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Well, Congress is back at work, or at least they are in town.  What is the number one priority of Mr. Boehner?  Not making sure the humanitarian crisis at the border is funded properly.  Not passing immigration reform.  Not passing  a real jobs bill like the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill.  No, the number one priority for Mr. Boehner is suing the President over his use of Executive Orders.

Last week, Mr. Boehner said he was planning to sue over a wide range of issues.  Everyone waited with bated breath to find out what those wide-ranging issues were.  Well, he came out and said what they were.  He was going to sue the President because he delayed the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.  That is right, the President is being sued because he delayed the enforcement of one part of the ACA.  A part that the Republicans are against, by the way.

I am not sure why Mr. Boehner picked this one piece to sue the President over.  Maybe he thinks that will get his base fired up for the mid-term elections.  Maybe he can’t really justify the law suit in the first place.  The Republicans are screaming at the top of their lunges about an “imperial presidency” under President Obama.  They argue that his use of Executive Orders in undermining their powers granted by the Constitution.

Well, President Obama has used the “pen” as he likes to say, less than the Presidents before him.  At this time in his Presidency, George W. Bush used the “pen” over 60 more times than President Obama.  Republican anointed St. Reagan used the “pen” nearly 300 times in his presidency.  President Obama would have to issue the same number of Executive Orders in the remaining part of his Presidency as he has over the previous 6 years just to get close to St. Reagan’s number.

Looking back at history, the whole idea of suing a President over the use of Executive Orders is absurd.  Every President has used Executive Orders in the past.  Some more than others.  Most, not all, Constitutional Scholars and Lawyers say that Congress has no standing to even file a suit like this.  There have been one or two attempts in the past, and the courts ruled they have no standing since they can show no “harm” to them.

As a result, this can only be seen for what it really is.  A political stunt by the Republicans who need to gin up their base for the mid-terms.  Let’s face facts.  The Republican Party is under attack from all aspects of the political spectrum.  They are against the majority of Americans when it comes to important issues.  The latest polls indicate that 55% of all Americans favor same-sex marriage rights, including 30% who call themselves Republican.  Over 70% of Americans favor universal background checks when purchasing a weapon.  Over 70% of Americans favor immigration reform.

On top of all of that, the fringe wing of the Party is still coming out with stupid sayings.  Mr. “Legitimate Rape” Todd Akin is back at it with his book slamming the “establishment” wing of the Party for forcing him to apologize for his comments in 2012.  Then there is  Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith who cited Mars as the reason that earthlings do not have to worry about the planet’s man-made climate catastrophe.  He said:  “I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”  Nobody will dispute that?  Maybe, just maybe, if he had stayed awake during science class, he would know that Mars is at a minimum 100 degrees colder than the earth.

Finally, the Texas GOP goes on trial today, including Gov. Perry in his official capacity, for the redistricting that caused the gutting of the Voting Rights Act section 5.  There appears to be some emails between the two most prominent people who redrew that map that indicate it was done in order to keep the GOP in power.  According to the reports, it seems they plotted to make sure that some districts looked like an Hispanic majority, but was redrawn based on voter turn-out in the district.  Meaning low turn-out of Democrats and high turn-out of Republicans.  If true, that is discriminatory and therefore illegal.

So, in order to deflect coverage of these inconveniences, Mr. Boehner has decided it is time to sue the President because he had the audacity to temporarily delay a mandate Mr. Boehner doesn’t like in the first place, for one year.  What a wonderful use of public funds.  Mr. Boehner keeps crying about the President using his power of Executive Orders.  Yet, Mr. Boehner keeps blocking legislation from coming up for a vote.  He keeps saying the House has passed over “40 jobs bills”.  Yet, he never mentions what any of them are, except those infamous repeal ACA bills.

No, Mr. Boehner is fundamentally a coward bowing to the whims of his radical right.  He is too afraid to stand up to the lunatics and actually govern.  So, in order to attempt to save his bacon and phony job, he is resorting to the gimmick of “suing the President”.  One only needs to look at this stunt to realize how depressingly pathetic the Republican Party has become.  The political vacuum they have created in Washington makes it impossible to get any meaningful thing done.  But, to them that is okay.  Only the average American People are being hurt over all of this.

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If you think that all of the so-called Voter Identification Laws being passed in most Red States are designed to prevent in-person voter fraud, you only need look at the North Carolina law to know differently.  In Winston-Salem, there is a hearing in Federal Court taking place where opponents of this law are seeking an injunction so this law cannot be enforced during the 2014 elections.  The law was challenged by the U.S. Justice Department and other groups, but the full trial won’t take place until 2015.

The Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) was passed and signed into law by Republican Governor Patrick McCrory.  It is the most restrictive voter law passed in the U.S. to date.  The amazing thing about this law, was that originally, it only covered Voter ID requirements.  It passed the State’s House in April of 2013.  But it languished in the State’s Senate until after the SCOTUS ruling on the Voter Rights Act on June 25 of 2013.

Immediately after the ruling, Sen. Tom Apodaca (R), the chairman of the Senate Rules committee, was quoted as saying, “Now we can go with the full bill.”  On July 23, 2013, House Bill 589 expanded from 16 pages to 57 pages and included a number of other provisions, including reducing the days for early voting. The expanded bill passed both the House and Senate on July 25. McCrory signed the legislation into law on Aug. 12.

This bill expanded from 16 pages to 57 pages and they had a full two days to “debate” the law.  There is no other way to put this, but there was no real debate on the bill.  It was a forgone conclusion that the bill would pass.  This bill was obviously waiting for the SCOTUS ruling.  Once SCOTUS gutted the Voting Rights Act, the Republicans dusted off what they really wanted, and passed it.

Some other provisions that were included is the repeal of party block voting.  In other words, you cannot vote straight Democratic or Republican.  You must go down the list of every candidate and vote for each one individually.  That may not sound like a big deal, but a lot of people from parties actually do block vote.

Another deletion from the bill was the “Stand By Your Ad” clause.  This clause originally tried to make sure that ads were factual and truthful.  This new VIVA eliminated that clause from the law.  So, I guess now you can lie all you want in ads and don’t have to “Stand By Your Ad” anymore.

The Voter ID provisions, which do not take effect until 2016, lists certain photo IDs that are acceptable.  One ID that has been removed is College Student ID Cards.  So, if you attend North Carolina University, and do not have a driver’s license, you can no longer use your school’s ID to prove who you are.  I guess that goes hand-in-hand with the fact that the law also closes down all of the on-campus polling places.  Students will have to leave their campus to vote.

