for complete separate of church and state by taking away tax exemption for churches which have obviously become businesses in every sense.
The big problem is in how laws are written. Currently laws are written like the Ten Commandments. That is in the manner of “Thou shall not….”. That means that there are ten things you cannot do, but zillions of things you can do.
The parent of a teenager quickly learns that if you tell your teenager “no beer at your party!” you can be sure that there will be other booze, drugs, and pills at the party.
If you had told him that all he could serve was soft drinks, that means everything else is prohibited. Very clear. No need to list what is not allowed.
Politicians of both parties wring their hands and claim it would be too difficult to list all the varieties of weapons including assault weapons in legislation. Hogwash!
Here are some sample laws for you, dear Congressmen. Feel free to copy and paste:
‘Only weapons that will hold 8 bullets in its clip are legal, and only clips that hold 8 rounds are legal.”
“Weapons used in warfare can only be owned or used by the army in a war declared by Congress.”
“Anyone, including a manufacturer, who sells a weapon or ammunition or clip to anyone without a federal background check will be legally liable for any and all damages the customer shall cause in committing any illegal act.
CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS LAWS THAT IDENTIFY WHAT IS LEGAL; NOT WHAT IS ILLEGAL! Can it be that hard?
Orwellian “Newspeak” is the transformation of English so that words mean the opposite of what they actually mean. Orwell’s 1984 takes place in what was then the future i.e. 1984. Well, here we are thirty years later and the Republican Party just launched http://www.newrepublican.org/what-we-believe/. Here they have perfected the art of Orwellian Newspeak. In evaluating their stated beliefs, we must ask ourselves how this belief implemented would look. All we have to use for guidance is their contemporanious actions. Today I want to analyze first of their so called beliefs.
1. Freedom for them means freedom of only a certain group. That group is made up of wealthy businessmen and corporations. They have the freedom to buy politiciians with unlimited donations. They have the freedom to disenfranchise voters. They have the freedom to deny women equal pay for equal wages. They have the freedom to force their religious views upon others. They have the freedom to decide who can marry whom. They have the freedom to deny workers the unemployment insurance they have earned. They have the freedom to take money from hungry children. They have the freedom to attempt 50+ times to deny people with existing conditions health insurance. They have the freedom to block work programs on infrastructure. They have the freedom to dismiss science.
What they fail to realize is that one’s freedom extends to the point where in infringes upon another’s freedom.
Furthermore, they fail to accept the most basic concept of democracy that in our system majority rules. The majority must protect the rights of the minority. The minority has a duty to follow the laws of the majority until the minority becomes the majority and can change them. What we have had recently is tyranny of the minority through denial of the rights of the majority and obstructionism.
If this is what they mean by “freedom”, i want no part of it; for it reeks of anarchy and strangely enough from them social Darwinism.