In her weekly commentary for Democracy for America, Arianna Huffington this week commends our own Elaine Owens from Roanoke for her insightful and thought-provoking commentary in response to Arianna's column last week. She says:
"I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed reading the comments on my last post -- so much passion and insight. Special thanks to Elaine in Roanoke, Grandma Marcia in Oklahoma, and michiganian for their thought-provoking posts. I also love the way that Monica Palacios-Boyce responded to Kathy from West Texas's plea about how those living in "locked-in Republican turf" can help take America back."
Click below to continue to read the comments by Elaine that Arianna so enjoyed.
Here are Elaine's comments in response to Arianna's column last week from the original comments thread on Blog for America:
"Arianna Huffington has, once again, given cogent reasons why the people who are "classic conservatives" have no home in the present corporate-state Republican Party. (Some have called it neo-fascist.) Her call for a fusion of government resources and individual efforts is the only way the social problems facing this country will ever be solved. One of the reasons I was drawn to Howard Dean's campaign (and, I'll bet one of the reasons Arianna has been drawn there, too) is that Gov. Dean - representing that old and venerable New England tradition of local community responsibity coupled with government that was "liberal" in the best sense of the word, idealistic and grounded in a belief that we can create a better society - called upon each of us to assume the power we have as citizens in a democracy to effect change. Power brings with it responsibility, knowledge that we have a civic duty to make our communities and our country a better place for all of us.
Thank you, Arianna, for pointing out the "social gospel" that is contained within the teachings of Christ. (These commandments to us are also at the core of Judaism and Islam and other world religions. For example, on Yom Kipper Jews are called upon to search their hearts for ways they have failed to make the world a better place and to seek atonement from God. Charity is one of the pillars of Islam.) The fallacy that capitalism, unfettered and uncontrolled by rules that limit it, can bring about a better life for all is that it is based upon competition and scarcity. Each individual and business tries to eliminate the "competition," and goods have to be scarce to get the price desired when they are sold. At heart, it is about greed and selfishness. Controlled and "saved from itself," it is the best way to run an economy. Uncontrolled, it results in a society where riches and power are concentrated in ever fewer hands and where the mass of citizens suffer growing deprivation. Then, when people can no longer buy those goods produced by the poor with the money flowing to the rich, the whole thing falls apart, as it did in the 1930's. (That's why Howard Dean said our foreign policy must help create a middle class in unstable countries.)
Perhaps - though I won't hold my breath - George Bush in his daily Bible reading may run across the criteria Jesus said will be used to judge a successful Christian life: Did you feed the hungry? Did you give water to the thirsty? Did you house the homeless? Did you clothe the naked? Did you visit the sick and the imprisoned?
Posted by: Elaine in Roanoke VA at May 20, 2004 10:11 AM"