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A Thought. November 1, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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I had a thought today, and since I so seldom have thoughts these days which are succinct enough to be conveyed within the framework of my compromised capacity for communication, I thought I’d share it before it evaporated into the miasma of my mind.

The difference between Democratic politicians and Republican politicians is this:

Democratic politicians are Corporate Concubines.

Republican politicians are Corporate Property.

That is all.

Empathy, Compassion and the American Dream November 7, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in music, Politics and Society.
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Why is it that some people care so deeply about others, about their pain and suffering, about the loss of their children to war or pestilence, about their lives perched on the edge of poverty, their broken hearts teetering on the precipice of despair, their helpless minds torn and damaged?

And other people, sometimes other poor people but more often people with so much more to be thankful for, just don’t seem to care?

How can people with comfortable houses and secure jobs and kids with Full Dental and trust funds legislate against helping the needy?

How can people who claim to be Christians expect to go to Heaven when they fight increases in the minimum wage, espouse the disenfranchisement of minorities, deny health care to children of the working poor?

It beats me.

It beats me down.

Because it’s right there in our Founding Documents, in our Declaration of Independence, that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...”

Poverty and sickness and despair are not “Happiness.”

Yet we have virtually the entire cadre of Elected Republicandom voting to disenfranchise the poor and enrich the wealthy, and at the same time waving flags and swearing on Bibles and claiming to have inherited their moral authority from Our Man Jesus.

I was taught that Jesus ministered to the poor.

I was taught that Jesus wants us to treat “the least” of our Brothers and Sisters as we would want to be treated ourselves.

And whether or not you believe in the Divinity of Jesus, the moral rectitude of his teachings is one hell of a hard act to follow.

Maybe that’s why so many Americans are failing so miserably at doing so.

Perhaps being short on resources and having to count my pennies makes me a bit more aware of the struggles of those with less, but the specter of poverty in America breaks my heart.

I’ve been trying to learn a song by Patty Griffin called “Poor Man’s House,” as a beautiful reminder of what it feels like to be poor. I know most of the words, but when I get to the lines,

God pays attention to every little skinny cheek,

So count you ribs and say a prayer and get to sleep.

There’s nothing louder to God’s ears than a poor man’s sorrow;

Your Daddy’s poor today, and he will be poor tomorrow.

Yeah, it’s a Poor Man’s House,”

I choke up; I just can’t seem to sing through the tears.

I found a version of this, sung by Nancy, on YouTube but it was dubbed over video clips from Battle Star Galactica (!)

So here’s a nicely done cover by one Leesha Harvey.

Hope you find it meaningful.