That is made tougher by the reduction in “early voting” days.  It also eliminates the Sunday before the election from the early voting period and ends early voting on the Saturday before the election at 1 PM.  Since that Sunday was traditionally the “Souls To The Polls” day, it makes it more difficult for churches to organize mass voting of their members on that day.  That was truly offensive to Republicans because most of these churches who participate in “souls to the polls” are predominantly African-American.

If you don’t have a driver’s license, military ID, Retired military ID, Veterans ID, or passport, you MUST have a state issued ID card in order to vote.  Most people say that is not all that difficult.  Except, North Carolina charges a fee to get a State Issued ID card.  Plus, most people will be required to provide a Birth Certificate to prove they are alive.  If you don’t have a copy of you Birth Certificate, that adds to the cost of the “fee” for getting and ID Card.

Plus, many people in North Carolina live in rural areas.  All small towns in these areas do not have offices who issue driver’s licenses or state IDs.  Many people need to travel anywhere between 30 and 60 miles to get to an office.  Doesn’t sound too bad, except, how is a person without a driver’s license supposed to get to one of these offices?  There isn’t any bus service in these areas.

Additionally, if you are over 70 you can use an expired driver’s license to vote, as long as it expired less than 30 days before the election day.  If it expired more than 30 days before the election, you cannot vote unless you get one of those State ID Cards.  Most people over 70 that I know, don’t even think about getting a State ID Card after they no longer drive.  And, before everyone says their family can take them, a lot of elderly people don’t have family living nearby.

A very disturbing portion of the VIVA to me, is that any registered voter can challenge another person’s right to vote.  For example, if I was at the polling place, and a neighbor I hate came in to vote, I could challenge his right to vote.  Once I made the challenge, he would be allowed to cast a “provisional” ballot.  I see this provision as nothing more than an intimidation factor.  The real scary part is that the law does not say registered voter in that precinct.  That opens the door for “operatives” to go around challenging other people’s right to vote.

Finally, they also eliminated “Same Day Registration”.  In North Carolina, you were able to go and register to vote, during the early voting period, and then immediately cast your ballot.  With the elimination of Same Day Registration, you now have to make two trips.  One to register and one to vote.

All of these provisions have one common goal.  They are intended to make it more difficult for the poor, young, and elderly to cast votes.  Why?  Because those are the groups that predominantly vote Democratic.  North Carolina Republicans are so afraid of losing their grip on power, they are willing to disenfranchise thousands of people who may vote against them.

For example, the reduction in early voting will affect up to 56% of North Carolina voters.  That is how many used early voting in the 2012 elections.   Blacks used early voting at a higher rate than whites, comprising a majority of those who voted absentee or early. According to Public Policy Polling, 78 percent of North Carolinians support the current early voting system and 75 percent have used it in the past.

In addition, over 155,000 voters registered to vote and voted on the same day during the early voting period in 2012.  Voters expressed their satisfaction and gratitude that North Carolina had a process that afforded citizens with more opportunities to register and vote, said a 2009 report from the state board of elections.

The law was passed in the name of “protecting the ballot box from voter fraud”.  I went through the court records since 2012 and I cannot find one single case of “voter fraud” being prosecuted.  In person Voter Fraud is becoming a thing of the past in the state and the country as a whole.  There is far more potential for voter fraud in absentee ballots than in-person voting.  Yet, these laws do not place the same restriction on absentee ballots.  I wonder if maybe that is because most absentee ballots are cast by white people.

It is estimated that it will take at least until the end of the week before the hearing in Winston-Salem wraps up.  No one knows how quickly the judge will rule on the injunction.  Of course, the whole nation is watching.  Especially since it comes on the heals of a Federal Judge striking down Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law as unconstitutional.

Once again, if you think this has to do with protecting the ballot box, all you have to do is listen to  Sen. Tom Apodaca, the chairman of the Senate Rules committee, after the SCOTUS ruling on the Voting Rights Act saying, “Now we can go with the full bill.”  He knew this bill would never pass muster if had to be pre-cleared by Justice.

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The Hobby Lobby case has some potential problems the media seems to be missing.  Yes, the fact that the Supreme Court ruled basically that “closely held” corporations are “people” and can enforce their religious beliefs on their employees is bad enough.  But, it may have even more dire consequences for owners of corporations and small businesses.  It seems that the curtain or veil between owners of “closely held corporations” and stockholders may have been torn.  Rather, shredded by the decision.

There was a short time when I was self-employed.  I had a very small consulting business.  I had no employees, except myself.  I went through all the legal hoops to protect my personal assets from the business.  That was part of owning a business.  You needed to make sure your personal assets were protected and that is exactly what corporate law is supposed to do.  But, as I researched the whole thing, it also meant that if I hired employees, I could not impose any religious beliefs on them.  The veil worked both ways.

Now, the Supreme Court has opened the door to totally shred that veil.  If a “closely held corporation” is allowed to base insurance coverage on “personal” religious beliefs, what is keeping someone from suing the owner or stockholders and go after their personal assets in liability cases?  If I was able, as a business owner, to dictate policies based on religious beliefs, which until now violated basic corporate law, doesn’t that open me up to other law suits?

The Supreme Court has validated this “veil” of corporate law since the founding of the country.  There is not a single ruling the history of the court that gives corporations the rights of an individual person, until now.  In my layman point of view, that means that the corporate “veil” no longer exists.  Individual people, like owners and shareholders, could now be held personally liable in every law suit against the corporation.  This ruling says they may be personally liable for their decisions.

For example, let’s say that Hobby Lobby sells a product that turns out to be harmful to the purchaser.  Maybe it is a product that contains lead paint.  Millions of the product are sold nationwide.  People begin to get sick from handling, or small children get sick because they put it in their mouth and ingest the lead paint.

There have already been lots of law suits about this safety hazard, and those suing usually win the case.  The question is, since the decision to sell this product was approved by the owners of Hobby Lobby, can they be sued personally?  In other cases following basic corporate law, the answer has been no.  But, in light of the ruling stating that this corporation is a “person”, I am not so sure anymore.

Since the Hobby Lobby ruling, there are a lot of corporate lawyers who are very nervous right now.  In my research, I have seen many discussions by corporate lawyers about this very nature of the case that isn’t getting a lot of press.  It is possible that if such a case does happen, the Supreme Court could try to patch the “veil” in corporate law to protect owners and shareholders personal assets.  But, wouldn’t that be a blatant disavowing of their writing in this case?  How can the court rule that corporations are “people” able to withhold coverage in insurance plans, and not “people” in liability cases?

I know that conservatives don’t have a problem with double standards.  But, this involves corporate law!  Corporate law has been in existence for hundreds of years.  It was intended to protect individuals since a “corporation” is not considered a person.  The Hobby Lobby case throws that division out the window.

