And So This Is Christmas…

24 Dec

And what have we done?

Congress has still not brought our troops home from the longest war in America’s history…over 12 years and counting and can anyone tell me what we are there fighting for today? The war in Afghanistan has eclipsed our second longest war by almost 3 years but that’s only because it started almost 3 years before that one did. Can you name our 2nd longest war?

It’s the war in North-West Pakistan, which I did not even know we were engaged in. Did you?

Our Veteran’s now face sky rocketing suicide rates, leukemia from exposure to radioactive ammunition and return home with severe physical and mental disorders…excuse me…I mean simply, Post Traumatic Stress.

Meanwhile, at home our Congress voted this year to cut food stamps to 50 million Americans, most of whom are women and children, that we have managed to vilify for being so vulnerable and hungry…I’m sorry…they are now known as the “food insecure”.

Congress is also trying to decide if they should extend unemployment compensation into the new year for those who have reached their limit in benefits. After all says, Rand Paul, the best way to end unemployment is for the unemployed to “go get a job”. The unemployed are now the “chronically lazy.”

Congress has also sat idly by while housing shortages and the homeless population in our country continue to rise…

…As does our prison population. It’s the largest in the world by number and percentage…but at least our prisoners do have a home, so to speak, even if it does cost around 40 thousand dollars each, per year,  just to keep them there. Money well spent would you say?

And One year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Congress has still passed no significant legislation to help better regulate guns in our country…but clearly to many members of our most august legislative body it was the victims own fault for going to work and school every day in a “gun free” zone. They should have known better….and apparently, we have more of a mental health problem in our country than a gun problem. We have one of our most beloved presidents to thank for that but don’t mention it. We love him just the same…and it saved us money…so there is that.

And most sadly,  if a child were born to a poor couple in Bethlehem today he would still have twice the chance to live to celebrate his second birthday than if he were born in the United States…and that’s according to the CIA World Factbook.

All in all I’d say that’s a pretty dismal record for a country that fancies itself the greatest “Christian” country in the history of mankind…wouldn’t you?

So my question this “holiday” season is: What does it avail a man or woman to keep the Christ in Christmas if he or she is not going to keep the “Christ” in his or her country all year long?

We may have come a long way Baby, but Jesus, not near enough.

So a very Merry Little Christmas to all.

I hope we all can do better, by god,  in 2014.

Shall we?

 

 

7 Responses to “And So This Is Christmas…”

  1. cttbbelliott December 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    very well stated!

  2. smilecalm December 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I concur with sharing!
    It seems that as long as “we” think and act
    as if congress and other elected leaders are our masters
    rather than our employees, in office to do the right thing,
    we will be at the mercy of those who buy the government
    and sell us war and other unwholesome goods.
    Wishing you happy Christmas 🙂

  3. makagutu December 25, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Happy holidays

  4. momshieb December 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Thank you for putting it all so clearly and succinctly. Now, how do we change things?

  5. Colleen Pringle December 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I agree that if we can’t put Christ into our every day then we have to do better. Thank you for bring to light this reality.

  6. TamrahJo January 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Bravo! Catching up on my reading and how I’ve missed you! Hope the New Year brings about those changes we know need to happen.

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