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Here’s my observations on the endless battle for progress among liberals:
Bernie people: “I want Democratic Socialism in one election cycle, Hillary not only says, “no,” she says she wants to ‘help’ us her way… therefore she made a pact with Wall Street Satan and is therefore secretly the devil. But we figured out the secret. Plus … I love bernie, I want Bernie… I love Bernie… oh, wait, he endorsed her? Bernie is a chickenshit sell out!! Vote for a bucket of Chicken!”
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Hillary People: “Those Sanders Supporters are … um.. “Not Democrats” , “sexist bros”… “a cult” … “are lazy or ignorant and don’t understand that you can’t just have free stuff…” & “Hillary is our only realistic firewall against Trump.”
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Me (somewhat ineffectually): Hey. Do you want to keep moving to a socially just and equal-opportunity society with greater wealth and income fairness? yeah? Ok. Democracy is incremental. Now that Bernie helped NAME the goal, how about we get together and let it take a few election cycles.. maybe 10… maybe less? How about we vote for progressives at every level? How about we do what Bernie suggests and continue the move to Social Democracy with the HELP of The Clintons, who match our goals pretty closely? How about we stop with the emotions and conspiracy theories and just embrace good old fashioned Democracy? How about we make progress election by election, candidate by candidate and never let another Dick Cheney ever happen to us again in our lifetimes?
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“Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.” – Scalia (Hey, we paid for the court time… kill him.)
Remember: ISIS and AL QAEDA in IRAQ would not exist had Cheney not lied us into "war" (invasion, murder, occupation) in Iraq on behalf of his oil plans. Cheney could not have done any of that had Bush not *ceded power to the Vice President's office. ISIS and AL QAEDA in IRAQ ... and the murders in Paris are therefore, mostly the fault of George W. Bush and his people.
Corporations_ate_my_Baby?! What? Huh? (a Facebook posting)
I started being "Corp" in 2004 on mySpace. We were the first really active daily politics bloggers and post-monkeys on MySpace when it first started. It was a trip! Thousands of like minded people all finding one another and posting about everything from climate change to 9/11 theories. Those were the days. We all met each other then too. We organized and marched against Bush policies. People also hooked up like crazy. There are a lot of mySpace babies going into 4th and 5th grade this year.
I went onto other sites like Tumblr, WordPress and YouTube to try my activism there. Ultimately I got swept into Facebook where I had a private profile with over 2000 daily readers. Then they had their pre-IPO massacre and my profile was nuked.
Today I have 733 "Likes" on a "fan page" or whatever this is... which "reaches" 1,700 people a day and I try my best to post stuff that shows the progress we make and the stupidity on the other side. But it's not the same as the old days. We all know that. FB controls and limits us in comparison to "MySpace Tom" - and while the various "politics groups" are fun, they are nowhere near as intense as the old blogs were.
In many ways, socially the western world is better than it ever was before. We are less brutal, more scientific... and better at meeting basic needs. In other ways things are worse than the Gilded age. Those who don't have, suffer horribly. Their children cannot break out of poverty... and if they are not pink-skinned, their lives are worth less and they often die horribly. Humans of all hues are not doing what is required to stop the super-heating of our globe. Things are going to be terrible for a lot of humans in the future. I feel terrible for letting my great-grandchildren/nieces/nephews/cousins down.
Things are going to get worse-- and one day they will get bad enough to where we organize and chop the heads off of the "ruling class" (oligarchs.) I wish we could just be civilized about it... but... money. Corporations_ate_our_Civil_Options.
All gods ever claimed to exist were claimed to exist by humans.
Of the thousand or more god-concepts that are claimed today, right this very second, most contradict or nullify the others. All the claims we have ever seen admit that their god is not detectable from the human perspective. Each god requires you believe on faith, meaning without material evidence. Normally humans don't do that. Normally we check our bank balance to know how much we have. We don't bank on faith. Presumably,banking is not nearly as important as how you relate to the entire universe... so you would really want some solid evidence before picking one of the 1000 current (or the thousands of previous) gods to believe in without evidence.
What to do?
Your best bet is to reject claims of Allah, Shiva, Jehovah and L.Ron's Ghost until such time as there is a shred of evidence for one of them. You can't, as the church lady will admonish you to, rely on faith. Which one do you have faith in? The one that's popular geographically? That's for Kardashians, not for omnipotent creators of space and time. Nope.
