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3 Responses to “Bad Battle Cry”

  1. Garrett says:

    No comments yet? Hmmm. Perhaps we are all overwhelmed? No? Complacent, complicit, culpable. Hard words to stomach and sit with.

    What does trying to do something about it look like?

    Haven’t people been trying?

    I have been wrestling with corporate responsibility for being a part of an unjust system. Reflecting on stories from the Bible, I see corporate responsibility time and time again. A few examples: Israel was punished in battle for Achan’s sin (Joshua 7), Daniel – upon reading the scroll of Jeremiah – repents for the sins of generations past in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9), Isaiah cries out before the throne room of God, “Woe is me! For I am a man of unclean leaps and I come from a people of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6).

    What does repentance look like? It starts with recognizing reality and naming it for what it is. Thanks for helping us do that Mike.

    Interestingly enough, the Church is currently in a season of repentance. Lent is an opportunity we have to ask God what he would have us do.

    This is my problem. This is our problem. I am culpable. I am complacent. Lord, have mercy on me a weary sinner. Help me see clearly and act justly.

  2. Ron Morley says:

    I am in the business of financial services,have been for 32 years. It has had it’s pinnacle moments and it has had it’s dilemma’s .

    Adam Smith was right, too many people have been negligent, and the buck stops with me. I have heard countless others repeat the phrase, “what do I care, Ill be dead and gone.”

    We can’t even mutter statements about Islam, for fear of being called a “Muslim-a-phobe.”

    I read your article, with some disbelief that Trump said it would not effect him, however, I would like to see what would he say if I answered, You do care, you know you do, but to get this solved will require a cooperation from all sides of the political isle, all sides of the churches isles, and all sides of human race isles.

    Don’t know how it would get solved, but , with the minds that write this, and read this letter weekly, it’d have a pretty good start!

    Ron Morley

  3. James Bruno says:

    Trump, more so than the bureaucrats and professional politicians, is a savvy businessman. He knows all about compounded interest and which side of the debtor -creditor side of the equation to be on ( to include debtor-creditor nations). While anything is possible these days, unless it was said in jest, I have trouble believing these words were said with conviction. Can you site the context of the discussion or a direct quote?

    I can however, understand his resignation to the problem, given the fear of touching “third rail “politics. The constitution was expressly comported to free us to pursue happiness, unburdened by an enveloping and encumbering government. The constitution is not designed to actively carry it’s citizens to happiness and a life of ease. We, as a society must set up policy that engenders skills development,literacy, work ethic, and most notably, responsibility for one’s own welfare. This can be done with a heart and the inculcation of values that we are not ashamed of.

    In football, a “pick -six “is a game changer. It is a quick fourteen point score swing. In society, a productive, self sustaining, independent family man or woman, is a societal “pick six”, a game changer. As an example, maybe his or her wage and benefit package is 60,000 dollars. By definition, in the free market he is assuredly providing something of value. No one separates from 60,000$ for nothing. If he were instead, on welfare, he and his family might require 60,000 $ for health care, food, heat assistance,rent assistance, etc. That is a 120,000 $ swing. Moreover, an employed citizen is contributing to the soon to be broke social security system and medicare program, lengthening it’s trajectory for our most vulnerable citizens, the elderly, who would have the greatest difficulty rejoining the work force.

    I am not confident our constitutional freedoms can be preserved when the government compels us to support anyone and everyone who chooses not to participate in the work force.That is a very large beast to feed indeed. If any citizen wants something of value from our society, is it not reasonable to give something back to society?

    We should, and do struggle to provide a life of dignity to those who truly cannot work. Though struggle we should. Trump is definitely on the right track, creating through good policy, the opportunity for full employment in our nation. Consider the arithmetic of sustaining wages, and taxable wages. Growing the nations income(GNP increase) is another way to pare away at debt, if we cut the “credit card” spending . It’s just like your personal finances on a grand scale, but comprehensible.

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