Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Where David Hearts Keith Olbermann - the end of the world as we know it

I'm not a fan. I'm not a Democrat. I'm not fooled by the antics of both sides in the current budget debate/circus. But... this is powerful and filled with truth. Take away the comments he makes about the president. They're political and this is above politics. There's a narrative here that he's tracing out that deserves to be heard. It's the one drilled into a group of little girls every week at New Hope. "If you have done it to the least of these, MY people, you have done it unto Me."

We've lost something meaningful in America. There's a balance we've lost, maybe forever, between empowering people through freedom to go as far as their abilities and talents can take them - the nexus of America - and teaching those same people that to whom much is given, much is required. We've lost the idea that work is right, and good... and expected... that everyone matters, that everyone contributes - from the garbage man to the congressman. Hmmm... never mind - not going there. :)

My parents both were dirt poor. It was a match made in Macon. Sharecropper marries mill village lint head. They pulled themselves up through a combination of grit, determination, help from others AND from the government in the form of the CCC, WPA, GI Bill, etc. But they never forgot that but by the grace of God they would have remained poor. We need to be called to repent but simultaneously to DO SOMETHING - first about the needs, then about the opportunities, but also start teaching people that a dollar earned is better than a dollar given to you. We need to help some people out and up, kick some in the rear, and live up to our character as a nation.

How have we gotten to the point where it's okay to cut what some people live on while others pay no taxes at all?

How have we developed groups of people who think they are entitled to more than what our ancestors were - opportunity, a fair shake, and the right to pursue their own happiness?

How is it that we can have people having to choose between their heart medicine and eating tonight?

I guess I'm on shaky ground here with some who will read this, but I might as well go all in.

This friends, to me, is not a Republican or Democratic issue.

This is a decision we make that determines what we really believe about America.

And Keith Olbermann gets that.

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