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Question, do you recognize or remember each of these flags?  In case you don’t remember, let me explain them to you.  The first one is the so-called Christian Flag.  This flag was carried by zealots who wanted to eliminate different sects of Christianity from existence.  This flag was carried when it was attempted to wipe out the Mennonites in Western Europe.  This flag is currently the love-child of the Conservative Christian Cult who wishes to discriminate against anyone they want based on “religious beliefs.”

The second flag is the Confederate Flag.  As everyone knows this flag was the battle flag of the Confederate States of America.  The CSA tried to secede from the U.S. basically over slavery.  Yes, there were arguments about “states rights” but that was a cover to say that each state should have the right to make slavery legal if they so chose.  This flag is currently the “official” flag of groups like the KKK and other domestic terrorist groups.

The third is the World War II German Flag.  The swastika is prominent on the national flag.  Of course the Nazis only used the swastika on a red background for its party banner.  That particular flag was also the one used as a battle flag during the second world war by German Troops.  This flag, as well as the swastika on a red flag are both banned in Germany today.  The Nazi “blood” flag is the “official” flag of un-American groups like the Aryan Nation and other Nazi loving groups.

The fourth flag was used by Japan prior and during World War II.  After the war, this flag was banned by Japan and we currently have the red sun on a white background.  This flag has mostly disappeared from history.

The one thing that all of these flags have in common is they were symbols, and still are considered symbols of oppression, hate, bigotry, genocide, and slavery.  The other thing that all of these flags have in common is that they are foreign flags.  None of them have ever been adopted by the U.S. as a symbol of our country.  They are simply foreign flags, mostly from the past.

Which brings us to today’s argument about the Confederate Flag.  There are a lot of people, mostly in the south, who do not want the Confederate Flag banned.  They claim it is part of their “heritage.”  Those other flags are also part of someone’s “heritage.”  Yet, flags three and four are outlawed in their own country because of the atrocities that were committed under them.

What makes the Confederate Flag any different from those others?  Additionally, why isn’t the so-called Christian Flag banned due to the genocide the people fighting under it committed?  I am tired of hearing about the Confederate Flag and the wonderful “heritage” it “honors.”  Since when is genocide, bigotry, hate, and slavery things that require us to “honor” them?

But, even taking all of that away from the argument, the use of the Confederate Flag by any state, group, or citizen to show their “heritage” is basically pledging their allegiance to a foreign symbol.  The Confederate Flag was not and never will be a symbol of the United States of America.  So anyone wishing to fly that flag for any reason is saying their allegiance is to a foreign country that does not even exist.

What it is saying is that any person, group of people, association, or state that uses the Confederate Flag as their symbol is un-American!  It could even be stretched out to say they are treasonous.  You cannot swear allegiance to flags of more than one country.  That goes for all of the other flags being talked about as well.

The Christian Flag is not American.  It was not adopted by this country as a symbol of our nation.  If you fly and pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, you are being un-American.  It is as simple as that.  True Germans do not swear allegiance to the Nazi Flags.  True Japanese do not swear allegiance to their “Empire Flag of WWII.”  No true American should swear allegiance to either the Christian Flag or the Confederate Flag either.

To try to put this in simple terms, the only flag real patriots of America swear their allegiance to is the official Flag of The United States, the Stars and Stripes.  Flying any other flag is truly unpatriotic.

The next time someone argues with you about keeping the Confederate Flag, or any other flag “flying” call them what they are.  Un-American.  Because, their allegiance is to a foreign symbol.

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In a couple of weeks the Republicans will hold their first debate of the 2016 Presidential Race.  Yeah, I know, it is probably too early for such things, but after all, it is only about six months away from Iowa and New Hampshire.  So, with a total of 16 candidates, and probably more before the whole thing gets really going, they probably think it is time to weed out some of the less likely successful candidates.

The problem I am having with the current crop, isn’t that they are running.  It is what is coming out of their mouths.  A lot of people in the media, especially on the left, are calling a number of the current crop of Republicans “wackos” or “cuckoo-birds” or “clowns.”  Sorry, I won’t buy into that description.  It is far worse than that.

