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We are coming down to the finish line in the 2014 Mid-Term elections.  All of the major media are predicting that the Republicans will gain control of the Senate and thus the Congress.  This prediction is in the face of about 8 different elections still running neck-and-neck.  But, the media is counting on the usual low turnout for mid-term elections as proof that Republicans will win this time.  Historically, the higher the turnout the better Democrats do.  The lower the turnout. the better Republicans do.

Many people usually look at the mid-terms as something that simply wastes time.  There is no presidential election and therefore, they believe it won’t make much of a difference.  That is totally wrong thinking.  Especially in this mid-term election.  Fact.  Despite the usually low turn-out for mid-term elections, private conservative PACs are spending record amounts of money on this election.  If they are so convinced that their candidate is the people’s choice, why so much money?

Since the Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United decision, our election process has become something that would normally carry a sign that says “for sale.”  PACs don’t have to say where the money is coming from.  Bribery apparently is legal now, witness the Norquist Pledge.  The fact is that when a small group of people are able to purchase elections and control the winning candidates, we have lost our democracy.  We have moved into an oligarchy.

Poor Mitt Romney is still living in his little fantasy world.  According to poor Mitt, if the Republicans gain control of the Senate, gridlock will suddenly go away and “bills will get passed”.  He even thinks that Immigration Reform will get passed.  Apparently, poor Mitt hasn’t been listening to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Witty Mitch has already said that if the Republicans win the Senate, he plans on passing legislation that will surely be vetoed by the President.

The first piece of legislation he plans to pass is the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  He doesn’t have any plan to replace it, he just hates it so much that he wants to repeal it.  There are about 600,000 people in his own State of Kentucky that got insurance for the first time in their lives.  Should McConnell get his wish, those 600,000 people will suddenly find themselves without health insurance again.  But, witty Mitch doesn’t care about them.  The Koch Brothers are against the ACA, so it must go.

Poor Mitt also apparently hasn’t kept touch with the in-fighting inside the Republican Party either.  Does he really believe that the wonderful Canadian Senator Cruz has any intentions of actually governing?  Does he really believe that should any “moderate” piece of legislation be introduced by a Republican Senate Cruz won’t be filibuster it?  The Canadian Senator hasn’t shown any respect for the leadership of the party up to this point.  Does poor Mitt really believe he will “buckle under” if the Republicans win?

Since President Obama was elected, there have been a host of bills passed by the Senate that has died in the House.  He did manage to get the ACA passed in the first two years because the Democrats controlled the House.  But since then, Immigration Reform, The Fair Wage Act, Jobs For Veterans act, Transportation and Infrastructure Bill, and a host of others have languished in the Republican House.  And who was one of the biggest antagonists in the House?  The de-facto Speaker of the House Senator Ted Cruz.

The Republicans led by Cruz caused the last government shutdown.  Does poor Mitt really believe that the first order of business of Cruz won’t be to shut down the government again?  All in the name of repealing the ACA?  I can see it now.  The Senate will pass a bill repealing the ACA.  The House will support it and pass it as well.  The President will veto the bill.  Since the Republicans won’t have enough votes to override the veto, the bill will die.

The next step will be Canadian Senator Ted Cruz ramping up his fellow wacko right-wingers to fight anything like raising the debt ceiling or creating a budget.  That will cause the government to shut down.  Cruz will go on air and tell the country it is the President’s fault because he won’t sign the repeal legislation.  He may even go so far as to say that once the President signs the bill, the government will be able to reopen.  He is a master hostage taker, after all.

All the while, senior citizens needing their social security checks and their medicare bills paid will do without.  Veterans will do without their medical and retirement benefits.  For example, someone who relies on their social security check won’t get it.  Retired veterans won’t get their pension checks either.  Banks will start calling in loans like mortgages and the average American will suffer all the while Cruz and his Congressional cronies keep getting their checks.

