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Fight fear with mercy 


This nation is in fear—fear of the uncertainty of the future. There are those who would choose to keep the country in fear by claiming that we cannot afford to show mercy to our struggling countrymen and women. They imply the government is too big and that we need to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps; don’t look for help from Uncle Sam. But we all see the suffering. Everyone knows someone who has lost their house to the Wall Street banks and sees the homeless walking our streets and hears the poverty numbers going higher and higher.

We are a great country; can we not afford to show mercy?

Those who speak of the deficit as a number to be feared and would have us turn our back on the misery in this land are the same ones who profess to “conservative values,” which include Christian morality. As I recall, the Bible says, “What you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me.” Where is the mercy when the bank throws you out of your home? Where is the mercy when you can’t find a job because they have all been outsourced? Where is the mercy for our young people whose best hope for an education is to go to war?

This nation is in fear. But it is in fear of a number. Yes, the deficit is a big number, but this is a big country. If we show mercy, mercy will come to us. Let us be merciful as a nation—first to ourselves, and then to the world.

-- David Deick - Atascadero

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