The problem I see is that these people are actually describing their vision of what America should look like.  They are actually, for once, being honest about their hatred for everything a democracy is supposed to be.  They are showing us, with their own words, that if there was ever a crop of candidates running for President that really hate America, they are it.

There is the vulgar, bloviated Trump calling immigrants “rapists” and disparaging former POWs.  We have the ALEC mouth-piece Walker telling America that unions should all be banned and we should be happy with whatever the company says we should be paid or how many hours we should work.  We have the Canadian Senator Cruz hating anything that has to do with governing or compromise for the common good.  We have the theocratic hypocrite Huckabee saying a deal with Iran “will lead the Israeli’s to the gas chamber.”

Then we have the more “moderate” Republicans like Bush, the brother of one of the worst President’s in our history talking about taking away abortion rights and reproductive rights from women and eliminating Medicare.   Then we have that outreach candidate Rubio who claims that “no one wants bad air or water” yet is calling for the elimination of the very agency responsible to protect our air and water, the EPA.  His reason?  It is hurting his rich donors who rely on polluting our air and water to make their millions.

The list goes on and on.  Everyone of these “candidates” seems to find something about democracy that totally disgusts them.  They constantly tell the American people, they are only trying to listen to the American People.  Yet, they continuously vote against the very laws that the vast majority of Americans want passed.  When I say “vast majority” I am referring to poll numbers at 70% or more.  How is that listening to the American People?  Simple, you are NOT  the American People, unless you belong to the top 1% of the income earners.

In several states, photo ID cards are required to vote in person.  Yet, these same states have very lax laws pertaining to absentee voters.  It is far easier to cast an improper vote by absentee ballot than at the polls.  Yet, they claim they are just protecting the ballot box.  Of course the only people who will have trouble getting their photo ID will be young people, poor people, and old people.  All people who Republicans don’t want to vote at all.

Women’s rights have been under attack since the country was founded.  Women have always been classified as “second-class citizens.”  They weren’t even allowed to vote until 1920.  Republicans want to control how they live their lives, how many children they must have, and what decisions they can make for themselves.  According to Republican candidates, women are not capable of putting together a “rational” thought.

If women are allowed to participate in the job market, Republicans say they must accept less money for doing the same job as their male counterparts who are doing the exact same work.  Why?  Because they are women, pure and simple.  They don’t have the same economic needs as men do.  Besides, women should be kept at home, barefoot and pregnant.  They should be totally dependent upon men for their lives.

Republican candidates are all up in arms about the Iran Nuclear Deal.  As mentioned, Huckabee claims it will lead to the next holocaust for the Jews.  The funny thing about all of this is that the largest area of anti-Semitism in this country is in the south.  You know, places like the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.  More synagogues and Jewish Cemeteries are defaced in the south than in any other part of the country.

I have always found it funny that the Republicans claim to be the biggest supporters of Israel when the vast majority of their constituency are mostly anti-Semitic.  Since groups like the KKK and Aryan Nation and others have their headquarters in these states, it doesn’t take a lot of thought to know this is true.

Republicans, led by their propaganda machine Fox News, has shown continuously that they don’t like the idea of talking about people of color being killed by Police.  They always turn the tables and say that if that person of color just followed the police officer’s orders, they “might” still be alive.  I like that “might” they always seem to throw in there.  When things like “Black Lives Matter” come up as slogans to stop police violence, they try to turn the tables and come up with things like “All Lives Matter.”

They then cry when someone calls out that it isn’t white people being systematically murdered by police officers.  They refuse to reasonably discuss the possibility that maybe, just maybe, these police officers are in the wrong and not the victims.  But that would mean having to actually acknowledge that this country still has a race problem.  Something they refuse to even consider.

Their latest gambit is their cry for “religious liberty.”  According to them, if your religion says it is okay to discriminate against someone else, then it is legal to discriminate against them.  If your religion says it is wrong to have an abortion, you must stop everyone else from getting an abortion.  If your religion says it is wrong to use contraceptives, then no one should be allowed to use them.  If you are a Muslim, you should be put on a “watch-list” since you are obviously a terrorist.  And to help things out here, you are not supposed to be allowed to immigrate here.

