Politicians on health care could care less

"Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss." --Proverbs 22:16 (NRSV)

Reading this verse recently compelled me to think that the pending healthcare bill (or fiasco in the making) demonstrates more than anything the political obsession--Republicans more than Democrats--of maintaining the chasm between the rich and poor and, in its overall effect, keeping democracy at bay. Or deferred. How sad that this pretense of a participatory democracy is assured by relentless and cruel political maneuvering that shackles the Poor to the high cost of paying for their health, whether good or bad. Maybe we should hearken back to the words of Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote in his autobiography over a century ago the following:"Our worst revolutionaries today are those reactionaries who do not see and will not admit that there is any need for change." Yes, change would be most welcome if not confined to party ideological fixations and was instead brought about for all of humanity, minus self-defeating labels. How difficult is it to understand that Americans will never stand united as long as they strive always to knock each other down?

Let me be clear: It is not the festering wounds of the Body Politic that need the most attention; it is the deep and abiding sickness of its soul that needs a spiritual re-generation in righteous and loving ways, not self-righteous and dogmatic.

R. Joel Holmes

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