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All that is required for evil to prevail… October 30, 2008

Posted by Michelle, with dignity in politics.
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The other day I watched a video clip of Sarah Palin at a rally somewhere in “real america”, and Palin was talking about how terrible it was for Obama to offer for the government to “take care of” people in our country.  

I was slightly offended that Obama’s view, that government should step in and help those citizens in need when they need it, was being stuck down on suck malicious terms by the VP for the GOP.  

What is so wrong with the government trying to take care if its citizens?  If we no longer take care of our own citizens in our very own country with the money that we do have, where does that leave us as a good role model for other democratic countries?  Does “democratic” mean that we should simply sit and watch as our fellow americans suffer in situations they couldn’t help?  

There are thousands – hundreds of thousands – of factory workers that have lost their jobs in America because our government has offered incentives for companies to move those jobs overseas.  THose people cannot find jobs.  They do not have the means to move elsewhere to find a job.  They are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and clothes on their children’s backs.  It is not those hard working families faults they are in that situation.  It’s not necessarily the governments either.  But, if we DO nothing to help them, we are no better than those governments in Africa committing genocide on entire populations.  That is essentially what we’re doing here. 

So, for me to listen to Sarah Palin talk with disdain about the government taking care of our citizens, I am saddened that people freaking booed in response to taking care of others.  

I claim no religion (unless it’s pastafarianism), but I will claim that NOT taking care of those in need is pretty much NOT what all major religions say.  I know that Christians are supposed to take care of those in need.  I know that Muslims and Jews are supposed to help those in need.  I know that Hindus, and Buddhists, and Jedis are all supposed to help those in need. Hell, Mormons and scientologists believe in helping those in need, too.  But we’re in a situation now where our churches and other religious institutions are so wrapped up in building newer, bigger and better buildings that they don’t spend their money on giant community outreach projects.  There are some, yes, but how many multi-million dollar mega churches do you see being build every year?  Isn’t that money better suited to others?  

 

Well, our churches and religious institutions have failed to provide for those in need, and our government is pretty much failing, too.  There are some who want to rectify that.  

But Sarah Palin stands in front of a giant audience of people who statistically speaking are christians and they boo when she discusses how Obama wants to help people out with government money.

This is the saddest thing I’ve seen in this election, minus the “kicked dog” look in McCain’s eyes when he’s on stage.

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”  

-Edmund Burke, an english historian writing during the French Revolution about the reaction to the insidious acts of the revolutionaries in Paris.

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1. notesfromthelilypad - October 30, 2008

a-freaking-men. And I love your layout.


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