Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Did you hear that the President wants us to volunteer more - says we're all off track? He sent me an e-mail today”:

"Our nation faces some of the greatest challenges it has in generations and we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get us back on track.

While Michelle and I are calling on every American to participate in United We Serve, the call to service doesn’t end this fall. We need to stay involved in our towns and communities for a long time to come. After all, America’s new foundation will be built one neighborhood at a time – and that starts with you.

Thank you,
President Barack Obama"

With all due respect, Mr. President and First Lady, in regard to volunteering, I do not feel that Americans are off track. And what is this "new foundation" you're talking about? I believe you are failing to acknowledge the "volunteer" work of religious folk and especially of American Christians. I do not believe we have some crisis in volunteerism that through "a lot of hard work" will "get us back on track (“Back on track”—what does that mean anyway?!). American Christians have been volunteering for years -- since our country's inception. Or perhaps you do not consider their work as being on the same "track" that you want us to get back on.

Back on track... would that mean volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center?
Back on track... would that include church sponsored aid to a homeless shelter?
Back on track... would that involve ministering to the needs of wounded warriors -- injured American veterans?
Back on track... does that include the valiant, unselfish work of groups like the Salvation Army, and countless church outreaches to battered wives' shelters, orphanages, VA hospitals, and senior citizen homes?

I have seen no evidence that Americans as a whole are off track in their volunteering. Perhaps the secularist Left is off track (as is shown by the percentage of their incomes donated to charity). Perhaps the godless, materialistic, self-absorbed citizen is off track. But the people I know and associate with -- people in the Christian community -- are very much on track, and have been for years.

I appreciate your call to invite more Americans to volunteer, but I remain skeptical and confused about your plan to get us "back on track." Your rhetorical "track" is an ill-defined, feel good amorphism; and it seems to discount the years of work, unselfish volunteering and stellar example of American Christians. Theirs is a magnificent heritage of volunteering and helping the unfortunate and hurting, which in other presidential administrations was recognized as the lead engine on the "track" of service to others. They -- we -- are certainly not off track.

~ Murdock Gibbs, Coppell TX


Kathryn said...

Excellent post in stating "facts" as they are in the Christian community. I agree with your comments wholeheartedly in regards to Obama's lack of recognition of the Christian community serving their fellow citizens who are down and out.

Mother of Ace 'n' Deuce said...

It drives me NUTS when Obama shakes his head and talks about how it's his job to clean up after Bush. Like everyone assumes that Bush left this country in a shambles, and Obama is somehow, in all of his "experience" uniquely gifted to "right" all of the perceived "wrongs" of the past 8 years. How completely arrogant and patronizing.

Like you alluded to, perhaps Obama should take a good hard look at the charitable habits of the Left and address them more specifically. Maybe he needs to tell them to get back on "track". Of course, you have to believe in a "track" to get back on it.

Debbie Murphy said...

Thanks, Murdock, for being the voice of so many who, as Nike's tag line states: "Just do it," without thought of recognition or being affiliated with an Obama-approved foundation.

America was built, and continues to thrive, on people who see a need in their community, church, neighborhood and fulfill it.

Candace said...

Agreed! I am also saddened that this president & his cronies are Marxist & socialistic. One World Government here we come! The people that he has appointed to offices do not pay taxes and if you or I did that we would be in prison. Who is going to tote the note that our Government has illicitly spent,spent,spent.. infinity..... You me and our kiddos that’s who! Look at Great Britain they are worse because the fall has been happening longer w/ socialism being the core. I am very much so a constitutionalist. NO MORE BAILOUTS! Let the free market work. AHHHHH! I get so frustrated.

Diana said...

Very, very well said!

txtravel said...

It's always a good idea to credit those who are already doing it - volunteering, in this case. I have been a volunteer all my life and now that I am retired, spend most of my time volunteering (well, some traveling too). And yes, lots of people in this country volunteer. But our church attendance is dropping and our kids - boys and girls - are working, and not volunteering. I'd like to see those still sitting on their duffs (yes, my kids included) to get up and lift a hand too. There is plenty to be done and not enough of us doing it.