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Defending the #47Traitors

It is truly shocking to see the Republicans frantically supporting and defending their traitors. Why can’t they just admit that the party is infected and they made a mistake voting for people who openly try to undermine America and our president?

Many Republican voters that I talk with agree that the #47Traitors have gone far beyond acceptable behavior, though they don’t feel it’s right to convict and punish them for their treason or “bad behavior” as some call it.

Still, there are a large number of Republicans out there defending their party no matter how destructive and poisonous to democracy it has become. This unwillingness to recognize the faults of your own traitors makes it plain as day that you are living in a cult. You are past the point of being able to objectively look at your gods.

I, personally, believe that America, all of America needs to quit with the tolerance to destructive behavior by the political parties and more than anything, destructive behavior by the uber wealthy who pull the puppet strings of the parties.

Try the #47Traitors and punish them by removing them from our body politics if found guilty.

And, lastly, even if found not guilty of treason on legal bounds, they have morally committed treason against America and need to be spurned for their crimes.

#47traitors

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[Update 2: Over quarter million sign petition]

The GOP appears to have finally devolved into a Hate America party.

What would make any American voter think it is okay to blatantly undermine the president let alone  on something  as important as Nuclear War?

Fortunately most of America sees what is wrong with it. #47traitors is becoming the hook showing the anti-American party for what it is. Traitors.  God help America.

[Update] There are almost 100,000 signatures on a poll to punish the traitors.

[Update 2]
There are over a quarter million signatures on the petition to file charges against the #47Traitors. It’s not too late to add your signature.

Enemy of the People Enemy of the State

An enemy of a country is an enemy of the people’s country. What does an enemy of the U.S. do? They do things the majority oppose. They do things that purposely hurt and or kill Americans. The enemies of the state will lie and produce propaganda to undermine the legitimate government, the one elected by the people.

 

Boehner Attacking
Boehner inviting a foreign politician to discredit our president

The Republican  party of today is just that enemy. Let me explain.  The Republicans  have manufactured  one conspiracy  after another to attack our elected  president. Their lying propaganda has manufactured Benghazi, the failed IRS scandal, the Fast and Furious  conspiracy,  the secret Muslim  lie, the Kenyan citizen lie, the whole birth certificate hoax. The real list is too long to publish.

Today’s Republicans are sponsoring foreign politicians to speak at the people’s  congressional house to criticize our duly elected president. This has never been done before in the history  of America.

The Republican  party wants to destroy  anything Obama has done, even if that means not funding our Department of Homeland Security even if that means Americans die.

Today’s Republican party wants to repeal Obamacare, even though it was first proposed  by Richard Nixon,  a Republican  president.  Repealing Obamacare means tens of thousands of Americans will die each year without  health care.

All this treason is done to advance  their political  party at the expense of the country, the people.

The Republican party  is not the only evil at work here. We should condemn the billionaires  who fund them and their propaganda like Fox Lies and Hate Radio. But we need to also condemn those fool enough to fall for their lies.

When Socialism Comes to the United States

Who is The Government?

We’ve all heard the dire warnings about the evil Socialism and every time someone suggests something that benefits America’s people, the talking heads all start exploding, SOCIALISM!

What does this mean for the US? What happens if we let SOCIALISM invade our country? Hold on to your horses, but it’s already here.

Socialism is a type of government bent on providing things to allow the citizens (society/SOCIALISM) to improve their lives and their country. In many of today’s countries, this includes things like free education, including college, a guaranteed minimum living wage, housing, and health care.

When did Socialism invade America? It was introduced when our country was created. Listen to the first sentence of the U. S. Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Every one of those six items (Justice, Tranquility, defence, Welfare Liberty, better country) are hallmarks of Socialism. You can’t find better proof that our founding fathers wanted a country with Socialist ideals.

So next time you hear some ignorant fool spout about OMG SOCIALISM! remember this and feel free to tell them to shut up.

