting their fair share of the pie.
Many of the people that have been most injured by recent economic trends voted for the big orange clown. Good luck with the facts Jay, but Trump voters are pretty much immune to them. They just kick back and drink their snake oil.
Build a big beautiful wall, and make Mexico pay for it. Pretty lousy idea not to mention stupid. On the other hand, Give the middle class a tax break, and make the Koch brothers pay for it. Now that’s beautiful.
If the Koch’s have billions of dollars to buy US elections, they can afford to pay a little extra tax.