If I were looking to start a business again, I would think very hard about it.  In light of this case, I would be very distrustful that my personal assets would be protected under corporate law anymore.  That would probably make me NOT want to open a business.  I know a few small business owners who are very nervous right now.  They have had to talk with their lawyers about this very possibility.

In an effort to thrust individual beliefs of owners of companies on employees by naming the company a “person”, the court may have done more damage to small businesses and corporations than they think.  They may have overturned corporate law in this country.

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Tomorrow is the 4th of July.  It is a day we celebrate our nation’s birth.  All across the nation we will hear the national anthem being sung and end with the words “O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”  Others will stand and say the pledge of allegiance.  It includes the words, “with liberty and justice for all”.

The right-wing will proudly stand tall and sing, or say these words loudly.  They will utter them with false conviction.  They will go on the podium and give speeches rallying their base to “fight for liberty”.  They will use hallow words like “we want to thank all of our men and women in uniform for their service”.  They will utter all sorts of patriotic slogans.  At the end of the day, all of these words and slogans will ring as hallow as they do today.

In Afghanistan our troops will be on patrol.  Fighting for our country.  In Iraq, newly arrived troops will be helping to train the Iraqi Army to fight the insurgents.  All around the world, our men and women in uniform will be working.  The far right neocons will use tomorrow to pump up their rhetoric about fighting terrorists.  They will use that argument to call for a re-invasion of Iraq.

Yet, tomorrow, there will still be millions of people out of work because our Congress won’t do anything to help them get jobs.  Tomorrow, millions more people will have their extended unemployment insurance run out and have no income and face losing everything they spent a lifetime working for.  Tomorrow, women will still be considered second class citizens, especially by the Conservative Christian Cult.  Tomorrow, minorities will still face voter suppression laws in several states.  Tomorrow, LBGT couples won’t be able to get married in most states.

At the birth of our nation, we had to live with the evil “institution” of slavery.  Even though Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal”.  We continued slavery, because, well the slave owners didn’t consider their slaves as “men” or “people’ just as property.  It took a Civil War before this “institution” ended.

We have made small strides in the true concepts of “with liberty and justice for all”.  But, today in 2014, we still have groups of people who are not “free” and do not gain “justice”.  These groups include minorities, women, immigrants and LGBT.  These groups have had their “rights’ trampled on by the far right forever.  All they want is to have equal protection under the law.  Isn’t that what “liberty” really means?

Under the sway of the Conservative Christian Cult, many states are passing very restrictive anti-abortion laws.  The Cult is even fighting against birth control.  I still find it amazing that “contraception” use by women is considered by the Cult as being only for “recreational use”, yet Viagra, and other ED medicines as well as vasectomies are considered for “pro-creation” purposes.  Therefore, these things are still covered under health insurance while many forms of birth control have just be banned by the Supreme Court.

We still have women making anywhere from 80% to as low as 70% of what men make doing the same job.  We have the Cult fighting against such things as violence against women laws, equal pay laws, and ENDA.  We have women all across the nation facing beatings from their husbands just because they are handy.  Women are still victims of rape and yet they are treated as the cause of the rape, not the victim.

The amazing thing is that the Cult is telling women that if they don’t want to get beat or raped, all they have to do is get married.  They claim that feminism is the root cause of all that is wrong with the world.  It is feminism that has caused the decline of the “traditional family”.  Never mind that men set up the “no-fault” divorce clause so they don’t have to pay as much alimony to their wives.  Never mind that it is men who skip out on child support payments.  Hell, there is a misogynist web site called The Red Pill that even offers tips on how to avoid child support payments.  But, no, according to the Cult, it is all the fault of women.

Approximately 40% of all workers in this country work for minimum wage.  That automatically makes anyone with a small family live in poverty.  The Cult and their Republican friends are fighting any move to raise the minimum wage.  They all seem to think that it is perfectly fine for “those people” to work 40 hours per week and live in poverty.  “Those people” don’t do anything meaningful, and should bow down and kiss their employer’s feet for allowing them the opportunity to work and still live in poverty.

Let’s face facts, the only “entitlements” being offered to people in this country are being offered to the super-rich and/or White Christian Men.  We live in a “Corporate Welfare State”.  They are the only people who can even come close to enjoying “liberty”.  That is not what our country is supposed to be.  That is not what I served to protect.  I served, and many others continue to fight for the country that offers “liberty and justice for all”.

While masses of people continue to struggle to survive.  While our Steel Industry faces bankruptcy because of illegal dumping of steel into the country by South Korea threatening over 580,000 jobs.  While our transportation funds, the ones that repair our transportation systems, runs out of money and threatens another 700,000 jobs.  While our military members continue to serve our country, many of them relying on food stamps to feed their families.  Members of the Cult and the Republican Party will give hallow patriotic speeches.

They will loudly use the words of “religious freedoms”, or “liberty from tyranny” or “take our country back”.  But, what they are really saying is if you are not a white male Christian, you have no right to say anything because they believe this is “their” country.  I have seen many political fights in my life.  But, I have never seen such a push to turn back the clock on minority, women, immigration, and LBGT rights like is going on now.  The Cult has all the answers.  It is in “traditional family” where the man is the head of the household and women stay at home.

This gem from Rafael Cruz, Sr., the father of that patriotic Canadian Senator, Ted Cruz says it all:

As God commands us men to teach your wife, to teach your children—to be the spiritual leader of your family—you’re acting as a priest. Now, unfortunately, unfortunately, in too many Christian homes, the role of the priest is assumed by the wife. Why? Because the man had abdicated his responsibility as priest to his family…So the wife has taken up that banner, but that’s not her responsibility. And if I’m stepping on toes, just say, ‘Ouch.’

He believes this philosophy of the man’s role of the priest so much, he has been divorced twice!  Sounds to me that he has abdicated his role, at least when it comes to his marriage vows of “until death do us part”.

No, as long as we have right-wing pundits calling women “sluts” because they favor birth control or abortion.  As long as these same right-wing pundits are praising right-wing militia groups as “patriots” and not the domestic terrorists they are.  As long as the right-wing opposes immigration reform.  As long as we allow this income inequality and war against the poor and women.  As long as we have powerful groups like the Cult and their financial backers like the Koch Brothers, we will continue to live in a fantasy and hallowly say the words “with liberty and justice for all”.

Until the rights of all people, not just the members of the Cult and their allies, are respected and these terrible laws that continue to harm women, minorities, LBGT, and immigrants are overthrown, we will not live in a country of “liberty and justice for all”.  And that is the true American Tragedy!

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Scalia’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that “closely held corporations” have the right to refuse contraception coverage in insurance plans for their employees on “religious grounds”.  Yes, I said Scalia’s court.  It has become obvious the Chief Justice Roberts, who said he wanted to “protect the reputation of the court” is nothing but a Scalia follower.  In essence, Scalia has become the Chief Justice of the court by default.

