Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

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“Seven Questions”

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I want to pose seven questions as we consider the state of American Democracy in moving toward the November 2012 elections.

Question #1. If  “literacy” tests are now required for African Americans, seniors and others in order to cast their votes, will lunacy tests now be demanded of the people who came up with this bright idea? (Can the new voter i.d. laws that prevent Americans from casting a legitimate vote now be viewed as another form of “testing” whose ultimate purpose is to prevent them from voting because they cannot obtain proper identification?) 

Question #2. Why in our discussions about the perils of individual welfare don’t we ever discuss the burdens of corporate welfare?

Question #3. Why do politicians create political crises and then react to them either by denying their existence or completely avoiding them? Why can’t they develop an approach that will solve America’s problems rather than use the political system to create more problems while pretending that they are making earnest efforts in solving them?

Question #4. Why in a so-called post racial America has racism and racial code words infected politics in Washington and escalated to new heights in our public discourse?

Question #5. Why can’t some of  the mega-rich and Pluto-oligarchs in this country use their money to devise more creative solutions to helping America as a whole rather than using their money to gumb America up, dumb America down, and steal America away just to have more and more of what they already have more than enough of? With all the fiscal power that they have at their command why can’t they develop intelligent, creative, progressive solutions than will move the nation forward?  “Money can buy an education but it can’t prevent ignorance.”

Question #6. Why is religion used as such a violent tool and weapon to divide, denigrate, demean and destroy people of different religious faiths, races, genders and sexual orientations rather than as an instrument of peace, dialogue and understanding among people in America? Why do people use their God as an weapon of hatred and condemnation rather than a force for love and peace?

Question #7. Why do we keep playing political parlor games with the poor? Why do we blame them for their poverty, ridicule, label and devalue them as useless and then politically stonewall their access to the basic means of subsistence that will allow them to live their lives with dignity each day?

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    Dorothy Merchant

    Your questions left me feeling frustrated since I want to effect change immediately. What would have prevented these exploitations? Voting is one avenue for change but for some reason it is not producing the results when the “right” persons are elected… Organized protests bring media attention and a demand for negotiation. However, the aging population and indifferent youth population need to “cold turkey” from cynicism ,hedonism or apathy. They say hope springs eternal but death is finite. Will we see progress or resolution to your concerns posed in questions? In this lifetime? As a result of what initiatives and by whom? Every time I read one of your articles my dendrites and synapses break dance. You are blessed with extraordinary insight. Keep teaching and posing your questions. They say “God is the answer”, but God helps those who help themselves… Look forward to some answers… We need to know what we should be doing to effect change. LOL

    1. cfstewart Avatar

      Hi Dorothy and thanks for your response to these questions. I really believe that we can effect positive change where we live each day. We can do it in small steps by making people aware of the critical issues facing us this coming election, living the values that we so deeply believe in and helping people where we can.

      Upon my return from my time off, I will be challenging our congregation and the Church and Society ministry to help address the critical issues facing us as a nation and community.

      There is reason to have much hope even during these tough times. I know that things look bleak but we still have much to be hopeful and thankful for.

      Will talk more about this with you in the next week or two.

      Again, thanks for your support and visiting this site. I am in the process of revamping it to give it a brighter look.

      God bless you.


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