That is their definition of “religious liberty.”  To them, “religious liberty” means that they are free to believe what they want.  You on the other hand must believe what they do.  If you don’t, you get no civil rights.  If you don’t believe what they do, you are second-class citizens.  If you are a minority, you must “do as you are told” and not think for yourself.

The Christianity I was taught says we are supposed to “help” the poor.  The Republican idea of “helping” the poor is to eliminate the social safety net.  Medicaid?  Who needs medical insurance if you are poor?  Medicare?  No, get a voucher and spend thousands of dollars you don’t have to keep your insurance.  Social Security?  Why are so many people living so long?  If they outlive their “expire-by-date” let them just fade away.

According to them, Christianity is really all about helping the rich get richer.  It is all about making sure the poor louts stay poor.  It is about letting the sick and elderly just die away to save money.  It is all about cutting public education funding.  Poor kids are supposed to stay poor, so why bother to educate them.  Women should know their place.  They are nothing but homemakers and baby-factories.  Like children, women should be seen and not heard.  Their only purpose in life is to “serve” their man and spread their legs whenever they are told.

That is what these 16 Republican Candidates are offering our country.  That is what they believe America should be.  They want America to be a white society, run by rich white men, and bereft of everyone else.  That is their utopia.  That is their definition of the American Dream.  If you are a worker, you don’t have the right to the American Dream.  Just shut up and accept what pennies they throw at you for your labor.

Jobs?  Health Insurance?  Livable Wage?  Union Representation?  Women’s Rights?  Civil Rights?  Those are all “socialist” or worse yet “communist” ideas.  They have no place in America.  They have no place in our society.  They are all evil ideas put forth by “Satan.”  But, don’t take my word for it.  Just listen to the trash coming out of their mouths.

My first impulse is not to watch the first debate on August 6.  But, it is also like watching a train-wreck.  You hate what you are seeing, but can’t take your eyes off of it.  The problem is that if any one of these dangerous people actually make it to the White House, that train-wreck will be America.  That is the real danger facing us.

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The biggest unfortunate side of the Chattanooga, TN shooting of 5 service members is that it has become the cause celebre for all of the crazies.  Or, should I say all of the bigots and fringe groups.  Since that tragic day, the wacko bunch has come out of the woodwork faster than you can say “oh shit!”

One gun shop owner, a full believer in the Constitution of the United States announced that his gun shop is now “Muslim Free.”  He doesn’t say how he intends to discover who is and who is not a “Muslim” but there he was standing in front of his all-inclusive Confederate Battle Flag making his announcement.

We have lunatics calling themselves “patriots” in open-carry states now saying they will “defend” our recruiters.  They have started showing up in front of Recruiting Stations openly carrying guns declaring they would defend our recruiters.  This is because they believe that the Defense Department is “wrong” in not allowing recruiters to carry guns wherever they go.

There has been a large outcry on Facebook about the President not ordering the flag put at half-mast in honor of these servicemen.  They claim that the President is “disrespecting” our service members by not immediately issuing the order.

I simply don’t know where to start on this.  So, I guess I will take them one-at-a-time.  First, that gun shop owner who claims to have a “Muslim Free” gun zone in his gun shop.  He claims to have the right to refuse to sell guns to anyone he believes is dangerous.  But, there is no right to refuse to sell guns just because of a person’s religion.

What he is saying is that if you are an American Citizen protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution and have a right to own a gun, you still cannot purchase one in his shop if you are a Muslim.  In other words he has taken on the task of defining who is and who is not a citizen protected by the Constitution.

The simple fact that he is standing in front of a Confederate Battle Flag shouts loudly exactly what he means by “Muslim Free.”  Since he claims he won’t be asking you what religion you belong to, the only way to determine if you are a Muslim is by skin color or name.  If you are not white, and have one of those “funny middle-eastern names” you will obviously be considered a Muslim and refused service.