But, all of that aside, let’s take a look at what this really means to the country.  Although Scalia claims this is a narrow case, it opens up a whole can of worms, according to Justice Ginsberg in her dissent.  Since the Christian Conservative Cult won this battle, what is to keep them from refusing to cover other medical practices?  What about those owners who don’t like vaccines?  Will they be allowed to stop covering them?  What about blood transfusions?  Those are just two medical questions.  There are a buckets full of other “social” issues as well.

This decision is possibly the opening of the Theocratic Government we have talked about before.  The Conservative Christian Cult is trying its to name Christianity as the “official” religion of the U.S.  But, they aren’t interested in Christianity in itself, they are only interested in their narrow, prejudiced “Evangelical” beliefs.  They are using their fictitious “war on religion” as their basis for their war against everyone who disagrees with their religious beliefs.

The First Amendment clearly states there is to be a separation between Church and State.  There is a reason for this separation.  During the time of the founding fathers, and shortly before, all states had a formal religion.  If you disagreed with that religion, you faced possible death.  All you have to do is look at our own second grade history books to see what that meant.  Remember the Pilgrims?  The Pilgrims were a sect of the Church of England called Puritans.  They were extremely conservative in their approach, they hated catholics, and they thought the Church of England was “too catholic”.  As a result, they claimed “religious persecution” and moved to the new world to get away from that persecution.

The Spanish Inquisition was another example of persecution.  The Spanish Crown, backed the inquisition which was intended to root out the heretics and either “convert” them back to the true religion, or kill them.  The inquisition went on for a few hundred of years.  And, it wasn’t confined to just Spain either.

New England was settled by Puritans.  Maryland was settled by Catholics.  Pennsylvania was settled by Quakers.  And the beat goes on.  That is why there is a clause in the First Amendment stating the separation of Church and State.  For roughly the first 200 years of our nation, everyone was totally happy with this separation.  Hell, the phrase of “one nation under god” in the pledge of allegiance and “in god we trust” on our money didn’t happen until the 20th century.  Then came the rebirth of the Puritans in the name of Conservative Christianity.

High Court rulings in Roe v. Wade and the school prayer ruling made the Conservative Christian Cult besides itself.  They could not believe that the U.S. Supreme Court could actually allow the separation of Church and State as the constitution states.  That had to be a mistake.  After all, the founding fathers were good Christians, and they surely meant that Christianity was exempt from that clause.

Over the last 30 or 40 years, this cult has waged a war on our secular government.  In order to “turn on” their supporters, they manufactured their “war on religion”.  What they are saying in essence is that “their” religion is being picked on because it isn’t the official religion of the country.

It is so easy for them to tell lies to gain their supporters belief.  For example, take the case of Senior Master Sergeant Philip Monk.  He claimed that he was transferred from his duties and put on leave because he was being punished for stating his objection to same-sex marriage.  The Conservative Christian cult jumped on this as proof of religious persecution.  Problem is that this “claim” turned out to be false.  He was merely assigned because his current duty term was over and he was due for a transfer.  The investigation said”

“The weight of the evidence shows that religion was never discussed between the two.  In the end, this is a case about command authority, good order and discipline, and civil rights — not religious freedoms.”

The report also said that Senior Master Sergeant made false official claims.  The Senior Master Sergeant was notified of his transfer in April which was several months before his claim.

Last Christmas, the VA Hospital in Dallas was accused of censoring Christmas Cards sent to patients.  Fox News Correspondent, and I use that term loosely, reported a statement from the VA Hospital as:

In order to be respectful of our Veterans religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by Chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. After the review is complete, the holiday cards that reference religious and/or secular tones are then distributed by Chaplaincy Service on a one-on-one basis if the patient agrees to the religious reference in the holiday card donation. The holiday cards that do not contain religious and/or secular tones are distributed freely to patients across the Health Care System. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.

In fact, the VA statement was a lot different:

In order to be respectful of our veterans’ religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.

Just a little bit of a difference there, wouldn’t you say?  But, that doesn’t stop the Conservative Christian Cult from lying about the incidents.  They seem to believe that you can actually turn a “majority” religion into a “minority” religion being persecuted simply by saying that is so.  Problem is their faithful believe such nonsense.

The war against secular government doesn’t stop there either.  The LGBT issues, contraception, abortion, women’s rights, civil rights, science, creationism v. evolution are all part of the religious right’s “war on religion”.  They obviously base their arguments on chosen, out of context, phrases from their beloved bible, almost exclusively from the old testament.  If you look hard enough at the bible, and see what you want to see, you can justify anything you want from it.  Apartheid and Jim Crowe Laws were both based on the bible.

Jody Hice, a Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat from Georgia Has another way to make Christianity the religion of the land.  Simply deny that other religions are actually religions.  He says that Muslims don’t have protection from the First Amendment.  He claims that “Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology.  It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”  So, now a candidate for the U.S. House is determining what constitutes a religion.  That alone should be scary.

When the ACA was passed, Republicans ran commercials trying to convince voters that “the government was getting between you and your doctor”.  Apparently, they don’t have a problem with a corporation getting between you and your doctor!  Why?  Because they want to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.  The Hobby Lobby ruling from the Scalia Court enforces that principle.  Corporations can now impose their religious beliefs on their employees and the government will sanction those beliefs in clear violation of the First Amendment.

Before everyone starts yelling about the Freedom of Religion contained in that amendment, remember, the First Amendment grants each individual the right to religious freedom.  It does not grant authority for any one particular sect to force their beliefs on everyone else.  That is what this ruling is doing.

LGBT rights, abortion, contraception, women’s rights, evolution, science and civil rights are all secular rights of individuals who disagree with the Conservative Christian Cult.  The Conservative Christian Cult argues that their “religious” beliefs on these issues are all that matters.  They consider secular government that protects the rights of everyone else to be evil.  That is why they want to overthrow the government and set up their Theocracy.

The Conservative Christian Cult won’t stop until they either achieve their goal of forced Conservative Christian prejudiced beliefs on the rest of the country, or the country votes these anti-Americans out of office.  If the faithful don’t learn soon that they too will be in the crosshairs of the Conservative Christian Cult leaders, we may soon face a nation that loses its democracy in favor of Christian Sharia Law.  Once that happens, no one will be safe from persecution.

Who knows, maybe the Conservative Christian Cult will unleash an “American Inquisition” in our future.

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The American People is what has made America great.  Their willingness to change with the time, their hard-work, and their dedication to the principles of the U.S. Constitution have made America Great.  They work hard all they want in return is a fair shot at the American Dream.  Ronald Reagan once said “America is that shining city on the hill”.  However, since his election we have seen the politics on the right move away from these simple principles.  There has been an upswing in domestic terrorism.  There has been an upswing in racial slurs.  There has been an upswing in pure hate.  It started when Saint Reagan started using terms like “welfare queen” and “surfer dude” when speaking about the poor.  When he demonized the government saying “government is the problem.”

