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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

If I could say one thing to Governor Palin? Read Matthew 12:25

In a previous post, I mentioned that Governor Palin's insistence on the word "fight" in the debate is something I wish I had never heard her say. Well, maybe I should have waited to hear what she said subsequently - because what she has said since is far worse than that. Not only does it reinforce the "fight" posture, but importantly, it reinforces an "infighting" posture.

As such, I feel compelled to share this piece in the Huffington Post as disturbing as it is. I encourage you all to read all of it and watch all the videos

If you are not disturbed by the tone of the McCain-Palin campaign, you should be:
  • If you care only about religion and nothing else, I need not tell the Christian conservative base - and Governor Sarah Palin herself - to read Matthew 12:25 in The Holy Bible "...Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city divided against itself will stand"
  • If you care only about employment and nothing else, have a look at how many jobs are provided by Foreign Direct Investment. It's several millions. Go ask any developing country - foreigners do not like "native infighting". If you think all employment can be provided domestically without any input whatsover in any shape or form from a foreign government or a foreign company or a foreigner, that is just not possible. So it may not be direct foreign investment, but it could be indirect foreign investment. Investments do better in environments of predictability and stability.
  • If you care only about the economy and nothing else, please remember that people are not productive if they live in constant fear. There are lots of countries around the world that are developmentally challenged for this very reason.
  • If you care only about the markets and nothing else, markets are inextricably globally interconnected. The US status as the global financial center is already shaken to the core; infighting can only seriously further harm that status because investors like peace, predictability, stability and an environment conducive to growth.
  • If you care only about national security and nothing else, national security is most at stake. Because if you are weak at home - with infighting and hard economic times - then you have no strength and no resources to fight others.
Jamaicans have a saying: "Every where you turn, macka juk you". This means that no matter what you do, if you promote or support this strategy of inciting violence and hatred, there is no way it can work for your - I repeat, your - benefit. Whatever is the root of the hatred, it will pale in comparison to the magnitude of the personal loss and personal disruptions in the lives of all people regardless of which side they may support.

So let me go back again to the Preamble to the US Constitution:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

From now on, I'm personally holding on to the "domestic tranquility" part because it sure sounds like peace to me.

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