But, you have to remember who is behind this scheme.  Neither witty Mitch nor Canadian Cruz are smart enough to plan all of this by themselves.  No, this is coming from places like the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the Heritage Foundation.  None of which really give a shit if seniors and veterans lose their homes or starve, for that matter.

Oh, I can see a lot of other wonderful pieces of legislation coming down the pike.  You will most definitely see a Personhood Constitutional amendment simply to outlaw abortion.  You will see a massive tax cut for the 1% and a raise to the rest of us.  You will see a bill eliminating the Department of Environmental Protection.  You will see a bill eliminating the Department of Education.  You will see bills deregulating every form of business.  You will see a bill eliminating the Minimum Wage.  You will see all Consumer Protection Laws repealed.  You will see a bill to build a “Berlin-type” wall at our southern border complete with gun turrets.  I wouldn’t be shocked if you saw a bill declaring an Official Religion, needless to say it won’t be Islam.

All anyone had to do during this election cycle was to listen carefully to the ads that were produced by the Koch PACs, Citizens’ United and other Conservative PACs to hear all of these being proposed.  They are nothing new.  The Conservatives have been preaching them for years.  So, don’t be surprised when they try to make them law.  Is that what poor Mitt thinks is “governing?”

Finally, no one will be surprised when the “impeach Obama” cries are started.  They don’t have any grounds to impeach anyone, much less the President, but that won’t stop them from trying.  We will be faced with the most turbulent two years of “governing” in our history.  That is what we face if the Republicans gain control of the Congress.

So, as you can see, it all comes down to turnout.  Republicans have tried to artificially keep voter turnout low through their Voter Suppression laws.  Now they are counting on you not to care enough to let them have power.  Maybe the question is “would you rather live in a democracy or in an oligarchy?”  If you think oligarchs like the Koch Brothers should run the country, that is what you will get.  If you believe we need to keep living in a democracy, you will turn out to vote.  It is that simple.  Nothing but your future and your children’s future depends on it.

In 2008 the economy crashed around our ears.  Many Seniors who invested in the stock market saw their life savings and retirement funds go down the drain.  Many were unable to retire because of the crash.  Since then, we have gone through political battles to help recover from the worst recession since the great depression of the 1930s.

The economy has grown steadily since President Obama took office.  We have seen over 56 straight months of private sector job growth.  We have seen the stock market recover even to the record highs.  The rich are getting richer.  The housing market in many areas seems to be recovering, though it is still sluggish in other parts of the country.  Unemployment is below 6%, the lowest since early 2008.  Even productivity is up.  No one is talking about the economy as a real problem anymore.

Yet, there is one aspect of the economy that the Democrats seem not to be talking about enough.  We are facing the largest income inequality since the 1920s.  If you don’t remember you history, that was before the unions began gaining strength.  The economic recovery we are currently seeing has not been equitable.  Meaning that the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are maintaining the status quo.  Over 95% of all income gains in this recovery has gone to the top 1% of income earners.  That doesn’t leave much for the middle class to see their income increase.

For the last few years there has been a major push to raise the minimum wage.  Especially by those who are forced to labor at the minimum wage.  The Republicans are naturally against raising the minimum wage.  That is part of their basic DNA.  We have heard the same arguments about the minimum wage as we heard every time the subject came up in the past.

The first argument is that it will cost jobs.  The Republicans have even put a number of 500,000 jobs lost if we raise the minimum wage.  However, some places have already raised the minimum wage on their own and they have not seen any job losses.  To the contrary, they have seen job growth as a result.  Higher wages means more people are spending money.  That means the economy grows and more demand means more jobs to meet that demand.

That caring Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin says the minimum wage is not necessary.  Though he claims he wouldn’t repeal it, he feels it doesn’t mean anything.  Then you have the felon and current Governor of Florida, Jim Scott who says that private business determines wages.  When asked about what he thought the minimum wage should be during his last debate, he saidhe doesn’t know what the minimum wage should be, it is up to business to determine it.  So, as usual, he won’t answer the question even during a debate.

