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Write your own headlines

Posted by Charles II on April 16, 2011

My friend and co-blogger, Phoenix Woman, thinks that the White House is putting out the meme that Nancy Pelosi is irrelevant. I think it’s one more shiny object thrown out by the Beltway media to keep people’s minds off of what matters. The press did something similar for Bill Clinton in 1995, as we may recall, asking him directly whether he was irrelevant.

What does matter? Well, this story for starters:

Hungerfast, an effort launched March 28 … now has over 35,000 Americans involved in fasting, including 28 Members of Congress. Fasters are demanding that the budget deficit not be resolved by slashing programs targeting the vulnerable at a time of economic distress…

The women Members of Congress fasting this week are Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Now, the guy who started this effort is not exactly a friend of mine. He leads a theocratic, Third way movement. But fasting to protest the budget cuts is a substantive response to wrongdoing by the powerful. It reminds those who fast that they stand in solidarity with the powerless. If the devil himself were leading such an effort, I’d say that it was the right thing to do.

This is the story we should fill our news with: the story of a few good Democrats. This is the story we should be telling our own congressmen, if they aren’t one of those fasting already, that they should join it. As somebody famous once said, “Let the dead bury the dead.” The Beltway journalists who obsess over who’s-up-who’s-down stories are surely among the long-deceased. The people who care about the poor have better things to do than hang around the morgue.

Added. This was my comment to Congress:

I was pleased to see that 28 members of Congress have joined a fast to protest the cuts in the budget deal that will burden the poor while doing nothing substantive to reduce the deficit. If nothing else, fasting reminds those in positions of responsibility that they stand as the only protection that the powerless have.

When will Representative […] join the fast?

2 Responses to “Write your own headlines”

  1. Thank you, Charles.

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