meditation by E. T. SIMON
Empty speeches. False Prophets. Profiteering Politicians in the face of Tragedy and Death amidst the salty tears of those who truly hurt and truly grieve the loss of loved ones, lives cut short, assassination attempts.
Barack Obama's words:
"I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow."
sound so crafted and false. Will he stand with us today? The day or two and beyond after his Memorial Speech in Arizona?
Will he stand with the America that wants an end to the invasions and occupations of foreign lands. Operations preferably referred to by the Administration and those who buy the Administration's line as, "wars?"
Will he stand with the poor? The Brown skinned? The Elderly who needs a raise in their cost of living? The sick who need health insurance?
Obama's words to me sound like profiteering in the midst of tragedy. Profiteering aided by the entire tone of the media in the midst of this tragedy, so evocative of the highly charged emotional climate which followed the September 11, 2001 tragedy. A salty lingering of tears which astute politicians and speech writers manipulate and take advantage of. A roguery aided and abeted by a press more intent on keeping bread and butter on their table than in speaking truth to power.
There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.
In those words he is pulling the strings of an entire Nation while duping the Nation again into believing in the hope the Nation (or many in the Nation) had stopped believing in.
What a cheap shot to use the dead and the recovering to resurrect his hope.
If Obama had any sense and any touch of compassion in his heart, there would have been no Eric Holder Speech in the Memorial. No Janet Napolitano Speech in the memorial. Michelle wouldn't have had to put on the same grieving face she wore at the memorial in Washington, D.C., for the Arizona victims the day before.
If Obama had any sense and no need to profiteer from pain, or tragedy. No need to profiteer from people dying, or people recovering, he might have just said, I am here to mourn the loss of those dear to you and to pray with you for those who are in different stages of their recovery.
He would have then turned the Memorial Service over to a rabbi, or a priest, or a minister, or even an Iman.
But he didn't. He chose to profiteer.
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