America a Christian Nation Redux

After reading PJ’s great post on America, a Christian Nation, I decided that the issue needs a little more meat on its bones. I read so many milquetoast essays explaining how America’s founding fathers weren’t Christian, how this country was born of The Enlightenment, how American morals came around long before Christianity, blah, blah, blah.

All of these essays miss the point. What are Christian Morals and do we really want a nation that practices those morals? Well, to risk being too simple, I state that Christian morals are defined in the Christian Bible. In fact, anyone who has read the Christian Bible knows that the Bible is to be interpreted word for word and is not open to interpretation and must be taken in its entirety. The Bible says so in black and white. There is no opportunity for even a fool to misunderstand what it means. The Bible ends with this warning:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

So you either take the instruction manual for Christianity in its entirety or you don’t take it. You can’t pick and choose.

Maybe you don’t believe that, but you know that there are many Christians who do.

Why does this matter? Because Jesus was a teacher of the Old Testament. He never once said anything God did in the First Testament was wrong. He wouldn’t be Lord if he said God was wrong. And the God of the First Testament was a monster.

The Bible is full of morals: human ritual sacrifice, rape, incest, slavery, genocide, and abortion. Yes, God was big into abortion and demanded it of his followers. Next time you oppose abortion, you need to sit down and read the Bible and learn to embrace it as it’s prescribed in the Bible.

Sure, there are plenty of great and wonderful morals depicted in the Bible, but none of them started with Christianity. Morals are a fundamental part of the human mind and are required for any functioning society.

So, the only morals left are the abominations of the Christian Bible, and the only one that is part of America’s founding documents is slavery and we quickly learned that it’s a lousy thing, even if it’s condoned by Christians.

I can already hear the usual baseless argument about how the Old Testament doesn’t define Christianity, only the New Testament does. Well, if you really believe that, then you have never read the Bible. You are not to remove anything or add anything.

Following is a list of links showing the Christian morals in the Bible. I ask you, do these things reflect the founding of this country? Do we want a country founded on these morals?

Human Sacrifice

There are so very many. Check Google or see this site on Ritual Human Sacrifice.

Rape

You will frequently hear people arguing that all the reference in the Bible to “taking women” really only means they are taking them to the movies and then taking them as their unwilling wives, but that’s not rape. Anyone so blind as to argue this is unworthy of an audience.

The case of Rape in the Bible that most disgusts me is the story of Lot and his daughters. As the story goes, the girls got the father drunk and date raped him. But in the real world, we know how this stuff goes. You can put all the lip stick on this you want but there’s no way this is anything but a pig.

Is it not more believable and more likely that he got drunk and raped his daughters? And for them to conceive it must have happened repeatedly.

Incest

Again, Lot and his daughters is a sick perversion that is God’s way.

But the original conception of Adam and Eve requires incest. Incest was part of the entire plan or maybe God hadn’t thought about that part yet.

Slavery

There are just too many references to even waste time quoting. However, if you feel you need references, leave a comment and I’ll gladly supply a list of links.

Genocide

There are numerous references to genocide in God’s name. Check out Deuteronomy or Joshua.

Abortion

In multiple passages, God’s followers are to cut the unborn children from the bellies of their mothers. Hosea and Kings.

In Numbers 5 there is a ritual designed to cause a miscarriage in a wife whose husband is jealous. That’s a pretty low bar for an abortion performed by the priest.

What More?

This is just a very short list of examples of Christian values. Not my country!

Visitor Comment on Church and State

Checking over the mail queue, I ran across this comment. Since no one else has responded to this, I will do my best. In fact, since my posts are probably the most likely to be read as combative, it was probably meant for me, anyway.

Here is the comment submitted by a reader calling himself Jay:

For someone who claims to want peace you sure are angry and devisive. Do you believe looking down your nose at people because their views differ from yours is a way to peace? As if no one has a right to any belief that differs from yours. I would also like to say that your peace on Christianity playing not playing a role in our constitution as well as your supposed quotes from the bible are factually incorrect and far from the truth. There is also absolutely nothing in the constitution about “the separation of church & state. Any time you would like to be informed on the truth let me know I’d be glad to assist you. To move towards peace would require you and everyone for that matter to stop & examine themselves before criticizing others. Stop looking at the speck in my eye and examine the log in your own. Stay well my brother. You may have unjustified hatred towards myself and everyone else who’s opinion differs but I still love all my brothers, sisters, and fellow Americans.

