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Title: Republicans are causing a moral crisis in America
Description: By Katrina vanden Heuvel


JamesAquila - March 27, 2012 07:41 PM (GMT)
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Republicans are causing a moral crisis in America

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

There is moral crisis afoot! So say the Republican candidates for president, their pals in Congress and in state houses. Abortion, gay marriage, contraception — contraception, for Pete’s sake — things that so shock the conscience that it’s a wonder The Washington Post can even print the words!

Here’s something I bet you wouldn’t think I’d say: They’re right. There is a moral crisis in the United States. The only thing is — they’re wrong about what it is and who is causing it.

The real crisis of public morality in the United States doesn’t lie in the private decisions Americans make in their lives or their bedrooms; it lies at the heart of an ideology — and a set of policies — that the right-wing has used to batter and browbeat their fellow Americans.

They dress these policies up sometimes, give them catchy titles like Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” But they never cease to imbue them with the kind of moral decisions that ought to make anyone furious. Ryan’s latest budget really is case in point. It’s a plan that says that increases in defense spending are so essential, that massive tax cuts for the wealthy are so necessary, that we must pay for them by ripping a hole in the social safety net. The poor need Medicaid to pay for medicine and treatment for their families? We care, we really do, but the wealthy need tax cuts more. Food stamps the only thing standing between your children and starvation? Listen, we feel your pain. We get it. But we’ve got more important things to spend money on. Like a new yacht for that guy who only has one yacht.


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Wayne in WA State - March 28, 2012 05:33 AM (GMT)
If the Roberts Court overturns the Affordable Care act and undoes all the efforts over the last 3 years to finally move away from barbarism towards a system where all Americans have health insurance, that will be a true moral crisis.

I see so many who call themselves Christians think that we should take away health care from the poor and the sick. Maybe they are really worshiping laissez-faire Capitalism.

JamesAquila - March 28, 2012 01:26 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Wayne in WA State @ Mar 28 2012, 12:33 AM)
If the Roberts Court overturns the Affordable Care act and undoes all the efforts over the last 3 years to finally move away from barbarism towards a system where all Americans have health insurance, that will be a true moral crisis.

I see so many who call themselves Christians think that we should take away health care from the poor and the sick. Maybe they are really worshiping laissez-faire Capitalism.

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? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 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.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


- Matthew 25




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