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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Perspective People!

     It seems to me that the negative coverage of the Affordable Healthcare Act a.k.a. Obamacare is a bit disproportionate to the scale of events that we have all experienced in recent history. Of course if you watch FOX "News" then it doesn't matter what's actually happening, the coverage of it and anything Obama does will be negative. Even if they have to make it up.  But the coverage on MSNBC has taken the talking points from FOX and I find it a little shocking. There is talk of what a debacle the website has been and the possible resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and how this proves that the whole law is a failure of some kind. My response to the website situation is, So What!?  This is hardly the worst thing our nation has traversed in the last 10-12 years. In fact, all this demagoguery is all surrounding one of the most positive strides our government has attempted in a long time. We just went through a nonsensical government shutdown over a temper-tantrum that had actual casualties, both human and economic, and somehow we're caught up on a website failure. Rookie senators are using fiery rhetoric denouncing all the positive things that a government should do, all the while claiming that it is what they were elected to do. Well, wasn't the President also elected to do the things he is doing and by a much larger portion of America?
     I find it weird that the talking points are fixated on what a failure all of this is. Rome wasn't built in a day people.  And again, we're talking about a website... to provide Healthcare! It is a movement that is strongly opposed by heavily invested interests that make ridiculous profits to keep things the way they are. All within the last 12 years, there were Terrorist Attacks such as 911 that still wreaks of political trickanery which no investigations have been conducted, no blame was assigned, and no fault was accepted. We were pulled into unnecessary wars that were the cause of immeasurable harm to the future of this country. Things that were done were potential War Crimes of which no justice was sought. Just following was the financial collapse of the country which intern affected the entire world. Also, no blame or responsibility was accepted by anyone, and was not nearly the subject of accusations to the scale of this website failure. All of these things were propagated by private interests to make profits over the pain and suffering of their own Americans and was allowed to happen by a half-witted president that everyone came to defend. Now when a black president wants to fill in some of the gaps that many of our politicians and much of our healthcare system is happy to allow continue, we're all up in arms that it's not perfect on the first day. I make the distinction of a "black" president, because I believe that is a big factor in all of this. People are turning politics personal, and Americans are getting swept up in the battle lines. And sure, it's not the first time.  But on this scale it is just ridiculous. Such raw hate should not be leading the charge and viewpoints of how we are going to build this country and fix some of the problems that are in desperate need of fixing. But in the end, I guess ratings and profits matter.
     At least this proves one thing...  MSNBC is more nuanced, fair and balanced than FOX will ever be. They have no problem attacking a democratic administration for things that go wrong, where as FOX would have defended to the death any white Republican president doing the same thing.  I just wish we devoted the same righteous grandstanding to the things that are of high moral value yielding little profit as we do to the horrible atrocities we commit for the sake of high profits.  All I'm asking for is a little perspective.

Monday, August 5, 2013


    I'm consistently confronted with the way we define our roles here in this country, and how our country defines roles in the world.  After a redefinition of the word Terrorist back in 2002, we were all on the look out for anyone that could harm America in any way possible.  We found ways to circumvent our laws by labeling people as Terrorists and then doing whatever we wanted.  Well, I ask, at what point can we start labeling members of our government as Terrorists, specifically a large portion of our US Congress?  Members like Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and a host of others want nothing better than to shut this country down.  These are elected officials who don't believe in government.  That's like taking your car to a mechanic that doesn't believe in physics.
    They are perfectly content in cutting what makes America the outstanding country that it has always been.  If we were back in the 1700's, these people would be fighting for the British.  Of course, they have no problem receiving a ridiculous paycheck that dwarfs most Americans' as well as the health care they are denying to those same Americans.  They bicker and hold this country hostage with their juvenile tactics and not once are they labeled: Terrorists.  Osama Bin Laden could not have hoped to cripple this country as well as they are doing.  Not only that, they're proud of it and often boast of their lack of action and destructive intent.  And most Americans can see that they are doing what they are doing not because of some political belief, but because there is a black man in the white house.  They are against small businesses, against social spending, against schools, police stations, fire departments, union workers, minorities, women, homosexuals, children, the elderly, the poor, doctors, and farmers.  At what point are these elected officials seen for what they are?  I for one am labeling them Terrorists.  They are terrorizing this country and holding Americans hostage in order to preserve their way of life.  That way, of course, is protecting profits shared between the super rich and multinational corporations.  They hide behind religion and live in hypocrisy.  They couldn't care less for their fellow man, unless it is a fetus in the womb.  After it is countable by the census, they want nothing to do with it.
     There are clear cases of sexual harassment that result in America's forgiveness, when in every other business in this country those actions would result in termination.  I'm speaking of you, Bob Filner.  The entire state of Texas has denied rights to women, completely forgetting that they work for us. All elected officials work for us!  It's time, as their employers, that we send them packing.  The problem is, the only people who want to run for office are the corrupt.  They are teaching the world that the only way to get ahead is to cheat and steal.  Honesty, integrity, accountability; those are virtues that only suckers posses in this modern age.
    I understand that there are idiots, bigots, and haters in this world.  What I can't understand is why we enjoy their direction.  I also can't understand why members of the law enforcement, the military, our public education system, our small business owners, our healthcare providers, any minority, any young person, any old person, or why any one who is not a rich white male would vote Republican.  Do you really hate yourselves that much?

