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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Have Yourself a Grand Old Partisan Christmas

The most notable anti-Christmas villain in literature is probably Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge was a mean-spirited, selfish, self centred old, well, scrooge, with not a thought for the goodwill of others less fortunate.
He now has some serious competitors in the persons of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor.
As the doors of Congress close for “the holidays”, the tenants or “occupiers” will now find themselves on planes, trains and cars heading to the comfort and luxury of home, intoning smugly and quietly to themselves Chris Lea’s “I am driving home for Christmas” with breezy indifference to the plight of those left to fend for themselves.
At home they will be greeted by happy and doting family members, full larders, decorated Christmas trees and the expectation of happy family gatherings around elaborately adorned dinner tables.
Meanwhile those without jobs and income, out in the cold, are unable to provide food, far less ornate gifts for their loved ones.
Ironically, the lavish salaries with which the Republican legislators supply all their needs and largesse, are provided for them from the wages of the very people they deny food! Or perhaps not, perhaps they are guaranteed by the providence of the likes of the Koch Brothers and the Waltons.
Where, oh where have their consciences fled to!
The unemployed who occupy “Wall Street” across the country, can be heard wailing:
“The rich you protect with your lives have left me destitute;
they have rendered my savings and investments worthless;
they have caused me to go under water with my mortgage;
they have stolen my home;
they have increased the cost of my essentials;
they have stripped me of my means of livelihood and my self esteem.”
The consolation you have for me is that I should “go get a job after I get a bath”. You do not even sense the inhumanity in your callous, insulting words. You repeat endlessly until you convince even yourselves that they do not have a unified message or indeed any message at all. You ask why do they march? why do they occupy? why do they not articulate their vision? as if it is not self evident to everyone with an iota of common sense.
You are now quite devoid of feeling, hardened by your penchant to say no to everything asked of you.
You good Christian Republicans should take the words of Frances Duron to heart: If we want to capture the interest of the heathen, we must first divert his attention from his stomach.
The way I have heard it, the good Republican is first and foremost a Christian, a man and woman of impeccable faith, ever ready to obey the commandments and to do righteous things. Here is a command to consider: “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”  Matthew 19:21.
Yes, sell your obstinacy, sell your refusal to support legislation that will provide jobs for others, sell your fixation on dislodging your President, sell your lust for power and control, sell your sense of entitlement to the throne, sell the hatred that is tearing at your heart.
If it is not too late to get that Christmas feeling, change your heart for the season of Goodwill, remember what you say you believe in, and go and pass the Jobs Bill that will put people back to work. Feed the hungry as you were commanded:
“I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?Then He will answer them saying Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew:25:43-45.
So be careful. As you celebrate the birth of His son, remember, from a distance God is watching us.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Make Obama a two-term President


  1. Whereas Barack Obama assumed the presidency at the worst of possible times, having inherited more national problems at the time of his election than almost any president before him;
  2. Whereas he implemented policies from the outset that saved the US economy from total collapse; bringing it out from the brink of a great depression;
  3. Whereas from the day of taking office he has been confronted by a hostile and merciless opposition determined to bring him to his knees and to make him “meet his Waterloo”, as they boldly put it, and be a one-term president;
  4. Whereas this opposition has blocked every single proposal for solving America’s problems that he has proposed, and deliberately deepened the country’s risks of failure, while at the same time blaming him for their failures and malevolence;
  5. Whereas as the first black president of the United States he has carried the weight of responsibility and challenge of an entire race but been subjected to all the disrespect and indignity one would expect from the era of Jim Crow;
  6. Whereas he has been vilified by an endless stream of  insults, lies and fictions about his origins, his sincerity, his loyalty and his bona fides;
  7. Whereas despite his humble birth and childhood circumstances he has distinguished himself as a remarkable scholar and writer;
  8. Whereas even his extraordinary eloquence and knowledge, with which he has served America so well, have been used against him with the charge of elitism;
  9. Whereas he has tried every avenue of compromise and conciliation to “change Washington” as he promised, only to be rebuffed and ridiculed at every turn;
  10. Whereas many would-be leaders have been uncomfortable with one who is so “other” occupying the hallowed white house;
  11. Whereas the Republican media talking-heads have unleashed an unrelenting storm of invective and hostility against him, to which like a lamb to the slaughter, he has uttered no defensive response;
  12. Whereas in pursuit of their diabolical intent they have labelled him with all the derogatory names they could possibly think up, including Hitler, Communist, Liar, and Satan;
  13. Whereas even when he has implemented manifestly successful policies, such as the auto bailout, he has been deemed a failure;
  14. Whereas although he has displayed over his presidency so many distinctive qualities of exceptional leadership his opponents keep decrying him as someone who is not a leader;
  15. Whereas many of the leaders of the very corporations that he saved from bankruptcy inexplicably turned against him to join his detractors;
  16. Whereas even so-called friends from his own side have seldom come to his rescue in confronting his adversaries;
  17. Whereas through it all he has maintained a remarkably calm, dignified and upright posture, becoming the leader of the free world;
  18. Whereas he has re-established the good name of America in the councils of the world and among most of the world’s peoples;
  19. Whereas his wisdom and clarity of thought have been heralded and courted by most of the world’s leaders;
  20. Whereas his personal life has been free from the scandals, misdemeanours and crimes that have characterized many of his detractors and opponents, and provided an admirable role model for the country’s youth;
  21. Whereas he has been an exemplary father, husband and son and raised an exceptional Christian family;
  22. Whereas even his remarkable wife has not escaped the villainy of his determined opponents;
  23. Whereas even his outstanding success, contrary to that of his predecessor, in pushing back the forces of evil determined to destroy the country’s security, he has been given little or no credit;
  24. Whereas people who call themselves Christian have shown him little of the Christian goodwill, charity and respect that he constantly shows to others;
  25. Whereas he is by nature and temperament, not an aggressive, confrontational or vengeful man; and therefore willing to let his opponents “win points” in the national interest;
  26. Whereas through sound foreign policy, careful deliberation and swift and astute action he has kept America safe from terrorist attacks;
  27. Whereas the propaganda war and the litany of lies levelled against him have played on the minds and turned the heads of even some of his most ardent supporters among the youth and his “base”;
  28. Whereas given the almost pathological need for his opponents to take his place in the white house, he can expect no letting up of the hostility and degradation over the next year;
  29. Whereas even the legitimate cries for honour, fairness and justice emanating from the Occupy Wall Street crowds are turned by the scam artists against him;
  30. Whereas many right-thinking members of the 1% understand his fight for justice in the system and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices;
  31. Whereas the people offering themselves as alternatives to this president are more suitable as participants in a pageant entitled “SEND IN THE CLOWNS”;
  32. Whereas he must win the just battle for the middle class and the poor, regardless of how intensely he is accused by the spinners of class warfare;
  33. Whereas he now needs all the allies that he can find to allow him to do complete the work he has started; work that can only benefit and advance the cause of the poor, the fragile and the young among the population;

We are resolved to do all we can to ensure that:

  1. Americans turn out in unprecedented numbers to educate and inform their countrymen about the truth of what has happened in the country in the years preceding Obama’s presidency;

  1. His base of support among Independents, right-thinking Republicans and Democrats is strengthened and expanded;

  1. Americans turn out in unprecedented numbers to ensure his re-election in 2012.
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