One of my favorite songs that my choir sings is called “In Remembrance”…some of the lines are ” in remembrance of me, feed the poor…in remembrance of me ,heal the sick.”…like the corporal works of mercy that the nuns taught us about visiting the sick, and clothing the naked. Somehow the tone of the Romney campaign…and the tapes that show him disparaging the people who don’t pay income taxes…like the troops who are getting their heads blown off in Afghanistan, or my friends who live their lives in wheelchairs, or my own mother who counts on her social security to make ends meet. Sure seems like a whole lot of folks like these have “taken responsibility” for their own lives in spite of what Mitt thinks. I met some very wealthy people last weekend, and found many of them to be quietly very concerned about people in need….like the woman whose mother helped people with AIDS long before it became very fashionable to do so…and “helping” involved a whole lot of this woman’s life and fortune.
My beloved grandfather worked very hard for the St Vincent De Paul society…my whole family always donated to food and clothing drives for the poor…we were taught to care about them. To hear a candidate for president of the United States use such condescending words about people who need food, clothing, and health care…kinda makes me sick.
We need more than a good man in the oval office, and I think Mitt Romney is a good man in many ways, but he is also a man who did NOT do what a whole lot of wealthy people in the world have done…nor is he even “aware” of how most of us live. I don’t think we can have a president who constantly “blunders”…in the world we live in, thoughtful words are crucial…I don’t think we can have a man who wants to set back women and gay people and now a whopping 47% of the country about 50 years…we need compassion, clarity, and a little more of what the nuns taught us about caring for one another. Why would anyone in the 47% percent vote for a guy who publicly announces that he doesn’t care about them?