I’d like to say a word on charity. Charity is a wonderful thing and even more when it comes from a heart of love which will cover a multitude of sins. It is also spoken of by Christ so many tines I don’t feel it’s necessary to count the ways in which we can be charitable on a Catholic forum.
However, (here it is) there is a bit of teaching within the Church’s writings on Social Justice, notably subsidiarity. This concept is not only applied to government as some think and use within their argument of small government, it is a recipe extends to many aspects of our lives, and we see it in action and may not even realize it.
Example: Could a small local “militia” handle an invasion or attack like the one we saw on 911? Can a local government handle a natural disaster such as hurricane Katrina, or the local fire department get a handle on the California wildfires with hundreds of thousands of acres burned? The federal government has to act when localities cannot, and that is subsidiarity in action.
Can charitable organizations handle all of the 30 million persons with inadequate health insurance and the 44 million without it? Even persons WITH health insurance may have a problem with their private health care organization that rakes in the premiums of millions, if they suffer a chronic expensive condition. And, persons want “charity” to cover it?
I am charity, you are charity, we are charity, and together a Universal Health Care option should be considered. At least we could then acknowledge our tax dollars would be going towards something useful and needed by Americans, millions of Americans to be exact.
It’s rather difficult for persons to consider a “wall” when they can’t afford their blood sugar medication or their inhaler to breath. That’s all I have to say.