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The Democrats are holding another debate tonight.  The Republicans have all gathered in South Carolina where dirty tricks are aplenty.  The Water Crisis in Flint MI continues and only the Democrats have even mentioned it.

However, Flint, Michigan is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are thousands of communities just one bad decision away from a similar disaster.  Our infrastructure is crumbling in front of us.  There are millions of miles of lead pipes in the ground being used to ship water to homes.  Even worse, there are still thousands upon thousands of older homes that are still covered in lead paint.

Lead is a very dangerous metal.  It gets into the blood stream and causes havoc in the body.  IQ can be decreased by lead.  Behavioral problems like hyperactivity in children and cardiac problems in adults can become the norm.

Scientists and doctors all agree there is “no safe level of lead” in the blood.  A pinhead full of lead is enough to kill a child.  Yet, lead is all around us.  Still, no one is really doing anything about the problem.

Let’s face some simple facts.  Our infrastructure was created around the turn of the century.  The turn of the twentieth century.  Some of our water pipes have been in the ground for over 150 years.  When those lead pipes were placed, we were told it was safe.

You all know the phrase “crazy as a mad hatter”.  That came about because hat makers used to use lead to firm up the bills of hats.  The workers were poisoned by the lead they were using.  They weren’t crazy, they were dying.

In the 1920s tetraethyl lead was added to gasoline.  A representative of Ethyl Corporation, a company formed by GM, Standard Oil, and Dupont called it a “gift from God”.  Despite warnings that this lead could pollute the entire planet, which it did, it took three-quarters of a century for it to be banned in gasoline in the U.S.

In the meantime, millions of metric tons of lead polluted our soil and water.  It entered our bodies through the simple act of breathing.  But, automakers didn’t want any “knocks” in you engine and fought hard to keep it legal to put in gasoline.

Other gasoline additives have poisoned the water supply in many communities in our country.  Yet, nothing is being done to stop the madness.  Yes, there are some “safety standards” on how to handle lead, but it is still poisoning our children and us.

What makes matters worse, is our politicians don’t seem to think that it is important to have a discussion about it.  The Republican side thinks that climate change is not happening.  They despise science in general.  And, the Democrats seem to be letting them off the hook on the subject.

Without real public discourse, we will never be able to confront and fix our problems.  The other day the Supreme Court voted along political lines to suspend the President’s new clean air regulations until it was settled in court.  Republicans hailed the decision as the “right thing to do” to stop the “President’s overreach”.

There has been a Transportation and Infrastructure Bill languishing in the House of Representatives for seven years.  That bill is designed to redo our infrastructure like the electric grid and water distribution.  But, Republicans don’t even want to talk about it, much less vote on it.

Republicans are great at talking about small government and fiscal responsibility.  They are loath to talk about moral responsibility to protect the citizens from pollution.  It is the responsibility of our governments to ensure our safety.  It is their responsibility to make sure that our drinking water, our soil, our air is free from the pollutants that will kill us.

It doesn’t matter where you live, or how rich you are.  The chances are your children and you yourself are being poisoned by lead and other toxins.  These  pollutants are in our water, the food we eat, and the air we breath.  As a country, we are just one bad decision or “mistake” from having a national crisis on our hands.

During this election, the candidates don’t want to talk about it very much.  The media doesn’t want to talk about it either.  That is why you don’t hear any questions about these problems during the debates.  Especially the Republican debates.

We often hear about “American Exceptionalism” from the conservative side.  What we don’t hear about is “American Legacy” from them.  Is that because the American Legacy is that we have allowed ourselves to be poisoned?  Have we degraded to the point where the almighty dollar is more important than our and our children’s lives?

We have had a century where we were told it wasn’t the oil companies fault, it wasn’t the chemical companies fault, it wasn’t the paint companies fault, it wasn’t the electrical companies fault, it is all our fault.

We shouldn’t let our children ingest lead paint.  We shouldn’t let our children play in the polluted dirt.  Air pollution is something we need to keep our utility bills lower.  Basically, we have been ignored and poisoned so companies can keep making money even if it kills us.

Without forcing our politicians to talk about these issues they will continue.  They will get worse.  The next Water Crisis may be in your city.  It may be your children that are being poisoned.  The thing is, they probably already are, and you don’t even know about it.

Maybe this is the real reason the Affordable Care Act is so toxic to Republicans.  By allowing corporations to poison our environment, our medical costs will sky-rocket.  By eliminating the ACA they can continue to put the blame on us.

