Out of the mouth of a babe.
Miss South Carolina didn’t win the 2013 Miss America pageant, but she stole the spotlight nevertheless when she said she hailed from a state where “20 percent of our homes are mobile…”
Brooke Mosteller’s remarks overshadowed a Census Bureau report a few days later that revealed South Carolinians make less today on average than they did in 2000.
We may be poor, young lady, but it’s not the sort of thing discussed in polite company.
To her credit, Ms. Mosteller not only apologized for her gaffe but also admitted that the remark was crafted by pageant personnel and that she had uttered it against her better judgment.
Most people probably would prize such humble honesty over pious inanities about world peace.
Humble truths seem to be enjoying a bull market.
It’s unlikely that Pope Francis inspired Miss South Carolina, or vice versa. The Pontiff shocked millions of Roman Catholics when they read of an interview in which he declared that the church had become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and birth control, and that if it didn’t find a “new balance,” the “moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the fragrance of the Gospel.”
“House of Cards” is the name of a highly popular TV series, centering on a fictional politician from Gaffney, S.C.
No one should confuse Kevin Spacey, who plays the villainous congressman Frank Underwood, with Rep. Mick Mulvaney, but they both represent the Fifth District and both are justifiably proud of the Peachoid, the edifice shaped like a you-know-what, which towers over I-77.
Like his fellow Tea Partiers, Mulvaney’s so busy denouncing Obamacare that his position on the Pope’s priority shift – if he has one – hasn’t received much notice.
Nevertheless, conservative Christians must decide whether they can abide a religious leader who has the audacity to suggest the church should be less concerned with who’s going to hell and more with brethren not quite ready to depart for the hereafter.
“I see the church as a field hospital after battle,” Pope Francis said. “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”
Wow. Will S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and Tony Keck, director of the state Medicaid program, find in Pope Francis’ comments relevance to their refusal to expand health coverage to 500,000 poor South Carolinians?
That’s the estimated number of additional people who would be covered by health insurance if the state participated in the Medicaid expansion part of Obamacare. Like most of the South, South Carolina has opted out, even though the federal government would pick up the entire tab for three years and 90 percent thereafter.
Keck maintains that Medicaid is flawed because it fails to address lifestyle habits that cause poor people to get sick. Can’t he find a smidgen of inspiration in the Pope’s humble entreaty about healing first, “everything else” later?
Cynics surely may be forgiven for scoffing at the notion that right-wingers might be moved by the Pope’s message. They didn’t ascend to the pinnacle of piousness yesterday, so they are of little mind to sympathize with the 47 percent of “takers” described by Mitt Romney – bless his heart.
And, lordy, what’s to say about humility’s new starring role on the world stage?
The media was abuzz last week with speculation over whether President Obama would shake hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.
Although they didn’t bump fists at the U.N., the notion that Iran’s chief elected leader is willing to negotiate over its nuclear program is the second bright ray of hope on the foreign policy scene, the first being President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s promise to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.
Days ago our Nobel Prize-winning president was ready to unleash missiles against Syria. Following a rebuff by Congress and being outflanked by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who brought Assad to the table, Obama could end up looking like a peacemaker par excellence.
Wouldn’t that be humbling?
Email former Herald Editor Terry Plumb at firstname.lastname@example.org.