I've written this article many times since election day. I hope and pray that it doesn't come off as a political speech. I'm just worried where we, as a nation, are going. We're in the middle of a civil war and I'm not sure if we recognize it.
Its now been a week since our presidential election, and the feelings still run deep. I've read articles about how angry the liberals are. I've listened to conserative talk shows, all excited with their power. Now, I beginning to see a new America. One caught in a cultural civil war. This is much more then gay marriage or the moral majority. Its even more then Republicans or Democrats. It's about our society and how we are slowly separating into two different factions. For lack of a better way to describe these two unique entities, I shall just call them, the Rich and the Poor.
The Rich, besides being financially secure, carry the Bible in their billfold. With fear on their side, they believe they can conquer all. But they also pratice compassion and acceptance, for those who follow along, and tolerance for those lucky enough to be accepted. Church leaders flock to their sides, preaching in their ears, making them stronger. They truly believe they are doing God's Will. Their leaders, are strong, giving the appearance of concern, but they have no problems, doing their work alone.
The Poor, live paycheck to paycheck, believe in God, but question the Bible. They believe love is a gift, between a human being and a human being. They despise the Rich and question their values. They pray for acceptance, but are constantly reminded that they are Poor. They are frustrated and not yet ready to admit - defeated. Their leaders, show concern, but they too, are part of the Rich. While the poor can tolerate their leaders, they find it hard to accept them. They're millionares, whose spouses are billionares.
This is not meant as a political speech, just my own personal observation. As I look across America, I can see it happening and I believe I'm not the only one. The Rich, with their power, can change elections, by redrawing political maps, to make an incumbent vunerable. This did happen in Texas.
In the Northwest, in the beginning of the year patients, put bids in for medical services. They sign contracts for physicians whether they use them or not. These doctors will only see patients under contract, with them! The Poor, are left out - searching! This is happening in Washington.
Nationwide, for the Poor owning a vechile is becoming harder. They can't afford the economical autos. Owning a hybrid, is out of the question. Settling for gas hogs, just to have transportation to work. Now with the price of gas and insurance, owning a vechile, might become, a thing of the past.
Finding work was never hard for the Poor. But finding a wage, which they could live on, was never easy. The Rich, do what they can to keep the wages down and stagnant. Their answer? "Work hard and go to school!" The Poor do go to school but their choices are limited. With many states suffering from budget deficits, schools always seem to be hit hard. School closings and mergings, are not uncommon. The Poor parents, find sponsors for their children so they can go to school and not make the one way trip of 100 miles. The students live with their sponsors for the week, returning home on the weekends. While the Rich send their children to private schools. This is happening in my own state of Nebraska. Eight years ago, a Poor governor lobbied for our state, to get the lottery. He promised that 2/3rds of the profits would go to education. The state voted for it! This past election these same voters changed their vote, so $2 million a year would go to our state fair. We have to keep up a good appearance, at the expense of the Poor.
Recently, my wife was involved in a serious automobile accident. Two weeks were spent in the trauma center in Lincoln, NE. I can't imagine what would have happened if we didn't have insurance. But even with insurance, our bills are an eye-openner! For the next year (at least), my income, will be our only income. We tried to get some kind of public assitance. First we were told they could help after we pay a certain amount every month on our medical bills. That amount was $500 more then I take home. Their second response was to quit my job, then they could really help us. Lets keep the Poor down! We walked out of that office, shaking our heads, this isn't what America should be!
We, as a nation, are now raising third and fourth generation welfare families. This is all they know. Welfare was created to help people get back on their feet from some unforseen clamity. To bring the Poor along with the Rich! Today, it keeps the Poor in their place! Start looking around. Forget the political speeches, its happening everywhere. The only way this civil war will end, is when we all, Poor and Rich, become one. 9-11 brought us together, for a short time. Sadly, its going to take more then that.
The Poor constantly struggle to be Rich. The Rich try to supress the Poor. While another group is completely ignored. This group holds the key, to stopping this war! Lets stop Poverty now! Lets give them a voice, let them be heard. Poverty + Poor + Rich = One America!
(c)2004 Dave Harm