In 2008 when Barak Obama was elected President, all pretense of “coded talk” ended and replaced with pure hate speech.  Then in 2010 there emerged the so-called Tea Party.  They claim that the word Tea is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already.  It turns out that what it really stands for is Take Everything Away (from the poor, elderly, and non-conservative white Christian).

They are rife with the old hatreds that caused segregation.  They hate anyone who is not a white American and want to totally shut down immigration.  They hate the idea that women are equals.  They are avid homophobes.  They are avid Islamophobes.  They are avid anti-rights.  I believe they are basically anti-American.  I don’t have to define these lunatics.  Their policies speak for themselves.

In the past several years they have become the party known as the “hateriots”.  They claim to be patriots, but want to shred the rights of everyone not like them.  They are willing to back a law-breaker in Cliven Bundy, and won’t condemn the actions of Jerad and Amanda Miller, two domestic terrorists, for killing two policemen and an innocent civilian in Las Vegas.  They refuse to acknowledge that we need better gun control, especially in view of the many mass-shootings in our schools.  They prefer to let the NRA and wacko militias do their talking.  They want to eliminate welfare.  They want to eliminate Social Security.  They want to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid.  They want to eliminate unemployment insurance.  They want to create total chaos.  All in the name of “patriotism”.

Forgive me, but here I am going to steal one of their slogans.  “It is time we took our country back”.   We need to take back our country from these anarchists.  We need to let the oligarchs who fund them know that we have had enough.  We need to put Fox so-called News and right-wing talk radio on the defensive.  We need to retake our democracy and make it work for everyone.

We all know that the mid-term elections are not usually taken too seriously by too many Americans.  The elections are mostly local and/or statewide.  The national appeal present in a Presidential Election is not there.  That is one of the many reasons we have to deal with the Take Everything Away Party.  Their anti-American following just can’t wait to vote in these idiots so more civil rights can be eliminated from those “others”.

That has to change.  But, the usual route to “getting out the vote” never seems to work in mid-term elections.  The only way to bring about the turn-out we need to rid ourselves of these liberty hating people is to do something that will make real Americans take notice.  We need something totally different so we can put these lunatics in their proper place, namely the trash-bin.

So, I am proposing that sometime in late September or early October, we have two days of a national strike and democracy rally.  I am not talking about one segment of workers like the fast food workers walking out, I am talking about the entire workforce in all parts of the country walking out for two days.  Hold rallies on these two days so all issues can be talked about.

These rallies can point out the Republican Party’s refusal to raise the minimum wage.  Their refusal to even vote on immigration reform.  Their refusal to strengthen the Voting Rights Bill.  Their refusal to pass the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill.  Their refusal to vote on the Employee Non-discrimination Act.    The list goes on, and on.  They are the party that wants the average American to live in poverty so their oligarchical funders can live in luxury.

Now, I am not stupid, so I understand that medical personal, police, fire, EMTs, etc., will remain on the job.  But, we should work to get everyone else to stop working for two days.  John Boehner says he “only wants to do what the American People want.”  Maybe, but I doubt it, if he sees millions of people walking off the job for two days, he just might take notice.

I don’t care if you are democrat, republican, or independent, or whatever, we need you to join the two days of national strike and democracy rally.  We need to take back our country from those who want to buy politicians so they can get their agendas passed even if those agendas hurt the public.  Even if those agendas add to the growing economic inequality.  Even if those agendas poison our air and water.

We need an action where not just one group are protesting.  We need all groups and individual people to protest the obstructionist policy of the Republican Party and their bosses.  It is too easy for the media to dismiss one group or give lip service to their protest.  We need something bigger.  We need something that will resonate for months if not years afterward.

We need reasonable gun owners who understand that it is time for the madness to stop.  They need to join us so everyone understands that the wacko militias and gun manufacturer’s political arm the NRA are not the only voice of gun owners.   We need true Christians who believe in the separation of church and state to join us to let everyone know that the Conservative Christian Cult is just that, a cult!  We need people from all faiths to join us so we can show that religion is a personal belief, not public policy.  We need atheists to join us.  We need to show that we do NOT want Christian Sharia Law in this country.

We need the unions to join us so they can sound the alarm bell about the TPP and the millions of American Jobs that will be lost if it goes into effect.  They can show how South Korea, Japan and other countries are dumping millions of tons of cheap government subsidized steel into the country threatening American Steel Worker’s jobs.  We need non-union workers and mid-level and upper-level managers to join us so they can show they favor fair pay for a day’s work.

We need teachers and educators to join us so they can show how the Republicans have slashed education budgets across the country.  These cuts have increased class sizes and caused the lay-off of thousands of teachers and teacher-aids.  All the while lining the pockets of “for profit” schools that do not increase the quality of education and openly discriminate against minorities and the disabled.

We need small business owners to join us so they can show their disgust that they are forced to subsidize their larger competitors, like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, through taxes for the social safety net because their competitors won’t pay their employees a living wage all the while stashing billions of dollars in overseas “tax shelters” so they don’t have to pay fair taxes on their profits like small businesses do.  They can show how these “giants’ artificially lower prices in order to force the small businesses into bankrupcy and then raise the prices for larger profits.

We need scientists to show how climate change is a fact that is destroying our planet.  How renewable energy will not only help slow down or eliminate the harmful effects of carbon dioxide, but can also be a non-outsourcing job creating boom for the American Worker.  How reducing our dependency on fossil fuels will actually free us from conflicts in oil producing areas of the world, thus keeping our energy costs down.

We have been held hostage by the far-right wing and the oligarchs who command them for way too long.  They keep passing anti-civil rights bills in the states they control.  They keep holding the entire nation hostage so they can apply their hate into law.  We need to let the Republican Party, the Tea Party, the right-wing talk show hosts, and Fox so-called News that they are the minority and we, the majority, have had enough.  We want America to be returned to the people and taken out of the hands of the top 1%.

With proper planning, this could wake America up.  This could raise awareness to our eroding liberties and rights.  It just might make a difference in November.   Look, I am a small voice crying in the wilderness.  Help me spread the word.  We need to act and save our country from those who want to trash our Constitution and our way of life.

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Religious Conservatives of all ilk are simply people who do not want to think for themselves.  At least that is the conclusion that I came to years ago.  In my thinking, the more conservative you are, the less you want to think about anything.  It is always easier to define what happens around us as “god’s will” rather than finding solutions to the problems.  If there is a school shooting, it was “god’s will” that those children died.  Simply put, god called them to heaven.  That logic eliminates the need for a discussion about the reasons those children were killed.