These problems can be fixed.  We have the technology to improve our infrastructure.  We have the knowledge of what to do.  But, it will cost money.  That means taxes may have to go up, especially for the corporations who are the polluters.  That is something Republicans say cannot happen.

By doing this work, millions of good paying jobs would be created.  The government would see revenue increase due to the extra taxes the jobs would create.  This is a win-win for our nation.  Still, Republicans are not willing to “invest” in our lives and our children’s lives.  That is totally irresponsible.

It is time for America to wake up to the facts.  Republican environmental policies are killing our children.  That is their legacy to the American Century they seem to love so much.

 

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To those of us who remember Watergate, there is something disturbing coming out of the Republican caucus in Iowa.  It surrounds that wonderful Canadian Senator Ted Cruz.

Cruz has been running around the country espousing the wonderfulness of Ronald Reagan.  As a matter of fact, he wants us to believe that he is the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately, in Iowa, he appeared more like Richard Nixon than Ronald Reagan.  There were two incidents that he pulled off that hurt his opponents at the polls.

One can be claimed to be nothing more than a political stunt, the other can only be defined as lying.  The first incident involved a mailing.  His campaign sent out thousand of “Voter Violations” notices to people in Iowa giving the impression that the state was keeping tabs on who caucused and who didn’t.

The intent was to shame people into caucusing for Cruz.  It said they could clear up their “voter violation” by caucusing and recommended they caucus for Cruz.

It appears to have worked.  Cruz wanted at least 170,000 Republicans to caucus.  He figured he needed that many in order to get enough to win.  The turnout was 180,000 so kudos to Republicans for participating.

Cruz’ team said it was nothing “unusual” for such mailers to be sent out.  His opponents claim it was fraud.  The State does not track if you caucus or not and never sends out notices like this one.  Even the Secretary of State in Iowa called it fraudulent.

The second incident took place during the actual caucus.  This amounts to clear lying to people in order to get votes.  It seems that Ben Carson told CNN that after the caucus, he was planning to return to Florida “to get a fresh change of clothes” and that he planned to attend the National Prayer Breakfast.  CNN reported that news on-air.

The Cruz campaign immediately jumped on the announcement.  But, they didn’t actually say what the announcement said.  They had their floor managers go to Ben Carson supporters and state that Carson was “leaving the campaign” so they should vote for Cruz instead of Carson.

This was all happening during the actual caucus.  When Carson called out the Cruz campaign the next morning, Rick Tyler, the Cruz campaign communications director, said on Morning Joe:

On the Ben Carson issue, it’s just false.  We simply as a campaign repeated what Ben Carson said in his own words.  That is not a dirty trick.

Only they didn’t simply repeat what Carson said.  They lied and said Carson was “leaving the race” and that is not the same.  Cruz did issue an apology of a kind.  He said:

This was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson.

But, of course, he had more to say:

Last night when our political team saw the CNN post that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated our grassroots leaders just as we would for any breaking news story.

That’s fair game. What the team then should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out.

The thing is they changed the content of what Carson actually said in order to get more votes.  Yesterday, Carson was on O’Reilly and said:

Here’s the issue, a culture exists within the Cruz camp that would allow people to take advantage of a situation like this in a very dishonest way.

Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminated this information knowing that the caucuses were not over.  They were absolutely anxious to get it out there, weren’t they?

Carson is correct.  Here is someone trying to run for President on the basis that he is an outsider.  Yet, he has resorted to the same type of dirty tricks we came to see from Richard Nixon.  Even the denials from Cruz and his staff sound all too familiar.

Carson said on Fox News that he will fight what he sees as dishonesty in politics.

There are so many people who have said, that’s just the way it is, that’s the way politics is, and you just accept it.

If we expose these kinds of things and we condemn them and if people are the ones who have to say this is unacceptable, we will not do this, this is not the right thing to do, it is not the Christian thing to do, don’t accept it.

But, Cruz claims to be the evangelical’s political messiah!  How can he be involved in un-Christian political practices?  Because he isn’t a Christian at all.  He is simply Richard Nixon reincarnated.

And, the “shirts” keep marching along!

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Tonight the Iowa Caucus’ will be held kicking off the 2016 Primary Season for both parties.  There are a lot of questions about who will win or lose the caucus for their party.  But, from where I sit, the real question will be whether or not truth wins out, or if lies will win out.

