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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Defending a Curse


I am always in awe of the ways and lengths people will go to to defend a curse. Most of us have something or someone in our lives that brings us down, holds us back, and dims our light. And oh so often, we have people who care enough to tell us about our curses; our problems. Even better still, there are times when we make ourselves aware of the issues that are barriers to the full unfolding of our higher selves. But anyone who watched G.I. Joe as a kid knows that "knowing is only half the battle."

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) knows that women should be protected from violence with the full weight of the law, but he currently is leading his colleagues in an effort to defeat the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This Act has been passed for 13 years without problem because everyone knows that women (like all life) should be protected from violence. Congress has acted on this Act consistently and affirmatively until three new provisions became Republican deal breakers. The three provisions were for the protection of women in the LGBT community, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.

Sounds overtly homophobic, nationalistic, and racist you might think. Perhaps Eric Cantor and John Boehner (Speaker of the House and R-OH) have a reasonable explanation for their resistance to passing the VAWA. Up until now their talking point has been that they know women ought to be protected from violence, but these new provisions are political in nature and foster big government. Cantor spokespeople have said that it is a mistake for Tribal Courts to have jurisdiction over prosecuting domestic violence cases and that jurisdiction should remain with the State and Federal Courts. Under one new provision this would change so that the domestic violence cases committed on Tribal territory could be handled by the Tribal Court. Seems to me the House Majority leader acknowledges there is a problem but chooses not to act. The problem here is that the majority of domestic violence cases involving Native women also involve non-Native men. Because of the inaction of State and Federal officials, the majority of these non-Native men go unpunished by law. It's a no brainer! That's why 17 of their Republican colleagues have sent a letter to Mr. Cantor and Mr. Boehner urging them to "pass the VAWA right away" (as POTUS Barack Hussein Obama would say). The failure to pass the Act with these new provisions is an embarrasment for our country; our humanity.

My favorite proverb says, "It is better to light a candle than to sit and complain about the darkness." Just as Faith without Works is dead (James 2:14-26 Holy Bible), knowing that a problem exists and doing nothing to fix it displays no desire for growth. If you are not growing, you are dying. And if you are dying, you are not really living. 

Daily Meditation
Imagine you are a tree. What is at your root? How is your trunk, your branches, and leaves? How is the air that you breathe? Attend to any problems therein. Be an inspiration to those around you, and as you grow tall and strong the entire forest around you shall become a more harmonious biosphere. Your world.

The take home message is live and grow!

This message is inspired by Latipha Cross (pictured above). After watching her interview on ESPN, I feel like a tiny slug. This young woman has overcome odds I have never imagined and she sublimates like a champion. If you missed this interview and have never heard Latipha's story, and you read this and don't check for her on youtube, you may want to avoid salt. Girls rock!

J



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