My sister-in-law has reminded me for years that, as she puts it, "Many a truth is said in jest."
I thought of her when a good friend sent me a report on the "comic relief" dished up by comedian Rich Little at the Constitution Ball at the Hilton Washington on Inauguration night week before last.
While I won't repeat all that the impressionist shared with the festive crowd, one story really got to me.
At one point Little said that he missed and adored the late President Ronald Reagan. He continued, "I wish he was here tonight, but as a matter of fact, he is."
Of course, as one would expect and appreciate, the crowd loved it.
Then he went on to say something "funny," but terribly disturbing to me.
Impersonating Mr. Reagan, Little continued, "You know, somebody asked me, 'Do you think the war on poverty is over?'
"I said, 'Yes, the poor lost.'"
The crowd went wild.
Our nation seems to love the Bible these days, what with our passionate concern over values and all.
Maybe we need to rest with this passage for a day or two:
"Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished." Proverbs 17:5
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