As I stated, this was not attached to any specific post so I can only imagine that it’s more a comment about Just-Say-Why in general. The reader, Jay, seems to have missed the fact that there are multiple authors posting here and has either lumped us all together or is maybe directing this to someone specific but just doesn’t quite know it yet.

Angry and Divisive

Let’s start at the top: “For someone who claims to want peace you sure are angry and devisive [sic].”

Unlike most bloggers here, I am quite intolerant of those who are so blind they will not see. Too much tolerance is like too many vitamins. They are both bad. Both can kill the host, be it a human body or the body politic. I have no tolerance for those who refuse to admit the facts, those who cling to disproved talking points. In other words, I have little tolerance for those being lied to by Fox and who know it but still watch.

I don’t think anyone here is angry or divisive or looking down our nose. We aren’t angry at those destroying our democracy, but I do feel very little patience for them and we all feel considerable pity for them. They are being hurt by their ignorance just as much as their poor political choices are hurting the rest of the country.

Christianity and the Constitution

Your next point:

I would also like to say that your peace [sic] on Christianity playing not playing a role in our constitution as well as your supposed quotes from the bible are factually incorrect and far from the truth. There is also absolutely nothing in the constitution about “the separation of church & state. Any time you would like to be informed on the truth let me know I’d be glad to assist you.

To start, what piece are you referring to? There are numerous posts on this site and I don’t see any of them claim that those specific words are in the constitution. But almost every religious reference in the constitution and in other founding documents all point to the need to keep the churches out of the government and keep the government out of the church. Just doing a simple (anyone can do it) search in the constitution for religion gives the following instructions for keeping the religious fanatics out of our government.:

  1. … but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States
  2.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

The Treaty of Tripoli

See what our founding fathers said about this being a Christian nation:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Okay, these are the facts. Now, Jay, please feel free to “assist” me on how these facts don’t really mean what they say.

And, lastly, Jay says, “Stop looking at the speck in my eye and examine the log in your own”

No one has to look for the speck in the eyes of those refusing to read the facts, the log is visible from quite a distance. If you were as open to understanding the facts and changing your mistaken world view based on what you find, as most of those you disagree with, the world would be a better place. Open your mind. A closed mind will never learn but it will make a great blind and brainless follower.

America’s Coming Revolution

America is broken to the point that the citizens are doubting that it can be fixed without a major upheaval. I only hope that it can be a peaceful revolution. But many people are beginning to doubt that we can fix these things before it’s too late.

Let’s take a short inventory:

  1. Billionaires can now openly corrupt our political process buying candidates and elections.
  2. The Supreme Court and many of the higher courts are openly against the citizen and for multinational corporations and billionaires
  3. Half of the country’s representatives are openly against any rights for women. Hobby Lobby is only the latest example. If you’re not owned by a man, you’re nothing in their eyes.
  4. The banking industry controls both political parties.
  5. Our government is so broken that no matter what the Democrats want to pass, the Republicans are blocking every move.
  6. 86% of Americans want to extend unemployment benefits but our broken system can’t get it passed.
  7. One party does anything and everything to block to other party, even at the expense of the country.
  8. The middle class is crumbling into poverty while the wealthy get more of our country’s wealth.
  9. Our healthcare system is still broken. Still!
  10. Our kids now have trillions of dollars in student loans.

I’m not implying in any way that all these things can’t be overcome peacefully, but it’s looking pretty bleak. And America is more disgusted than ever with our government and fewer people are interested in voting.

This is a perfect scenario for the billionaires so now they can buy candidates for peanuts.

I don’t want to see a bloody revolution but if we don’t want our children dying in the streets, we need to get motivated, today, to vote out any party that obstructs progress and refuse to vote for any candidate that is funded by big money.

