The television media of the United States of America is occupied with false and misleading attack ads produced and paid for by the so-call Super-PACs that support a certain candidate for election. These are ads that attack the person and not at disagreements of the policies and governing philosophies that the candidates put forth. In fact, in the midst of this media war, we, the people, might not even know what the candidates believe and represent anymore.
The temptation for the people, the voters, is to be lazy and undiscerning, like grass being blown to and fro by the wind of personal attack ads – changing who we will vote for based on which ad speaks the loudest against another candidate.
I invite you to occupy your mind with skills to discern what is true and right in this election year. Go to flackcheck.org which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, to find out how one organization is trying to check the ads and other political assertions against the facts.
Here is my offering: A music video of The Occupy Song, of which the lyrics was first shared with you in a post in December 2011. Let this song be a meditation for us to occupy our minds and hearts with the passion for the common good, so that we will take our parts in creating a just and sustainable community.
Invite members of your community to gather and watch several political ads that are currently being aired on TV today.
Reflection Questions for 1st Sunday of Lent (Year B)
1 Peter 3:18-22
Eric H. F. Law
For competent leadership in a diverse changing world
Come to Los Angeles in 2012 to study with The Sustainist, the first two opportunities:
February 27–March 2, 2012