It’s a Thanksgiving tradition to feed the poor…It ought to be an American tradition not to have any poor.
As you and I sat down with our families this Thanksgiving to eat and, hopefully, count our blessings, others in America went hungry, suffering from what’s called “food insecurity”, meaning that even though they may not be starving they cannot always count on having enough food. The numbers Rosenberg has rounded up are startling, with almost 16 percent of our state facing food insecurity with another 5 percent having very little food security. And yeah, these are the people conservatives complain about being lazy and avoiding work, etc. The sad fact is, most of those people who “don’t want to work” are in their damn heads. Their solution to dealing with poverty is to let the poor starve so they’ll have an incentive to work. They never consider that these people are working and not getting ahead, or that they can’t work for whatever reasons. And it’s not just something you find in one party, there are plenty of Democrats that believe this nonsense too. Funny thing is that these are usually the first people to wave their Bibles at you about one thing or another, but enough of my ranting about the disease of ignorance.
As this Thanksgiving winds down, consider the words Rosenberg leaves us with:
Food insecurity is incompatible with the purpose proclaimed in the Preamble of the Constitution. It is, quite simply, un-American. It’s time to call for its abolition–and more importantly, time to institute policies that will bring that about.
Now that would be something we could all be thankful for.
So be thankful for what you have, and remember those that have less, and let’s commit ourselves to ending this travesty that shouldn’t be happening in the wealthiest of all nations.
UPDATE: Want to do something about this? Tell Blanche and Mark to support legislation that will fight child hunger. Kudos to desmoinesdem from OpenLeft for pushing this one.