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Palm Sunday’s Bible readings affected me. I wonder what stops Jesus would make if he were treading down our capital city's streets. How many would he cast out as he did money changers? I would guess the streets and sidewalks would be crowded. As a “Christian nation” we don’t seem to be acting anything like Christ.

We are now a nation “of the dollar, for the dollar and by the dollar.” We are not one of the happiest societies in the world — not close. Big corporations now make billions after buying up local airwaves and marketing fear and anger. We don’t require equal time for opposing views. We don’t have civil discourse. We shun those we disagree with and support only businesses holding like views, skin color, attitudes or biases.

We need to look in the mirror and recognize the problem — us. Until we agree to govern to meet the needs of all our people, we will continue to slide off the slope of greatness that my grandfather’s and grandmother’s generation built for us.

No leader ceded our leadership of the world –— we did. We don’t have Walter Cronkite or Eric Sevareid to give us the truth. We seek only what we want to hear from those “like-minded.” We now govern as Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of — under the overwhelming influence of the “military industrial complex.”

From where I sit, it seems those who stand the most to lose by our nation’s policies are the ones Jesus cared most about during his time here on Earth. I wish he were with us now.

Adrian Jacobs, Bismarck

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