Thursday, April 2, 2015

How dangerous a little intolerance, like a little pregnant.

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.William Butler Yeats

Indiana just recently past the Religious Freedom Reformation Act” (RFRA) bill. While the supporters of the bill, the Republican state legislator and governor, claim it is not meant to discriminate, that is surely what it does. Not only can business discriminate against LGBT individuals or groups on religious grounds they can refuse to serve people who's religious beliefs differs from theirs; such as Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, etc. They can discriminate against women and virtually anyone they deem does not meet their religious litmus test.
The conservative pundits have been running around trying to defend the indefensible and doing a bad job of it. Arkansas has just passed a similar bill in their Republican controlled legislator but the Governor has refused to sign it after seeing the firestorm that broke out over the Indiana bill, unless the wording is changed.
It seems that the Republicans really do a great job of restricting freedoms. The intent of the Federal RFRA Act was to allow minority groups the same religious freedoms enjoyed the majorities. But these state bills seemed designed to allow the majority to slam the minorities not just the LGBT community.
Religious Freedom Reformation Act” (RFRA) bills. That name is an Orwellian-attempt to use the same name as the federal law for a law that does pretty much the opposite of the intentions of the federal law; the federal law was meant to protect religious minorities, not give the majority a club with which to beat minorities.” Sarah Jones, Politics USA
Under the guise of religious freedom these, primarily GOP legislators, who suck up to the evangelical right, have shown their intolerance and unchristian character.
What is wonderful is that they seem to have galvanized the American public and woken up a sleeping giant. America is a majority Democratic leaning country and acts like this only help decent Americans see the true color of the radical right. A radical right owned by the Koch bros. 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I'm back, rant I must.

  “Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.”
~Benjamin Disraeli

It has been a long time since I have posted to my blog. The truth is I felt overwhelmed by politics. Seeing the daily injustices, lies and miscarriage of justice I just decided not to think of it. But it never goes away. So after a long hiatus I decided to get back to my rant. And rant I will. I can't change anything or anybody’s opinion or mind, I can only state my own frustration at the injustices of the world.

What has struck me is that after so long a break from posting my blog nothing has changed, in fact things may have gotten worse. The Gay Old Party (GOP) and FOX Phony News are still at it. The crazies are running the asylum. So what has been happening, it is almost laughable to see what people will put up with, the list sounds crazy until you realize that it is what is really happening.

Republicans, governors, state legislators in red states, the senate, congress and the Koch brothers and friends at FOX have been relentless in their assault on American values and institutions in their attempt to transform it into their own fiefdom. They don't want a Democracy, they want an oligarchy.

The issues such as voter suppression are an attempt to restrict voters who would vote democratic, and an attack on minorities and the poor. A cut in the food stamps program which effect the poor and minorities. A cut in aid to dependent children which effect the poor and minorities. An attack on the Affordable Care Act which would effect millions of Americans. An attempt to destroy Medicare. How else to pay for the tax cuts for the rich. An attempt to dismantle Social Security which would effect millions of seniors. In Indiana passing a law that virtually legalizes discrimination based on sexual preference or status. No matter how they try to phrase it is legalizing discrimination. These are just some of the issues of the day.

There remains issues such as climate change which the GOP says isn't happening, which I find amazingly stupid. Other concerns is the Republicans war on illegal aliens, who if they were all deported today would put America into a depression. And a seemingly insane push for war by the GOP with Iran while undermining the American president while he attempts to negotiate a treaty. The issues are many and varied and they attack what America is about. So I am back for what its worth. I will rant on. We have an up coming presidential election with a menagerie of wacko Republican hopefuls which should add some spice to the issues. The Loony Tunes are about to begin folks, so strike up the band and let the craziness begin. There is more to come.

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