You Can't Serve Two Masters

Posted 2 years ago

"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." - Matthew 6:24

Early patriots pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to form America. I am alarmed and appalled by the cruel spectacle of Washington politics today. I have been a teacher for 42 years. For me, silence is betrayal. In my congressional campaign, I will not accept any corporate or banking donations--because no one can serve two masters.

Who am I?

I am Mal Hyman. I am a progressive Democrat and I am challenging hardline conservative Tom Rice in South Carolina's 7th district.

I have taught in the public schools and for five years in a medium security men’s prison. For the last 30 years, I have taught sociology at Coker College. I have traveled to 8 countries to work for human rights and have monitored 2 elections with the UN. My community service includes: the board of the local homeless shelter, the Disabilities Board, Christmas in April (low-income housing), organization of numerous panel discussions at Coker College. I also started the Hartsville Earth Day festival. My book, “Covering and Covering-Up High Treason: Media Coverage of the Assassination of President Kennedy” will be published in 2018. I met my wife, Carole Holloway, an attorney for the Department of Social Services, at a panel discussion on homelessness, at Coker College in 1991. Now, I am running for Congress in South Carolina's 7th district to unseat Freedom Caucus Member Tom Rice.

believe Congress has a responsibility to invest in America to create more jobs, opportunity, and security. I believe in common sense for the common good; which means bringing liberty and justice for all. When the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, we can responsibly invest in infrastructure, early childhood education, make college affordable, and lead the world in sustainable energy. I believe that healthcare is a human right, and that Medicare for All is good for business and necessary for dignity. We need to strengthen social security, veterans rights, and to restructure the war on drugs, and our criminal justice system..

The incumbent, Tom Rice, is a wealthy tax lawyer, who has raised millions in campaign donations from PACs. He is a member of the right-wing Freedom Caucus that promotes tax cuts for the rich, while cutting programs for the working class and the poor. Rep. Rice votes with President Trump 98% of the time. He is a cheerleader for the Republican tax plan and helped lead the charge to repeal and replace the ACA. He has made it clear who his masters are.
As a life-long Democrat, who first canvassed for Robert Kennedy, I wish I could say that our party is not beholden to the large donors. But last week, billionaire Stephen Cloobeck showed us who is the real boss in the Democratic party, when the boasted that he met with the party leaders and threatened to cut off funding if they started to represent the people

Briefly, I’d like to share a story from the campaign trail. When leafleting the shift change at a factory in my district at 11 pm, with the president of the SC AFL-CIO, I told workers that ”We still need to drain the swamp! I have been a teacher for 42 years--and I will not take a dime or corporate or banking donations--because no one can serve two masters.” I got lots of nods, handshakes, and good wishes--even from Trump supporters.

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