Throughout this campaign, especially on the Republican side, the truth has been a total stranger in the mouths of the candidates.  According to them, we are the worst nation on the planet right now.  There is absolutely nothing right about our country and we need a radical “make-over” in order to put us back on track.

This was made extremely apparent over the last few weeks.  Planned Parenthood has withstood several state investigations and have come out clean.  In Texas, the makers of those videos were the one’s indicted for wrongdoing, not Planned Parenthood.

We are told we should fear our Muslim neighbors because hey harbor terrorists, yet no mention of those nice armed Christian terrorists holding a wildlife refuge hostage in Oregon.

According to them, our military is a total mess and incapable of fighting any wars or defending us from those terrorists we are to be afraid of.  No, nothing is right with our country.  All lies of course, but they make for great headlines.

This has been highlighted during the last debate.  During that debate, Chris Wallace asked Ted Cruz:

If you repeal Obamacare, as you say you will, will you be fine if millions of people don’t have health insurance? And what is your specific plan for covering the uninsured?

Of course Cruz didn’t answer the question.  but he did say that “Obamacare was the biggest job-killer” of all time.

The biggest surprise came on Sunday when Chris Wallace had a follow-up interview with Cruz he pressed the fact that his comment was a lie.

“The fact checkers say you’re wrong.  Since that law went into effect, the unemployment rate fell from 9.9% to 5% as 13 million new jobs were created, and 16.3 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage.

Not one to be bothered with the facts, Cruz shot back in his usual “it’s all the liberal medias fault” line.

Chris, the media fact checkers are not fair and impartial,” Cruz shot back, arguing that “they are liberal editorial journalists. And they have made it their mission to defend Obamacare.

Wallace wasn’t going to fall for the usual soundbite.  “Wait, there’s certainly no question that more people have jobs and more people health insurance.”

Again, not willing to let facts get in the way of his alternate reality, Cruz responded by saying: “Yes, there is question.  The fact is from 2008 to today, we’ve seen economic growth of 1.2% on average.”

Wallace pushed-back, again: “But there are 13 million jobs created, sir. That’s a fact.”  Cruz was finally getting irritated by Wallace.  “Chris, don’t interrupt me.”

“That’s changing the subject,” the host noted. “Thirteen million new jobs have been created”.   “And that is a historically slow rate of job creation,” Cruz shot back, ignoring Wallace and reality to continue claiming that Obamacare “is a disaster.”

It would appear that Cruz would prefer no Affordable Care Act and a 2.5% economic decline that George Bush gave us.  Or, he really doesn’t care about the truth.  I also find it amusing that the media propaganda wing of the “conservative” movement is the one calling out one of their own for not telling truth.

It is things like this, and plenty more where they came from that makes me ask if the real question tonight will be if the truth or the lies win out.  I am betting that the lies will win out, because as you can see, the “shirts” keep marching along.

 

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I didn’t think it could get any worse than it already has been.  But, last night’s debate was arguably the most nauseating exposition I have witnessed since my last Natural Disaster relief work.  It was like watching seven zombies talking like their brains had already been killed off.

As with he other debates, we learned that Republicans really hate Hillary Clinton.  There for a time, I thought that was who they were debating instead of each other.

Here is what we know these Republican Candidates really believe:

  • Americans are being killed by ISIS terrorists every day in numbers unbelievable.
  • America’s military in incapable of waging wars anywhere in the world, there is no morale in the military except bad morale, and that it is equivalent to a third world country.
  • All Muslims are terrorists and should be barred from coming into the country.  Even if they aren’t all terrorists, they harbor terrorists just the same.
  • The southern border is so porous we can expect the Mexican Army at any time in an effort to take back Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
  • Even allowing undocumented aliens to gain “legal status” instead of citizenship is the same as “amnesty”.  Which means Cruz is against it, even though he is in favor of it.
  • They all hate the Affordable Care Act, but don’t have any plans for a replacement, except what we had before the Act was put into place.  As a matter of fact, they claim that more people “lost” their insurance than gained insurance.
  • The economy is so terrible that we must have a 25% unemployment rate rather than the 5% rate the Department of Labor says we have.
  • The rich aren’t getting enough money, so we must cut their taxes while we raise everyone else’s taxes.
  • They all want our laws to be based on “Christian” laws, even though they say that is what ISIS wants, all laws based on “Muslim” laws.
  • They all hate the idea of same-sex marriage.
  • They all hate President Obama.  This one is hard for me.  I couldn’t tell if they hate the President more than Hillary Clinton, or the other way around.
  • They love war!  Especially if that war is against a Muslim country like Iran.

