The old spiritual song for African Americans has deep meaning for this racial group and all oppressed people.
There is balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole.
There's power enough in heaven,
To cure a sin-sick soul.
As we are forced to experience the uncivilized attitudes and feelings of the bigoted majority in the U.S., many of us cling to the hope that, when alll else fails, we can turn to some other power. Frustrations in what has happened and what is developing in America , has evolved but where can we turn? Our leaders in Washington continue to fail us. Democracy now seems to mean some special interest program for the wealthy, the selfish, the bigoted, the connected. The chasm between rich and poor grows each day. Now the chasm between the rich and the rest of us grows more each day. America has been bought and sold.
Is there a balm in Gilead? If there is, may we use it to wake up and heal America. The list of things that need attention and change magnifies and grows.
Denial of voter rights for the poor and minorities
At least adequate healthcare for all Americans is needed
The infrastructure in the U.S. is crumbling
Why so many tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations?
Guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns
Why the bigotry against gays in 2013?
A reminder that 99.9% of us are descendants of immigrants
Women have a right to make decisions about their body
There is more-than-enough in money and resources to salve the wounds of poverty in America
We need to fund study in the arts, the humanities, and offer support of physical programs
Religious tolerance is needed.....when Christianity was not limited by democratic documents it ran roughshod over other religions, people of other faiths or cults, etc. T-O-L-E-R-A-N-C-E
Workers have rights and those should be honored and respected
Jails solve nothing. Private jails serve selfish profiteers and cause recidivism. We need big changes.
Can we surrender and call the War on Drugs a dismal failure? We need enlightenment and intelligence.
We need foreign policy personnel who know the history and evolution of various peoples and nations.
The list goes on.
America calling! A balm in Gilead, from whatever religious perspective, is needed badly in the United States of America................it has a sin sick soul.