Featured Column: Jonathan Alter
The Obama Miracle: A White House Free Of Scandal
President Barack Obama goes into 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his re-election. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions (Tim Geithner’s tax problems in 2009) his administration tends to fire first and ask questions later. [QUOTE: THE NATIONAL MEMO:READ MORE]
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He Takes It Personally
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.â€™
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
(Matthew 25.35-40 ESV)
Jesus kept and promoted God’s passion for the oppressed, hungry, widows and orphans that permeate the Hebrew Scritpures.
In fact, it was so much a part of the fiber of His being that to care for them was to care for Jesus. Worse: to not care for Him was to turn your back on Jesus Himself. He takes it personally. [QUOTE: Bible-Guide-Online]
As I sit down to write this, we’ve received hundreds of emails from folks across America asking: “What’s next? What can I do to help?” Before we can answer these questions, I want to give everyone a brief but concise update what is happening in regard to our efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to Get Money Out of our politics.
Dylan, myself, and many others are referring to this period as a sort of “calm before the storm.” We have been meeting with countless people: in person, by phone, by email, even by Skype. Since I wrote you a week ago, we’ve dedicated our time to learn about and listen too, interesting, and often similar “movements” happening across America.
We are cooperating and learning able smart folks like John Bonifaz, Cenk Uygur, Lawrence Lessig, many diverse others from Texas to Hollywood, from finance to education. While we all may not completely agree with some ideas and mechanics in the process, we are all striving to achieve a shared mutual objective: to get money out of politics.
We will continue to post on www.GetMoneyOut.com many of the other amendments and the intentions of these shared legislative proposals. Dylan has assured me he will continue each week to host different guests on his show that with those that want to achieve the same goal.
What can we do right now?
Keep telling people you know about the collective goal we are trying to achieve, tell them that millions of other Americans are doing the same thing and what we are doing. Remind people. Tell your parents. Tell your parents’ parents. Tell your officemate or your next door neighbor. We are over 230,000 people strong on a petition, but we are millions in America who agree to these principles. It’s definitely the calm before the storm. And I’m awed and excited about this storm.
Send me your ideas and suggestions: Jimmy@GetMoneyOutFoundation.org (and yes, I read your emails).