On the other hand, if you are white, you will be gladly sold any weapon you want.  Apparently, he doesn’t know that there are millions of white people who are Muslims in the world.  Even right here in America.  I personally know dozens of white Americans who are Muslims.

The second one involves recruiters for our military branches.  We now have crazies “walking the beat” outside recruiting stations carrying all sorts of weapons from assault rifles, sniper rifles, and hand guns.  All without being asked by the Department of Defense to “protect” the recruiters.

One of the greatest things about our country is that our military doesn’t go around carrying weapons everywhere they go.  You will find armed soldiers in other countries, even so-called democratic countries.  I can guarantee you that if our military personnel have been carrying weapons in public before Chattanooga, these very same crazies would be screaming at the top of their lungs.  It would be the proof they need that the government is trying to “take over” the country.

This so-called “protecting our recruiters” is nothing more than a very sick publicity stunt to get their names and pictures in the papers and on news stations.  It serves absolutely no purpose.  As a matter of fact, it is probably going to hamper these recruiters from doing their jobs.

Not many people are willing to cross a line of armed men to walk into a recruiting office.  Additionally, the added publicity these wackos are creating only increases the possibility of another attack.  If that should happen, what is going to be said when these odd-balls start shooting and innocent civilians are killed in the crossfire?  It will be the responsibility of these “patriots” if that happens.  But, of course, they will claim they were just doing their “duty” to protect the recruiters.  Those innocent civilians were just “collateral” damage.

These same people are calling for recruiters to be armed.  To many that sounds reasonable.  However, there is a difference in the training of personnel to carry arms in a combat zone and carrying arms in a civilian area.  There are lots of rules and laws that must be met, even for the military.

That means more training for recruiters, many administrative personnel, has to be conducted before they can carry arms in the office.  It also means that armories must be built and established to house and protect those weapons when not being carried.

The Coast Guard, being law enforcement, has such training for personnel.  However, not everyone goes through it.  I did.  I even had to go through the “shoot-don’t shoot” training.  If you failed that test, you were not allowed to carry a weapon in public areas.

All of this costs money.  The Defense Department is facing calls for cuts in their budgets.  They are facing base closings and reduction in forces.  How can they afford to add the costs of the training and armories needed before recruiters are armed?

Even if this all happens, how can they go to a High School or College Campus with weapons?  If you ask recruiters, you will discover it is hard enough to get to these places already.  Not many of them will be happy if the recruiter shows up carrying a handgun.  As I said, this has more potential to hamper recruiting efforts more than help them.

Third, the issue of the flag at half-mast.  I don’t have a problem with the President ordering flags being flown at half-mast in honor of these men.  Actually, he has issued that order.  But, on the other hand, I have a problem with it being flown at half-mast for these men and not the rest of service members who have been killed.

Yesterday I wrote about the problems at the VA and how fixing it is the best way to “support our troops.”  What I didn’t put in that article is that a veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes.  That means about 23 veterans commit suicide every single day!  Are we to fly the flag at half-mast for them?

Where do you draw the line on that issue?  If the flag was lowered every time a service member was killed, we would never see the flag at full mast again.  That is just a simple fact.  You don’t “respect” servicemen by lowering the flag in honor of their death.  You show “respect” by making sure their families are properly taken care of after their great loss.

You see, once a service member dies, their families are basically cut off.  Just as one example, the survivors of a fallen service member must vacate military housing within 30 days of the funeral.  They lose most of their benefits.  They lose almost all of their “privileges” like shopping at the exchange.  They become just another survivor of a fallen service member.

I seriously mourn the five members who were killed in the senseless shooting.  I also hate it when these kinds of situations brings the crazies out of the woodwork.  These service members deserve better than that.  Their families deserve better than that.

Yes, security at recruiting stations needs to be reviewed.  The DOD says a report is due on Friday.  There are thousands of way to better protect our recruiters than with arms.  Especially when you consider that one “trained” recruiter accidentally shot himself in the leg when he began carrying a weapon.  What would have been said if he had accidentally shot a recruit?

