An Army Without Food
This morning there was an article in my local paper, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, that unknowingly identified all my neighbors should need to know about how to vote in November. The Salvation Army is out of food. They are feeding more people than they have ever feed and they have no more food. Their food drive in May usually keeps them stocked until Christmas. It is September and the Salvation Army is out of food.
There are 489,000 people in Palm Beach and Broward counties on food stamps and still the Salvation Army is out of food. Massive Federal government intervention has not helped the Salvation Army keeps its pantries stocked. Government intervention only makes matters worse.
We have a simple choice on November 6. Vote for Democrats to move the country forward or vote for Republicans to move the country "backward" -- this appears to be the central message of the Democratic National Convention and the President and Vice President's campaign speeches.
Believers of both parties have rolled out facts and figures to try to convince the undecideds of the validity or fallacy of the forward versus backward argument. Of course, the real choice is not forward or backward but left versus right. This has always been the argument. This will always be the argument.
To the Salvation Army going backward means going back to a time when there were fewer people in need of food. Going backward means going back to a time when their May food drive kept their shelves filled until Christmas. Going backward means that more people are able to provide for their own dietary needs without the assistance of the Salvation Army. Going backward means that more people will have the means to take donations to the Salvation Army instead of taking donations from the Salvation Army.
Today at lunch time I will go to my local supermarket and pickup a few bags of groceries and deliver them to my local Salvation Army. I hope all readers of the Sun Sentinel will do the same.
On November 6 I will go to my local polling place, voter ID in hand, and vote for the candidates most likely to move America "backward" -- restoring civil and economic health. I hope all readers of the Sun-Sentinel will do the same.
Marc Hopin is the author of the children's book, The Tooth Fairy Needs Your Teeth