I will admit, that I am more familiar with Christianity than other religions, but I find the same non-sense coming from other religious conservatives as I do from the Conservative Christian Cult.  This is a problem today, just as it was centuries ago.  If you look at the real world, you will discover that religion is the real root of all evil.

In this country, the Conservative Christian Cult has caused more problems than they have tried to fix.  They don’t care about the poor, they don’t care about women, they definitely don’t care about the LGBT community.  I even have my doubts that they care about children either.  This isn’t as far-fetched as you may think.  Just look at the laws and budgets they are either passing or wanting to pass.  They base their prejudice on the principle that”the bible tells me so”.

Judeo-Christianity is simply a mishmash of two different religions.  Christianity is based on the Jewish religion, though most of the Conservative Christian Cult won’t admit that publicly.  However, whenever they want to pass a law taking the social safety net from the poor and elderly, they easily quote the “old testament” to prove their point that god doesn’t want the social safety net.  According to what I learned growing up, the old testament, which is based on the Jewish Torah, is in the bible simply to prove that Jesus was the savior.  That Christianity is based on the new testament.  But that seems to be lost to the Conservative Christian Cult.

For example, in many states, especially in the south, there is always a big blow-up over the Ten Commandments being posted in public buildings like courthouses.  I have always asked why these Conservative Christians want Jewish law posted in their courthouses if they are Christians?  The Ten Commandments were given to Moses.  Jesus did not give them to Peter.  As a matter of fact Jesus only gave Two Commandments.  Why aren’t these Conservative Christians demanding those be posted instead of the Ten Commandments?  Maybe it is because the second says to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  That isn’t what the Conservative Christian Cult is all about.

Islam is another mishmash of religions.  This religion came about after both Judaism and Christianity were already in full bloom.  Islam wanted to make things more conservative than either of the two older religions.  Hence the talk about the infidels vs. true believers.  If you care to look at their religion, they use the same old testament characters as do the Jews and Christians.  They even acknowledge Jesus as a prophet!

But, to justify my belief that religion is the root of all evils, you only need to look at the bible to prove my point.  All of these religions talk about Moses and the Exodus.  They also talk about Joshua and his “taking” of the promised land.  Funny thing about the wars that led to the formation of the promised land.  The god in those stories actually demands the Jews commit genocide.  That god demands that “all living things, man, woman, and child shall be put to the sword”.   If that isn’t genocide, then we need to find another definition for the word.

Remember, the Nazis tried the old argument of “just following orders” after WWII.  Naturally, it failed as it should have.  But, in the cases above, the conservatives all say that it was okay since god ordered it.  A perfect example of not thinking for yourself.  Just follow orders and everything will be okay.

All through history, religion has been the basis for wars.  Whether you are speaking about pagan religions, the Jewish religion, Christianity, Islam, or any other religion, it was always based on the principle that “god is on our side”.  God seems to prefer only one group of people.  Those who happen to believe in that particular god.

Religion corrupts us in other ways as well.  On one hand conservatives say that god is our father.  Yet, they also preach that if you don’t do what god tells you, you will face total annihilation.  My father was somewhat strict when I grew up.  Yet, I never feared total annihilation if I disobeyed him.  But, if you look at the rest of the wording, you will also discover that this so-called father is also the “lord” or “king”.  We constantly hear words like lord and king in the bible and other religious texts.  Well, lords and kings did annihilate populations if they didn’t “0bey”.  Since these “lords” and “kings” were self-anointed appointments of god, that made it okay.

Today, the Conservative Christian Cult wail against the poor.  They wail against equal rights for women.  They wail against equal rights for LGBT.  They wail against equal rights for anyone who is not part of their Conservative Christian Cult.  Hell, even Louie Gohmert lectured a preacher at a congressional hearing last week because the preacher actually believes in the separation of church and state.

We also hear from Fox (so-called) News and Laura Ingraham about the “War on Christianity” in the country.  To prove their point, Tony Perkins of the of the Family Research Council said in an interview about LGBT rights “I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?  When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?”

One of the wackiest things I heard was a quote from Pat Robertson who told a female caller “don’t complain to me about how he is cheating on you.  He’s a man.  So come on.”  From other quotes of the great Conservative Christian Leader, he would never say the same thing about a woman cheating on her husband.

The whole premise of conservative religion is to maintain the male dominated status quo.  In this country the Conservative Christian Cult is dedicated to maintaining the white male dominated status quo.  They don’t want to think.  They don’t want to discuss issues.  They don’t want to recognize that there may be other ideas in the world besides theirs.  They simply want to sit back and say “it’s god’s will” every time something happens.

Extreme weather doesn’t happen because of global climate change, it happens because god is punishing those who are affected.  Military members don’t die in war because it is war, they die because god is punishing them because America is changing its views on LGBT rights.  School children aren’t killed in schools because gun laws need to be changed, they die because god called them home.  Earthquakes don’t happen because that is how the earth works, they happen because god is punishing us.

Creationism, climate denial, racial hatred, hatred towards the poor, hatred of women’s rights, hatred of other religions are all based in conservative religious beliefs.  Without these hatreds and/or denialisms the whole purpose of their being is threatened.  Each and every religion claims to be “god’s chosen” religion.  With such backing, how could anyone do something wrong to other groups?

Think about it.  Slogans like the “chosen people” or “can’t get to heaven without Jesus” or “you need to be purified to attain paradise” or any number of such sayings, are excuses for religions to set themselves up as exceptional in the eyes of god.  If you are a conservative true believer, you don’t have to worry about anything.  “It is god’s will” is a poor excuse to say “nothing is anybody’s fault!”

I believe that is one reason our founding fathers put a separation of church and state in the First Amendment.  They understood that religious zealotry would do more harm to our democracy than anything else.  That is also why I say religion is the root of all evil.  By using religion, no one has to take responsibility for their hate.  According to the conservatives, it is god’s will to hate the others who don’t believe as you do.  What a horribly lazy way to live one’s life.

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David Brat won the primary election in Virginia that dethroned Eric Cantor.  The funny thing about his victory is that the Tea Party who at first disowned him because of his libertarian principles, now claim him as their own so they can claim “victory” over the “establishment”.  Yes, calling Eric Cantor the “establishment” is a very big stretch.

All of the pundits are chirping in with their reason why Cantor lost the primary.  Most agree that it was all because of immigration reform.  Brat called Cantor an amnesty champion.  He said that immigration reform is a bad idea because we already have too few jobs, and these others will take those jobs away from “real Americans”.  Say no more, he wins!