Republicans like Chris Christie try to make it sound like only young people work for minimum wage.  To paraphrase him, he said that he doesn’t know of families sitting around the table talking about how if their children got a raise all of their dreams would come true.  Problem is that the vast majority of minimum wage employees are about 30 years of age.  They are mostly single women trying to support their families.  I guess Christie doesn’t care if these women and their families’ dreams come true.

Republicans are continuously complaining that too many people are on government assistance.  They claim that everyone is just lazy and won’t get a decent job and that is why government assistance programs are spending too much money.  Well, if the minimum wage is raised to just 10.10 per hour as the President wants, approximately 1.7 million low-income workers will go off of government assistance.  How is that for reducing government assistance spending?

Another side effect of raising the minimum wage is that the tax base increases.  Since people will be making a living wage, they will pay more taxes meaning more revenue for local, state, and federal governments.  Thereby helping to reduce budget deficits.

Republicans claim that they are the voice of “real Americans” and only vote their interests.  Well surveys show that almost 70% of the American People want the minimum wage increased.  That number includes 54% of registered Republicans.  If the Republicans really are interested in doing the people’s will, they would leap at the opportunity to raise the minimum wage since even the majority of their own party want it raised.

The unfortunate aspect in all of this is that the Democrats are not running with this topic.  There are few races like in Wisconsin and Florida where the opponents of the Republicans are making hay of it, but not many more.  That is a real shame.  The real problem I have with the Democratic Party is their lack of a backbone.  They seem to run races on the basis that they know they are right on most items, and believe they will get elected simply by being right.  They won’t attack their opponents on things that matter.

They don’t take the poll numbers on things like raising the minimum wage and let everyone know that their Republican opponent won’t support it.  They don’t mention how it will reduce government assistance.  No, they simply believe that people will just vote their way because they are right.  If the Democrats don’t retain the Senate this mid-term, they will have themselves to blame.

If the Democrats ran with just half of the passion that their right-wing opponents have, this would have been an easy mid-term election for them to win.  I remember a time when Democrats ran with passion.  They were quick to point out the differences between them and their opponents.  That passion has been lost somewhere.  Too many Democrats are basically afraid to get into a real fight for principles that would help the American People.  America would listen if they would just speak up.

At the start of every ballgame or other function, people stand and sing the national anthem.  They proudly sing those words written during the War of 1812.  The song ends with “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”  With the ending everyone cheers and settles in to watch whatever event they are at.

Since 2011, veterans all around have been told “thank you” for your service.  There are so many “thank you” events that it is beginning to turn my stomach.  Maybe one of the reasons for my acid reaction to those “thank you” is because they have come so absent-mindedly and automatically.  No thought is given to those words before they are uttered.

I grew up in the 50s and 60s.  I lived through the civil rights fights.  I saw how terrible discrimination was to my fellow citizens.  During the 60s the Vietnam war became a hot button.  Youth around the country rebelled against society.  The Hippie movement started and the saying was “turn on and drop out.”  Bust most of us didn’t drop out.  We fought against the war and against discrimination.

In 1970 I entered the service.  I served my country from 1970 to 1990.  I served under 5 presidents and saw the changing of the country.  In 1980, Ronald Reagan became president.  He talked about that “shining city on a hill” that the rest of the world wanted to be like.  But, it was also Reagan who stood by and watched as hundreds if not thousands of our fellow citizens died from AIDS.  Reagan didn’t want to do anything because at first it mostly affected gays.  It wasn’t until more straight people became sick and died from AIDS before he started to actually talk about it.  He never really did anything about it.

Reagan started the “divide and conquer” mentality of the Republican Party.  He was very anti-union and broke the Air Traffic Controllers Union because they had the audacity to strike over better pay and working conditions.  Rather than deal with the problem, he simply fired them all.  That was the first shot fired across the bow of “liberty”.