Conservatives and Democracy

Help me out, here, if you can.

This seems so obvious yet I never hear anyone talking about it and would never, ever expect to hear about it in the news or even in political articles. Why not?

Here’s my concern.

There has been plenty of research into the weakness Republicans have for hierarchy. They grow up with it, they crave it, they exhibit signs that they need it, they vote for it, they demand it in their churches, they exhibit nervousness in its absence.

Conservatives expect a strong, unquestioned father figure in the home. In some few cases, it may be a matriarchy as opposed to a patriarchy where the mother rules with unquestioned authority.

Conservatives vote for strong leaders. Nowhere in the constitution does it say we should be voting for leaders. Democracies don’t have leaders, we have representatives. Look at any president conservatives have voted in during your lifetime. They are all perceived as strong “leaders”. Look at the congressmen and even the local “leaders” the conservative vote in.

Conservatives tend to be more active in their religion, a religion that is the epitome of patriarchy. Like a cult, you get excommunicated when you question the “leader.”

Conservatives raise their children to respect authority, never question it.

Liberals, on the other hand, know that all authority must be continually questioned, You never take anything on faith. There are no kings in America, because our founding fathers were majority liberal.

Here’s a simple example: when driving down the road, if you pass a policeman, you will notice that some drivers will slow down and fear (respect) authority while others will nod and say thank you and continue on at the legal speed. Which ones are liberal and which are conservative? Seems obvious to me.

Taking this to the logical conclusion, conservative voters vote against democracy at every opportunity because democracy is non-hierarchical. Conservatism needs a strong leader, a king or a dictator. Liberals need representatives.

If our founding fathers were conservatives, this would not be a democracy and if today’s conservatives get their way, we will cease to be one.

Being liberal or conservative shows different brain structure, but this is because of how the children are raised. In other words, there is a cure for conservatism. Training, education, and birth control. Some of them just have to be trained on how to be empathetic. And, all of them need to be removed from the education system.

Vacationing While Unemployed Starve

It might be hard for most people to believe, but the Senate just went on a week long vacation.

The Republican Senators wouldn’t even allow a bill to come up for a vote, for an emergency extension of unemployment benefits.

Talk about fiddling while Rome was burning. The Republican party is not interested in governing this country. Their sole intent is to prevent anything from getting done.

Then, when election day comes, they can spend millions of dollars saying it was all Obama’s fault and the typical Republican voter will believe it.

The Republican voters are almost as bad for America as are the crooks they elect into office.

Worst part is that at the end of the day, the Republican voters don’t even know or care what they’ve done.  All that matters is that their team won.

Fiddling while Rome burns is the same as filibustering and then going on vacation while unemployed freeze to death and starve.

Ah, the party of misplaced morals.

The Best Unemployment Benefit is a Job

The Best Unemployment Benefit is a Job

by Dave Speck

We learned from the Great Depression of the 30s that the best way to provide unemployment benefits is to provide jobs.

We the people, our government, must be the employer of last resort.

When Capitalism fails, like it has today, then We the People have to step in and create work projects.

There is no limit of things that We the People need done. Our country is falling apart, We need to rebuild roads, bridges, bring our rail into the 21st century, take back our prisons and all the rest of the commons.

All these things must be done and doing them will eradicate unemployment and bring our economy back.

No wonder the Republican party is against it.

If we want to save this country, we can only do it by getting rid of the Republican party blocking our way at every turn.

Republicans Steal Unemployment From the Poor and Needy

Republicans Steal Unemployment From the Poor and Needy

Dave Speck

It’s official. Today, the president signed the only budget the Republicans would offer, starving to death the poor and needy who were on unemployment benefits.

The Republican party is the party of Scrooge and the most un-Christian party America has ever seen.

I’m disgusted and you should be too.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I said, “steal’ – it is because almost all of those currently on unemployment benefits have paid for the benefits they were getting. If you paid for it and someone takes it away without compensation, it’s called stealing.

