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Family Security Matters ^ | January 6, 2011 | Ralph Peters

Posted on 01/06/2011 6:21:50 PM PST by captjanaway

My childhood was spent in the hardscrabble world of Pennsylvania’s coal towns, where hard-working anthracite miners drove the economy. As my awareness of the world around me grew, from the 1950s into the early 1960s, I was struck again and again by the pride of the men who worked underground in a dangerous profession: Those who avoided work were considered a blot on the community, and being forced onto “the dole” for any reason humiliated not only the immediate family involved, but even distant relations. Men expected to earn their way, taking pride in maintaining their simple “company” houses as best they could, and dressing their wives and children anew each Easter.

Ours was no ideal society (beware anyone who tells you an ideal society can be fabricated from human material). It was, by and large, a dirty blue-collar world, dangerous below ground and rough-edged above. But those miners had a pride and shared a comradeship I only encountered again when I served in our military. When troubles came, family members aided one another. When the need was too great for blood kin to relieve, communities pulled together. The question in every mind regarding an injured miner was, “When will he be able to go back to work?” As brutal as it was, the coal man’s work let him stand up straight and look any man in the eye.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; greatsociety; welfare

1 posted on 01/06/2011 6:21:58 PM PST by captjanaway
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To: captjanaway

I have disdain for able bodies that would rather drain the taxpayer funded unemployment reserves than work for equal wages regardless of how trivial the labor.

With 10%-25% unemployment, there should not be one illegal laborer in this Country.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 6:31:34 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: captjanaway

I hate being blindsided by an article.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 6:43:55 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: captjanaway

(The final par)

We all know—and the best citizens honor—the observation that “Freedom isn’t free.” But when it comes to government hand-outs, free isn’t freedom. On the contrary, the more dependent the citizen becomes upon government for his or her personal needs and wants, the more enslaved that individual becomes (I’m bewildered by those who demand “reparations” for slavery, while advocating enthusiastically the new slavery of unearned benefits—an addiction every bit as destructive to the soul as crack or meth is to the body). If government rewards anyone, it should be those who work the hardest and contribute the most, not those who shout the loudest and do nothing. If I have the ability to work and won’t, I don’t even have a right to a scrap of bread.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 6:44:59 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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