Since 9/11 we have been at war.  First it was Afghanistan, then it was Iraq.  We were finally able to draw out of Iraq, but we are still fighting in Afghanistan.  In Iraq, the government there at the time did not want us to keep forces in the country.  So, we completely left.  Then, in recent years, ISIS started gaining ground.  The new government requested our help and we are now bombing the country again.  So far, the only “boots on the ground” are advisors and trainers.

In Afghanistan, their government wants us to keep a force there after we draw down.  So the war in Afghanistan will continue for an unforeseeable future.  We have lost thousands of our men and women in these wars.  Our wounded are in the thousands as well.  Yet, the Republicans in congress has continually cut the budget for the Veterans Administration.  Meaning thousands of our veterans are not getting the help they need.

But, I guess we are supposed to accept “thank you” as our payment for the hardships we face.  It has always been very easy for the country to send our troops to war.  It has always been almost impossible for our country to offer the help and medical treatment we need once we come home.  It is almost like veterans are supposed to just fade away when the country is finished with them.  Isn’t a thank you enough?

Back home things really started getting nasty in 2000.  We all remember the presidential election that year.  The one with the hanging chads.  That was when the Republicans decided that everyone should not be allowed to vote.  They started introducing legislation at the state level called Voter ID laws.  Their main argument was to stop in person voting fraud.  Let it be known that in Texas, one of the states with the most restrictive Voter ID Laws, that between 2000 and 2012 over 20 million votes were cast.  In that time, there were a 2 cases of in person voter fraud.  But, that didn’t stop them from yelling about voter fraud.

Of course the real intention of these Voter ID laws is to keep minorities, young people, and senior citizens from voting.  That is because these groups tend not to vote Republican and many don’t have a “state approved” ID card.  I find it amusing that in these Voter ID law states, a gun registration card is a valid ID, but a student ID card from the State’s University is not.

Then states started banning same-sex marriage.  They had to have only “one man and one woman” marriages.  See, if you allowed same-sex couples to marry, straight marriages will begin to fall apart.  The very thought of giving same-sex couples the same civil rights as everyone else is simply too abhorrent to even think about.  If you don’t look at homosexuals as “real people” it is easy to discriminate against them.

Banning same-sex marriages wasn’t good enough for these right-wing crusaders.  They started to introduce “freedom of religion” laws.  Sounded catchy.  But, these laws only had one objective.  Allow private business to discriminate against anyone who did not have the same belief system as the owner of the company.  Though it mostly went after gays, it was intended to be broad enough that any group that was looked down upon to be legally discriminated against.  You know people like interracial marriages or Muslims and Jews.

Abortion was another civil right that has been attacked.  According to the right-wing, women simply don’t have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about whether or not to carry a pregnancy to full term.  The state had to step in and make sure they made the choice for them.  All of this in the name of “getting the government out of our lives” which is an infamous battle cry of the far right.  That wasn’t enough either.  Now they are going after birth control as well.

Right-wing activists started fighting against the minimum wage.  While people were beginning to fight for a minimum wage increase, the right-wing started waging a war to end the minimum wage altogether.  This plan was backed by corporations who thought they could increase their profits simply by paying their workers less.  On top of that, women are being paid at least 70 cents on the dollar less than men doing the same work.  But, since they are women, they should just shut up and not complain about it.  After all, men are nice enough to even allow them into the workforce.

The reality is that the people we used to call WASPs are becoming terrified that they are losing their grip on power.  It is becoming clearer to them that their days are numbered.  In order to sustain their power, they need to rig the system so the rest of our citizens are marginalized and denied basic civil liberties.  In the name of Christianity, things like welfare, food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security have been attacked and cut.  Seems the Conservative Christian Cult doesn’t believe that helping the needy is really part of Christianity.