There are other things that they talked about, but that is the gist of the debate.  Even when shown video clips proving their “flip-flops” the candidates tried to explain that the clips were wrong.

Of course, all of the pundits want to say someone won and someone lost.  If anything, Ted Cruz came out on the losing end.  He tried the “anger” meme so often he appeared to almost foam at the mouth.  He never answered a single question.  I still say if you put green makeup on his face, he is the spitting image of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  Marco Rubio, who many pundits said did well, appeared to be reading from talking points everytime he tried to answer a question.

Ben Carson was totally incoherent.  I sat with my mouth open during his responses wondering just what the hell he was talking about.  Jeb Bush seemed more comfortable without Trump, but his rhetoric of his “proven track record” got old real quick.  Kasich tried to appear confident and happy.  His answers were a little more direct, but not enough to actually say anything about what he would actually do.

Chris Christie had a one track mind.  Hillary Clinton.  Every answer somehow came back to Hillary Clinton, like she was the devil incarnate and he was the second coming sent to stop her.  Rand Paul seemed the most coherent on stage.  He never raised his voice, but he never said anything either.  It was almost like he was just happy to be at the “grown up table” again.

Of course the elephant in the room was Trump.  He was out doing what he called raising money for veterans.  Yet, no one knows which veterans groups are actually going to get any of the reportedly $6 million raised for veterans.  All of the money is going to “trumpforvets.org”.  Which didn’t even exist until yesterday morning.

Since Trump wasn’t there, ratings for Fox News was down for the debate.  Yes, it was still large, but one of the least watched debate so far.  The question is were the ratings down because Trump wasn’t there, or were the ratings down because Americans are getting tired of the same fear mongering and hate mongering every time these candidates open their mouths?

I am sorry, but the RNC should really consider cancelling the rest of their debates.  I feel like I am being forced to watch a very bad movie over and over again because there is only one TV channel and it only has that one bad movie.

If I were a religious person, I would take Ted Cruz’s advice at the end of the debate.  I would pray.  Only I would pray that these morons somehow disappear and leave the rest of us to live our lives in peace and harmony.  Two words none of these candidates can spell, much less define!

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In 1991, the New York State Legislature received a letter that read in part:

While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?

Do we allow Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?

In 2004, Mayor Bloomberg received a letter that read in part:

Whether they are veterans or not, they [the vendors] should not be allowed to sell on this most important and prestigious shopping street.

The image of New York City will suffer… I hope you can stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late.

These letters were prompted because after the Civil War, New York City accorded special “veterans licenses” to disabled veterans.  That practice continues.  These special licenses allow veterans to “peddle” merchandise from carts on city streets in order to make a living.

The author of those letters is planning to hold a “fund-raising” event for veteran groups tonight instead of participating in the Republican Presidential Debate.  That is right, it was Donald Trump.

Apparently, talking about veterans is different than helping veterans.  These vets are trying to make a living by selling products.  Trump doesn’t like them hanging around his gleaming headquarters on 5th Avenue because they aren’t as pretty as his workers.

Trump likes to talk like he really cares about veterans.  His actions seem to indicate that he doesn’t give a damn about them.  I find it weird that people trying to make a living on the same street as Donald Trump are considered as “vagrants” rather than vendors.

There is very little information as to which veterans organizations will participate in tonight’s so-called fundraising.  The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said they would not accept any money from tonight.  Their leader said “we need policies, not charity.”

As of last night, the Wounded Warriors Project was unaware of any participation either.  So, just who is going to “benefit” from this event?

Sorry, but Trump’s history of treating veterans with dignity isn’t exactly what he wants you to think.  He has wanted to get rid of veteran peddlers from 5th Avenue because they are an eye-sore.  He never served. His children never served.

Yet, when his fight with Fox News hits a new high, he uses veterans as his next prop.  He claims he will raise money for them instead of debating.  I hope he raises a ton of money for veterans tonight.  If, that is, the event actually takes place.

However, I would rather hear what policies he plans to help veterans if he is elected.  I am tired of “lip service” from candidates who try to show “patriotism” by praising veterans and then doing nothing to help us.

Since the year 2000, the only things the Republican Party has given America is two wars that were never paid for, a collapsed economy, austerity measures that hurt millions upon millions of Americans, and more wounded veterans from those wars without helping them.