Is it un-American to take away unemployment benefits for the poor and needy at Christmas time?

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The Billionaires’ New Media Campaign

The Billionaires’ New Media Campaign

Dave Speck

I am seeing an increase in feel-good advertising coming from the rich class. The marketing approach is basically, love the rich, want to be like them, protect them because they are the job creators, pity them because the lazy government wants them to pay taxes…

The average person is waking up to the fact that the rich have stolen trillions of dollars from the middle class and the poor so the rich are fighting back with marketing. Soon you will be seeing the weak of mind singing the accolades of the wealthy and worrying about the poor misunderstood job-creators.

These kinds of marketing campaigns have worked in the past and have gotten the middle class fighting with themselves and fearing the others, not the other classes, but the other colors. Beware the blacks or browns or reds or yellows coming and taking away your jobs. This helps distract from the fact that they, the rich, are getting fat while more and more of the rest of us starve. But, beware, this marketing works on lots of people.

It even works on a small percentage of Democrats but it works on the vast majority of Republicans.

Don’t you wonder why that is? Why are the Republicans so easy to fall prey to such unethical marketing tricks?

The answer is simple. It’s because the average Republican knows he’s too smart to be affected by propaganda. “Propaganda doesn’t work on me.” And as we all know, those who know they’re aren’t susceptible to it are the ones the most easily confused.

So, beware. Watch out for the new marketing campaign to make us all want to love the rich.

The Shutdown – Want to do it Again?

The Shutdown – Want to do it Again?
by
Dave Speck

If you like wasting money and want to throw another $20,000,000,000 of our tax dollars away for another political stunt, then all you have to do is… well… nothing. Do nothing and it will happen again.

The only way to stop this Republican crazy train is to get out there an get involved. Talk to people. I know, it’s hard to talk to someone who has been poisoned by the Conservative media, but you have to get involved. For America’s sake, we have to all get out there and talk to everyone we can. Believe me, most Republicans are as pissed about the Republican political stunt as are the Democrats.

And, if we don’t keep this topic alive, come election day, the Republican voters will forget about how upsetting this is and they’ll be lulled back to sleep by their media. If we don’t keep this alive, then the Republicans will get back in power and they will keep trying this stunt over and over again, 20 billion at a time.

“What,” you say, “it’s only a measly 20 billion dollars.” Yes, that’s about what all this cost this time. That’s roughly $100 a piece. $100 from your taxes and $100 from mine. If they had gotten their way and defaulted on our country’s debt, it would have been in the trillions because our huge debt would become intolerably expensive as our cost to borrow money skyrockets from our bad credit.

And, just think what we could have spent that 20 billion on. Free college tuition. Free health care. We could have even paid it on our national debt. But, no, it was wasted on a juvenile political stunt, and not the first one, and not the last — that is, unless we all get involved and get the crazies out of the Republican party or get the Republicans out of power.

Believe me, America would be better off with a sane Republican party than without any sane challenge to the Democrats.

Give a Mouse a Cookie

Give a Mouse a Cookie
Dave Speck

Mouse Cookie

What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Simple!! He’ll demand a glass of milk.

If we give in to the demands of the Tea Party, there is no end to the demands they will force upon America. Our first and only answer must be, not only no, but hell no!

This is still a democracy.

United We Fall

United We Fall
Dave Speck

This post is in response to Mr. Schlecht’s post yesterday encouraging us to reach across the aisle and make coalitions with the conservatives and Republicans. Let’s start by saying that I’m not disagreeing, but rather playing devil’s advocate. Maybe we’re both right in some ways.

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It just might be possible that America is at a crossroad, much like the crossroads of the last gilded era (the 1920s) and the rise of Germany’s Hitler. In both of those cases, there were plenty of followers of the conservative movements. In America, the conservative movement was drowned out by a huge liberal involvement and America recovered from the gilded age with The New Deal which put a stop to the landed gentry and reversed the toxic wealth disparity through laws and taxes. Germany, on the other hand, had a liberal block that was both unwilling and unable to get traction.

