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Don’t knock public service

To the editor:

A politician mocked community organization recently. Politicians have failed this country in recent years. Our children are inheriting crises of serious proportions. If America overcomes its financial, environmental, energy and health crises, it will probably not be the doing of politicians. It will be because ordinary citizens address the country’s issues.

The self serving of some national politicians is breath taking. The speaker noted above would perhaps have silent contempt for the “put others first” of Gandhi or Mother Teresa. Service, as with Christ’s disciples is beyond them. They would not understand Mandela, Keller, or Martin Luther King Jr. They would not see leadership in the lives of Wesley or St. Francis. Hope for America seems not to rest with most of our national leaders ‚Äì but with people who work with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, religious relief agencies, service clubs, etc.

Our national leaders are leaving a debt for our children of 8,993 billion dollars, 45 percent of it owed to foreign interests. They increase spending and reduce taxes in one breath. They warn against socialism while selling us out. They have been left far behind by Europe in matters of alternative energy. While talking a good line, they do little on climate change. They appeal to our fears and give mercenary contracts to private armies.

Community service is a far cry from the service to self and exploitation of the public purse that has come to dominate politics. If social justice, humility and care for each other still exist in this country, it is more than likely at the community level.

Donovan Russell


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