Thank you to the 1,534 NH Rebellion Rebels who joined Stephen Colbert and signed our petition to Pope Francis ahead of his address to Congress yesterday. We asked the Pope to speak out, as he has before in Argentina, on the corruption of money in politics and the moral imperative of developing a representative system.
The Pope did not disappoint: "You [Congress] are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you… I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity… If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance."
Strong words from Pope Francis, and we hope to see strong actions from the congresspeople and candidates whom he addressed. Thanks for liking, tweeting, and sharing your support, allowing us to vault this issue into the international spotlight provided by the Pope's visit.