This latest side-show is nothing different.  There are even rumors that candidates like Cruz and Fiorina would like to help out by sending representatives to the event.   Cruz’ voting record proves he doesn’t give a shit about veterans.

Sorry, Republican Policies towards veterans has been anything but helpful.  They really look upon us as Donald Trump sees the veteran vendors on 5th Avenue, with disgust.

Which is why I say this latest gambit is nothing more than using veterans as a prop.  Shame on them!

 

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The Democrats held their fourth debate last night.  I know I haven’t had a lot to say about the Democratic debates.  The main reason is that I haven’t really made up my mind as to whom to support.

From what I have seen in the debates, Clinton seems to be holding her own, even last night when the other two attacked her.  I don’t believe there are a whole lot of differences between the Democratic candidates.  That is one of the things that is making it hard for me to choose one just yet.

They did talk about terrorism last night.  But, just like the Republicans no one mentioned the terrorists holding a wildlife refuge in Oregon hostage.

There was something last night that came up for the first time.  It wasn’t brought up by the moderators, but by the candidates themselves.  The poisoning of the citizens of Flint, MI in order to save money.

As you remember, Flint Michigan was forced to switch its drinking water from Detroit’s supply to the Flint River.  A contaminated river with large amounts of lead in it.  As a result, the Governor and his cronies basically put the health of the citizens of Flint in danger all in the name of “saving money”.

Last week, the Governor, Snyder, asked the Federal Government, mostly President Obama to declare an emergency in Flint to get federal help in the matter.  This after about a year of insisting there was nothing wrong with the Flint River water.

Bernie Sanders has called on Snyder to resign his office.  He says, and frankly quite so, that no one can hold a position like Governor after recklessly poisoning the population of a city.

Clinton also had some choice words for Snyder as well.  She brought up the issue last night by saying:

I spent a lot of time last week being outraged by what’s happening in Flint, Michigan, and I think every single American should be outraged. We’ve had a city in the United States of America where the population — which is poor in many ways, and majority African-American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water. And the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled. I’ll tell you what, if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action. So I sent my top campaign aide down there to talk to the mayor of Flint, to see what I could do to help, and I issued a statement about what we needed to do, and then I went on a TV show, and I said it was outrageous that the governor hadn’t acted. I want to be a president that takes care of the big problems and the problems that are affecting the people of our country every day.

The real insult to the citizen’s of Flint is that no one in the major media has brought up this issue during any debates since December 15 when it all hit the headlines.  The Republicans have not said a single word about the problem.

I understand why the Republican Debates stay away from things like voting rights and climate change.  But, poisoning an entire city just to save a few bucks is criminal.  Why has there not been any discussion on this matter?

Probably because Clinton is correct.  Flint is mostly poor people, and predominantly minority.  So, why would you expect any Republican Candidate to worry about such people?  It isn’t like they expect to get many votes from Flint.

The one thing that becomes very obvious while watching the two party’s debates is who they are looking to support.  The Republicans seem very interested in getting votes from the very rich and racists.  That may sound extreme, but unfortunately that is the reality.

The Democrats seem to be wanting to get votes from the middle-class, working poor, and the poor of America.  They also seem to want the votes of “thinking” Americans.

The very fact that it was the candidates on the stage last night that brought up the Flint water poisoning is a simple truth that the Democrats are the one party that “cares” about the American people.

You can argue about how best to help the people.  You can argue about health care.  You can argue about taxes.  But, you cannot argue the simple fact that so far, the Republicans have shown no real empathy or understanding for the American People.

All you hear is how “authority” is under attack.  About how we should be totally scared shitless about ISIS coming to kill us all before November.  How we should abandon our civil rights in the name of “security”.  How we should have a war over anything to which they take offense.

They won’t talk about climate change, even though our own military says it is a severe threat to our national security.  They won’t talk about voting rights because they know their laws are voting restriction laws.  They won’t talk about gun safety because they know 80 percent of the American people want universal background checks.

Finally, they won’t talk about a Republican governor poisoning the citizens of a city in his state because he wants to save money.  They won’t talk about how that governor created the emergency and now wants the federal government to bail him out.  The same federal government most Republicans want to dismantle.

Which once again proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Republicans are the biggest “takers” in the country.   What’s more, they have proven they don’t care about you!  They don’t care about your families.  They are only interested in money and power.

They will use any means necessary to gain your vote.  Then, when they have your vote, they will cast you aside like garbage from the basement.  That is your choice this election year.  Do you consider yourself as having value, or are you garbage?   The Republicans hope you consider yourself as garbage.