We have turned into a country where women are continuously objectified by the morons.  Abuse and rape are being blamed on the victim not the abuser or rapist.  Women are not only treated as second-class citizens, but they are considered “bubble-heads” who cannot think for themselves.  Homosexuals are demonized simply for being themselves.

Rights are being based on the religious beliefs of a very few and not on the constitution.  Unarmed people are being shot to death by an ever-increasing militarized police without the shooter being prosecuted.  After all, they must have had it coming.  Immigrants are being criminalized with no immigration reform on the horizon.

We have become a country where your civil rights are being decided by billionaires and bigoted nut cases in a dark room somewhere and not by the constitution.  If this continues, how much longer will it be before all of our rights are denied.  The real battle against civil rights is being fought at the state level more than the Federal Government.  State Legislatures controlled by Republicans are terrified they will lose their grip on power.  That is something they are determined not to have happen.  They gerrymander voting districts and pass laws that are intended to disenfranchise voters they don’t like.

When you go to the voting booth this mid-term, ask yourself one question.  Are we really the “land of the free and the home of the brave” anymore?  If you are a right-wing conservative, you will probably say yes because your rights are not being denied.  If you are anyone else, you may have your doubts.  Maybe those doubts will be enough for you to cast your vote for equality and freedom and against the right-wing nuts.

We are one week away from the mid-term elections.  There have been a lot of items that have surfaced and been talked about that can have an impact on the outcomes.  There is ISIS, Ebola, Immigration, Fair Pay for Women, Voter ID Laws, Abortion Rights, and Same Sex Marriage.  The most recent one, Ebola has the country scared.  Fox News and other right-wing outlets are hyping up the scare tactics associated with Ebola.  They are trying to make it sound like if you even sit next to someone with Ebola you will catch it and die.  Of course that is nonsense since you can only get Ebola by having contact with body fluids.

I have a question to ask everyone in America.  Which, today, is actually more likely to get you killed, sitting next to someone who may be affected with Ebola or sitting next to someone with a gun?  I believe that if you calmly look at the statistics, sitting next to someone with a gun is a lot more likely to get you killed.  Did you know that it is more difficult to get a driver’s license than a gun in many states?

Last Friday, there was another terrible shooting at a school in Washington state.  The death total for this shooting is now up to three, including the shooter.  It is also still uncertain what caused this freshman student to shoot fellow classmates, including a cousin.  Since Sandy Hook took place, there have been 87 school shootings across the country.

A group called Mothers Demand Action has been trying to change some of the laws to make it harder for people who are criminals and mentally insane to purchase guns.  They have even gone after the open carry bunch.  They launched a campaign at Kroger trying to get them to stop allowing people with guns from entering their stores.  Of course, the gun nuts have attacked them and are calling them a bunch of names.

The members of Moms Demand Action posted Facebook page comments on the Kroger page trying to get them to stop allowing open carry of weapons in their stores.  The nuts took advantage by stealing these people’s Facebook page info including photos, and photo-shopped them before posting them on the web.

In one case, they found a photo of a woman’s preschool-age child and wrote on it, “My mom sucks more cock than Richard Simmons” and circulated it online. In another case, they grabbed a photo of a mother and her child and wrote “Big retard, little retard” on it before reposting it. One woman posted to Kroger a photograph of a receipt showing money she spent elsewhere, and gun extremists swarmed her post, with hundreds of responses, including comments like “what you could do is shut your god damned whore mouth,” “calm your tits,” and “fuck her right in the pussy,” which Kroger’s Facebook admin allowed to stand over a day later.

I live in a purple state that is trying its best to remain Red.  I have seen lots of advertisements from the NRA Political Action group claiming that Obama has tried to pass “radical anti-gun legislation”.  Of course, the ads never mention anything about Sandy Hook or the other 88 school shootings that have taken place since.  Nor, do they even bother to mention what that “radical anti-gun legislation” contains that makes it so radical.  No, they are simply playing on the fears that Obama wants to take your hunting rifle away.

