God and Abe Lincoln Agree: Both Sides Need a Fundamental Challenge

There are so many ironies and illuminations from the weather-related contraction of the GOP Convention. Someone (sorry, I was channel-surfing) has already pointed out that the GOP budget substantially reduces both weather monitoring and disaster response. Apparently, God begs to differ. Let’s see how Romney and Ryan respond to an actual on-the-ground disaster. Let’s see if they tell their adherents along the Gulf Coast to dig themselves out with the family backhoes.

But the Left isn’t doing much better. On Sunday I heard an inspiring service about the UUA’s recent “Justice GA” in Phoenix. Certainly the treatment of these detainees — and the unfairness of the trumped up charges against so many of them — tears at my heart and arouses my wrath. But at no point did anyone mention that Phoenix has one of the top foreclosure rates in the nation. The statistic about Mexican economic disruption due to NAFTA had no parallel about what the same legislation did to jobs in the US.

In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln looked over a nation damaged by slavery and war, now completely without any process for assisting millions of freed people– and said to all sides,

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Whatever one thinks about Sheriff Arpeio’s work, there are reasons he enjoys popular support. I would have thought that GA a little more just if there had been a little more charity toward the folks of Phoenix, at least enough to ask about their lives as well.


One thought on “God and Abe Lincoln Agree: Both Sides Need a Fundamental Challenge

  1. I thought it was interesting to see UUs walk around and chat with prisoners at the County Jail. That would be unheard of in Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Probably risky too. My Church is trying to get access to the Illinois Youth Home, a jail for boys. We’ve long done Christmas Shows there but have never done ongoing prison work. I used to volunteer at Cook County so I know it to be a place one doesn’t walk around. Curious how many other UU Churches do prison volunteer work.

    Point well taken on people of Phoenix.

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