Jun 042016
 

Some people sneer at being politically correct. I think people who sneer at it are bullies looking for an easy target or a scapegoat.

Choosing to be politically correct is the practice of self control and restraint, it is civilized and productive.

In choosing which to embrace we are choosing how we want to live our lives. Do we find someone to blame or do we take responsibility? Do we seek solutions or choose to impose our will on others?

What do you choose?

 

 

Feb 232016
 

The great divide in our country is bigotry.

Obama has opened the future to diverse possibilities, but our country has exploded with racial bigotry because of the color of his skin. It is no longer behind closed doors. The evil is out in the open and all we can do is hope a real healing is in process.

I keep hearing Republicans, voters and elected both, speak how he has been the cause for creating more racial divide. They are lying to themselves. Their bigotry is out in the open for all to see, and those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear know this truth.

States are now enacting Jim Crow laws against LGBT because they can no longer do it based on a persons skin color.

Republican candidates point the finger at illegal immigrants as the woes of our societ instead of the real causes, like businesses moving labor intensive jobs elsewhere because they can better take advantage of desperate people in countries with no labor or safety laws.

Sadly, even many Christian Sects are joining the travesty. Some subtly and some not subtle. I want the IRS to void their non-profit status. I do not want religious opinions to rule my country, I want common sense and our Constitution to rule my country.

Bigotry in all it’s nasty, bitter ignorance is out in the open. It’s painful but to heal the bandaids has to come off. It’s a smelly open wound that needs fresh air and truth to heal.

 

Feb 232016
 

I will vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries and I almost desperately want him to be our Democrat Candidate for President. I want him to be our new President. We need hope and a wise person as head of our country. He has a core of beliefs closely aligned with mine and has proved he has the fortitude to continue pushing his agenda of Justice for all in every aspect of life. He is a realistic optimist.

Just as Obama has faced unprecedented bigotry so will Bernie. Bernie is Jewish and will face a barrage of hateful commentary from certain Christian Sects. I believe he is strong enough, grounded enough in his morals and beliefs, he will get through it with dignity, integrity, and grace, just like Obama has gotten through it with the same qualities.

Feb 102016
 

Once again I vow off all things political. There’s no point voicing my opinion because just like most people by now, I know who I’m voting for in the primary. The actual election is going to be a bitter fight to the end.

I’m familiar with the Republican candidates and have my opinions on each one, which sometimes changes slightly as I learn a bit more. I’ve been inundated with the radical side of the Conservative view, have an idea of what the moderate GOP view is.

Time will tell where next we will go as a Nation.

We have survived good, bad, and mediocre Presidencies. We have survived contentious Congresses, cooperative Congresses, and everything in between. In general, our Government with it’s checks and balances works pretty well for a country as big as we are.

Jan 262016
 

No matter what we do or don’t do, the Earth will be just fine. It’s mankind that is in jeopardy.

When Scientists talk about Climate Change they aren’t speaking to an immediate catastrophe. This is real life not a Hollywood movie. The Earth moves much slower than humans, it takes time for an earth shattering catastrophe to occur.

What Scientists are looking at is 150 years worth of data that shows a pattern of gradual warming worldwide. Just like the stock market, there are ups and there are downs, but there is a steady rise.

What will happen over the next 150 years? In my opinion, if we don’t take action now it won’t be pleasant.

When CA first introduced unleaded gas and catalytic converters it was predicted the economy would be destroyed. Nope. Air got cleaner, engines became more gas efficient. People adapted their life styles for a better environment and the whole country has benefited. The world took notice and is slowly but surely following our lead.

Profits must take second place to the future of our children’s children’s children. Because greed tends to win over decency, we need world wide regulations, laws, and watch dogs. Trees need to be planted and protected, new heating and cooling energies found and put into place, insecticides killing our bee banned, and all the other inconvenient but very necessary activities to nurture our planet.

Jan 232016
 

The USA has a tradition of Judeo-Christian values. In my opinion this does not mean our churches should take on the burden to be the safety-net for those in crisis, no matter what the crisis. It is up to everyone and the best way is through our social programs which is funded through our taxes. How about the Government tithe 10% towards the care of those who cannot care for themselves? Imagine the work training, education, medical assistance, housing assistance, food provided to our Military families, our Veterans, children, the working poor, the jobless, the homeless. None of it for the Corporations or Financial Institutes who are “too big to fail” or their poor widdle executives who have to give up millions in bonuses.

If there wasn’t so much greed and fear we wouldn’t need to fund this through the Federal Government. Sadly that’s exactly what must happen.

Jan 142016
 

I’ve been abandoned by my GOP Debate texting buddy, she went on vacation. Beyatch. That leaves me to brave, all alone, another evening of doing my best to wade through the muck and mire for the gems that will help me understand the Republican stance.

There will, no doubt, be at least three on the stage that fall short of intelligent (intelligible?) commentary. Watching Rand Paul on The Nightly Show with Trevor Noah the other night has given me a leg up in my endeavor to find Republicans I can respect while disagreeing with them.

I watched a few minutes of the Junior Varsity so I’m not expecting much beyond what I’ve seen in the past. There are still too many candidates on the main stage for any of them to have time to clearly state their position, therefore I expect too many sound bites, Obama is evil/caused all the problems, or “this is why you should elect me” responses.

This is a crazy political year. Politics as usual on both sides is under attack. The Republicans have their (to me) obvious too extreme contenders. The Democrats have Bernie. (At this time it would be prejudicial of me to extoll how intelligent and witty he is).

Regardless, I am grateful I live in a country where we can have lively disagreements without fear of reprisal. (Social Media notwithstanding).

 Posted by at 8:54 pm
Jan 132016
 

If Social Media had been around when GW Bush was President, no doubt there would have been nasty memes and heated arguments. I wouldn’t have shared or re-posted those. I probably would have shared why I thought he was wrong, what I would prefer or think would be a better choice. I respect the post of Presidency in this country no matter who is in office.

I am deeply disappointed by the hatred and venom spewed at President Obama. No thoughtful “this is why I think he’s wrong” or “I think we should do this” but rather epitaphs and nasty sound bites, half truths and lies.

I haven’t heard anything from the GOP about alternatives, improvements, or why something is “not good for the people of this country”. That is where some of my frustration lies. I accept there will always be a difference of opinion on what’s best for our country and lively debate is necessary for us to move forward. However, deafening silence or words of derision is useless and counter-productive.

 Posted by at 7:23 pm
Jan 132016
 

Watching President Obama giving his last SOTU was satisfying. He affectively called out the Republicans on several issues.

GOP presidential candidates act like the USA is doing nothing about ISIL when in fact action is being taken. He let the American people know this.

He let the public know the GOP heavy Congress has been uncooperative (surprise surprise) and ineffective. He also reminded Everyone that Founding Fathers never, ever expected everyone to agree, but did expect compromise. Personally, I’m fed up with arrogant, ego driven, uncompromising politicians.

 Posted by at 12:52 pm