Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Jun 28, 2009 7:52 AM PDT
We cannot afford to forget the admonition to “hate the sin, not the sinner.” The risk is greater than that of becoming sinners ourselves. We all carry within in us the seeds of our own potential destruction until we rid ourselves of the anger and fear that blinds us to our highest moral duty.
In my work with combat veterans, I have borne witness to the suffering of those who have been compelled to destroy in anger and fear at the behest of ignorant leaders of our former democracy. Please do not choose the path of anger and fear as we proceed to so our work. Let us go forward calmly but with firm confidence in our ultimate purpose: to restore democracy in America.
It is therefore fitting that the war to restore democracy in America begins with the battle to establish universal health care. In winning the fight for the right to care which promotes individual health and survival, we will prove that a free people can defeat the corrupting power of corporate influence on Congress.
With new confidence, we are then prepared to wage the larger war for the soul of America and the survival of its people. As our sick society still has the ability to infect the world with the disease of radical individualism, it is fair to say that the fate of the world may be in our hands as well.
Only when a critical mass of citizens was educated about the issues to be considered in making this momentous decision was Revolution possible. Without the advantage of a mass media (or perhaps due to the advantage of its absence), those who understood what was at stake took it upon themselves as their sacred duty to bring the truth to the American people. In partisan newspapers, pamphlets and town hall meetings, they debated these issues until consensus emerged. At this critical time in history, we must learn from our hallowed forefathers and follow their example.
Now that Man occupies every habitable corner of the Earth, our very existence is at risk because of the greed of the individual. We cannot longer afford the luxury of justifying sinful self-indulgence as serving some higher good. Those of us who understand the danger of succumbing to this evil temptation must act now, for the sake of our children and our own souls.
The task does not require perfection, but does call for us to always seek to form a more perfect union by endeavoring to perfect ourselves If we regularly engage in rigorous self-examination and pray to whatever power we understand to be greater than ourselves to help us find our way, then we cannot lose this battle or the war. We can and must ensure that the soldiers who have come before us have not died in vain. Let us move forward together and ensure that government of the People, for the People and by the People does not perish from the Earth.
Rick Staggenborg, MD