Friday, August 17, 2012

Charity MUST begin at home

It's apparent there are many people in this world that can only be generous with other people's resources:
A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George.  He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition.  He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills.  Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill.  So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union.  He was profusely grateful.  But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?”  He said, “I have no one else to ask.”  Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States.  (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.)  George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world.  Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.
One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.”  Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help... 
Sure, this is intended to embarrass the president.  But he has no one to blame but himself for being vulnerable to the charge of rank hypocrisy.  And there is no doubt similar tales of indifference can be found on both sides of the Republicratic machine.  It begs the question: why are we as a nation so willing to follow people who claim to know how to help society, when it's so easily demonstrated they don't have much, if any, first-hand experience helping anyone but themselves?

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