Honor those who were killed.  Remember their families in your prayers, if you are prone to pray.  But, don’t praise these wackos who are looking for nothing more than publicity.  That is not honoring these brave men’s memory.

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Another day, another mass shooting.  On the same day the Colorado movie shooter was convicted of mass murder, less than a month after 9 people were shot to death in a church in Charleston, SC, we have another mass shooting in Tennessee.  There is a difference in this one.  Four service members, all Marines, were killed in this incident.  And, the suspected shooter was reportedly born in Kuwait.

This one difference makes this, according to the right-wing, an act of terrorism.  None of the other mass murders that have taken place are acts of terrorism.  The shooter in Charleston has not been charged with domestic terrorism, but rather mass murder.  The guilty verdict in Colorado was not for domestic terrorism either.  But these shooters were both.  I guess that makes a big difference to the right.

The latest shooting in Tennessee may well be an act of terrorism.  But, so little is known about the shooter that we need to learn more before making any claims about that.  We don’t even know yet if the suspect is a U.S. citizen.  Just because he may have been born in Kuwait, doesn’t mean he isn’t a citizen.  He did graduate from a U.S. High School and the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

This could also be a case of revenge as well.  Maybe the suspect was turned down for recruitment in the military.  It would not be the first time service members were killed for that reason.  True, it doesn’t happen very often but it does happen.  We just don’t know yet.

The right-wing is also arguing that this shooting will be turned into the use of guns and more gun controls.  But, one does have to ask how the suspect got his guns?  If he is a citizen, then he has the right to get guns.  If he is not a citizen, then how could he get his guns?  That is something that also needs to be looked at.

This country has seen way too many mass murders of this type.  Some have been acts of terrorism, but almost all of them have been committed by U.S. Citizens and not foreigners illegally here.  That should raise some red flags as well.  The fact that the only time the right wants to label them as terrorist acts is when the suspect is supposedly a Muslim, also tells us something.

All acts of mass murder, in my opinion, are acts of terrorism.  It doesn’t matter to me who the suspect is or what religion he belongs to.  All that matters is that mass murder is simply an act intended to make people afraid.  That is terrorism.

Until we treat all cases of mass murder as terrorist acts, this will continue to happen.  This case has nothing to do with immigration or any other trivial matter.  It has to do with someone wanting to frighten people.  They are intended to make people fail unsafe in public.  That is the very definition of terrorism.

None of this matters to the right-wing.  This is the perfect example of ISIS coming to our shores and shooting us to death.  It is the very thing that they want you to be terrified about.  It is exactly what people like Donald Trump want to happen.  It allows them scream about the President and his so-called “lack of border control.”  It is another excuse to go to war.

As one right-wing nut tweeted:

We’ve been saying it forever; hit them HARD over there, or they’ll hit us here. Obama’s been playing footsie with ISIS, this happens.

In order to try to keep these things under better control, we need to start treating mass murder as acts of terrorism regardless of who commits the act.  The Charleston shooter should be charged with an act of terrorism.  We need to make sure that anyone committing such crimes, be charged with the real crime they are committing.

No more excuses.  No more sick attempts at getting headlines.  Terrorism is terrorism.  We need to prosecute it as such.  And, if gun laws wer violated in order to get the guns, those responsible for not following the law and selling these terrorists guns should also be prosecuted as accomplices.

Many on the right won’t like what I just said, but I don’t really care.  I am tired of seeing my fellow citizens being killed by terrorists, both foreign and domestic simply because it is too easy to get the guns they need.  We really need to have a real discussion on how to best make things like this less likely.  Reason usually wins out.  Unfortunately the right-wing nuts don’t know how to even spell reason, much less know what it means.  So, I guess I am just howling at the moon.

 

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There have been a lot of stupid things being said lately.  Of course, we have the whack-nut Trump calling Mexican immigrants rapists.  We have unintelligent people like Cruz agreeing with him.  We have the State of Texas refusing to issue birth certificates to immigrant children born in Texas.  We have a right-wing heavily edited lying video about Planned Parenthood “selling” fetus tissue.