In both cases, nothing was gained by compromising with the conservatives. Granted, Mr. Schlecht does not say the word, “compromise” but that seems to be where he’s heading.

What if America’s liberals of the 1930s didn’t reverse course, but rather compromised to just slow things down a little. Would America have rebounded like we did? I would say obviously not. Only by standing true to our knowledge and the facts and demanding that we act accordingly were we able to turn things around.

And, knowledge & facts are the reason that we can’t compromise with those who history & facts prove to be wrong. The conservatives are not driven by knowledge or facts. In fact, they consider anyone possessing such sorcery to be the “elite”. The conservatives prefer their fairy tales of no man made global warming, earth is 6,000 years old, and the church should dictate the laws to the country.

Honestly, I ask you, how does one “compromise” with wrong? You can only compromise if you’re willing to be part wrong, yourself.

We need to forget compromising with those who refuse to listen to the facts. There is no saving those just like there was no saving the Nazis in Germany. They know they’re right regardless of the facts staring them in the face proving they’re wrong. How do you even talk to someone like that?

I say you don’t. We need to get our word and the facts out to those who are willing to listen. If a conservative is so blind that they listen to conservative propaganda like Rush or Fox, then they’re happily ignorant and no amount of facts or coaxing will wake them up.

Instead, we need to be getting our word out to those who know we’re right but just haven’t gotten motivated yet. We need to motivate the 75% of America that know we’re right. The 75% of America who are closet liberals but are just afraid of the word because it’s been demonized so relentlessly by the fact-free conservative media.

Get out there and talk to your family and your neighbors and your friends and get them motivated. And if you can’t get through to them because they’re handicapped by their conservative propaganda, forget about them. Move on to those who might actually be able to believe the facts and learn from history.

Yay Obamacare – I Just Got a Rebate!

Yay Obamacare – I Just Got a Rebate!
by
Dave Speck

What more can I say? Obamacare is working  and working big time. I just got a rebate on the amount that my insurance company was over charging last year. They can’t rip me off for more than 20% profit anymore. My rates are coming down and I’m getting rebates.

You can’t tell me Obamacare is bad. It’s working. Now if we could just get the Republicans to quit wasting time trying to take it away and start working on putting together some jobs programs.

Yay Obama and yay Obamacare. REBATES!

Is Edward Snowden a Traitor?

Is Edward Snowden a Traitor?
Dave Speck

UPDATED

We’ve all heard the news stories by now about how Mr. Snowden exposed the NSA for wide-scale spying on innocent Americans without warrants.

Now we’re hearing some people come out and say Snowden is a traitor.

Is he?

Let’s start by asking what it means to be a traitor. It’s simple. Traitor is defined in the American constitution as aiding the enemy in a time of war.

We have declared war against no one. Telling the American people that they are being spied upon by their own government, illegally, is not giving the enemy aid, unless you consider the American people to be the enemy.

So, the answer is simply, NO! Snowden does not meet the definition.

If you are hearing people saying he is a traitor, know that those people are either liars or morons. How could anyone not know the answer?

But if you’re hearing that he is a traitor, and the person saying so is a news source or a politician, you need to stop listening to the morons and imbeciles. And more importantly, if they are politicians calling him a traitor, it’s time we voted those idiots out of office. Make sure all of your friends or family know the politician is an idiot and needs to be removed.

UPDATE:
Why are we even talking about this. The real topic is why is our government spying on us illegally? It’s plain as day. It’s against the constitution yet our elected politicians are doing it. It has to stop and we have to make them stop.

Sandoval Against the Nevada Voter

By Dave Speck

The Nevada voter voted for reasonable gun control. The representatives of Nevada voted for reasonable gun control.

What did Nevada’s governor Sandoval do? He represented the international gun manufacturing lobby an vetoed the will of the people,

Obviously Sandoval doesnot represent those who were fool enough to vote for him.

It is time for reasonable gun control and it is time to replace Sandoval with a representative of the people, and not a representative of the gun lobby.