Our daughter Sarah, 9, just got done reading a book on the Trail of Tears. President Andrew Jackson pushed an Indian Removal Bill through Congress, which ultimately set in motion a gruesome, 1,000 mile march west from Georgia to Oklahoma that claimed some 4,000 Cherokee lives. (In solidarity with the Cherokees, we retraced this route on a campaign tour three years ago.) On the march, children were separated from parents and many walked barefoot through the winter… ” One of the U.S. militia men, who oversaw the march, wrote: “I fought through the Civil War and saw men shot to pieces and slaughtered by the thousands; but the Cherokee removal was the cruelest work I’ve ever known.” After reading the book, Sarah asked: “Dad, do you think Andrew Jackson went to Heaven?” Perhpas an even more pressing question is: “Are many of us in America today going to Heaven?” As the American people in general did virtually nothing to stop the Trail of Tears then, which was going on right under their noses; many in America today are doing virtually nothing to stop the ‘Trail of Tears’ going on right under our noses (thanks to modern media) today: Genocide and mass starvation in the Sudan; children working in sweat shops in Indonesia, China, Mexico; millions living in sqaulid conditions at refugee camps in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan… There are reports some of the parents in these camps are selling their children for as little as 30 American dollars, so the rest of the family doesn’t starve. Yet we in America think nothing of spending $30 on a meal at TGIF Fridays. Are we nuts? Where is the spiritual leadership in this country that should be calling us on this? Where?