brian on 2004.05.14
at 03:59 pm
Kurt Vonnegut on the state of America today. At 81 years of age, KV is still not afraid to tell it like it is. He's especially good at pointing out hypocrisy in action. Some excerpts…
Doesn’t anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools or health insurance for all?
How about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. …
And so on.
Not exactly planks in a Republican platform. Not exactly Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney stuff.
For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
"Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!
Even crazier than golf, though, is modern American politics, where… you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative… If you aren’t one or the other, you might as well be a doughnut.
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