Friday, October 2, 2015

This Time Oregon!

    Well it's happened again! Another mass shooting at a school. This time in Oregon. I wrote a post about a year ago on this very same subject called "Another School Shooting"and there have been several more shooting since them. I have not written posts on the other shootings, even thought I am both saddened and angered, but it seems futile to say anything.  The rest of the world looks upon us as a savage and dangerous country and they are correct. They and the majority of the people living in the US cannot understand why we continue to allow this to happen.
    We are putting billions of dollars into the war on terrorism, but nothing fighting gun violence in this country. Why? Two reasons. The first is that the fighting terrorism is a big business for US companies which supply the military. The second is that these same businesses would lose money if guns were not as available as toys. The NRA owns the majority of Congress, especially Republican Conservatives. There have been measures to control who can purchase a weapon, such as background checks, but they have been defeated by the Republicans every time.

    After every tragedy the Republicans come before the cameras to offer their prayers and say that "this is not the time to discuss gun control". This is bullshit. When is the time? They are so afraid that they will lose their funding and other perks from the NRA that they are willing to let thousand of their fellow citizens, young and old, to die senselessly. It's about time our elected officials grew a set of balls and started working for the American people, instead of the NRA! Over 80% of Americans are in favor of gun control, but the Republicans bow to the NRA.  The NRA should also be labelled a terrorist organization, as it advocates the free use and distribution of the means to kill thousands of people.

    We always hear the arguments from those mental midgets supporting open carry laws and opposing any kind of gun control that the President is trying to take their guns away and we have to support the Second amendment. No one is trying to take their guns away! All we want is for sensible control of who can purchase and use a gun, such as background checks. There are more stringent controls on who can have a driver's license or adopt a pet than there are on who is allowed to own a gun. No other country in the world has this violent problem, even though guns are allowed for hunting and sport or target shooting.  But some people in this country thnk they should be allowed to buy and use assault weapons, whose main intent is to kill as many people as possible.

    I don't think things will change at all in this country, because of the ignorance and paranoia of a minority of the citizenry and the greed and arrogance of the NRA and their bought and paid for politicians.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pope Francis Visits the US 

    I am not a religious person, but I do admire Pope Francis and what he stands for. I was baptized a Catholic and attended Catholic elementary and high schools. As I got older I grew away from the Catholic Church over its hypocrisy and refusal to come into the modern world.  To me the Church hierarchy and the clergy  no longer represented the teachings of Christ. To me it was irrelevant.  I felt alienated and unwanted by the Church. Shortly after Pope Francis was elected I could see a change in attitude towards former members of the Church that had previously been chastised. His attitude towards women, gays, the poor and society in general gave me hope that the Church would soon come into the modern world.

   I am amazed to see the throngs showing up to view his motorcade. There are people from all faiths, including Muslims and atheists who have come out to greet him. And then we hear from the American religious right! They are condemning him for speaking out in defense of the poor, the immigrants and the environment. They are condemning him for saying exactly what Jesus Christ would say if he were here today. He is being condemned for what these ignorant right wing bigots should believe if they are truly Christians. One prominent right wing minister even went on CNN to say that Catholics are not Christian and have not been since the middle ages. What rock has he been hiding under? Most of these right wingers forget that Pope Francis is the latest pope in a line of popes that date back to the first century AD. A far cry from some of these storefront churches that were found 20 or 30 years ago!

    The Pope is scheduled to give a speech to a joint session of Congress, which some Republican religious right members have threatened to boycott. They evidently don't like his message of love and peace and taking care of the poor. They would rather sit there and listen to a war monger like Benjamin Netanyahu! Oh how far the GOP has sunk in pandering to their base of religious bigots and their worship of the almighty dollar. Like I said before I am not a religious person, but I am truly ashamed and embarrassed by the actions of our Republican party and  their so called Christian followers.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Does Trump Have a Muslim Problem or Just a Minority Problem?

    Last night at a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire Donald Trump took a question from a member of the audience, who stated that Obama was a Muslim and not an American.  He also said we have to do something about the "Muslim problem". Trump replied that it was a good question and then went on to say that he had plans to "take care of this".  Are his plans his version of "The Final Solution"?

    It is shocking to see that this audience member was so ignorant in believing that Obama was a Muslim and not even an American citizen, as many Republicans also believe thanks to Fox News.  But what is even more shocking is that Trump did not correct him with the truth, but instead agreed and encouraged him!  Hours after this event Trump has received a lot of criticism, but has not apologized for his remarks.

    This is not only embarrassing, but it is extremely dangerous. Just as Hitler was laughed at before his rise to power, Trump is being laughed at and not being taken that seriously. Hitler blamed the Jew for all of the problems of Germany, just as Trump and his ill informed and ignorant supporters are blaming Muslims and immigrants for all of the problems of the US.  Haven't we learned anything from history?

    Trump is no clown. He is evil. He does not represent the Republican party. He represents racists, bigots, haters and all that is wrong with this county today.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Faith is Stronger than your Faith!

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    Even though I am not following the Republican race for the 2016 nomination I can't help but hear some of the crap that is being thrown around, since it is all there is on news programs. I don't really care for Trump, but I think it is both unfair and completely ridiculous that the other candidates, like Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, are accusing him of not having a strong Christian faith. Cable news is constantly talking about how Trump is not talking more about his Christian faith.  This is complete and utter BS. The last time I checked this upcoming election is to elect a new president, not the head of the Christian church in America!

  The fact that the Republican candidates are trying to outdo each other regarding who has the stronger faith is reminiscent of what is going on in the Middle East with the Islamic faith. Both the Taliban and Isis are claiming to represent "true" Islam and Isis is destroying thousands of years old priceless cultural artifacts because they don't fit in with their beliefs. Worse yet, both groups are executing men, women and children who do not adhere to their unique take on Islam!  Conservative Christians are going down the same road, as exemplified in their opposition to evolution, climate change and more recently the circus in Kentucky, regarding the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples.  There are already those right wing Christians who advocate executing gays!

    Regardless of what Fox News says or what fundamentalist Christians believe this country was not founded on the Bible or the Christian faith. The Founding Fathers were about as religious as a rowdy bunch of frat boys! If these people would only take the time to actually read the Constitution and the history or our Founding Fathers, instead of blindly following Fox News, they would realize this. Religion, whatever denomination, has absolutely no place in politics or government.  Everyone is free to pray, attend services and practice their religious beliefs, but NOT to force their beliefs on others.