Can we please make America great again?!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Arguments lead to Marriage

   So once again, our country is wrapped up in another nationwide debate all stemming from the religious right.  As the proposal for gay marriage (no pun intended) hits the Supreme Court today, cities across America have taken to the streets.  Voices on both sides are finding microphones to express their thoughts to an eager crowd.  They all wait for the decision from the court, and in my opinion, they all know the answer to this obvious civil rights case.
In my mind, there is no stopping it.  It is basic civil equality.  I’ve heard the argument against it where politicians or religious organizations repeat the statement that they believe that “Traditional marriage should be between a man and a woman”.  There are several things that strike me about that statement. 
   First, it is an obvious cover statement to hide the fact that those people simply do not like or approve of homosexuals.  It is the same mentality that children use on the playground.  They change the rules for people they don’t like.  I’m not sure why no one has publicly called them out for that once those words are uttered, but it seems that we are in a political culture where we give more rights and understanding to those who do not live in reality.  I am breaking subject matter a little bit by referring to those same organizations and politicians who push for “Creationism”, but the principle is the same.  We as a society are starting to adopt the mentality that people have the right to believe unjustly.  Unfortunately, that right has started to drag the lives of everyone else in that society to their incorrect and outdated dogma.  
   If you’ve read previous articles, you know that I think anyone should believe what they want to believe, as long as it doesn't cause harm to anyone else.  The founding fathers established a country supposedly free of religion and here in our modern day, the issues getting the most time and attention are the ones that right wing religious conservatives find to be important.  Our country is being highjacked by those who disregard the First Amendment.  
   The factions against gay marriage are strictly religious.  It has nothing to do with civics or biology.  Let’s face it; marriage has really no establishment in love or personal feelings.  Weddings from the beginning have always been a legal contract between families and the state.  They were set up by the head of the house hold and the "bride and groom" had no say at all.  It was America that led the charge to add emotion and love into that ceremony.   And we did that by change.  And the whole point of the US Constitution from the founding fathers point of view, was to make room for things they had not thought of.  They were to allow to society to evolve into a place that they could not conceive.  It is that spirit that makes marriage more than just a signature at the county clerk’s office.  It seems strange that we would want to limit what love and emotion private citizens can bring to their own marriage, and who each can choose.  And if we are all equal in the eyes of the law then, it is a simple to me: those who hide behind the words "marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman", reveals a lack of understanding of the principles of the Constitution and a lack of respect for the equality of people. 
   Moreover, the word “traditional” strikes me odd in this context.  “Traditional” is a funny word when it comes to politics and government, things that traditionally follow what the people demand and grow with how each generation evolves.  We as a species were not born into democracy, it developed over time.  And traditionally, those things that people prioritize, understand, and ultimately care about have constantly changed.  I mean, traditionally in this country we drank tea.  But we drink coffee now because we broke from tea when we broke from the British back in those revolutionary days.  Traditionally, the only property owners were White men, and we know what civil struggles it took to grow out of that.  Now our traditional breakfast drink is coffee.  At some point we can say “traditionally, all kinds of people can vote” (we’re still working on that one, apparently).  And I hope very soon we will say, “Traditional marriage is between any two people in love”.  Or even better, we wont have to qualify it to acknowledge that people are different than us.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

