America’s spiritual core awakens

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America’s spiritual core awakens

The secular progressive movement has been effective in limiting the spiritual component of issues from being more significant in popular discourse. In fact, spiritual aspects of issues have been ignored completely by the mainstream news and most political office holders. But the passion of the crowds and the grassroots nature of the opposition to President Obama’s health care overhaul is I believe derived from our nation’s spiritual core as much as it is from intellectual evaluation.

The spiritual question we face as a nation is simple and comprehensive, it is: “Is there enough?”

Enough what? Many will ask and then attempt to throw the question away, unwilling to consider the deeper meaning. “Is there enough, of anything?” Is there enough food? Is there enough wealth? Are there enough votes? A portion of the population answers this basic question in the negative. There is not enough, of anything. Therefore we must take from one group that has and transfer it to those without. Democrats in general fall into that mindset and President Obama has organized his entire administration around the premise that redistribution of all things including power is not only possible but mandatory for survival.

Nowhere in the policy and discussion of this administration do you find reliance upon or confidence in the proposition that humans create their world and that the universe is abundant. Many in the world experience starvation, but food is limited by choices of those in power, more than by material limits. North Korea suffers shortages because of Kim, not because there are limited resources.

Some in this country suffer financial hardship. I include myself in that group. But it is my experience of lack, not the imperative of lack that is at work. I know I can create a new business and recover my life. I need not take anything from another in order to have some of it.

President Obama believes that health, not health care, is limited and so he proposes equalizing the amount of health mandates by taking from some and redistributing to others. President Obama is willing to sacrifice the health of some to change the experience of illness of a few. Wellness is abundant in the universe but free people sometimes experience lack and suffering. Reducing the wellness of some will never increase the wellness of others.

Across the country thousands are seeing the debate about health care and financial recovery and are reacting in a truly spiritual manner. They know something is wrong with the core belief of lack and redistribution. Americans want solutions that recognize creative genius and American excellence. Obama promises a future of failure and works from the basis that there is never enough of anything. So he takes what others have.

Kris Hager of Colorado and Florida is a Gold Star Dad, father of the late Staff Sergeant Joshua Hager, who gave his life in Iraq several years ago.

One Comment

  1. Tim Brauhn October 11, 2009 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Those who are calling for health care for all don’t care a lick about what your side calls socialism; all that they want is the freedom to choose the lowest-cost and best coverage. Providing a government option [i]is[/i] a free-market approach to health care, not the politics of redistribution.

    But I digress. The title of this article applies to both sides of this argument. The spiritual core of your side, for some unknown reason, feels that there is a Biblical imperative in denying all people, regardless of race or social class, the right to affordable care for their families.

    On my side, we see a Biblical imperative (but we also use other holy books, like the Qur’an, the Puranas, and the Founding Fathers’ writings) to care for the sick. This is not about definitions of "responsibility" or degrees of "redistribution" but about a real dissonance between our two sides: We know that compassion for all people is important; you are concentrating on cold equations of supply and demand. Is there enough? Of course there is – who but religious people understand how far a few loaves of bread and some fish can really stretch?

    And so when our battle over health insurance reform takes on a religious cast, I can’t help but think that one of our sides really does have a clear monopoly on what faith teaches us about each other. Love thy neighbor. Take care of them if they are sick. Do what is right and just in order to bring about a day when we might more truly reflect the Kingdom that Mr. Jesus Christ spoke of so fondly when he said all of these things.

    America’s spiritual core, the core that respects individual rights and pursuits, is awakening, and [i]we [/i]support denying insurance companies their amazing profits and providing an equitable part of the American pie (no handouts) to all of us.

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