I wrote this after the election. I didn’t realise that it didn’t get published. Let’s see if it does now.
The election is over. In addition to denying climate change, the Democratic and Republican candidates denied the fact of poverty. There will be those that say that Obama was not a climate-change denier, but he was — at least during the campaign. He was, by virtue of never bringing it up, and by virtue of advocating policies which will result in more global warming (his love affair with clean coal and the oil industry). In the same way, he denies poverty in the United States by never bringing it up, and by endorsing, supporting, and championing the very policies that will make poverty worse.
A few generations back, politicians did mention it, and realised that it is a national shame. The War on Poverty of the sixties was a response to widespread poverty in the cities and rural areas. I am not suggesting that this was revolutionary or anything like it. What I am suggesting is that people in public life then — and these were the elite, make no mistake — saw such injustices as poverty and racism as matters of concern for the whole society. These were not revolutionaries, and their “solutions” were not those meant to change the world, or overthrow capitalism. They were an indication that poor people at least came to the minds of politicians. We all of us expected Romney to be clueless about this, and we were not disappointed. Obama, though, was every bit as clueless, and he’s at least as callous where poverty is concerned. There is nothing to suggest, however that we have any hope for change here, no matter what delusion the hope-a-dope followers of BHO might currently be under.
We need to see an end to poverty and homelessness. They are abominations. When Jesus told Judas that the poor would always be with him, it was an indictment. Judas was a cheat, and was stealing money from the Twelve. His worries over the fine ointment and its cost were so many empty words. Jesus’ words are an indictment of our society, and any others that tolerate and, indeed, as ours does, promote poverty. The message is that there is enough for all but for greed. As St. Augustine said that one man’s superfluity is another man’s poverty.
It’s too much to ask Obama to get out of the pocket of corporate America. He won’t; it’s nice and warm and friendly there. We need to ask whether we need him or any of the other Washington prostitutes. The Occupy movement shows us that we can build a new society in the hulk, the shell of the old. As free people in community, we don’t need the political whores. One day, the president will wake up and find there is no one to govern. We will have made a new world with no place for him.