Bishop Berkeley asked, “If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” He answered, “Yes! God hears.” If people suffer from poverty and injustice and nobody is around to hear, liberal or conservative, do they make a sound?”
Yes! God hears, and he will take action upon those who choose not to hear. Psalm 34:7. Ezekiel 33 tells of the watchman. We have the message. We must speak out. God holds us accountable if we do not remind the Russia, those who think themselves first, of their folly. God will punish them, but he will hold us accountable.
Deuteronomy 28:13 relates, “The Personal Name will make you the head not the tail. You will not turn aside from any of the words, to the right hand, or to the left.” When we point to the other guy as our excuse for not promoting life as Holy Mother Church defines the term, we become the tail. God calls us to better. Declaration of Independence states the purpose of government.”
Catholics define “Life,” as life lived. We treat our neighbor the same way we would treat God, who is in our neighbor. The conservative style of government results in budget deficits, high unemployment, poverty and the culture of death.
Pope Pious X’s emphasis on Catholic Action is therefore the wise choice. Tide has a commercial for their spot remover. A job applicant interviews for a job, but he has a spot on his shirt. A voice dub over plays loudly. All the interviewer hears is the voice dub over. So it is with the 47% of the population, the poor, the outcast, the marginalized, seeing the bumper stickers at conservative rallies. They see people at the rally, then the spots, the bumper stickers promoting a culture of death. They remember the double binds and the false choices with nothing but bad alternatives.
They believe in Baal, whose alternative names include Hermes, Mercury/god of merchants and thieves, and who took a more mechanical name as, “The Market.” They believe the invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government. This invisible hand is in reference to Adam Smith who wrote, “He is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.”
This speaking of leadership presupposes leading, which presupposes thought by something greater than oneself, a deity, Baal, Hermes, Mercury, the Market, idolatry. As Catholics, we believe in only one God. This market god allows for no other provider but itself, and our God allows for no other provider but the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the God who died on the cross for us. All the poor hear is the culture of death and this idolatry. They neither know nor care about what the people are protesting. All they see and hear is the culture of death. With this in mind, we ask:
Two thousand people died in New Orleans because the conservatives opposed infrastructure spending. The US currently spends 2% of GDP on infrastructure while China spends 10%. If you oppose government spending on infrastructure, are you prepared to tell the bereaved relatives, of those who died in New Orleans, “Sorry, your loved one had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to adequate roads and levies?”
45,000 lose their lives each year from a lack of affordable health care. If you oppose government involvement in healthcare, are you prepared to tell the bereaved relatives, “Sorry, your loved one had the bad fortune of being born? You are not entitled to government protection?”
Around 50 million people live a living death of living in food-insecure households, including 17 million children. Of these individuals, 12.2 million adults lived in households with very low food security. If you oppose government efforts to end poverty, are you prepared to tell us who suffer the living death of poverty, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born? You are not entitled to a redress from your suffering?”
At the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” 146 people died. The Hamlet Chicken Processing Plant Fire, in 1991 in Hamlet North Carolina, saw locked doors, blocking workers escape. People died. If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born? You are not entitled to redress?”
Two years ago, we had the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Faulty construction contributed to the disaster. The conservatives apologized to BP for the resulting increase in government regulation. If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born? You are not entitled to redress?”
The conservative’s desire to under-regulate industry resulted in the Monongah Mine disaster. 362 men lost their lives. The Sago Mine disaster was a coalmine explosion in 2006. Twelve people died. The Jim Walter Resources Mine Disaster in Alabama was in, 2001. Thirteen miners died. If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born? You are not entitled to redress?”
This is part 5. Please click here for part 1