...or, Out of the mouths of clowns
Remember Patch Adams? Here's a picture of Robin Williams, who played the clown-around doctor in the movie, with the real Dr. Adams himself.
And here's an exhortation by Dr. Adams...and I think he's dead serious for once:
On November 7, Be Smart: Vote for Love
Isn’t it time for a radical change of course? There’s only one thing more powerful than violence, and that’s love. So shouldn’t we be fighting violence with love? I don’t mean relational love. I mean treating people with love. Feeding them. Educating them. Healing them. That kind of love...
Gee, do you think maybe that's what William Penn meant when he wrote, "Let us then try what love will do: for if men do once see we love them (=Feeding them. Educating them. Healing them.), we should soon find they would not harm us?" (Some Fruits of Solitude, #545). Our country is spending billions of dollars on the military, the military contractors, and the "expert" interrogators, and the only positive return on this poisonous investment is an occasional story about a little grade school being rebuilt in some Iraqi town. One little grade school. We sure know how to get the most for our money.
Meanwhile Baghdad cannot even handle the number of dead bodies pouring into the morgue --many arriving with their limbs still bound and bearing gruesome marks of torture. Those responsible for the humane burial of the dead are now forced to ship the bodies to cities in southern Iraq, so that they can be interred within the period of time prescribed by Islamic custom.
This is what we've purchased for the Iraqi people with our billions of dollars: torture and death.
What’s a love platform? It’s a set of policies that shows compassion for the elderly, the mentally ill, the homeless, the poor. It’s a platform that treats the environment with the loving respect it deserves.
A love platform would call for kissing, not killing. You switch two little letters and you get a whole new outlook on life. Kissing, not killing....
We need to create a massive global movement for loving. It would be like the Peace Corps times 10,000. People who have resources would go, en masse, to help those without. People with skills would teach those without. People who are healthy would take care of those who are sick.
We’d save cabinet positions for the Amish people who embraced the family of the man who killed their children.
We’d put in charge of foreign policy the people who lost loved ones on 9/11 but insisted that revenge was not the answer, or the women of CODEPINK who tried desperately to stop the war in Iraq before it even began....
Right on, Patch!
So come November 7, be smart. Vote out stupid and arrogant candidates who think that occupying Iraq by force or bombing Iran will make us safe. And vote for candidates who understand the simple notion that love is not only the best medicine, it’s also smart policy.
Read all of Dr. Adams' wisdom at Common Dreams.
Hey, get me one of those big, round, red clown noses, 'cause I'm ready to pull the ballot lever!