A little biblical wisdom to the US Democrats.
The inevitable demise of a political party swimming in the foul waters of US capitalism happened before our eyes in the US election. After years of handing over the party to financial backers the democrats gave the Us and the world Donald Trump.
Did it really take a genius to see that the Dems had for a long time failed their former constituency of working people. What a lazy crew, one which never did their homework and assumed that it was Hilary’s turn—the same woman who pocketed a $250,000 cheque from Wall street as she was running for the highest office in the land…totally ignoring those who were unemployed and languishing in the Rust Belt. Imagine, not even campaigning in Wisconsin.
Well it turns out Ezekiel the biblical prophet had some insight for the Dems. Ezekiel appeared on the scene as the Judahites were led off to Babylon, (circa 587 BCE) modern day Iraq and he accompanied them. In chapter 34, one of the major prophets of Israel turned on the Democratic leaders of his day. He carves up “the shepherds of Israel.” Some shepherds.
“You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed’–I’ll say, those Rust Belt states went to Obama 8 years earlier and Bernie actually won them in the primaries. “You have not sought out the lost but with force and harshness you have ruled them”
Yahweh speaketh—hey Dems are you listening—“I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out will rescue them from all the places which they have been scattered…I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed and I will bind up the injured and I will strengthen the weak…” 34: 11-16
Wow, the Dems packed the DNC with Hilary insiders, scorned the Jewish socialist Bernie who spoke for the vast numbers of the poor and unemployed. The false shepherds betrayed the party and the people.
A tried and true policy. Go and defend the common good, the earth and the poor.
Good politics, good religion.
The democrats lost their way, ignored the pain of working people and the Us got the Donald.