The right is up-in-arms over the recently announced Iran Deal, without even reading it first.  There are still public employees who swore an oath to uphold the laws of the State and Country denying marriage licenses to people.  And, we still have Scott Walker saying the “minimum wage” is “lame” all the while eliminating the “living wage” definition from Wisconsin’s laws.

There have been some positives as well.  Obamacare withstood another frivolous law suit in the Supreme Court.  Same-sex marriage was declared constitutional by the same Supreme Court.  And, finally, the Confederate Flag has been taken down in South Carolina.

The conservative side just will not give up their “social” agenda.  The same Trump who calls Mexican immigrants “rapists” tweeted a nice picture with the American Flag and “soldiers” in one of the red stripes.  Problem was those “soldiers” were Nazi SS troops!  Of course, the Donald isn’t a fascist, some “young intern” was to blame for the goof.  I guess no one checked that “young interns” work before putting out the tweet.  Sounds very fishy to me.

We have seen polarization in this country for a very long time.  It really came to a head when Barak Obama was first elected President.  That is when the term “we need to take our country back” came into vogue.  But, why all of this polarization?  Why all of this hate being thrown about?

There is really only one answer to those questions.  F E A R!  You may ask, fear of what?  Fear of change.  As I have said before, conservatism is based on the principle that things were better in the past.  It is based on the premise that the “status quo” is the way we should live our lives forever.  Change is bad.  Moderation is bad.  Compromise is bad.

Unfortunately for the conservative movement, change, moderation, compromise, and a changing demographic is threatening their fairyland world.  Since the country is becoming less “white” that is bad.  Since the country is becoming more secular, that is bad.

Racism has been part of man’s existence since he first crawled from the cave.  Religion has been with us from the very moment that we started asking “what is the meaning of life?”  All of the religions of the world have the same things in common.  Every so-called “sacred text” is a conglomeration of another “sacred text.”  The new one just puts a different slant on who is right and who is wrong.

It is this mishmash of “sacred texts” that has caused most of our problems.  See, the real problem with religion isn’t religion itself.  It is the man-made laws that have been incorporated into religion that has caused most of our problems.  Conservatives are quick to use religion as their excuse for hate and discrimination.  They use religion to tell others how they are supposed to live.  How they are supposed to think.  And, how they are supposed to behave.

If you take the time to look at history, you will find that the “status quo” and “religion” is at the heart of every single dictatorship, monarchy, or empire the world has ever known.  The status quo is designed to make sure that power remains in the hands of the few.

Religion, or even an attack against religion, is used to show the “divine” right of the power broker.  Even the Nazis and Stalinist/Maoist Communists used religion to their advantage.  The Nazis created their own religion.  The Stalinists and Maoists used religion to show how it was holding back progress of the state and its people.

The bottom-line is that conservatism needs the status quo and religion to justify their power grab.  They need people to believe any change in these dynamics is bad to their very existence.  In America, conservatives use Christianity, or at least their interpretation of it to justify their arguments.  In Israel, Judaism is used.  In other Mid-East Countries, Islam is used.

Republicans love to use things like the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance of “one nation under God” as proof this is a Christian Nation.  They don’t tell you that the words “under God” weren’t added until the 1950s during the big “Red Scare.”  Nor do they tell you that the words “In God We Trust” were added to our money in the 1920s when America was terrified that the Bolshevik Revolution that took place in Russia may gain ground right here.  Religion was used to differentiate us from them.

Conservatives will tell you that the founding fathers were ardent Christians.  Yet, neither in the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution of the United States of America is God mentioned even once!  They understood that “freedom of religion” for everyone was necessary to form the Republic, which later became a democracy, to exist.  Those documents do not cast disparaging comments against any religion of lack of religion.  That is how it should be.

But, that is what terrifies conservatives.  The point is that conservatism needs you to be afraid of something.  It needs you to be terrified that any societal change will cause you to lose everything you have worked to gain.  It needs you to want to look to someone for guidance and rules that make life easier.  And, they want you to believe they are that “someone.”

