I realize some of my readers are not religious; if this is not your thing, skip it.
All of us are stressed and frankly, grieving at this point re the Gulf Oil Spill. It's a loss: to the environment, our sense of technology's power, and our own moral certainty.
At the same time, we've been forced to come to the conclusion that the long hard war is not with terrorists in another country or another race; the long hard war is with the savagely greedy and willfully ignorant among our own people. We the people must become the government, and yeah, take back our country from...the greedy few who have so much.
If you want to call that socialism go right ahead. (Click here for larger image.)
(PS David Brooks that's what you should have said yesterday, without excusing corporations.)
There is nothing like the hopelessness of grief to turn us to some power higher and stronger than ourselves. We have lost something, and have a tremendous fight ahead of us. Pray? Hell, yeah. Check this one out:
Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks...And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come...
And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances.
Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Evening of D-Day