Others are claiming that Cantor just didn’t spend enough time in his district getting his supporters out to vote.  Cantor said he was in his district every week.  But the pundits claim one or two days a week wasn’t enough and he “lost touch” with his constituency.  That is why he lost.

Another grand theory is that his polling was flawed.  I wonder if Carl Rove did the polling for him.  According to one report, in early May his polls showed him with a 34% lead.  Oops!  He lost by almost 12% points.  As we know from 2012 this isn’t the first time Republican Polls were extremely flawed.

There are other reasons being discussed as well.  But, in my opinion, they are all wrong.  The real reason Brat won this primary is simply because he was better able to tap into the “fear and hate” that the right-wing is known for.  He was able to scare the shit out of those “base” Republicans who fear anything or anyone who is different than they are.  He was able to very effectively use the “us against them” argument.  That is why he won.

In terms of economic issues, Brat makes Eric Cantor look very liberal.  He wants to repeal the ACA, but replace it with absolutely nothing.  Not only does he want to repeal the ACA, he wants to do away with employer-based health care completely as well.  According to him, that will free up the problem of “pre-existing conditions” for everyone.  He doesn’t say how, he just says it.  Among his other highlights, he wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare.  His reason?  People take out more than they put in.

Of course Medicaid, Welfare, WIC, Unemployment Insurance, and the rest of the social safety net must be eliminated too.  He claims that the “corporate welfare” state must also end.  But, in order to do that we need to eliminate all income taxes and eliminate the IRS.  How he plans to fund the government, especially the military, he doesn’t say.  It cannot be through tariffs because he wants to do away with them too.  He claims that will lower prices.  He doesn’t mention it will also lower job prospects as well since more companies will move off-shore for cheaper labor costs.

And, naturally, every single regulation governing how business is to be transacted in America needs to hit the wastebin as well.  Forget that it was deregulation in the market that caused the 2008 crash.  Hell, he even says we don’t need to worry about climate change because “rich countries find a way to fix problems.”  How comforting.

Don’t forget about his pandering to the Conservative Christian Cult either.  In his victory speech, he said this victory was “a miracle granted by god.”  I doubt that god endorses fear and hate mongering, but they apparently think so.

Brat is not alone in his lunacy either.  The Republican Party is full of them.  And, they all work the same way.  They play on people’s fear and hate of those dreaded “others”.  Scott Esk, a Republican Candidate in Oklahoma for the State Legislature believes that it is well within the right of the state to “execute” homosexuals!  And, he hasn’t backed down from that position either.

An exchange on Esk’s Facebook page from last summer in which Esk was asked if he believed gay people should be executed, “presumably by stoning.” Esk responded: “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

Not wanting to be overlooked for his homophobic stances, Gov. Rick Perry compared homosexuality to “alcoholism” in an interview with the Commonwealth Club of California, he was asked about his view of homosexuality being a disorder.  He responded with:

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry answered, reiterating a longtime favorite argument of the anti-LGBT right that sexual orientation is a choice.

“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic,” Perry went on to say, “but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

Maybe his next endeavor after leaving office at the end of the year will be to open the very first LGBTA Group.  He will undoubtedly run it like an AA meeting.

Then of course there are those wacky kids on the right who believe that woman’s suffrage has ended western civilization.  Even Ann Coulter thinks that women are “stupid” because they primarily vote Democratic.  Some other nice tidbits for you:

The first comes from David Barton.  He claims that the founding fathers had a reason not to give women the right to vote.  And, it had nothing to do with bigotry:

“The bigotry we’re told they held back then, they didn’t hold.  And what they did was they put the family unit higher than the government unit and they tried to work hard to keep the family together.  And, as we can show in two or three hundred studies since then, the more you weaken the family, the more it hurts the entire culture and society.

Since Barton claims the founding fathers were not bigoted, then I guess he believes it is okay to own slaves too.

Then there is Janis Lane, a Central Mississippi Tea Party President who said:

“There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how they can skewer a person.  The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.”

So why is she involved in politics?

Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.”

I guess Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham don’t have the monopoly on Republican Women who hate women!

This is what the Tea Party movement is all about.  This is what the Conservative Christian Cult is all about.  They are synonymous and work together to spew this vile speech.  Eric Cantor was defeated yesterday.  The Tea Party is celebrating and planning their next big overthrow.  The Christian Conservatives are celebrating, especially since Brat also believes in the “morality of capitalism” and that it is very okay to get rich even at the expense of others.  Heck even some on the left are celebrating saying Cantor got what he deserved.

I am not celebrating over Cantor’s defeat.  I fear it is a bad omen of where a lot of people in this country stand.  The fear and hate that was tapped into by Brat is not just in Virginia.  It is all across the country.  What all of these nice “white people” forget about immigration reform is that this type of fear and hate is not new.  Today it is all about Hispanics.  Before it was all about the Poles, Irish, Germans, Hungarians, Swedes, etc.

It was the fear and hate towards those groups that basically stopped immigration in its tracks for decades in the 20th century.  Fear and hate is not the answer to move forward.  History has shown us far too many times that fear and hate are directly responsible for the rise of dictators around the world.  That is their rallying cry.  Us against Them!  It’s all Their fault!  These rants have echoed in all corners of the planet.  Unfortunately, it is becoming a louder paranoia in America.  We can only hope that reasonable people rise up and put down this paranoia.  Maybe then we can get back to work on fixing our problems instead of blaming others for them.

That is the true lesson from Eric Cantor’s defeat!

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Sometimes I have joked that it seems like the whole world has taken a “stupid pill”.  I know, it is probably wrong of me to criticize people for their beliefs, which I try not to do.  However, when people start acting “stupid”, I think it is fair to point out their mistakes.  That isn’t criticizing their beliefs, it is calling them out for their errors.

We have a myriad of problems facing our country today.  Yet, there are some people who simply want to whitewash them.  They seem to long for the “good ole days” or “glory days”.  They seem to not want to face reality.  That is “stupid” no matter what your political slant may be.  If we do not face our problems, we are doomed to live in mediocrity at best.  Maybe that is what these people want.

Yes, I am referring to the “conservative movement” on the other side of the political spectrum.  It isn’t hard to see why they refuse to look reality in the eye and make changes that are needed.  By definition, conservatism is stuck in the past.  That is what conservatism is all about, and what is wrong with it.  It wants to return to the “glory days” they remember.  Problem is when you look back on the “glory days”, they weren’t always so glorious.

I realize that I have a slanted view of the world.  In my youth, I was actually called a “radical”.  My son now calls me slightly left of center.  It just goes to show how much the scale can move over time.  Or, rather how much the definitions of words can change over time.  And, that is the real problem today.  That is what is at the heart of the stagnation in Washington and all across the country.  That and the fact that conservatives live in a fantasy world that can be called “stupid”.

