First, let me tell you that I am a Democrat. That said, I like to describe myself as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I am not for smaller government, but for more effective, efficient government. I think that most government is necessary and that we would be a very different country if we were to accept the smaller government argument.
More efficient government would be building more infrastructure like roads, schools, inspecting more food, providing more parks, etc. and providing necessary services to the citizens who really need it.
I am also a Christian in the true sense of the word, trying to follow Christ’s example and the Bible. Republicans seem to insinuate that they alone are the Christian party, and Democrats are godless.
So, what would Christ really do when confronted with homeless, hungry and medically needy citizens?
Would he be voting to cut food stamps? Would he be cutting welfare? Would he have voted over 40 times to repeal medical assistance to those without medical insurance?
It is time that each American citizen take time to decide what they want from their government and to decide how to pay for it.
It is time to realize how wonderfully well off they are and to stop the greedy pleadings for less taxes!
It is time to say — there but for the grace of God go I.
It is time to quit grumbling and to help our neighbors.
Our country also needs to stop the greed. We need to focus on what capitalism really is. Is it too big to fail companies like big companies, big banks and hedge funds who use corporate welfare to supplement their workers’ wages and profits with government welfare and Medicaid? Or is it companies owned and operated by our neighbors who will put the revenues back into our communities and pay their staff a living wage?
As you watch the news, ask yourself what kind of country do you really want — one driven by greed and corporate corruption or one run by and for its citizens?
I have struggled with issues like anti-trust laws. Remember when they broke up big companies like Ma Bell to make sure there was real competition? Remember when there was the fairness doctrine in radio broadcasts that attempted to present both sides? Remember when local radio and television was local? Remember when nobody could monopolize the media in various markets so that we were able to hear various views and decide for ourselves?
If you don’t like the direction of this country — then get involved and change it!