The Spirit speaking here is the Ghost of Christmas Present. He is dressing down Scrooge for his comment about the Ghost depriving poor people of a meal every seventh day. I'm assuming Scrooge is referring to the Sunday closure of businesses or charities or almshouses that provide food and warmth to the less fortunate in Victorian London. I'm sure there's some historical reference I'm missing here, but the intent of Scrooge's observation is clear. The Ghost's response is one of the two times when he gets pissed in the novel. (The other time comes at the end when he reveals the specters of Ignorance and Want from under his robe.)
Today is primary day in the state of Michigan. Republicans and Democrats and Tea Party members and Green Party members all head to the polls to decide who should be running for President of the United States. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have been all over the state, from Detroit to Marquette. In addition, their political ads have been eating up the airwaves, as well. I, for one, am going to be glad when this day is over and the candidates move on to the next battleground.
I have never made a secret of the fact that I'm generally not fond of Republican politicians. One of my biggest beefs with Republicans is the fact that they seem to view themselves as the only political party for good, Christian people. Republicans call themselves Christians, but they spend most of their political energies taking away programs that benefit the poor and under-privileged: universal health care, welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment, Head Start programs. If it doesn't help out people in the higher tax-brackets, Republicans aren't interested in it.
What the Spirit says in the above passage really resonated with me this morning. Most Republicans, I think, give Christians a bad name. They lay their decisions at the feet of Jesus, and, as a result, more poor people go without health care. More poor kids get sub-standard educations. In the meantime, Republicans go back to their six-bedroom homes and six-figure incomes, feeling like they've done their Christian duty by protecting the wealthy.
|Ebenezer Romney and Ebenezer Santorum|
Jesus and the Spirit of Christmas have no part in hungry or sick children, in men or women living on the cold streets. That's all the Scrooges of the world.
Saint Marty won't be voting for any Scrooge, especially a Republican one.