That is why no one on the Republican side has called for Snyder’s head.  He is the embodiment of their “social” values!

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In case you didn’t know this, it is official.  If you are not a conservative, you cannot be a Christian.  That does not come from me.  It comes from that wonderful Tea Party Nut, Rep. Dave Brat.  According to this learned scholar, only conservatives “own Christian tradition”.

It seems that when the President said last year that Republicans opposed to allowing refugees into the country were “scared of widows and orphans”,  Brat reacted in a typical “I only know what is best” attitude.  He went on the attack and said “People in the tradition know what that word means, right?”

In case you are wondering what the “people in the tradition know” is that Jesus commanded Christians to take care of widows and orphans.  Brat went on to say “he’s using the Christian tradition and he’s trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible.  It’s almost a comedy routine on what compassion and love is.”

Oh, but the rant goes on.  Brat said Obama is “mocking his enemies in order to compel a larger federal state using the tradition of love.”  He said it’s time for conservatives to take back the Bible. “Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate its people that we own the entire tradition,” he said.

So, there you have it.  Unless you are a conservative, please don’t even try to call yourself a “Christian”.  They own the tradition, and one must presume the religion too.  Every liberal, moderate, centrist, or any other type cannot be a “Christian” because you do not “own the tradition.”

On the other side, does anyone who professes to be Christian really want to “own the tradition” of the conservative brand of Christianity?  I can’t for the life of me imagine that any sane person would want to be part of their outrageous “pick-and-choose” form of Christianity.

This is coming from the same people who want to build a “wall” on the southern border to keep out those Latino people, but are very happy to leave the northern border with Canada open.  That is the border that is almost exclusively used by terrorists to gain entry into this country.

These are the same people that refuse to issue birth certificates to children born in this country because their parents are not citizens.  These are the same people who claim that Mexican immigrants are all rapists and thieves.  These are the same people that refuse to recognize the civil marriage between people unless they are a man and woman.

These are the same people who say it is legal to discriminate against anyone they wish because their “religion” says it is okay to discriminate against anyone they want.  They call that “religious liberty.”  Yet, they want to ban all Muslims from immigrating to this country and want to shut down all of the Mosques in the country.  Apparently, Muslims don’t have “religious liberties”.

These are the same people that want to eliminate Medicaid, Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security, and a host of other social safety nets.  I guess their definition of “taking care of widows and orphans” is to simply let them starve or freeze to death.

These are the same people who don’t think you should have access to affordable health care.  According to them, if you get sick and cannot afford to pay the full bill, just suffer and/or die.

I don’t know if his last name is an accident of birth, or if he chose it himself.  But it is very descriptive of his outlook on life.  He is a brat!  In case you may be wondering who this lunatic is, he is the person who unseated Eric Cantor by saying Cantor favored “amnesty” for those damned illegals.

I often listen to these nut-jobs when they speak and wonder just where they are getting their ideas from?  As I have said before, I do not call myself a Christian, but I have had years of training in Christianity while growing up in a Catholic family.  I never heard any priest, nun, or other teacher utter these “traditions” as Brat calls them.

It was quite the opposite.  They spoke about loving your neighbor.  Taking of the sick, poor, widows, orphans.  They talked about being part of one body.  How can anyone claim to be Christian and decide that only certain people can be part of that one body.

People like Brat, Huckabee, Cruz, Rubio, et. al., are a total disgrace to anyone who really believes in Christianity.  They are a sickness that creeps into society preaching hate, bigotry, and discrimination all in the “name of God”.  In my opinion, they are no better than the creeps who are claiming to be Muslim like those in ISIS.  Both of these groups are preaching the same thing.  We need to kill each other in the name of God.

On the other hand, anyone who really believes in either of the faiths are appalled by their teachings.   America is becoming more secular each year.  Religions are beginning to struggle to maintain their congregations.  They give all sorts of reasons for this decline.  The one thing they do not name as a reason is all of the hate speech from the so-called “true believers”.

How can anyone expect someone to follow any religion that allows such hate speech?  How can any religion believe they can get new converts if all you hear is “hate your neighbor”?  Conservatives like Brat say they “own” Christianity.  If what they are saying and doing is Christian, they can keep it.  They are simply the flip side of the same pillow as ISIS.

I am sure if you listen carefully at the debate tonight, you will hear more of this stupidity come out of the candidates mouths.  Just another example of how the “shirts” keep marching along.

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