The Open Dimension

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Memo To Christian Americans


Christians in this country have been, and are being used by Washington politicians to accomplish their own agendas. And the primary agenda has been to secure enough votes to gain office, not to serve the interests of religious people; but to fill the already-bulging coffers of the super-rich at the expense of the poor, the middle-class, the young and the elderly. The true constituency of these politicians are the major corporations which provide their campaign funding and - very likely- their retirement packages.

Religious people are not their constituents: They’re only useful to them in the voting booth. After that they’re forgotten, except when these pharisees need a couple of “hot-button” issues to play on to raise their poll numbers or get some additional votes.

There have been over forty- million abortions in this country since Roe vs. Wade. I cringe when I think of it. It’s an abominable national disgrace. What have these hypocrites done about it? They make a “hot-button” out of it at election time to get your vote. They get empty sound- bites and photo-ops. “ By their fruits you shall know them.”

And what have they done about moral values. It’s the same story. They do what their political advisors tell them to do to get your vote. Then they go their way.

Eighty percent of Americans want illegal immigration stopped. Every year scores of poor Mexicans die in the deserts trying to get in. And if they do get in they’re exploited by greedy corporations who make them work for slave wages. And our churches, social services , medical facilities and schools are stressed to the hilt trying to serve the needs of illegal immigrants who arrive in increasing numbers every year. What have the Washington politicians done about it? Have they respected the wishes of 80% of Americans? Have they secured the borders or gotten tough with the Mexican government? No, their corporate fraternity brothers don’t want that. All they want is cheap labor. And that’s what they get. Now they’re proposing another amnesty- which created the problem in the first place in 1986. “By their fruits you shall know them.”

And how dare anyone presume that Christian people are necessarily in favor of unwarranted war that kills and maims thousands of human beings; and is really about oil, power bases and rich no-bid contracts for Halliburton?

What I would like to see is more Christian leaders confronting this Washington elite and asking them why laws governing campaign funding and lobbying haven’t been radically changed to prevent politicians like themselves from being full-time servants of the super-rich to the grave detriment of the rest of us. I would like to see them asked why they’re destroying our beloved country for the benefit of their friends.

And they’ll answer with double-talk.