Conservatism hates change.  It hates progress.  It hates the very idea of democracy.  It thrives only when it can stir up anger, fear and hate.  It thrives only when it can make you so terrified of any imaginary terror that you are willing to give up your civil rights for “security.”  That is what conservatism is really all about.

The current crop of conservative candidates on the Republican side of the aisle is proof of this point.  The only time their numbers rise is when they create fear among their supporters.  In the past, the majority of Americans have dismissed them for what they are.  Let’s hope this election cycle is no different.

You cannot have freedom and democracy without tolerance of others.  You cannot have freedom and democracy by hating or being afraid of your neighbor.  Let’s face facts.  If you truly believe in the Christian Philosophy, there is nothing more Christian than a true democracy.  A political process where everyone has a voice.  Where everyone has the right to be who they are and believe what they want.

Tolerance isn’t agreeing with everyone and their beliefs.  Tolerance is allowing them to believe and live differently from us.  That is democracy, and in reality, that is Christianity as well.  Tolerance is a word that scares the living hell out of conservatives.  As a result, we have seen the polarization that fear and hate has created in our political process.  If it is not stopped soon, we will see the end of our democracy and the start of a new fascist state.

As Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you give up some liberties for the sake of security, you will soon find you have neither liberty nor security.”  That is a warning from one of our founding fathers that resonate very strongly today.

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The State of Texas is showing its bigotry yet again.  This time, they are even trying to deny citizenship to people, who according to the U.S. Constitution are citizens.  According to the Constitution, anyone born in the United States is considered to be a citizen of the United States.  There are no exceptions like the parents are foreigners.  Texas apparently doesn’t agree with the Constitution.

As a result of their hate for the Constitution, Texas has taken a very dangerous step.  The Texas Department of State Health Services simply ignores the birth of children of foreigners in the U.S.  Specifically, they are targeting Latino children born in the U.S.

According to their new “rule” they refuse to issue a Birth Certificate to children of Latino parents who do not have a passport with a current Visa or a U.S. identification.  People with what is known as a matricula consular, which is a photo ID issued by the Mexican Consulate to Mexican Nationals living in the United States were issued birth certificates for their children born in the U.S.  Now, however, the State of Texas refuses to honor these photo ID’s.  They also refuse to honor foreign passports that do not have a current Visa.

This second issue not only affects Mexican, but other Latin American women who have crossed the border seeking asylum.  This means that any child born under these circumstances cannot get a birth certificate.  In other words, Texas is saying the children do not exist.

The problem goes way beyond that.  How is a mother supposed to prove she is a child’s mother without a birth certificate?  This happens a lot when dealing with serious medical treatment.  A non-parent cannot make decisions for a minor in emergency situations.  Texas is making sure that the mother cannot make those decisions for her own child because she cannot prove she is the mother.

If that child grows up in the U.S. the child cannot attend school.  A birth certificate is required to enter school.  The State of Texas is simply saying this child does not exist, so this child cannot receive an education.  Four women have sued the State of Texas over this policy.  One of the attorneys for the women said in a written statement:

Even in the darkest hours of Texas’ history of discrimination, officials never denied birth certificates to Hispanic children of immigrants. Everyone born in the United States is entitled to the full rights of citizenship.”

The other problem is that there is no evidence yet that shows birth certificates have been denied to European children born in Texas.  Despite what conservatives want you to think, there are undocumented immigrants from Europe as well.  But, since their numbers are less than Latin American, they aren’t being scrutinized as much.  You don’t hear Donald Trump shouting that undocumented immigrants from Europe are “rapists.”

No, this is a blatant act of discrimination aimed at a certain group of people.  It is denying children born in the U.S. their rightful citizenship simply because their parents are not citizens.  Of course, Texas will claim that it really isn’t bigotry because these children were never born.  They don’t have the necessary documents to prove they were.

Just in case you think this is something new, it has been going on for over a year.  As you can see, the people of Texas who claim to “love the constitution” really hate the constitution.  There is not other explanation for this sad story.

