Nashville's newspaper, The Tennessean, reports today that 40,000 people, including the well-known Princeton professor Cornel West, have signed an online petition, in "support" of an elderly Nashville woman who stands to lose her house to foreclosure - and who happens to have been a prominent local civil rights activist back in the '60s:
"Helen Bailey fought for civil rights in the height of the Nashville movement, and now others are fighting to help save her North Nashville home," the newspaper reports:
"Bailey, 78, has fallen behind on her mortgage payments and could face foreclosure as soon as next month. An online petition on Change.org has garnered nearly 40,000 signatures protesting the pending foreclosure, including one from Cornel West, a famed civil rights activist, philosopher and Princeton University professor.”
“But today, Bailey just wants to stand in her own home. She is teaming with Occupy Nashville to pressure Chase Bank, which services her loan, to reduce the principal by $9,000 so she can refinance her house off Buena Vista Pike, where she’s lived 23 years, with another lender."
An online petition.
The woman doesn't need signatures and "support" expressed by people clicking a link to a website and typing their name. She needs cash. Apparently, $9,000.
If each of those 40,000 people sent her a quarter - one measly, lousy, darn-near-worthless quarter - she'd be able to instantly reduce her mortgage principal by $10,000.
Why, I betcha ol' Cornell West could probably afford to send her at least a whole buck or two. He's a Princeton professor, a published author and appears frequently on cable news shows, so I bet his income is no doubt pretty healthy. How much did he get for his appearance in The Matrix Reloaded?
So, those 40,000 people who clicked a web link and typed their name haven't really done anything to help her.
Typical left-wing approach to a financial deficit: they're all talk and symbolism. They "support her" because they signed a petition - it costs them nothing, doesn't actually solve the problem, but allows them to feel good because they have publicly empathized with the poor woman. Yeah, okay, whatever.
If a conservative group was trying to help this woman, they'd organize a FUNDRAISING DRIVE - not an online petition.
Conservatives would do something entrepreneurial and self-reliant to help her stay in her house. They'd rally as a community to help a neighbor. They'd call in Dave Ramsey, have him look over this woman's finances and spending habits and see if there was a way to solve the problem by, maybe, doing away with a few expenses here and there, selling a few things, and helping her eventually be able to call his radio show on a future Friday and scream "I'm Debt Free!!!"
I have to wonder if the Occupests secretly hope she gets kicked out of her house so they can use her symbolically to rail against Chase Bank. Evil Chase Bank. They are so evil that they loaned her money, and then have been very patient with her. Even now, they are trying to work with her.
For that, the Left wants to demonize Evil Chase Bank - so, they'll use this elderly woman in their political war against the banks, "the rich" and "the 1 percent." She's the perfect pawn for their political game. Her history as a local civil rights activist guarantees front-page coverage from the media and gives the story legs. Her connection to the Civil Rights movement imbues the story with a sense of racial injustice that makes it a perfect liberal activists' twofer: They can play the race card in a fight against the rich.
The poor woman. Helen Bailey deserves better friends.
P.S. - To be fair, I don't know if Cornell West has sent Helen Bailey money or not. Maybe, he did. If so, the rest of the 40,000 need to step up if they really want to help Helen Bailey keep her house, rather than just use her symbolically to attack Evil Chase Bank and make a political statement.
And, yes, if someone tells me where to send it, I'll be glad to send her some money to help her reduce her mortgage principal and keep her house. She deserves actual support from the community - which means more than clicking a web link and typing your name on an online petition.
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