I: Welcome back again. We’ve just got a ton to talk about, and since Jesus seems to be indulging us, we’re just going to keep right on rolling. J, I’ll be blunt. What do you think about Pat Robertson’s comments about el Presidente, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela?
J: What do you mean, ‘what do I think’? I can imagine you want me to condemn Robertson for making such a comment, or perhaps you want me to justify them because he’s a ‘Man of God.’ Maybe you want to see me squirm. Or maybe, just maybe you really want to know the answer. What is the Truth?
I: – That last one.
J: Okay, I’m in a good mood, so I’ll just spill it all out. You people, and I mean that in the kindest of all ways *rolls eyes*, have this tendency to… um, I don’t know, screw up. You make mistakes. You act in thoughtless selfish ways. You get lost in your anger and fear. But hey, you know, it’s okay. Well, not okay okay but you know what I mean. It happens. Look, if I ever wanted anything done around here, that is, if I had to employ you in beneficial service of human-kind, and I waited for a perfect person… well, let’s just say, I’d still be waiting. No, I’ve got to pick the flawed to serve. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of my favorites, I’ll never forget what he said to me, ‘Jesus, I’m not worthy. I can’t serve you. Why did you pick me? I’m a poor poor man.’
I laughed in his face. ‘Martin,’ I said, ‘I’ve been looking for someone for 400 years to help out with this slavery/apartheid thing, and where’s that gotten us. I’m afraid you’re the best we’ve got. Sometimes you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.’ Apologies to Rummy. ‘But seriously, Martin, if we don’t do something about life in America, right now, we’re going to lose another generation. You can do something about it right now. Sure, you’re not perfect, but at this moment, you’re the best. You’re the best chance of helping me fulfill my promise. Won’t you help me Martin?’ So I ended up saying Martin, I need your help. Don’t give me that crap about how you’re not perfect, or you’ll screw it up, or whatnot. I need your help, and I think you can do the job.
What can you take from that? Well, for one, the Son of God asking for help?! I mean comeon. That’s heavy. I may be the Son of God, but I have an ego the size of some quantum particle you haven’t discovered yet. I ask for help every day. I’ve asked you all for help. You can respond in a variety of ways. You can ignore it, say no you’re too busy, cry about how you’re not worthy, or just suck it up and make it happen.
And how does this all relate to Chavez, Robertson, and foreign policy? First of all, if you fix on what I’ve been saying, you’ll notice that I promote, not demote. Robertson and Bush and the US State Department have a big beef with Chavez right now. I’ll grant that he’s been a agitator. He’s no angel, let me tell you, but he has done some good things. He’s sponsored Cuban doctors in South America in medical programs for the poor. He’s helped the poor in his own country. He’s forging an alliance with an isolated and ravaged country. Maybe his motivations are wrong, but the best thing any person in the US State Department can do right now to steal his thunder, his rhetoric…
Give him a round of applause. Hey Hugo, I like what you’re doing down there. We stand with the people of Venezuela, and congratulate a leader like you for your concern for the downtrodden and mistreated. Is there anything we can do to help?
Is it naive? It won’t work, you say?
Like what you’re doing now is working so well, right?