Failure to Move

Several folks have been curious about the actual charge against those of us who were arrested at the White House on Thursday. I won’t quote the technical language of the statute, but it boils down to standing in front of the White House, holding a sign, and not moving when asked.

In a nutshell, we were arrested for “failure to move.”

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At the White House, failing to move

How ironic this was the charge, given the continuing INaction of our government itself.

Can we not all agree that our government is guilty of “failure to move?”

Pick a social issue, and what you find is gridlock.

Tea Party conservatives control the House of Representatives, even thwarting the will of a majority of Republicans. They pass empty bill after empty bill that have no chance of surviving the Senate, or of not being vetoed by the President. This Congress has passed fewer actual laws than any other Congress in modern history.

How many times have they voted to repeal the ACA (“Obamacare”)? And, yesterday, they voted to repeal the President’s expansion of DACA; President Obama’s action that helps 500,000 of the “Dreamers.”

What’s even more crazy about the timing of that vote is that we were arrested, in part, for asking the President to expand DACA!!

They wasted the two days we were in Washington wrangling over bills everyone knew were DOA in the Senate and the White House. So, once again, they’ve chosen to orchestrate a symbolic act, rather than actually do something.

Further, they want to sue the President for doing something, anything, to get the government off-center and actually govern the nation.

This is the way our national government works now…
And we’re the ones arrested for “failure to move?!”

(All credit to my friend, Jason Redick, for posting this original thought earlier today…EF)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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