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To borrow a line from the movie Blazing Saddles, “What in the wide world of sports is going on here?”  The Republican Party’s candidates seem so far out, that they belong in a comedy movie.  Unfortunately, this is way too serious to compare it to a comedy movie.

The right-wing seems to have lost all reason.  The Candidates are all trying to one-up each other on stupidity.  We have Donald Trump saying that immigrants are “rapists.”  Of course the Canadian Senator Cruz agrees with him.  I guess all of those rape cases on our college campuses are being committed by those undocumented immigrants cutting the grass and not those nice male college students.  How could we have missed that?

Of course, not leaving it there, the Donald also said we should “invade” Mexico.,  I am not quite sure why we should invade Mexico.  Doesn’t he realize that if we annex Mexico after our invasion, all of those Mexicans would become citizens?  There wouldn’t be any need for that terrifying thing called “amnesty.”

Pat Buchanan is at it again too.  He is saying that the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and that the Ten Commandments must be removed from an Oklahoma court-house would cause another “civil rights movement” this time from the right.  In his latest column, he claims these rulings would spark a rebellion similar to the Revolutionary War to “throw off the shackles of unjust laws.”  Apparently, Pat believes that civil rights for everyone is somehow “unjust.”

Marco Rubio even got into the act.  In a speech before the National Right to Life Committee’s annual convention in New Orleans on Friday he compared the fight against abortion rights to the fights to end slavery and for women’s suffrage.  Seems that Rubio thinks that abortion and contraception should be banned world-wide.  He called the historic Roe v. Wade decision “historically and egregiously flawed.”  But didn’t say how it was so flawed.

According to Rubio, the current resident of the White House has sought to expand women’s right to choose (and access to birth control), which is just awful. He hoped the crowd would help send him to the White House so he can reverse any progress that might have been made under said occupant.

Then of course we have Jeb Bush claiming that we are simply just too lazy to help grow our economy.  When the firestorm broke out, he claimed he was taken out of context so it sounded worse than what he meant.  So, to be fair, here is his quote in context so you can decide for yourself.

My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.

I guess he means that if you are working two jobs, getting paid minimum wage for each and have trouble getting by, the answer is just to work more.  Who needs sleep?  Besides, “work makes you free.”  Haven’t we heard that somewhere before?  Like “Arbeit macht frei” signs greeting prisoners entering concentration camps the Nazis ran during World War II?

Of course, this stupidity isn’t limited to just Presidential Candidates.  The governor of Oklahoma said she won’t remove the Ten Commandments from public property simply because she “doesn’t want to.”  Even though it was her State Supreme Court that made the ruling.

Talk Radio’s bloviated fat drug addict was also at it again.  He called Pope Francis a “clown.”  What is the reason for his remark?  The Pope criticized unfettered capitalism.  According to the drug addict:  “Pope Francis is in Bolivia, and he’s come out with another of his anti-capitalism remarks. The Pope, Il Papa, the vicar of Christ said that unfettered capitalism is the devil’s dung.”

As I said earlier, if most of these wackos weren’t running for President, all of this would make for a great comedy movie.  Unfortunately, they are running for President and that is very scary.  We have a couple of candidates calling our neighbors to the south all rapists.  We have one saying we are facing either another revolution or civil war.  And one who compares denying women rights to abortion and contraception as being the same as “women’s suffrage.”  And one who says we are all too lazy to help the economy because we don’t want to work 100 hours per week.

The civil rights of Americans are not part of any of these people’s agenda.  Rather, they want to limit your civil rights to what they believe is right.  They want you to toe the line in order to make others more rich, others more powerful, and others simply run your life.

This is what the Republican Party has sunk to.  This is what the Republican Party wants you to believe is patriotism.  This is what the Republican Party wants you to vote for come November 2016.  In my opinion, what we are really watching is a true American Tragedy.

How have we sunk so low that too many of us tolerate this idiocy.  Worse, too many of us actually believe this idiocy.  Let’s hope reason takes over real soon or we will be in worse trouble than we already are.

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