C. Michael’s take on the current political landscape - Beer and Sawdust



If you stop 2 sentences into this because you realize its political, then you have proved my point.

I am ashamed of you america, I’m not even going to capitalize you. I’m not upset that the right won. I agree with Scott Walker on several things (though not on the main issue; re: my mother’s union was just on strike this year) I’m upset with how Scott Walker won.

What upsets me is how we’ve chosen to communicate with our constituents. The majority of people who consider themselves politically active in this country, get their opinions from MSNBC, or Fox News; and those people generally already have their minds made up when they tune in. In the words of a great man: stop, stop, stop hurting america.

Where is my neutral information source, america? Why don’t you trust me to make up my own mind? Why does every story have a spin? Why does the majority of the nation know which party most recently made a fool of itself in an interview, but virtually NO ONE on the street can tell me what bills are being discussed on the floor today?

Why do poor white americans routinely vote against their best interests, solely because they’re told to and they don’t know any better? Why are there minorities who are not well informed enough to realize they need to vote? Why are there YOUNG PEOPLE in the MAJORITY who are content with being uninformed, not casting their choice, and yet are almost always the most vocal when it comes time to complain?

Why is there no limit on the amount of money you can throw at me to sway my opinion, and similarly how can you allow me to complain about it while ignoring how much a recall election costs every municipality in Wisconsin?

In short, stop getting your opinions from partisan TV, radio, commercials, and print. If you cant be pissed off by the first story, confused by the second, and empowered by the third, STOP Paying attention to it. If you see an ad that ends in paid for by…” ANYTHING. disregard it. Care enough to figure out which issues are closest to your heart and develop your own opinion.

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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.