You just have to take the default position. That makes sense, right? If one of these claims is true, or there is a god who has not yet been defined, you would think and hope that they would appreciate your intelligence and patience in the matter of that discovery. If that space monster blames you, he/she/it is an asswipe.
In the meantime, ain't nature grand?!
Some genius on a friend’s thread about the pledge of allegiance , went on a rant about how America was “founded on Judeo-Christian principles, that the “Separation of Church and State has been turned on it’s head…” and of course that our founders wanted America to be Christian.
After asking for a definition of “Judeo-Christian Values” I added this comment to the thread:
“When my grandmother was worshiping and praying to her savior, Jesus Christ, if you called her a “Christian” she would slap you in the face. The thing that has been turned on it’s head in the past few decades is the sweeping under the rug of the PROFOUND differences between sects of protestantism, not to mention the irreconcilable schisms between protestant and catholic or catholic and Greek orthodox worship of the New Testament. — “We’re all Christians” is a statement of absolute ignorance of the stark differences in belief of the worlds great religions and the separate versions of the one that uses the new testament. One of the reasons the SEPARATION of CHURCH and state was implemented has never “turned”… it is to keep your sect safe from the others.
Every sect … or nearly every one… makes it clear that all the others are wrong. If there is an afterlife (no evidence of that exists) and you have to be a protestant to have a good one, you still have only 1 in 23 THOUSAND chances of picking the right one. If you factor in all of the religions that have more than a million adherents who also believe in an afterlife that is dependent on believing the “right” thing, you have a 1 in 200,000 chance of picking the right one.
The separation of Church and State lets you live your life in the “wrong one” without letting any other sect persecute you. By not allowing the government to choose Catholic, you are safe as a protestant… by not allowing the Government to test candidates to make sure that they are Episcopalian, you as a Baptist may be elected.
I cannot think of a better value than, “let me believe what I want… and let there be no test of those beliefs If I seek public service.” Jews and “Christians” do not value that. They traditionally value adherence to one value whilst slaughtering tribes that believe differently. It is one of the 10 commandments not to allow those who choose the wrong belief to live with your tolerance. That is a shitty value.
Our deist founders held NO such values.” Our deist founders, many of them, preferred what today would be called, atheism, or the rejection of supernatural claims, as anything other than hypothetical.
Lower wages, fewer jobs and bleak futures are the result of decisions. If I ask someone “whose decisions?” and they answer “the president.” they are not *yet* qualified to engage in democracy.
That’s when I do my best to explain what the legislative branch is (2 houses of congress, the house based on population, and the senate based on a “2 each” model.) Then I tell them that they make their decisions based on who pressures them.
Then I tell them that both parties pretty much only listen to the richest and most powerful. Then I tell them that this means the top 0.1% is making the choices regarding our experience of our economy.
Then if they can still follow me, I tell them that getting money out of politics would immediately change the decisions of law makers. Without even discussing the overreach of the supreme court and if they heard me, they are now (possibly) qualified to engage in democracy.
Do you do something like this?
I want to keep repeating something about fundamentalism, especially of the Abrahamic variety, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and Orthodox or Conservative Judaism. I want to make the point in as many ways that I can that religion is about control of a community. Abrahamic religions are often about Punishment of some members for the authoritarian needs of the rest of the community. Probably in far forgotten times before humans could read and write, these strategies were helpful for the survival of the group. Step over the line, lose your foot. Let that be a lesson to you and all who witnessed.
We don't need that authoritarian addiction anymore. When a fundamentalist wants to behead a woman for being wanton, it has less to do with god and more to do with lust. In this case it is a lust for power and control that drives the religious leaders. When a religious television personality wants to make a point about a natural disaster, they always pick a "sin" that bothers them and then pretend that the bad weather was a creator sending a specific message about that sin. More lust for punishment... in this case a full blown fantasy of natures power being aimed at someone as punishment.
From now on when you see The Westboro Baptists or any other TV or YouTube preachers screaming about hell and punishment I want you to say to yourself, "I'm being shown their fetish. I'm hearing their porn fantasies. They are way into punishment. I don't have to listen to this. It is within my right to tell them to go do that in private. It is within my right to shame them publicly for sharing inappropriate appetites."