Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When He's Right, He's Right...

I've written before about my feelings regarding Tavis Smiley and Cornell West's antipathy toward the President. Simply stated, I believe that no politician, not even the president, is immune from critique or criticism. I also believe that every citizen has the right to speak out against policies that he or she may disagree with. However, I do have a problem when motives are not transparent and when it questionable as to whether or not those motives are spurred by spurned ambitions.

All of that being said, there is a truth that Smiley and West are speaking regarding the danger of rampant and growing poverty and the lack of urgency with which it is being addressed.

Smiley and West's Poverty Tour is rightfully focused on calling attention to this national shame. It is a shame so great that not seriously confronting it makes continual boasting of our country's greatness the most egregious hypocrisy before God and the world.

This commentary by Tavis Smiley is right on and it is unfortunate that to date, this is a message that is going unheeded by the people we have elected to office. The greatest threat to our national security is this country's wealth gap and the policies of both parties who pursue a balanced budget when our country is so economically imbalanced.

The campaigns for the 2012 presidential election has gotten underway and, like 2008, there has been virtually no mention of the poor in our country, or the rising poverty rate. Well, Herman Cain did mention it and blamed poverty and unemployment on the poor and unemployed. Those protesting the immoral imbalance of the control of the wealth of our country have been called a  'mob'. And while all of this is going on, the pastor of one of the largest churches in our country doesn't mention God's concern for the poor when Rick Perry at a 'Values Summit', he touts the questionable economic policies of our state (very questionable economic policies) and picks a fight with the Mormons!

There's nothing right about any of this. It used to take a presidential election to have this conversation. It appears we'll have to find another venue. 

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