Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rep. Chaffetz Bitch Slapped

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) Utah failed in his attempt to discredit the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, during recent congressional hearings. Rep.Chaffetz was clearly embarrassed when one of his key charts, supposedly pulled from Planned Parenthood files, was identified as being created by a little known anti-abortion group.  Chaffetz, openly embarrassed and struggling to regain his composure, never apologized for his lack of oversight saying only that "we will get to the bottom of the truth in that." Following the conservative playbook favored by second-rate politicians like Sen. Joe McCarthy and Rep. Newt Gingrich, Rep. Chaffetz's  "big lie" tactic failed to discredit Planned Parenthood or to unnerve its well prepared spokesperson. 

“Make no mistake: Despite what we hear, Republicans are doubling down on their war against women,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) New York said, adding later, “We need to recognize this fight for what it is — it’s about banning a woman’s right to choose.”

Monday, September 21, 2015

Citizens United: Government for Sale

But hey, let's look for a positive. Let's realize that these presidential candidates are there not because the people want them to be there. They are there because every one of them has a filthy rich guy or two behind him, trying to buy themselves a stupid president who'll blindly follow their orders (Trump being the only exception, since he himself is the rich guy standing behind himself). 

All of these stupid crazies represent and speak for money and money alone: not for actual voters. The only thing that these GOP presidential candidates are any good at, or good for, is raising money. 

Will Rogers was right: A fool and his money are soon elected.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The Balkanization of Education

Imagine an America in which all children are educated according to biblical, Christian principles instead of modern, secular, liberal values. According to Chaplain E. Ray Moore (Lt. Col. USAR Ret.), such a scenario is not just possible, but essential if Christians wish to reclaim the American culture.

Moore is adamant that Christians don’t have permission to put their children in harm’s way under “pagan, atheistic education,” as the vast majority of evangelical Christians are doing now. He warned 80 percent of Christian children who attend public school through their entire K-12 lives are leaving the church and abandoning the Christian faith. Moore wants to see a change.

“If we would change our ways, in a decade we could create a whole new private Christian and homeschool system that would educate tens of millions of children,” he declared. “And then it could be used as a way to evangelize and re-Christianize the culture.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.  Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rick Perlstein's Auto de Fay

An article published by The Washington Spectator is causing a stir after its author claimed the American POW/MIA flag is a racist symbol, “useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage.”
The Spectator’s national correspondent Rick Perlstein argues that the flag, which is meant to honor U.S. military personnel taken as “prisoners of war” or soldiers “missing in action,” is nothing but a cult invented by President Richard Nixon “in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim.” (Washington Times)

I believe Mr. Perlstein  inflammatory article was intended to stimulate a more nuanced and reflective review of the complex political issues surrounding America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The belligerent tone reflected in many comments clearly indicates that our wounds, both the physical and the emotional, on this the 50th anniversary of the war remain unhealed. I believe our righteous anger would be better expressed in reexamining those policies that led to such a tragic loss of blood and treasure. Simply stated, the article was intended to stimulate renewed thought on a subject of profound significance to all veterans. "Those who fail to learn from history," wrote George Santayana, "are doomed to repeat it." 

Friday, July 10, 2015

End of the Color Palette

America's transition to a multiracial society is not without its serious problems. Each small gain by people of color is seen to be balanced by a corresponding loss by the dominate white culture. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

Pathway to Hate

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Megachurch of Dallas Texas, commenting on the SCOTUS Marriage Equality decision. 

What happened Friday was nothing short of an affront in the face of Almighty God. And how did our president respond? President Obama responded Friday night by bathing the White House, the people’s house, in colors that represent what the Bible calls degradation, depravity and sexual perversion.”

Jeffress also stated that he is “not going to be silenced by the liberal left, Barack Obama or the United States Supreme Court.”
Jeffress and his fellow Christian extremists who claim to have direct access to God's ear on all matters follow a brand of Christianity far removed from Christ's message of love and forgiveness. Jeffress believes that any recognition of equality for people other than heterosexual, white Baptists like himself is just another sign that the End Times are at hand. Behind his broad smile lies a soul poisoned by prejudice.

[P]opular powers must be placed as a guard, a control, a balance, to the powers of the monarch and the priest, in every government, or else it would soon become.... a great and detestable system of fraud, violence, and usurpation.John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Is Political Equality Possible?

Citizenship is waning. There are the obvious, brutal signs of this: the police apparently have a free hand to kill and cage certain citizens, more or less as they see fit; the fiscal state is crippled by the ability and willingness of its wealthier subjects to refuse taxation; voters must now share political space with corporations, their new legal equivalents in significant elements of democratic life. In many places, especially poorer places like Greece and Detroit, unelected bureaucracies now explicitly overrule the will of electorates. 
Crooked Timber, To Carry the Past Around with You