Wednesday, Feb. 22, marks ASH WEDNESDAY, the official start of the season of LENT in the Christian church. Lent is supposed to be a season of introspection, sacrifice, and self-denial; a time to examine our consciences, and to emulate the spirit of selflessness shown us by Jesus Christ. We are supposed to humbly ask God the Father forgiveness of our many sins, and to recognize and pay homage to the great sacrifice made by His son. Surely this occasional self-examination can be a good thing. I hope everyone will take the time to acknowledge their own personal misgivings over the next six weeks, and will try to make amends for them. Donating time and/or money to charities and foodshelves would be a good way. So would taking the time to somehow help the downtrodden or homeless ourselves in a personal way. NOW, and Christmastime as well, are the perfect times to make a real and positive difference in the lives of those marginalized in our society. I sincerely hope you will consider doing something like this, regardless of your religious persuasion (or lack thereof). For positive actions are contagious, and can only lead to more good being done more frequently in this often cruel and overly-materialistic, self-centered world. I also hope that numerous public figures will likewise examine their own consciences and take appropriate measures to aid others. Among these figures and actions I’d like to see are:
JOHN BOEHNER – actually doing something to CREATE jobs, not just talking about doing so! He might even find he’s happier with himself, and much less prone to start crying at the podium, once he finally buckles down to DO something on behalf of someone really in need of help, rather than being immersed in his own selfish political desires and ambitions.
MITCH McCONNELL – actually working on what is best for the nation as a whole, rather than only that which is profitable for the 1% , constantly obstructing legislation beneficial to THE MAJORITY 99%, or placing as his number one priority actions which will lead to the defeat of the President. Clearly, this stubborn and ignorant old fool has been on the wrong tack for many years, and it’s time for a big change! He can start by actually earning his paycheck and truly serving the American public!
SARAH PALIN – stopping piggishly enriching herself at every opportunity, and stopping being so vain and coy as to try and position herself to be the candidate of choice for the presidency should the wretchedly reactionary Republican Party still remain deadlocked by the time of this summer’s nominating convention. There is absolutely no way this deluded buffoon will be EVER be qualified, let alone nominated for, the office of President!
MITT ROMNEY – stopping talking multiple-choice on all issues and quitting lying about having been a job creator. Everyone in the world knows the only jobs he’s ever directly created have been ones he’s exported to China, or low-wage retail ones here! Just like everyone also knows his administration would be dedicated to policies benefitting only the wealthy, and that, for him, no one else really matters at all.
RICK SANTORUM – to stop portraying himself as a member of the working class who really understands and promotes workers’ needs and values. He left the working class long ago, and has instead devoted his entire political career to working against those interests, save for the occasional earmark he targeted for his state! This radical reactionary, who is “glad there is income inequaluty here and hopes there always will be” has long committed to the advancement of his corporate masters, has lobbied for them, and has earned an income far in excess of “working class wages” for more than 2 decades! Not only that, but he is attempting to force his Puritan social code on the entire country!
GLENN BECK – checking himself into the nearest mental institution immediately! For far too long, this insecure man has woven one insane conspiracy theory after another into his broadcasts on radio and TV, and NONE of them have held ANY basis in fact whatsoever!
PAT ROBERTSON – that this cynical, deluded pseudo-Christian old goat will finally retire and stop bilking his innocent followers of their money with hatred, phony predictions, and manufactured fears of natural events being framed as examples of God’s supposed wrath over the “transgressions” of liberals!
RUSH LIMBAUGH – stopping his constant fabrication, fact-twisting, and outright foolishness. This lying king of right-wing talk radio should take a long look in the mirror each morning and then beg forgiveness from each and every person he has lied about…and to. If he’s very lucky, maybe ONE person will end up doing so.
RUPERT MURDOCH – resigning from Newscorp and drawing to a close his long career of deceit, bribery, slander, character assassination, and egomania. It is well past time for this lying old coot to make honest amends to the huge numbers of those whom he has deliberately wronged or destroyed in his professional career.
HEAVENLY FATHER, PLEASE FORGIVE ME OF THE WRONGS I HAVE DONE, AND EACH OF THOSE PICTURED HERE FOR THE GRAVE OFFENSES THEY HAVE DELIBERATELY COMMITTED AGAINST OTHERS, AND FOR THEIR GREVOUS ACTS OF OMISSION.
It is beyond my capacity to do so myself.