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President Of Chile Is The People’s Choice—Maybe Folks Are Moving In My Direction

When I go to the supermarket, I talk to Carlos. Carlos is a bagger at the supermarket. He is from Central America.

Carlos is a bit to the right politically. I roll with that as he is not a U.S. citizen. He can do harm by voting absentee in his country, but that is the problem of the folks down there.

I don’t need any help taking my groceries to my car, but I’ve struck up a relationship with Carlos. While walking out to my car we discuss various Central and South American politics and governments.

Carlos and I agree that Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is no good. He is little more than a dictator. However, Carlos supported the coup in Honduras while I supported the rule of law and democracy.

Last time I spoke to Carlos, I told him I had just read a favorable article about Michele Bachelet. Ms. Bachelet is the center-left President of Chile.

A woman in a nurse’s uniform, or maybe a pharmacy uniform, heard my comment. She said something like “Michele Bachelet–very good!”

I wish the world was more like that brief moment. You mention a left-leaning President from some other nation, and your fellow working person who hears the comment not only knows who that leader is—She offers her approval as well.

( Which is not to imply that so-called professional people have any idea about anything.)

I’m sorry I don’t have any links or pictures on this post. I’m posting from my iPhone while my computer is down. Though if you care enough about Latin American politics, plenty of information is out there for you to learn.

I’m going to go out and talk out loud to myself about a public option for health insurance and see if folks around me chime in with supportive comments. Maybe people are moving on my direction.

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

Words And Thoughts Of Thomas Merton Are In Great Contrast To Grubby Support Of Catholic Church For Honduras Coup


I’ve been reading the book The Seven Storey Mountain by the late Catholic monk Thomas Merton. 

( Above–Thomas Merton. Merton lived 1915-1968.)

 Here is information about the life of Thomas Merton from The Thomas Merton Center.  

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk. Here is information about the Trappists.

Here are the first three paragraphs from The Seven Storey Mountain—

On the last day of January 1915, under the sign of the Water Bearer, in the year of a great war, and down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God and yet hating Him; born to love Him, living instead in fear and hopeless self-contradictory hungers.

Not many hundreds of miles away from the house where I was born, they were picking up the men who rotted in the rainy ditches among the dead horses and ruined seventy-fives, in a forest of trees without branches along the river Marne.    

My father and mother were captives in that world, knowing they did not belong with it or in it, and yet unable to get away from it. They were in the world and not of it–not because they were saints, but in a different way: Because they were artists. The integrity of an artist lifts a man above the level of the world without delivering him from it.

What a contrast there is between these words of thought and reflection, and the cheap and grubby support offered by the Catholic Church for the recent lawless coup in Honduras.  Please click here for background on the Honduras coup.  

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa has said that the coup is legal. This despite the fact that the President who was deposed, Manuel Zelaya, was the legally elected leader of Honduras.

The reason the Cardinal seems to support the coup are the political differences between him and President Zelaya. Cardinal Maradiaga says that Mr. Zalaya is a backer of leftist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Aren’t these questions that should be resolved at the ballot box?

Here are some basic facts about Honduras.

The support of the Catholic Church for this right-wing coup recalls how Pope John Paul II and the Church attempted to end the Liberation Theology movement in Latin America. Liberation Theology sought to address the needs of the poor and those in need of help in Latin America who have often gone unacknowledged by the Church.  Please click here for facts about Liberation Theology.

When will the Church advocate on a consistent  basis for the rule of law and for those who most need help and care in life? 

(Below–Our Lady Of Suyapa Shrine in Tegucigalpa.) 


July 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Photo Essay In Favor Of Voting

Hugo Chavez does it ( Regardless of if he is sincere or not)

People have been doing it for a long time–

And, yes, sometimes it is meaningless—

Yet often the right to vote has come at a high cost ( Blacks voting in New Orleans after the Civil War.)

So if you live in a primary state why not take a spin of the wheel tomorrow—

And cast a ballot.

March 3, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Elections, Politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment