Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The wisdom of Jesse Jackson Sr.

"To feed the poor is an honor, not a disgrace."
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. (b. 1941)

Jackson spoke at a "Poverty and Inequality" colloquium at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) on Feb. 14, 2012, and made that comment to rebuke the political carping about President Obama as "the food stamp president." The audience loved it and so did I. Feeding the poor is a central tenet of most of the world's religions and it is a mutually beneficial behavior in most communities. Are there welfare abuses? Sure. Let's punish them. Are most of the really poor people actually really poor? Sure. I help them, and it does feel like an honorable thing to do.
Jackson bio

It feels a bit awkward for me to toot the horn for Jesse Jackson. Well, I guess "ambivalent" is the right word…..he and I aren't what you could call simpatico in our most cherished political beliefs, I do not walk in his shoes, I fully support the ethical, social and essentially human ideals of racial equality, I abhor bigotry.

I guess I need to fall back on advice from Old Abe: "I do not like the man. I must get to know him better."

The wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

1 comment:

  1. 43,000,000 people on food stamps! Almost half of the working people pay no no taxes. Free school lunches and operation headstart giving away free breakfast. When is the last time you have seen a starving poor person? Probably never unless they are voluntarily homeless. And why don't you ask the rev. how much he is behind on his child support for his "love child" and what does his taxes look like and what he has tithed including his front the rainbow co. He is just a plain hypocrite.