You don’t know me, and I won’t pretend to know you, but we are at a critical juncture in our country and in our respective faiths and it’s important that we act and act quickly.
On Friday, the Republican president signed an ethically, legally, and morally questionable executive order that restricted immigration from seven nations — none of which have given birth to terrorists who have killed Americans, and you can read that in no less a source than The Daily Caller, which may be the only time I ever link to that woe-begotten publication.
The worldwide reaction has been predictably to the negative, and we, as believers, can do no less than to work our hardest against this man. If you voted for this man, you can no longer shrug that you voted for a racist. If you continue to support him, you are a racist, yourself, and racism has precisely no place in your Book. No amount of tweaking will change this — particularly when Pres. Bannon just last night fired the acting attorney general who refused to enforce his benighted ban.
WWJD? Stand up. Fight back. Swords up.
Alison sends this, a report from The Opportunity Agenda that says Americans, while balancing a belief in equality for all, and the ability of people in this country to make their own way (the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” thing), are ready to talk a little more seriously about eliminating poverty.
From the study:
- 7 in 10 (72 percent) of surveyed Americans said that reducing poverty is an “extremely/very important” issue for the next president of the United States, but
- Just under 6 in 10 (57 percent) express the same belief about reducing the “gap between the rich and the poor.”
- (60 percent) still believe in the power of hard work and other individualistic ideals
- Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (57 percent) believe that the American Dream no longer holds true, up from 48 percent in 2014.
For the second year, I am teaching a senior seminar at University of New Haven on researching and writing about poverty. I. Can’t. Wait.
Just read this, from Stephen R. Kelly at the Washington Post.
Several news outlets carried this story earlier this week (and thanks, Leftover, for the links), that said (from the Washington Post):
A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.
The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than a college education increased markedly between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and suicide, the researchers concluded. Before then, death rates for that group dropped steadily, and at a faster pace.
Here’s more on the report, itself. The reasons behind the spike may surprise you. From the New York Times (emphasis is mine):
Analyzing health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources, they concluded that rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart disease and diabetes but by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse:alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.
The majority of the U.S. think the wealthy do not pay their fair share in taxes. Some 68 percent of Americans polled said that wealthy households pay too little in federal taxes.
You can read the poll here. Do please scroll down to see the make-up of the people who were surveyed. Among other things, they considered themselves mostly moderate, politically.
And thanks, Doug, for letting me steal this from you on Facebook.
Read it and weep.
You can read more here or here.
And thanks, DickG., for the link.