Enough Presidential Politics for Me! by Mary Neal
Fellow NowPublic authors,
I want you to know that I have decided not to write any more political articles or post any more statements to articles about the upcoming election, although they get so many hits! My goodness - one of those articles I published about the election got as many hits as ten of mine on social issues. So not writing about the presidential drama is a sacrifice for me, I'll tell you that! I enjoy watching my rating at NowPublic climb.
Nevertheless, I will continue to note NowPublic.com articles you post with "good stuff" if I run across political articles that I find interesting, but that is all. I am certain you agree with me that "good stuff" does not necessarily mean that one agrees with the ideas put forth in a given article, just that it was news worth noting or the article was well written and the pictures and/or videos were good choices for the article. So often, you may run across a "good stuff" I post for an article I am in disagreement with as far as content is concerned.
By now, you must know where I stand personally regarding this presidential election, especially since Senator Biden is such a great mental health advocate and he helped to draft the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equity Act, which seeks to make mental health equal to physical health for insurance payouts.
However, concern for the wellbeing of Americans is not limited to one party. Be reminded that the Medicare Mental Health Equity Act (H.R. 6331) passed in the Senate recently because members from BOTH the Dems and the GOP worked together and overcame partisan differences to get that law approved with a veto-proof majority! The Republican senators should be congratulated, especially, since they disagreed with President Bush by voting to support this legislation. I am proud that both senators from Georgia, my home state, voted affirmatively on this, although they are Republicans. So, when God wants something done, He can use anyone! Just look at how He is using a little middle aged woman from Georgia to help decriminalize mental illness, and we will do it with a LOT OF HELP FROM FRIENDS! (Unfortunately, when I say little, that is not a literal description )
Anyway, when I see your political news from now on, although I might be thinking in my own heart many, many things to say in the comments, I will TRY VERY HARD to refrain from voicing them.
The reason: My main goal right now is to establish Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI"). Some of the very people who we may need to help us to establish AIMI could be alienated by my political articles. And some of the very people who desperately need AIMI's help may shun us. AIMI is for EVERYONE, and although I am not used to being an icon for anything, I have to acknowledge that my political leanings (VERY left, usually) could reflect negatively or positively on what AIMI can accomplish for the incarcerated mentally ill.
So, y'all go ahead and enjoy this political contest. Say all the things I wish that I could say but must refrain. When it all is over, I pray that God has mercy on America (we've gotten by on mercy alone for a long time now) and that He will once again establish good leadership in Washington (by a FAIR election).
The governments of the world rest on His shoulders.
Continued blessings on you and yours as you enjoy this beautiful September.
I urge everyone to please think about, pray for, and try to assist Mr. Troy Davis, who is scheduled for execution in Georgia this month! See the article posted today on NowPublic.com for details
Mary <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill Visit Online at: http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ~ Matthew 25:37-40