Taken from guy on Facebook named Lenny Delligatti
I am white.
I am male.
I was raised as a Christian.
I am heterosexual.
I am a military veteran.
I am a business owner.
I live in Texas.
I own two houses, rarely worry about money, and my children want for nothing.
So why am I a progressive? I certainly don’t fit the profile.
I don’t need to be black to feel the seething rage sparked by injustice when a cop shoots an unarmed man in the back, and then walks free.
I don’t need to be a woman to feel that each of us should have full and sole control of our own bodies–or to recognize the arrogant absurdity of elected men in suits legislating to the contrary.
I don’t need to be a Muslim to feel that no faith deserves to be characterized by the abhorrent actions of a perverse minority–and that people of all faiths deserve equal access to the country I call home.
I don’t need to be gay to feel that love shared between two people is good and healthy, no matter their gender identity–that every couple should have the right to marry, raise a family, and receive equal protection under the law.
Though I served my country in the military, I do not feel more deserving of my country’s benefits than those who serve and sacrifice in other ways.
Though I own a business, I do not feel that I deserve better tax breaks than the single mom or dad who works two jobs to make ends meet.
Though I live in a place that fiercely values individual rights and freedoms, I do not feel that these should be put on a higher pedestal than social responsibility.
Though *my* children have enough food and a safe home and access to good schools, good healthcare, and clean water, I feel the anguish of parents whose children do not.
Empathy for others fills my heart in place of fear of the “other.”
That is the reason I am a progressive.
I invite you to join me.