THE END OF COMPASSION

We all like to think we are reasoned, compassionate human beings.  We try to remain open to the plight of those in need.  Consider other viewpoints.

We hold our elected political to an even higher standard of fairness and balanced views.

However, countering that is the fact that 70% of politicians and 70% of CEO’s of the major corporations are sociopathic.  Maybe that’s the mentality needed to attain such a lofty position, but what a price to pay.

The definition of sociopathy includes a lack of conscience, lack of remorse, or shame, superficial charm and good intelligence.  Keep that in mind as we go on.

I have always been amazed at mans’ inhumanity to man.  I am shocked when I am made privy to those painful moments.  After covering political events and machinations for decades, I thought I had seen the worst of man, but this week, man’s subjugation of man took a bad turn.

Two weeks ago, House Speaker Paul Ryan. fired the House chaplain, Robert Conroy.

The chaplain offers the daily prayer before the start of each House session, and provides spiritual counsel to all lawmakers.

Ryan didn’t give a reason for something he must have known would be controversial.

Conroy is only the second Catholic priest to serve as House chaplain, and no chaplain has ever been fired in the history of the House of Representatives.

Ryan sent a note to lawmakers nearly two weeks before announcing Conroy was leaving.  The note left the impression among lawmakers that Conroy was leaving voluntarily.

When Conroy read his resignation on the House floor last week, he made clear Ryan asked him to leave:  “Dear Paul, the Peace of Christ!  As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives.”

It’s not just Democrats who are upset.  “I see no evidence that he should have been removed,” said Republican Rep. Peter T. King

Ryan’s been in the House for 19 years, in the speaker job almost three.  He must know that in the absence of an explanation, lawmakers will speculate, and this story will get more and more attention.

Ryan lied when he told House Republicans behind closed doors on Friday that some lawmakers felt their spiritual needs weren’t being met by the chaplain, according to reporters outside the meeting.  But that hasn’t satisfied critics of the firing.

Now, here’s the real reason the chaplain was fired.

Chaplain Conroy was fired over a prayer he gave one day on the House floor about the tax bill: “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”

Ryan said he thought he had House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) sign-off on the firing

That was the second flat-out lie.

Pelosi issued a statement condemning the firing of Conroy, who has served as House chaplain for seven years: “His abrupt, unjust dismissal is hard to understand and impossible to support,” she said.  Pelosi lent her support to a Democratic effort to establish a special congressional committee to investigate Conroy’s firing.

This is a new low in remaining free of bias and wanting fairness for all Americas.  It should have served as a reminder that the tax bill massively favors the rich and that it’s a shame Ryan didn’t decide to leave the House even sooner than his 2019 departure.

What’s even more disgusting, he said he’s leaving Congress to spend more time with his family.  I guess being a multi-millionaire and have both the time and money to enjoy with his family did not remind him to provide the same opportunity to the poor and middle class who could have used a real tax break.

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