I do not usually deal with anything political on this site, but our times have become so extreme that I cannot pretend that writing and politics are disconnected in any way. Writers must speak our conscience.
Regarding President Trumps’s budget plan to make drastic cuts to Meals on Wheels, I remind everyone of that great writing, which was a morality tale and one of social critique: A Christmas Carol.
The ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, pays a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge to offer him a chance at redemption:
“But you were always such a good man of business, Jacob,” faultered Scrooge,
who now began to apply this to himself.
“Business!” cried the ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my
business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forebearance,
and benevolence, were, all, my business.” (Dickens 21)
The soul of a society, the spirit of a people, and the decency of a nation are largely determined by the treatment of the less fortunate. Cutting funding in any way for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to those who might not otherwise eat, including many veterans, is an act of evil. We would do well to heed Dickens’ admonition.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York. Bantam. 1997.