The Opioid Crisis, Addiction or Despair (The real crisis)

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Addiction is the effect; despair is the cause. 

The government, no matter at which level, prefers to consider addiction as the problem because they can blame everyone else for the problem thereby avoiding their responsibilities.  Governments blame the parents, the doctors, big pharmaceuticals while the local governments blame the states and the states blame the federal government.

If it is despair that causes addiction, overdoses and death, the blame falls squarely on government.  The government has failed to provide for jobs with a living wage, education, healthcare, protection of workers, the wealth gap etc.

The fact that no one sees it as “death from despair” rests squarely with the media.  Whether it is Wolf Blitzer, Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, or any other talking head; the buck stops there. They literally could start each news story each night with “because of their despair….”.  Until the media CNN,  ABC, CBS, NPR AND FOX start looking into and reporting on this “causal” relationship, the public will remain ignorant.  

It is not an ignorance by choice.  They are, whether they are farmers, shop keepers, or auto workers, too busy trying to get by to be focused on the problem.  What they do know is that something is not right.  They know that they will not have the same lifestyle of their parents.  They know that the “middle class” is no longer achievable for themselves, their children or their grand children.  They are stuck on the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid of needs.  Self actualization will never be achievable for them.  There is no future for them, their children or their grandchildren.

If you want a clue as to why adults turn to drugs to solve their problems, I suggest that as you watch TV tonight you jot down a list of medications being hawked by the pharmaceuticals.  Think about it.  What they are saying is that if you have a perceived condition, you should insist that your doctor prescribe it for you.  Drugs are touted as the answer for everything from “shaking leg” to erectile dysfunction.

Death by addiction or death by despair?  

Death from an overdose or death from lack of care.

What is Obstruction of Justice?

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There are a couple of ways to look at the President’s Acts of Obstruction.  

The first and most obvious way is to read the Mueller Report itself.  Simply Google “Mueller Report” and use one of the news outlet’s publication.

However, unless you are retired or a student, the chances are that you do not have enough time after working, homemaking, or raisisng children to wade through the evidence for obstruction which is duly outlined in the report.

The second way is to look at the elements of obstruction considered below as you read the obstructive acts outlined in the previous post.

The three basic elements common to most obstruction statutes are set forth below.  I INVITE, NO URGE, YOU TO CONSIDER EACH OF THE LISTED ACTS AND APPLY THESE ELEMENTS OF OBSTRUCTION TO EACH OF THE ACTS.

“Three basic elelments are common to most of the relevant obstruction statutes: 

  1. an obstructive act; (…reaches all corrupt conduct capable of producing an effect that prevents jusice from being duly administered, regardless of the means employed.)
  1. a nexus betweenthe obstructive act and an official proceeding; (a nexus is simply connection to an official proceeding.)
  1. and a corrupt intent.” (to  act corruptly means to act with an improper purpose and to engage in conduct knowingly and dishonestly with the specific intent to subvert, impede or obstruct the relevant prodeeding.)

Thank you for taking the time to read, think, and evaluate for yourself whether the President committed obstruction of justice with any or all of the ten acts listed.

Prolife’s Dirty Secret

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Ever wonder why the anti-abortion folks are lead by old white men?  It is not just about the fetus.  Could it be to is to keep women barefoot, pregnant and subserviant to men?  Could it be to keep women out of the workplace and from competing for jobs with the men?

If it was about the sanctity of life, their concern would not stop with birth.

If it was about stopping abortion, they would advocate for free birth control.

If it was about the sanctity of life and preventing abortions, they would support mandatory sex education.

If it was about the sanctity of life, they would want to provide for access to food stamps.

If it was about the sanctity of life, they would want to provide for medical care for children.

If it was about children being able to succeed, they would be providing more pre-k.

If it was about the sanctity of life, no child would go hungry in this country.

If it was about the sanctity of life, they would guarantee a living wage.

If it was about sanctity of life for, they would provide federal funding for schools.

If it was about sanctity of life, they would provide for student loans with forgiveness for public service.  It used to be 10% a year.

Where do these ideas come from?  Please note the bold face italic  section in the quote below.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.