Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Twas A Dark And Rainy Day
It seems that this election year is just bound to heap unpleasantness upon unpleasantness. Well, maybe this will be a reminder to us all that there are people involved. Yes, flawed people and imperfect people, but PEOPLE. Human beings. People must always be taken seriously. People put the light into the world for us, and some few become vicious destroyers of that light for reasons which we really do not understand.
I am also praying for Viola's family members. Her aunt had just gotten remarried about a year ago to a man who had lost his wife four years previously. That left him with three motherless daughters. One may guess that it was a great relief when Viola's aunt and he met and joined their lives. Very suddenly, this gentleman died leaving the entire extended family in shock and leaving those three daughters, who have now lost both their parents, in deep shock. Viola says they are not doing well. Your prayers would be appreciated.
The problem is not who is eating what where and how other people feel about that, but the rising prices of food, which are inextricably linked to the price of petroleum. Ag requires a lot of energy input.
And it is not the perception of various populations that counts, but the ability of the global economic system to produce food at a price that the populations can afford that matters. To talk about perceptions diverts attention from the underlying issue.
It's bad politics and a refusal to discuss fundamental issues that is irking the electorate, and the electorate is correct.
Throwing biofuels (those that are an inefficient way to generate energy from an efficient food source) into the mix is exaggerating the situation, as has the US refusal to generate its own energy from domestic sources.
Both Obama and McCain are on record in favor of policies which purport to be environmentally aware but are in fact a form of protectionism. Also, it is salt in the wounds of the approximately 15% of the US population that is having difficulty buying food to claim that it is eating too much. This is politics at its worst.
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