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I Wonder

I wonder whether or not people will get tired of the day to day struggle of feeding a family, paying the mortgage or rent and watching their leaders strip away the threadbare benefits they now receive from their employers.

I wonder how many more will lose their jobs, their homes and their futures and understand that those at the top of the heap give not a whit for their well being.
April 28, 2003

I Wonder

A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
by Bill Chickering

I wonder when America will say it's had enough of the lies, the god-posturing, the policy of naked aggression cloaked with moral assurance and certainty, and the destruction of our freedoms.

I wonder whether or not people will get tired of the day to day struggle of feeding a family, paying the mortgage or rent and watching their leaders strip away the threadbare benefits they now receive from their employers.

I wonder when we will grow tired of the thought of perpetual war for the aggrandizement of the few. And when will we grow weary of our sons and daughters sacrificing their lives on the altar of one man's ego and sense of divine calling.

I wonder how many more will lose their jobs, their homes and their futures and understand that those at the top of the heap give not a whit for their well being.

I wonder if the day will come when we turn on the news, hear what's being described, then take a look around our town or our neighborhood and begin to realize that the two realities don't match.

I wonder if those of us who choose the path of protest will grow weary from the browbeating, the accusations and the threats and decide it's not worth the effort.

I wonder how much further we can sink into an economic pit before we realize that our leaders are interested in lining no one's pockets but their own.

I wonder how much longer thinking Christians will allow the name of their God to be butchered by a man who understands nothing of the faith he proclaims and for whom that faith is a vehicle of destruction rather than a path to healing and understanding.

I wonder how much longer we will choose to believe that those in power who claim God as their authority are not led by God at all but by their own ambition for power and wealth.

I wonder how many more precious Constitutional rights we will allow to be stripped from us before we see what's slipping away and rise up in anger.

I wonder if we will wake up before the dream of democracy breathes its last.

I wonder.

Bill Chickering
White Bear Lake, MN

A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY

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