Friday, November 6, 2009

If to fight for decency, and honesty makes me a liberal, then I'm a liberal.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr. An American author


This is post 100, and it marks a mile stone for this blog. I have been told that the tone of the blog is liberal, but I do not see it as liberal blog. I consider my position moderate. Let me explain, basically it is a philosophy of common sense. Not a novel idea but something lacking lately in American politics and government. The Right Wing and Republicans for the most part are so radically right that any idea that disagrees with their agenda is considered liberal.

I don't like bullies, liars and thieves. I think that the Republicans are the school yard bullies as is Fox (make it up) News. The Republicans and Fox lie to the American public, they steal that which should go to the American people and give it to the corporate supporters, who if given the chance would destroy our democracy in the name of corporate greed. I think that citizens of America deserve to be represented honestly by their elected representatives. Money and corporate interests should in no way influence their decisions and their vote.

I believe strongly in the separation of church and state and oppose the imposition of any religious group trying to impose their will and belief system on the rest of us. Keep religion where it belongs in the houses of worship, the home, ones own heart, and school if the individual states wish it but out of politics and out of government.

I believe that in a nation as diverse as ours, with the wealth and power we have, that to let tens of millions go without health care is next to criminal. It is a social injustice. We as a nation have a moral right or should I say moral obligation to see that all Americans can reach their potential and live healthy lives. It is called human decency and what have we done? In the name of corporate greed we deny tens of millions the protection they should, by right of being Americans, be entitled to. Yes I said entitled. Are we less of a nation than France, or those other European nations who provide modern health care to all their citizens.

But I digress, a bad habit. I believe in fairness and justice and fighting against bullies, bigots and racists. I have made mistakes on this blog but they are honest mistakes. But I don't pick on the weak, I don't attack the helpless and I don't discriminate against someone because of their race or religion or for who and what they are. I have talked about the evangelical right and their agenda. I agree with John J. Robinson who said of them, "...those who elect to have someone else do their thinking for them." Their leaders are dangerous men who tap into insecurities of the undereducated, or fears of the white American poor who are afraid of the non-white and hispanic population supplanting them. Those who feel they are the elect of god and await the rapture and believe every word from their demagogue leaders that abortion and gays will destroy America.

If to fight for decency, and honesty makes me a liberal, then I'm a liberal. If to fight against lies and the distortion of the truth by the news media is liberal, then I'm a liberal. If to want to see people protected by from the dishonesty of the health insurance industry who buy congressmen and senators to insure profits at the cost of American lives make me a liberal, then I'm a liberal. If I question the actions of the president sending Americans into harms way in foreign wars which all Americans should do makes me a liberal, then I'm a liberal. If to say that women have the right to control their own bodies is liberal, then I'm a liberal. The oppose discrimination against gays and say that they should be allowed to marry makes me a liberal, then I'm a liberal.If I call out those in American society, weather in the media, politics, religion or business that hurt and detract from the principals of this our republic makes me a liberal, then I'm a liberal, so be it. I call it common decency and respect for the human family and American values.

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The shooting at Fort Hood in Texas is a clear reminder that we live in a dangerous world and we should be vigil even in our own communities. That people with access to guns and an agenda can wreak havoc in civilized society. It would be unfair to rush to judgement just because Nidal Malik Hasan was a member of the Moslem faith. He was born and raised in the United States and for all intent and purposes was a normal American kid that joined the military for a career and rose to the rank of Major. It maybe that Hasan, as a result of his career choice, developed a fear of deployment and this created anxiety that led to this horrible act. To ascribe his actions to terrorism and being a Muslim would do great harm to millions of law abiding American Muslims, creating hate and contribute to intolerance and racism. The investigation and eventual trial will have to run its course before we can know all the facts but until then we should take a lesson as to what stress and guns in the wrong hand can do.


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The Republicans have produced a health plan that is a provider oriented plan and would be a boon to the health insurance companies. It would help only three million of the forty six million of the uninsured. The Republican plan is a sham and is a waste of paper and is not intended to be a real option, it is designed to distract from the real issue and the needs of the American people. Their plan is no plan and they know it.


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Looney Watch

The Conservative Right have created a dangerous situation in this country. They have energized the crazies and now may not be able to control them. If violence flares it will come from the right and the Republicans on the right and their media supporters will be responsible.


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Joe Wilson learned a new word, "dithering" it is a nice word. Here are some more words for Joe. "Hubris" which means conceit, "bloviate", Pompous or boastful, "obtuse" intellectually challenged. These words might improve Joe Wilsons vocabulary. Joe Wilson the heckler who called President Obama a liar is clearly verbally challenged.


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A Brit looks at American news media, and focuses in on Fox and their made up news.


John Cleese on Sarah Palin, when she ran for Vice president and now she is one of the leaders of the GOP. A true perspective from the UK



More idiocy from Fox (white man) News



Readers Comment
1. nonymous said...
I agree John. People in general put to much emphases on whether you're a Republican or Democrat, right wing or liberal. They're both two sides of the same coin. I choose and vote independent. When people tell me it's a wasted vote, I say, " if our fore fathers thought like you, we'd be having tea in the morning instead of coffee." I see the tide turning a little, it's slow, but I think our humanity will prevail. More people are thinking out side the box

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  1. I agree John. People in general put to much emphases on whether you're a Republican or Democrat, right wing or liberal. They're both two sides of the same coin. I choose and vote independent. When people tell me it's a wasted vote, I say, " if our fore fathers thought like you, we'd be having tea in the morning instead of coffee." I see the tide turning a little, it's slow, but I think our humanity will prevail. More people are thinking out side the box

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