The real problem here is that the nuts who complain that guns are a “god given right” are only thinking about themselves.  Hell, even Joni Ernst, a candidate for Senate in Iowa claims that she carries her gun with her everywhere so she can protect herself from bad guys, even from the Federal Government.  She says it is necessary to carry her gun in case the Government decides that her rights are no longer important.  That is really sick  coming from a person who intends to represent her state in that very government.

The one aspect of gun reform that really scares the piss out of these wackos is the point that calls for Universal Background Checks.  That one little item will help keep guns out of the hands of thousands of people who are not supposed to own them in the first place.  It means that you will not be able to drive to a state that does not require background checks if you purchase at a gun show and get as many guns as you want to sell in more restrictive states.  It means that you will be kept from purchasing guns online without a background check.  It means that you will not be allowed to purchase a gun from a fellow nut without a background check.

That is what really terrifies these gun nuts.  Let’s face facts.  If someone gets their rocks off by posting themselves on Facebook or other social media showing themselves with their arsenal, maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to own guns in the first place.  Maybe we should have looked at the freshman who killed two fellow classmates talking about how he loves his guns with a photo of himself holding one a red flag that something may happen.

I know a lot of law abiding people who own guns.  None of them are posting their pictures with their guns bragging about how much they love their guns.  They are hunters and others who just want to be able to keep their guns for hunting and/or protection.  If someone loves their guns so much they need to post pictures of them, maybe they are suffering from an illness that should preclude them from owning them.  If someone feels the need to openly carry a gun everywhere they go, maybe they are suffering from an illness that should preclude them from owning it.

Look, these gun nuts have taken this gun ownership thing too far.  They have actually substituted guns for their “savior”.  They talk about their guns like they are a lover.  That is not natural.  That is sick.  That is why the NRA and other gun nut groups are so violently against Universal Background Checks.  They are afraid that they would be subject to checks that may cause their ability to own guns to be called into question.

The blood of all of the children who have been killed in these school shootings are on the hands of the NRA and other nut groups like “Open Carry”.  They have idolized their guns to a point where safety and sane discussion about them is almost impossible.  It is time for the madness to stop.  It is time for the NRA to face up to its responsibility.

There was a time when I actually had respect for the NRA.  They were responsible in their policies and stressed safety.  Not anymore.  They are only interested in lining their gun makers pockets and backing nut jobs like “Open Carry”.  Their paranoid rhetoric and their insane policies  have directly led to the shooting and killing of our children.  Thanks to the NRA and other gun nut groups, you are more likely to be killed by someone next to you with a gun than someone next to you with Ebola.  That is the scary reality of today.

So far, the Ebola Virus has only come up in urban areas.  On the surface it may not seem like it, but that is really a good thing.  If Ebola should raise its ugly head in rural America, I am afraid that a whole lot of people will die because of it.  Over at Fox News, the hysteria machine is in full swing.  They are complaining that Ebola is a terrible threat to us all.  Of course, they are pointing their finger at the present administration.

One thing they are not talking about at Fox News, or anywhere else for that matter, is the danger that faces Rural America should Ebola ever show up there.  You see, hundreds of hospitals in Rural America are closing their doors.  They are shutting down their services to areas where there isn’t a big choice of medical treatment to begin with.  Republicans in those areas are blaming “Obamacare” for the closures.  They are partly correct.

The major reason Rural America is losing their hospitals is because these same Republicans have refused to expand Medicaid in their states.  This refusal is in the face of not having to pay for the expansion for the first three years, and then only picking up ten percent of the costs after that.  This refusal to expand Medicaid has resulted in millions of people going without health insurance.

As a result, a lot of hospitals, especially in Rural America have had to treat uninsured people pro bono.  Meaning they don’t get any money for treating the poor.  This has resulted in hospitals across the country, especially in Rural America, to lose money.  As a result, they have no choice but to shutter their hospitals.

