As Republicans freak out over the totally expected success of Obamacare and the demise of Duck’s dynasty, there isn’t much that could bring them further down, except denying them the love of their latest hero, Putin. For now, they’re stuck in this country where we still do things via elections and this makes them very sad because they can’t win national elections. So even elected officials within the Republican Party and party leaders call the President names and slander his entire family, in hopes that they can make the American people hate him as much as they do.
I bring this up in light of Easter and Passover because the President reminded the nation that these holy days “remind us of our responsibilities to God and, as God’s children, our responsibilities to one another.” These days are for reflection and renewal. A person doesn’t need to be religious or spiritual to grasp the moral imperative of taking care of one another, or as the President said, “to love and serve one another, particularly ‘the least of these’ among us.”
Yes, we have a responsibility to one another, and Republicans also have a responsibility to more than just their base and their corporate backers. They have a responsibility to stop lying about this President and his family. They have an even bigger responsibility to start doing something for the least among us instead of catering to the big money.
Timothy 2:16 seems written for modern day Republicans, “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.” I’m just saying.
To the President:
President Obama said:
For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning.
Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their retellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression.
And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season.
These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our responsibilities to God and, as God’s children, our responsibilities to one another.
For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him. We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life. And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as He loves every one of us.
The common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to rededicate ourselves to that universal mission.
For me, Easter is a story of hope – a belief in a better day to come, just around the bend.
So to all Christians who are celebrating, from my family to yours, Happy Easter. And to every American, have a joyful weekend.
Thanks, God bless you, and may God bless this country we love.
This basic morality is the foundation of most of President Obama’s policies. His is driven by his faith, but also by history and his own experience growing up as the child of a single parent. He understands the universal moral imperative of looking out after one another. This is much more powerful and uplifting than the Republican policy idea that selfishness rules, that greed is good, and that the poor and “least” among us deserve their lot in life.
We don’t get to have a lot of the nice things President Obama stands for, because Congress has been hijacked by Republicans who refuse to do anything decent for the nation until they get all of their toys back (i.e., win the White House). But his values are shared by most Americans, and that matters, because the people deserve to have laws that reflect these values. They can do something about that in 2014 by voting for candidates who represent people over corporations.
Personally, I’m over letting the endless ugly attacks on this President and his family go. It’s one thing for the base to do it, it’s another when it’s being stoked by mainstream pundits, Republican Governors and U.S. Congressional members. It’s time to start calling these folks out on their behavior, especially since they are always play the God card. “You will know them by their fruits.”
A Kenyan Muslim illegitimate Socialist Nazi, you say? That makes you the ravenous wolf, and you lose your turn on the Smug Righteousness bus.