Republicans and Presidential Signing Statements

Republicans and Presidential Signing Statements
by
David Schlecht

Let me get this straight. Eight years of Bush signing statements circumventing the purpose of Congress and not a single Republican representative objecting. Eight straight years of prostrating themselves to a criminal president and not a word.

Now every republican in Congress is opposed to signing statements.

There’s really no way to spin this. It’s obviously party over country when it comes to the morally devoid Republican Party. It doesn’t matter what harm the president does as long as he’s a Republican but oh, no, we have to stop the Democrats at every opportunity.

Ensign was ranting and raving about Clinton having an affair but now too corrupt and crooked to step down for the same crime. The Republican Party is so far out of touch with the American people that I wonder if they will ever be believed or trusted again. Personally, I find it frightening.

By the way, I’m seriously opposed to signing statements and have voiced my opposition here and in letters to the president and to my representatives. How many Republican voters did that about Bush’ signing statements? Not a single one.

What does all this say about the Republican voters? It means that many if not most of them are as slimy as their representatives. It doesn’t matter if it’s bad for the country, as long as my president is the one making the singing statements. It doesn’t matter if he’s having an affair and neglecting his duties, but boy if it was a Democrat, all hell would break loose.

We will never see the Republican Party with less than 25% approval rating because of all those party-first folks, as long as it’s your party. It’s a sad sad statement about the party.

Gaia and the Balance of Life

Gaia and the Balance of Life
by
David Schlecht

Dr. James Lovelock, decades ago, wrote about the Gaia of Earth. He was trying to explain to us, in a different bent, that which we learned in early childhood: life on earth is a delicate balance of life and elements.

Earth is a collection of interconnected lives. As species come and go, the balance changes but always remains in balance. Imagine back before any life on earth, back when earth was pretty much like any other planet in the universe. It was pretty bleak, certainly not a place where live would have much of a chance to survive.

After millions of years (or seconds, depending on your religious beliefs) life started to get a foothold and earth became a home to living organisms. Earth became life. Earth, unlike the other planets, was becoming conducive to life.

Back in the beginning, mankind would have never survived. Earth, like other planets had no oxygen. As life flourished, plants that consumed the carbon produced oxygen as exhaust. After millions of years of this exhaust, finally there is enough oxygen in the atmosphere to support life as we know it.

As we continue to over populate the earth, we’re replacing the oxygen with carbon and devolving back into the bleak earth of before, an earth that can’t support life as we know it. Just the act of breathing means we’re putting more carbon back into the atmosphere. The more of us there are, the more oxygen we deplete and more carbon we emit. There’s no doubt that we are heading in the wrong direction.

Obviously earth cannot support the number of people already on the planet. It’s time to start discouraging large families. And it’s time to start thinking about what we’re doing to this home of ours.