There are many places in rural areas where people need to drive up to 150 miles to get to a hospital.  On top of that, most rural hospitals are not equipped to handle infectious diseases like Ebola.  That means if Ebola creeps into Rural America, the treatment of the patients is questionable at best.  Plus, since they are not equipped to handle such cases, there is a real possibility of the virus spreading due to lack of proper equipment and protocols.

What has been the Republican response to this very potential disaster?  Nothing!  The real terrible thing about this, is that their strongest base lives in Rural America.  Yet they are doing nothing about it.  The normal government agencies that could help Rural America are having a harder time helping because of all of the budget cuts that the Republicans have placed on them.

Furthermore, since many of Rural America are the people who have been most affected by the refusal to expand Medicaid in Red States, they are much more hesitant to go to the hospital if they should get a sudden rise in temperature, which is one of the first indicators that you may have Ebola.  That means that they won’t drive the 150 miles to get to a hospital because they can’t afford the treatment.

If a major outbreak of Ebola should break out in the U.S., the Republicans who refused to expand Medicaid will be mostly responsible for it.  These fear mongers are very willing to tell America that we face elimination from the virus, yet they are very willing to allow millions of their constituents to be exposed due to lack of health care.

Lack of affordable health care has always been a major contributor to the spread of infectious diseases.  Because of political barbarity, millions of Americans still lack affordable health care.  That has resulted in the closing of hundreds of hospitals, the lack of ability to prepare for such infectious disease outbreaks, and the very lives of people they are supposed to represent.

That is not just bad politics.  It is criminal!

We have heard a lot of talk about secession lately.  Mostly it comes from the right-wing nuts who just can’t stand the fact the U.S. Constitution they claim to love doesn’t agree with their discrimination policies.  They can’t stand the fact that the Constitution doesn’t allow someone to be discriminated because they are Black, Latino, Women, LGBT, Muslim, or any other of those “other” people they can’t stand.

These are the same nuts that wanted 3 counties in Colorado to secede because of the new gun laws signed into law.  They look for any excuse they can find to stir up hate and discontent among voters.  Besides all of that, they are the same people who claim that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by scientists who want to control the world.  Every Republican Candidate in the mid-term elections side-steps the question about climate change with the lame excuse of “I’m not a scientist”.  Including that great health care fraudster Governor of Florida.

Well, there is finally a group of people who want to secede from their state that I can get on board with.  The City of South Miami just passed a proposal to secede from the rest of Florida.  But, their resolution doesn’t just take in South Miami.  According to their proposal, they want Florida’s 23 Southern Counties to join them and form the State of South Florida.

This is not about gun laws.  It is not about marriage equality.  It is not about voter suppression.  It is about climate change and the effect it is already having on South Florida and the state’s inaction about it.  The “situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution reads, noting that many areas of South Florida are as low as 5 feet above sea level, putting them within the range of the projected 3 to 6 feet of sea level rise over the next century. North Florida, on the other hand, has an average elevation of 100 feet above sea level, leaving that half of the state unsympathetic to their plight. The creation of a new state, it argues, is therefore necessary to “the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida.”

Something to remember about south Florida is that it contains 69 percent of Florida’s population and generates 67 percent of the state’s revenue.  Even with those numbers, the state, under Governor Scott, refuses to even talk about climate change and what it will mean to south Florida.  As the Mayor of South Miami said:  “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean.  They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”

The race for Governor in Florida between Chris and Scott is neck-and-neck.  Scott has been asked several times about climate change and as usual he has refused to answer the question.  But then, that is nothing new for Scott.  Every time he is asked anything he avoids answering the question.  But, given that South Miami already has seen massive flooding in parts of their city due to climate change, this is no small tidbit to overlook.  It is a real problem that millions of people face.

