Fires, Floods and Favors

Jun 9th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Whatever the disaster, experienced by so many this spring, it has about it a doubly heavy burden in view of the economy and unemployment and other magnified issues facing so many today.  To imagine being added to the roll call of those without bodes ill for senior citizens and their families.

So we come to the matter of recovery.  We come to a reflection of neighborliness, kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration.  Across the country there have been many, from individuals to corporations, who have bucked up to offer demonstrated compassion.  But, there is one glaring curmudgeon who stands out as a symbol of the “Scrooge” principle choosing to deny aid to those who need it so desperately.  He is Eric Cantor, a representative, like so many, who, impressed with his power, would withhold aid to those affected by these multiplied disasters.  No funds for them, says he, unless something else, most likely aid that helps people meet their daily disasters of hunger, need for shelter, and other basic requirements are eliminated to help pay the costs of disaster recovery.  How shamefully brazen.  How utterly unfeeling.  How like those who would forego compassion at a time of sore and miserable catastrophe.


Gloss it over as politicians will, there can be no excuse for the government’s reluctance not to care for those whose hard work keeps the engine of capitalism functioning.  There can be no rationale for refusing to offer, provide and insist upon immediate aid to meet the needs of those impacted by these horrible circumstances.  If we can’t be present for those who are the bulwark of democracy here, why should we be spending enormous billions to establish democracy elsewhere?

There is no excuse valid enough to turn our collective neighborly backs on those who are met with the unexpected eradication of everything that gives security and comfort to daily life.  Congress should be flooded with fired up petitions, letters, calls, emails, tweets, messages of all kinds of those of us who favor the Samaritan point of view and the “love your neighbor” philosophy.  No official, no matter position or self assumed importance, should stoop so low as to put neighbor against neighbor at such a time.  Disaster, wherever it happens, whatever grotesque shape it takes, daily or sudden, is provocation enough for our choosing to be there, wherever there is, with our shovels and saws, our water and food, our money and labor to help meet need. It is time for favors to be returned.  That is all there is to it.



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