1 Beats 2

            If you’re anything like me, you’re tired of hearing about the second amendment and what the founding fathers must have meant by putting it in the Constitution.  When it was written, the power of the gun was the most powerful force one man could posses to conquer or defend.  They envisioned a world where the peaceful public could protect themselves and their free state from oppressive forces. 
            Many people believe that our government now is that oppressive force.  They are shouting so loud and with such tunnel vision that they have become an oppressive force themselves.  There is talk of all kinds, discussing the reasons why we should take a second look at our Second Amendment.  There are violent voices speaking out against our government using the Second Amendment as fodder for their rhetoric.  But the founding fathers left a whole constitution in which we should design this free state.  The Second Amendment is there for the average citizens to have the right to militia and protect it.  I ask: What good is the Second Amendment when we scrap all the rest. 
            After the many gun related deaths and tragedies that have befallen our nation in the recent months, many things have been blamed.  There was research done about violent movies and video games.  We talk of drug wars and race wars in the middle of this recessed economy, which members of congress are doing nothing to fix.  I have heard all sorts of moderate to extreme proposals for gun control solutions, for which the opposing side always says, “That will do no good”.  So we do nothing. 
            Another thing I’ve heard over and over is that “we need to get back to God” or some rhetoric of that nature.  People are pushing for prayer in schools and to establish this as a Christian nation.  Now, this goes against exactly why the First Amendment was written.  The founding fathers, though religious in their own right, were completely unwavering when it came to their thoughts on religion and a free state.  It was clear that the church and the state should be separate and not influence each other.  But in response to this Second Amendment argument, many have been overlooking that separation.  They claim that it is our state’s break with religion that has caused this social downturn. 
            Well, I have a different argument.  Again, we had no problem jumping in head first with the violent movies and video game angle of which the research proves that that is not the answer.  Conservatives looked for nations that subscribe to the same social norms as we do and draw a line signifying how they also kill each other.  But that wasn’t the case.  America stood out as the violent one, and all the pundits and politicians scratched their heads while pandering to their bases.  After making excuses to keep funding from education and well-needed social programs, no one can figure out what makes our nation so violent.  Many looked at everything they disagreed with and tried to write a narrative that fits, in hopes of abolishing that aspect of our culture.  However, there is one aspect that does tie us to all the extremely violent nations on this Earth.  That aspect is Religious Fanaticism.  No matter what religion you are talking about, it is the fanatics that make it spoil.
            I have no problem with a person’s faith.  Whatever someone needs to pull meaning out of life or make their day more positive and rewarding is their business.  I don’t care what book it comes from.  But it is that fanaticism that creates the problem.  Once it interferes with the affairs of the free state, it becomes a cancer that never goes away.  People stand behind our constitution when the things they like are being threatened, but they have no sense of irony when they want to trample the constitution to fulfill their individual beliefs.  That way of acting is selfish and just plain wrong.  It also demonstrates a profane understanding of faith and morality.  In our nation, “God” has been the go to argument as if it held a history of peace and understanding in the hands of man.  The products of religious fanaticism throughout history have always been fear, segregation, and violence.  But never once was Religious Fanaticism on trial here in the US.  Many stand by it and want to strengthen it.  Many want to push further and establish this country as a Christian nation.  According to the constitution we have already gone too far.  Our government has handicapped itself making laws respecting the establishment of religion.  The public is suffering and at war with themselves.  Our Nation is going through an identity crisis on many issues balancing faith versus ethics.  Some of the biggest topics that we fight about, such as Abortion and Gay rights are simple church and state issues in which religious fanatics use the government to the point of being unconstitutional.  Day by day, we are identifying ourselves more with the fanatics we are at war with and less with the pure drive that started this great nation.  It is destroying us from the inside.  So, instead of sacrificing our country to protect the Second Amendment, we should save our country by protecting the First.   

Saturday, February 2, 2013

AR15 sets a fire in panties

There’s been much to do about Gayle Trotter’s testimony to the senate about women and AR-15 rifles.  She asserted that women need AR-15 rifles because that was one of the only way’s women could feel safe, protecting their families.  That breeds all sorts of complicated discussions that I would not assume any direction.  As a man in this modern day, I have heard women argue the most ridiculous cases to get what they want and I have always been in the wrong, somehow.  So, I will do my best not to comment on how women should think, act, or feel. 
In this case, it seems clear that the NRA is using anything they can to gain an angle on the gun discussion going on in Washington.  So here they are using women.  As this woman, Gayle Trotter speaks ‘for all women everywhere’, it seems that her stance is that women are different from men.  They do not posses the upper body strength that men genetically have, and that hand-to-hand confrontation would favor the man.  She then tells a lengthy story about a real woman defending her family in her home while two assailants broke in.  She concludes with the assertion that an AR-15 is the safest thing for a woman to protect her family.  The senator’s response was pointing out that the woman in the story, Sarah McKinley used a shotgun to defend her home, a weapon that would not be affected by the proposed legislation.  Gayle Trotter did not recall this detail of the case, which remains the only detail of pertinence in the entire story.  However, her conclusion remained the same.
This argument all comes out along with the decision to allow women to serve in combat units in our military.  I am not sure if the NRA has voiced an opinion on that topic, but in war-time combat, when men and women who each posses AR-15 rifles or other military weapons, are we to assume that the NRA’s perspective would believe women to be at a disadvantage?
That aside, Gayle Trotter’s testimony leads me to believe that the NRA is using women in any way to get their agenda passed.  The politics of politics these days is so disgusting.  There is little respect shone to any and all demographics of people one way or another.  We denounce any viewpoint and therefore the person with that viewpoint if it is not our own.  As for the congressmen who conduct these hearings, America is showing less and less respect for these divisive tactics, but that doesn’t stop them from continually voting those very players into powerful positions that make our laws and influence our companies and people and pay them a salary until death.  It is quite a phenomenon.  And so it continues with these people holding this hearing with groups who clearly have an agenda and will say anything to make it happen.  And, like always, it’s done all in the pursuit of making money. 
Again, after hearing Ms. Trotter’s testimony, I only had one reaction.  This is also my suggestion to the NRA for their next argument.  March another woman down to the capitol and go further.  Why not state that women are such terrible shots and that their aim requires the thirty bullets found in the contested magazines.  (I mean, women know their magazines.)  State that a woman who only has ten bullets needs those extra shots to prove affective.  Worry not against the inevitable argument asking the destinations of all those strays that were the necessary byproduct of a woman defending her home.  Surely there's a fix to the 29 stray bullets all for the sake of killing a man with that final one.  Maybe we should all have bulletproof walls and windows, too?  I mean, that’s the only reasonable solution, right?  Somebody has to sell that stuff!  Guns may kill people, but they create jobs.