- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I don’t often agree with much of what Cal Thomas writes, but he is correct in saying “America’s primary problems are not economic and political; they are moral and spiritual (“Great Expectations,” Commentary, Wednesday).

Greed, individual and corporate, is the chief source of our country’s moral and spiritual problems. It is also the main cause of wars between nations. Greed also significantly and negatively influences economics and politics.

The love of money and power, the root of all evil, is the force that drives America’s economy and politics. When it comes to combating greed, we have very low expectations of ever being able to do so. We say it cannot be done.

On the other hand, God, our creator, has high expectations for all of His children, both individually and corporately. I believe God expects all citizens of the world to be engaged in turning weapons of war into farming implements to feed a hungry world.

Greed is America’s national disease, a sickness we refuse to acknowledge, and it is terminal unless a cure is found. It infects us all - Democrat, Republican, independent, rich, poor, believer and nonbeliever. Barack Obama is not the Messiah, but Cal Thomas errs in discrediting the visionary Mr. Obama for espousing high expectations. Mr. Obama doesn’t address greed, but in many areas affecting us, he believes in challenging our “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

With God, all things are possible, even turning swords into plowshares. The “In God We Trust” on our currency would really mean something if we strove to reach the realistic high expectations God has for us. America’s problems are moral and spiritual.

PAUL L. WHITELEY SR.

Louisville, Ky.

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