Yet, the Republicans in Florida continue to deny the existence of climate change.  Then again, if the Republicans keep their track record going, there won’t be much left of South Florida by the next century anyway.  Maybe that is their real goal in the first place.  Florida is basically two states crammed together.  The northern half is much more “southern” that south Florida.  There have been political wars in Florida for generations.

But if you look at the real issue here, the one that could help put the spotlight on just how bad climate change is getting, is to have south Florida secede.  I would encourage the rest of the 22 counties in South Florida to back South Miami in this secession effort.  It is their lives and livelihoods that are at stake.   Maybe buffoons like Scott would see the writing on the wall.  Threaten to take away all that tax revenue from north Florida, and maybe the rest of the state will wake up too.  By the way, Disney World would go to South Florida.

 

As many of you know, I am old white man.  Unlike many other old white men, I don’t watch Fox News, except for some comedy relief, and I certainly don’t agree with anything the Republican Party and their allies spout as what the country should look like.  I am an old white man who is fed up with unequal treatment of women, minorities, LGBT, and other non-white groups.  I served this country because I believe in fair, honest, equal treatment of everyone.  I also believe that is what America is supposed to be all about.

A couple of months ago, there were riots in Ferguson, MO over the shooting death of Michael Brown.  (I am afraid that once the grand jury comes down with their decision about charging or not charging the police officer who shot him, more riots will unfold.  Even though I fully understand the frustration that causes such riots, I am not in favor of violence.)  When the Ferguson riots took place, Fox News was front and center complaining about the rioters and then the peaceful demonstrators that followed.  They are still ranting against them.  Remember, as I go forward, Fox News claims to be a “Fair and Balanced” news network.

Fall has descended on us.  The air is getting chilly.  The leaves are turning.  And all kinds of fall festivals are taking place in various parts of the country.  In New Hampshire last weekend, there was a Pumpkin Festival.  That festival turned into a riot.  Keene State College students were at the heart of this “riot.”

During the incident, they turned over one car and danced on top of it.  They shot off fireworks.  They threw glass bottles.  They even threatened a senior citizen.  It got so bad that the police were called and they showed up in riot gear and brought out tear gas in order to quell the riots.  One female student complained about feeling very unsafe.

There were reports of students pissing on private cars, not their own.  As mentioned they threatened a senior citizen.  Oh, by the way, they were drinking large amounts of beer and alcohol.  To me, the worst part of the riots was that they seemed to be enjoying it.  It was a cascade of violence in what is usually a quiet small town.

Of course the Keene students placed a YouTube video showing all the “positive” aspects of the festival.  In the video you can see a bunch of students tossing back beers, girls twerking, at least one shot of a girls bare butt, and various forms of good ole college fun, all set to a Kayne West soundtrack.  They somehow believe this was just a good time that somehow got a “little out of hand.”

The problem is that anyone who has lived in a college town sees this type of behavior happening every year.  Especially during football season.  This incident at Keene State College is not an isolated case.  That being said, I ask again, Fox New where is the outrage about the riot?  Where is the outrage about students drinking in public?  Where is the outrage about destroying private property?  Where is the outrage about those people threatening old people?

I can answer that in a few words.  You won’t hear any outrage from Fox News.  Why?  Because the participants in this riot were white!  See Fox News isn’t interested in “fair and balanced” news reporting.  If they were, people like Sean Hannity and the self anointed prophet Bill O’Reilly would be screaming at the top of their lungs like they did during the Ferguson riots.  No, Fox News is only interested in spreading their fear and hate mantra on the rest of society about those “others” who cause trouble.  When it happens because white men are doing the rioting, it is just them letting off a little steam and things “getting a little out of control.”

If you seriously look at the reporting from places like Fox News on the Ferguson riots and the lack of coverage on the Keene State riots, you will see with clear vision the differences between white privilege and unequal justice prevalent in our society.  Which of course is what the right-wing and their spokespeople at Fox News clearly want to exist.  Nothing more needs to be said.

 

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