Poverty and War

Paying for war by making war on the poor.

Martin Luther King in his most courageous address stated that “war is the enemy of the poor”. He continued to advance a critique of capitalism and he called for a reassessment of American values. His words ring true today as we witness the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his Republican cohorts advocate deep cuts of “tens of billions out of programs for the poorest Americans, particularly food stamps, along with health care for the middle class”.

To preserve the bloated military budget the “house voted on Wednesday to cut 33 billion over the next decade out of food stamps”. It would reduce benefits for 44 million people. With a callous,cavalier,and arrogant attitude Sean Hannity of Fox News commented that rice and beans are cheap,available and adequate nourishment for the poor. His empathetic concern and dietary suggestions will surely alleviate the anxiety of the one in five children (16.2million) suffering from hunger. These cuts are incorporated in the 2013 budget written by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and endorsed by the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The Ryan plan and Mitt Romney’s endorsement of it are symptoms of a psychopathic world view that divides people into simplistic categories of good and evil, expendables as opposed to valued members of society. This view is derived from an elitist class orientation that dehumanizes those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

To counter this destructive world view that creates mass poverty and the resultant “silent destructive dissolution of...(the)soul,” we must put forth a counter vision of ML King’s “Beloved Community” that is governed by the humanistic ethic of cooperation,interconnectedness, and love. Another world is possible.

Donald Torrence

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nick April 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
'Television newscasts about poverty in America generally portray the poor as homeless people or as a destitute family living in an overcrowded, dilapidated trailer. In fact, however: * Over the course of a year, 4 percent of poor persons become temporarily homeless. * Only 9.5 percent of the poor live in mobile homes or trailers, 49.5 percent live in separate single-family houses or townhouses, and 40 percent live in apartments. * 42 percent of poor households actually own their own homes. * Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person. * The average poor American has more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France, or the United Kingdom. * The vast majority of the homes or apartments of the poor are in good repair. By their own reports, the average poor person had sufficient funds to meet all essential needs and to obtain medical care for family members throughout the year whenever needed. Of course, poor Americans do not live in the lap of luxury. The poor clearly struggle to make ends meet, but they are generally struggling to pay for cable TV, air conditioning, and a car, as well as for food on the table. The average poor person is far from affluent, but his lifestyle is far from the images of stark deprivation purveyed by advocacy groups and the media.'
nick April 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
facts about the poor in America: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/09/understanding-poverty-in-the-united-states-surprising-facts-about-americas-poor
Michael M. April 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Nick, what are you doing? You are using facts to prove your point; the progressives do not care about facts, they care only about using people to garner emotion to get what they want. There is no room for facts in socialism. Torrence is the same guy that wrote about the Zimmerman-Martin shooting and had all the facts wrong.
Michael M. April 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I have often wondered why the people who want socialism or a different form of government don't just leave the USA. What they are looking for already exists in other countries, oh wait, it is because it is not working in those countries, and they think so highly of themselves and believe they can make socialism work here because they are smarter than everyone else. If you want that type of govt, Mr. Torrence, then leave the USA and go to Europe, you will have your pick of Utopias.
SomeGuyNamedEd April 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
So, Don, how's that Obama budget, (you know, the one that not a single Democrat would support recently) work for you? Is it better, or worse than the Ryan budget? Please...do tell. It's child's play to identify problems; you make no effort to provide even a single practical solution.


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