Class Warfare

When Republicans accuse Democrats of class warfare, the response by Democrats ought to be “Damn Right”.  We are on the side of the middle class workers.

Which side are you fighting for?  The same one you have been on for decades with your failed “trickle down economics”?

You need to remember Einstein’s description of insanity.

Einstein

WE USED TO AS A NATION DO GREAT THINGS

 

Being of the Sixties generation, we set the DVR to record the CNN series: “The Sixties – The Space Race”.
It was Thanksgiving before we got around to watching it. At first we were caught up in the nostalgia and then the exhilaration of our nation joining the space race and ultimately putting a man on the moon.  But, as we continued to watch, I turned to my wife and said, “We used to as a nation do great things”. She responded, “We used to have lofty goals”.

How sad it is that now we have become a nation of crumbling infrastructure, slow rail, outdated airports, and shabby cities. What happened?  Is ours just another story of a declining civilization brought about by greed and an aristocratic, narcissistic government with politicians focused only on their own enrichment?

How do we bring the country back to its greatest time? Where are the leaders that we need? How do we wrestle our country back from those who have stolen it through the political process? Can we unrig the game?

Let me be perfectly clear. I have traveled this great country of ours, and it is not the people. It is the crazies and the wing-nuts that the media glorifies, but the majority of us are good people who want to work hard, play hard, have a better life for our children and grandchildren. We want once again to aim for the stars and be proud of what our country does.
Yes, there was the Vietnam war; but we ended it.
Yes, there was discrimination; but we put in place the legislation to end it.
Yes, there was disenfranchisement; but we outlawed it.
Yes, there was greed on Wall Street; but we legislated to control it.
Yes, there was sexism; but we cracked the glass ceiling.

Is there no one who will stir the embers of the freedom fire till it roars to life again?

Is there no one who will set their torch to that flame and light the way to greatness again?

Where are you?

Or, was T.S. Eliot correct when he says int The Hollow Men that the world ends “…not with a bang, but a whimper.”

Where Communism Failed

Congress and particularly the Republican far right, corporations, K Street, state legislators, the Supreme Court and an apathetic citizenry have succeeded.  They, working in concerted effort, under the corporate owned monopolistic media, have destroyed the middle class and our democracy.

The Republicans by failing to control their party’s far right has refused to participate in the governing process having dedicated themselves to making sure that government cannot work through obstructionism.  They just say “No!” without presenting any real alternatives.  They did not hesitate to shut down the government.  In fact they were delighted to not only do that, but also to put our international credit rating at risk.

K Street simply continues to endanger our country by their relentless buying of our elected officials.  At least they are honest in their motives.  Certainly though they must share some responsibility for influencing congress in much the same way that a person who offers a bribe is as guilty as the person who accepts it.

Our state legislators through gerrymandering have rigged the representation process so that they cannot be challenged in an election.  They constantly act in opposition to the will of the people and in favor of special interests who will line their pockets either now or after they leave office.  The people have supported  in huge percentages increasing the minimum wage to a living wage.  The people, includig the members of the NRA have supported reasonable gun safety issues like background checks.  The majority support equal pay for women and yet legislatures refuse to address the issue.

The Supreme Court through recent rulings such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby have given corporations the same rights as people without any of the responsibilities.  They have given states with a proven track record the freedom to disenfranchise voters.  They have said that racism is dead.  I guess the news from Florida and Missouri doesn’t reach their ivory towers.

Our citizizens are happy to get their information from bumper stickers and the entertainment media like CNN.

People get the government they deserve.  Unfortunately, all of us must suffer because of the apathy of the majority.

The Fortune Teller’s Globe

Was Thomas Paine looking into the fortune teller’s lens when he penned these words?

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Today, we experience the tyranny of the minority; and like Payne we must dedicate ourselves to fighting it.  Fighting it not with musket and ball, but rather by fighting it with the vote.

Taxatlon without representation is tyranny.  What is forgotten or neglected is the fact that representation can only be obtained with the right to vote.  No right to vote; no representation.

And yet, Republican legislatures in state after state are passing laws whose intention is to disenfranchise voters.  Some even argue that voting should be limited to white land owners.  When one takes a holistic view of the framers and the Constitution, the opposite is intended.  The intention has always been and ought to be to extend the right to vote to all citizens.

Our country was founded on the concept of rule of law.

Our country was founded on the principle of majority rule.

And, it is the responsibility of the majority to protect the rights of the minority.

What makes these times so trying is that we now have a faction who have been elected to office in our government whose sole function is to destroy the government from within.  Their sole function is to not only NOT govern, but to also keep others from governing.  They would rather tear this government down to replace it with oligarchy.

Our founding fathers could not have conceived that citizens, much less elected officials, would try to destroy the Constitution instead of preserving it.  They provided ways for the majority to change or amend the Constitution.  They did not intend to provide a legal means for the minority to tear down what the majority wanted.  They could not have anticipated this type of tyranny.

Time after time we have seen these legislatures go against the will of the majority of their constituents, whether it was over backround checks or immigration.

We have a Congress that does not want to legislate and work for the majority of the people; they just want to work for their political donors.

These truly are times that try men’s souls.

GET PEOPLE REGISTERED THEN GET OUT THE VOTE!

Why I Might Approve SCOTUS Ruling In Favor of Hobby Lobby

Ok, SCOTUS has already ruled that corporations are people.  Then, people must be corporations.

If the court rules that corporations can not obey the law of the land if it disagrees with their religious freedom, then people are entitled to the same protection under the Constitution.

That means that if it is my belief that war is immoral and I am  opposed to the actions of our military, I will not have to pay my income tax for whatever percentage of the budget that was for the military.

If it is my belief that it is immoral to kill animals for food, then I will not have to pay that percentage of the federal budget that provides benefits or tax benefits to the beef industry.

If it is my belief that the Congress is immoral in the way that they fail to conduct the business of the people, I can deduct the portion of my tax bill that goes to paying their and their aids salaries.

I could certainly the savings in my tax dollars.  What if I believe it is immoral to take form someone that belongs to them without their permission;  I wouldn’ have to pay any income tax at all.

I’m not a lawyer or Supreme Court judge; but….

 

It’s Time to Make a Choice

Part of the problem with Christianity is that its followers have failed to throw off the yoke of The Old Testament.  The New Testament and the Old Testament are diametrically opposed.  The New Testament teaches love, compassion, caring.  The Old Testament is about violence and revenge.  What else can you call the threat of fire, brimstone and damnation.

What if our politicians were not allowed to quote the Old Testament, but instead were only allowed to quote the New Testament.  The New Testament is one of inclusion.  If we get rid of the Old Testament, we could really mean it when we asked, “What would Jesus do?”.

WWJD about extending unemployment compensation?

WWJD about funding meals on wheels?

WWJD about Medicaid?

WWJD about immigration reform?

WWJD about gay marriage?

WWJD about the money changers on Wall Street?

WWJD about Social Security?

WWHD about a man who couldn’t find a job?  (Would he suggest to his followers that they should teach a man to fish when there was one fish for each fisherman?

WWJD about casting the first stone at a sinner?

WWJD about any social issue?

How can we as a society continue to support and elect politicians who insist that our government does the exact opposite of WWJD?

THE ANSWER IS THAT WE ALLOW THEM TO SPIT THEIR THEIR VENOM UNCHALLENGED, AND THEN WE VOTE THEM INTO OFFICE.