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  • Reverend James Squire

Brick Thrower or Deal maker

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

The American people desperately need a deal struck by the Democrats and Republicans in Congress to provide additional aid to those who need financial help and rent due. One of the key figures making the deal for the Republicans is White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. who as a conservative member of the House and the former Chairman of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus. He is in a difficult spot for he is known as a “brick thrower and not a deal maker”. He has historically been critical of dealmakers in either the Republican and Democratic parties. Now he finds himself having to cut a most important deal to make with the Coronavirus Relief Package.

There is a cautionary tale here for those who are Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Namely, at some point you could be in the role that you are constantly criticizing.

I am at my best when I act on an important question. What would our community or nation be like if we treated everyone like our very lives depended on one and another? If history repeats itself, I don’t think that we can depend on others to adopt this point of view. We can’t get everyone to wear masks, keep six feet apart, or wash our hands. We know that we should treat others as we want to be treated. When I asked a former member of our Security Staff at the Episcopal Academy, Mr. Thomas Hunter, what he thought the reason for ignoring these guidelines, he quickly replied, “They are stupid.”. That comes from one of the most astute people that I know. So how do we make people smarter? The guidelines for the Golden Rule have not been spoken enough in the public square. The fact that the guidelines are to protect you and OTHERS are known. How about your life may depend on the physician whose family or friends have been put in danger by his treating Covid 19 patients? He knows this and can choose not to treat you. Yes, these people may depend on the Hippocratic Oath where a doctor must treat you, but strange times require strange responses. For example, lawyers don’t have to defend someone who has already sued them. Choices have consequences!

I am tired of people saying masks are stupid, then get the virus, and have a conversion experience to “I was wrong. Wear a Mask.”

There is a disconnect between reality and action. Right now the burden is on the essential workers. We need to shift that to the patient who did not adhere to the guidelines or customer.

What would our nation look like if we treated everyone as though our lives depended on it?

That’s the question that needs to be asked. That’s where we are

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