The real irony in all of this is that the “glory days” these conservatives claim they want to return to were actually anything but conservative.  They were times when America was reaching for the stars both figuratively and literally.  They were times of innovation.  They were times of creative thought.  They were times of change for the better.

In those days, the labor movement was strong.  Approximately 40% of the workforce belonged to a union.  The middle-class was thriving and most people were happy, more or less.  It was also the times of the Civil Rights Movement and the start of the Woman’s Movement.  It was when President Kennedy said we should put a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth before the end of the decade.  And, we did.

They were also very troubling times.  We were suffering through the Vietnam war.  Young people were rebelling against the establishment.  African-Americans gained most civil rights but at a dear price.  There was a lot of backlash against the Woman’s Movement.  There were protests in the streets.  A President was assassinated.  Another President resigned from office in disgrace.

We went through very rough economic times starting with the oil embargo.  We witnessed long lines at the gas station.  People began to think that the future could not possibly be better than the past.  Yes, those were the so-called “glory days” that conservatives claim they want to return to.

The problem they face is that they don’t want to return to the good aspects of those times.  They don’t want to return to the times of innovation and creative thought.  They don’t want to return to the times when we fought for civil rights of everyone.  They don’t want to return to a thriving middle-class or to unions.  They, apparently want to return to their “good ole days” of Jim Crowe.  They would rather see corporations hiring thugs to bust unions than allow the working class a fair wage for their labor.

They claim that they want to return to the Reagan Years.  They are still hawking the discredited theory that lowing taxes on the rich “trickles down” to the masses.  They are still hawking the theory that unions are the root cause of economic problems.  They are still hawking the old ideas that whites are superior to other races but with much “softer” language.  They are still hawking the adage that a woman’s place is in the kitchen.

Their “base”, led by the Conservative Christian Cult, denies climate change, or at least that man is contributing to it.  They deny evolution. Hell, they deny science.  They deny creative thought.  They prefer to raise a generation that “listens to what they are told” instead of formulating their own ideas.  They are against civil rights.  They are against women’s rights.  They are against gay rights.  They want to live in a world where everyone does exactly what they “tell” them to do.  If you go against their ideals, you are un-American.

Yes, the far right thinks that we should not be able to think for ourselves.  They are led by the Canadian Senator Ted Cruz, the faux Libertarian Rand Paul, and the Xenophobic Congresswoman Michelle Bachman and the Heritage Foundation.  These are their heroes.  These are the people who want to fundamentally take away civil rights.  Who want to stop education in its tracks and raise a “stupid” generation.  Why else would they defund public education as they have if that was not their goal?

They are the people who say they are fighting for “liberty” and then vote to take away those “liberties” from anyone who is different from them.  They are the ones who say they want a “bigger tent” and accept minorities yet continue to stall immigration reform and pass voter suppression laws.  These “small government” people want to dictate what a woman can choose or not choose when it comes to their health decisions.  Instead of relying on the woman’s decision after consultation with her doctor, they want the state to determine the course of action she is allowed.  Of course they justify all of this by claiming they are doing “god’s will”.

They claim to be “fighting for what the American People want”, yet they continuously vote against bills that the vast majority of the American People want passed.  Their solution to fair pay is not to raise the Federal Minimum Wage, but to eliminate it.  They want to deny millions of Americans proper health insurance.  They are quick to blame the victim in cases of rape and incest.

In essence, what these people are doing is taking their daily dose of “stupid pills”.  In and by itself, that doesn’t bother me too much.  What does bother me is that they want the rest of America to take “stupid pills” with them.  Unfortunately, the far right and their allies the Conservative Christian Cult have renewed their prescriptions.  Maybe it is time to see them for what they really are.  Stupid!

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I have come to the belief that idiocy is running amuck in America.  Not really a surprise determination.  More specifically, it is shining brightly in the Republican Party in Texas.  Yes, the Republican Party is truly bereft of sanity these days.  But, come on now, the party in Texas has taken it to new heights.  Not content being the real party of big government, they want to take it even further.  Oh, you don’t think the Republicans are the party of big government?  After each of the last several Republican Presidents dating back to Nixon, the government bureaucracy was bigger than when they went in.

Now, of course they claim to be the party of small government and ” personal liberty”.  But, as we all know that is a fallacy too.  They are all for the “personal liberty” of carrying guns, but they are totally against the “personal liberty” of women discussing their health options with their doctors and making up their own minds.  No, that isn’t “personal liberty”, that is feminism.

It is bad enough that the Republican Party still has in its platform that they against same-sex marriage.  Now, the Texas GOP is attempting to add another piece going against “personal liberty”.  In their infinite wisdom, or lunacy, language that would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight may soon be part of their official platform.  Maybe it is because California and New Jersey have already passed legislation that ban licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight and they are afraid it could happen in Texas.

Under this new plank, the Texas GOP will “recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”  According to them, being gay is a psychological condition similar to any other mental illness.  All you need to do is see a shrink and you can be healed!  What a bunch of crap!

In spite of this stupidity, there are still gay conservatives in Texas who are members of the Republican Party.  They are even trying to remove decades-old language in the platform that states,  “Homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.”  Naturally, they have a real fight on their hands in removing such language.  Hardliners even wanted to change the word “homosexuality” with “sexual sins”.  But don’t worry, there is no conflict between church and state here.

“I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go,” said Rudy Oeftering, a Dallas businessman and vice president of the gay Republican group Metroplex Republicans. “It’s your opinion. It’s your belief — but it’s my life.”   To show the battle they are facing, Republican delegate Elizabeth Hunter, 20, said she didn’t see any reason for removing language that describes being gay as tearing at the fabric of society.

“I don’t see anybody leaving the Republican Party because of that language,” she said. “I think it would actually encourage someone to join when they see that the Republican Party takes a strong stand rather than standing in the middle.”

So, the Republican Party in Texas thinks that being homosexual is akin to mental illness.  If you happen to be homosexual, according to them, you can get healed by simply seeing a shrink.  Of course, these are the same people who object to same-sex marriage by declaring that same-sex marriage is an attack on heterosexual marriage.  You know, as I said before, if people are allowed to have a same-sex marriage, all those heterosexual marriages are going to break up in Texas.

Of course the Tea Party is behind all of this.  Their Conservative Christian Cult is behind most of these anti-liberty laws and platforms.  I bet there would be an uproar if someone started a campaign that says all Conservative Christian Cult members can be “healed” through psychological treatment.  That being part of this Conservative Christian Cult is actually a mental illness.

I bet they wouldn’t recognize the “legitimacy and efficacy” of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their Conservative Christian Cult lifestyle.   Hell, FOX News could make headlines out of that story for at least the next 10 years!  What a ratings boom that could be.

 

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