Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West Answers Critics On Morning Joe

Not trying to beat a dead horse, but it would appear from emails received and subsequent conversations after my recent post, that some of you still don’t get it. about Smiley & West’s “Poverty Tour”. Not trying to belabor a point; in the following clip from Morning Joe, I think Smiley & West do a good job of that themselves. Sorry, this isn’t an anti-Obama campaign as touted.

However, I will say this: tomorrow marks my 41st year on this earth in life form. In all my years, alive, I know more about being poor than wealthy. Like so many others I sis the right thing when it came to education and went to college. Since then, I’ve been compensated by some pretty wealthy people for my talents, and not my compassion. Poor people with whom I identify closely have yet to give me a dime. Be that as it may, though they cannot afford me much like the wealthy people who do. I, as a human being, can afford to give them my compassion. The great Marian Wright Edelman once said that, “service is the rent we pay for living,” and it is her words that I keep in mind every waking day of my life. Service to my community is, and will always be, my calling.

Now watch this before continuing to read:

Having been homeless and living in a homeless shelter at one point in my life, to doing volunteer work at one of them. I’ve seen the many faces and heard the many stories of fellow citizens who for a very long time were voiceless, and who this day still are. I feel it’s my duty to support any initiative that highlights their plight. , and or seeks to force policy changes. It’s the quality of life of the least of us that truly measures our success individually, or collectively as a nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said something once about “the fierce urgency of now,” that was parroted verbatim by a then presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Well folks, what do we have to do? How much more urgent should the need for a government plan to create jobs? Do we wait for the stock market to crash again before someone asks, “oh, so that’s what happened?” Aren’t we the nation that does “big things,” as proclaimed by president Obama some months ago? Or is it that such policy measures aren’t big enough until it carries the weight of political implications of re-election, as it has in recent weeks? Forget the moral obligation to tend to the huddled masses chiseled on the statue of liberty. Can’t we just do it in the interest of saving the United States of America?