I cannot help the American people who do not yet comprehend that we are all being used--white and black, rich and poor, straight and gay, minorities--to shovel America's revenue down the gaping maw of greedy people who are already white, rich and straight (or so they say).
I am increasingly incredulous that media talking heads really do not understand what is going on. The most popular pastime on MSNBC is refuting the insane claims of demented right-wing politicians who suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome. People like Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell love to recite facts as though facts mattered when our country is sliding into fascism faster than the American public can comprehend.
You can choose between politicians who are openly bought and paid for by corporate interests, or those who are so stupid that they are the ideal robots who will vote as they are told. Anyone who forgets to do so is simply reminded that the president is African American, and they lose what is left of their minds and double down on the agenda of destroying America's middle class.
For those of us who object, most will pipe down if a preacher steps forward with a bible in one hand. He will pull a proof quote from memory, regardless of what it originally meant, and recite it like a good boy trying to please his pastor back in the day. But now he is performing to please the rich conservatives who fund groups like the Moral Majority in an effort to keep up the Culture Wars. As long as Americans obsess over abortion and LGBT people, they have less of an attention span for their own impoverishment. Such, it seems, is the power that you can acquire if you remember to carry a bible under your arm wherever you go. But we might just go back and review something Jesus said:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’" [Matthew 25:34-45]
That is not my opinion; it is the words of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew that evangelical Christians believe in literally. That is to say, when Franklin Graham keeps silent about the abuse of America's citizens, he is keeping silent about the sufferings of Christ. When Tony Perkins preaches that LGBT Americans should be persecuted, he is preaching in favor of the persecution of Christ. When Governor Chris Christie refuses to sign a bill protecting the quality of water in New Jersey, he is failing to protect Christ from poisonous water.
I have been watching the Christie fiasco with increasing disgust but no surprise at all. Of course the scandal reeks; so far, at least seventeen people are going to receive subpoenas to testify on the closing of most lanes of the George Washington Bridge. But the issue is simple: citizens of New Jersey were put in peril of their lives and jobs when hundreds of them were used as puppets in political payoffs. Their actual welfare meant nothing to Christie and his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, because they were "the children of Buono voters," which is to say, they were probably mostly Democrats, and who cares about Democrats?
Arizona is still designated a red state. It is considered that the people of Arizona are not to be dissuaded from voting for politicians who intend to strip them of Social Security and Medicare, not to mention affordable health care. If you are sitting in an apartment in Tucson living on your Social Security, you will be out in the street when the Republicans get finished with your "entitlements."
The Christian Church in the U. S. is, in a way, a laboratory for this situation. People of all ages and upbringings are abandoning the Church because it has nothing to offer. Evangelicals offer racial hatred, Culture Wars and Teabaggers. The Catholic Church plays power politics, cutting women out of their hierarchy and denying women's rights. The mainstream Church is gutless and will not speak out. Pay no attention to the public-relations offerings of the new Pope; pay attention and we will see when any real changes take place in Catholicism, such as cooperation in the child sex abuse scandals.
I make frequent comments on the Huffington Post and often I get replies that remind me--usually rudely--that the Church is a dying institution. And there is a reason for that. We have failed the American people--we failed the Civil Rights Movement, we failed the Peace Movement, and now we are sitting idly by while the American Middle Class is being destroyed by an increasingly fascist government of the money, by the money and for the money.
We are in a fragile moment, as Americans stand appalled at the conditions that prevail. How long this moment will last I do not claim to know. It seems to me that we are in the midst of a massive cognitive dissonance, as we struggle to come to the realization that the problems in America are not due to the fact that our President is a black man. Once we realize that--once the voting public realizes how cruel the Republican party is with their dismissal of all of us--there is going to be hell to pay. I mean it: this situation will not change until Americans cease to tolerate it. The longer nothing happens, the worse it will be when something does happen. I ask again: do you want your revolution Sixties style--or perhaps Russian style, or even French style?