I am one of those odd people you sometimes meet who has a full-blown college education, 3 grown children (of which one has become independently self-employed and successful in San Diego, and 2 daughters who married (the oldest married an attorney in Washington DC, and she has never worked a day job, chose to have NO children, and lives the Great Life)... and my other daughter, who married a young man who fights wildfires in the wilderness in Nevada... an American Hero... She has 3 grown kids like her mother, and one of them is a Veterinarian, another is a school teacher/wife...and my only grandson is in college.

The point of this confession is that I have not been personally successful, but I do participate in my democracy. So my humble lifestyle as a retiree is not too dismal.

There are SO MANY people in our country who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and to pay for their medicine and health care. Too many of us must rely on public assistance, and the charity of relatives or The State.

Our social system needs changes, and part of the problem is our Two Party System which includes one party that lives by the doctrine of Wealth Makes Health (for Me and Mine). The Other Party is the lesser party--some of us are in the "Welfare State--the "Deplorables".

Over in the nation-state of India, they have "Deplorables" also -- they are referred to as the "Untouchables".... I'm not certain if that is because they are impoverished in the Extreme, or because they don't belong to a state-sanctioned religion.

Regardless of why they lack membership in the right religion, they are forced by the "Caste System" to remain in their meager social status. I would say that our Public Welfare recipients are such "untouchables" in our seldom-spoken common speech.

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Poor Man to get into Heaven, I would say.

Member of the Medium Forum, varied interests, particularly preservation of American social equality and environmental preservation.

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