Prayer still doesn't work

Dec. 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the publication of my letter “Example shows prayer fails,” which questioned Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s August 2011 zealous Day of Prayer and Fasting For Our Nation’s Challenges “save-us-a-thon.” Twenty-eight months later, the updated résumé shows us $17 trillion in debt with a stagnant 14.3 percent rate of total unemployed and underemployed, crowned with a cherry-on-the-top 16-day government shutdown. Moreover, U.S. national debt is projected to be $20.7 trillion by 2017!

All D.C. politicians are starting to resemble Jack Kevorkian. Why? Because the 535 congressional members’ financial recklessness has all but implemented nonrequested euthanasia on 317 million people! Like him or not, at least Dr. Kevorkian had consent! A physician would view this as an iatrogenic problem – an illness caused by the treatment. Everyone else calls this stupidity!

Use your mind’s eye to envision $17 trillion:

• That would buy 68 million homes priced at $250,000!

• That’s a stack of one dollar bills 1.154 million miles long!

• Those dollar bills will circle the equator 46 times!

• Laid flat, those dollar bills would cover 67,862 square miles, an area slightly greater than Washington, the Evergreen State – no pun intended!

Let’s not even extrapolate that $20.7 trillion figure. But it’s only money, right? Earth calling God – where are you? Keep genuflecting, keep praying and keep scanning the infinite welkin with those deer-in-the-headlights eyes for that never-answered prayer while snickering at my mantra of common sense, critical thinking, scientific fact and questioning everything. I hate to tell you I told you so, but I told you so.

I would ask Gov. Perry: What happened? If he believes prayer works, then a Simpson’s paradox happened.

A quote often misattributed to Thomas Jefferson still holds true: “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Do you automatons beckon tyranny or do you civilians yearn for liberty? Perhaps it would be best for us to consider George Santayana’s advice, circa 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I hope to be back in 2014 with another update. I can’t wait to report on what another year of feckless, plutocratic politicians and ongoing impotent intercessory prayer will do for “we, the people.”

Jeff Miller

Martinez

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