Am I a staunch republican or an outrageous democrat?
A tea partyer or just a partyer?
Conservative, progressive, socialist, anarchist?
Rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief?
This will sum up my politics whichever side you take.
Isaiah 58 (Abridged)
… ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“… on the day of your fasting, you …
exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
The Old Testament
Who will rise to these politics?
Who will pass laws and set policies to share and help?
Who will stand with:
the poor, the needy, the ones wanting to learn,
the veteran, the elderly, the student, the disabled,
the immigrant, the sick, and the helpless.
who will pay for and repair:
our roads, our water and water’s pipelines, our clean air,
our electrical grids and Internet, our police and firemen,
our teachers, hospitals, schools, libraries, parks, and airports.
Who will give and not take?
Who will help and not say, let them help themselves.
Who will reach out a hand….
These are my politics.