Ponderings …

healthcare, power, and christianity
October 4, 2007, 1:43 am
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Today Bush vetoed a bill that would have increased the budget for child healthcare by $35 billion. He has his reasons I’m sure. He suggested that he believes in helping the poor, but this bill would include people who make a little too much to get Medicare but not enough to buy private health insurance. It seems he doesn’t want people to feel too secure about the wellbeing of their kids.
As a person of faith, I immediately begin to mumble about taking care of the “least of these” and pray for God’s  quick and righteous judgment on his head – with the appropriate amount of grace and mercy. We all remember Bush’s claim to the presidency has rested on his firm belief in some ambiguous Judeo-Christian deity. But over the years he’s laid off on the Christian rhetoric as people have used their own Christian voices to call into question his abuse of power, his straight out lying, his ease with murder and war, his desire to cut out social programs, his push to deregulate anything that’s regulated and regulate anything that can be construed as free speech or critical thinking; essentially, Christians have begun to question the Christian-ness of his evil ‘strategeries’.
But, as a person of faith, I don’t think Christians have gone far enough in their critique of Bush’s paradigm. We’re still arguing over what’s the right Christianity and what’s the wrong one. (Nowadays the right one is the one that is liberal, wants to end poverty, ask questions, and be generally skeptical of big Christian movements that posit a one type of Christianity ideal and the wrong one is the one that voted Bush into powers and define their religion in terms of anti-homosexual and pro-life. At least in the circles I run in these days.)
It may be time to realize that some things don’t need elaborate justifications. I think it’s time that Christians get comfortable saying things like, “Christian or not, these are EVIL STRATEGERIES and they cannot be tolerated!!” As a person of faith I am kind of done with Christianity setting itself up as the end all of morality; I’m tired of having to justify things with, “because the Christian tradition shows …” or “because of the biblical witness I feel …” or some other grab for spiritual validation. I feel like there are times when it is more powerful to say, “I am a human being and I dare you to tell me it’s okay to neglect the welfare of our children. I. DARE. YOU.”
Just because the Christian construct is the most palpable these days, and that is soooo questionable, doesn’t give it the right to stand over every issue and declare it’s ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ as the legitimizing factor. It’s obvious to me that these conversations are important, and that as a person of faith it’s important for me to understand from whence I draw my ethics for myself and as a person in community with other Christians. But when I send a letter to Bush, when I join hands with a godless hippie or an Allah serving Muslim I won’t have to make my faith make sense of them. Instead I can let them speak for themselves, resonate with the humanity of us all, and speak truth to power until justice rolls down like thundering rain.


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Reading this I get a picture of the devil (a man in a red suit with horns, pointy tale and pitchfork) dancing gleefully behind bush in the oval office. dont you think its a little more complicated than that? It is hard to really say without looking at what the bill was a little more deeply. Gauranteed there is something else out there that we will never hear of because it wont make it past the initial stage that would give much better care to people who need it, making the recently vetoed bill look evil by comparison.

of course i am not going to defend the actions of our president, i just think the truth is more complicated. and I also think that if you were to talk to any one of bush’s real boses, he would tell you that it is just fine to neglect children, because he would be dirty stinking rich and amazed that not every child has their own personal doctor and a new mustang when they turn 16

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