A Political Email, A Moral Choice

I never intended this blog to cover anything remotely political, though my leanings are well known.  However, it seems to me that more and more our political choices are becoming our moral choices. It is no longer simply a cool question of political or economic theory.  If we are devoted to conscious awareness and compassion, then we cannot turn our backs on those who are having a hard time simply getting through life.  Whether we are born without advantages or whether we hit difficult periods where we don’t know where to turn,  we need to know that there is a hand to grasp to keep us from drowning, because our individual lives matter.   Each life matters to the whole of life.  A slap in the face and a lecture about pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, as if we’re worthless slackers, does not enhance life, it diminishes and shames it.  No one is asking for handouts (and, as you will see, the opposition defines things like universal health care as a handout).   We have the choice of going backwards into the policies of a dark time we know, historically, did not work, or we can move  forward, together, into a future of compassion, commitment to a greater whole, and creative mutual contribution.

Imagine my horror at reading the following email in my inbox this morning from the Obama campaign.  As I said, I never intended this blog to touch on politics, but my conscience would not let this go.  If you are a citizen of the U.S. and you can donate even $5, please do what you can–money is our most effective weapon.  The choice, for once, is simple.  Join the campaign to stamp out lies and stupidity.

The email:

Friend —

Today we learned that Mitt Romney said this about Obama supporters to fellow millionaires at a closed-door fundraiser:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax

My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The man who spoke these words — who demonstrates such disgust and disdain for half of our fellow Americans — is the other side’s choice for president of the United States. He wants to lead our country.

If we don’t come through for President Obama right now, this will be the guy making big decisions that affect us and our families every single day.

There are only 50 days left in this campaign. Please make a donation today:


Thank you for being on our side,


Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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