A New Song for the Poor

From Bob Waldrop, God Bless Him!

It’s not enough to just denounce politicians with our words, although those words are important. If we truly want change, we must give revolutionary meaning to our words by the way we live our lives. As we close our ears to the lies of politicians, plant gardens, buy food directly from farmers, cut up our credit cards, pay off our debts and refuse to borrow any more — when we recycle, reuse, make do, do without, shop at thrift stores,  – and when we practice truth, beauty, wisdom, justice, and kindness —  we undermine this vicious, filthy, and rotten system and we journey towards a better future, where people like [insert local politicians] and Obama have no more power to hurt, destroy, and steal…

Here’s the Les Miserables epilogue; Can you hear the people sing at 6:58, although I suggest you make the time to listen to the whole 9 minutes or so of music.  The lyrics are different from the link above, and they are as important a message for Tax Day as the title of today’s blog entry.

Do you hear the people sing?

Lost in the valley of the night,

It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth

there is a flame that never dies,

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord.

They will walk behind the ploughshare

They will put away the sword.

The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?

Who will be strong and stand with me?

Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?

Say, do you hear the distant drums?

It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes.



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"I can't say I don't believe in your God, but I don't believe He meant the world to be as it is." ~Nicholas Higgins. North and South.

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you are licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." No idea where that last quote came from, but I like it!

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