About a half hour ago, I was on our front porch when a pickup-truck drove by pulling a flat-bed trailer. On the trailer were two portable outhouses, custom painted metallic silver. There was a wooden sign attached to the sides of both, and if I read it right, it said, “Political Action Service”.
That, by itself, was enough to get me laughing, and I shared it with my wife right away. But, the humor was compounded quite a lot when, about 20 minutes later, someone rang our doorbell. It was a young (mid 20’s?) woman looking for my wife. She said she was from the Democratic Party. I politely handed back the propaganda she offered, saying that we weren’t interested in either party at this time. She graciously accepted the materials and left. But I was thinking – “I know where this stuff really belongs.” In those outhouses! LOL.
Today is April 5th, 2017. I wouldn’t (quite) call this a major breakthrough in my understanding of myself, but mostly that is because I don’t see how this can lead to anything. But, I do have an idea.
I had a dream while I was sleeping last night in which I wrote something bemoaning the state of politics in the US. In the dream, I specifically used this statement: “There are no liberals or conservatives in US government. There are only those who are greedy or despots, and there are plenty of both in both parties.”
That needs some explanation, especially in this era of hyper-partisan politics. What I mean is that there are those who went to Washington for the ability to enrich themselves financially, or there are those who think their idea of an ideal government is so great that it is okay to use the power of government (force) to compel those who disagree to submit. As of this writing, I don’t see anyone in Washington who doesn’t fit into one or the other group. There hasn’t been anyone in Washington, to the best of my knowledge, who didn’t belong in one of those groups FOR OVER 30 YEARS.
I’m not just talking about elected officials, either. Every non-elected bureaucrat who works in Washington is in one group or the other. Every Presidential appointee is in one group or the other.
The longevity of this partisanship in Washington is infecting every facet of society. Christians think it’s okay to use the 1st Amendment to compel atheists to attend SOME form of church. The GLBT crowd think it’s alright to use the force of law to compel some form of “equal treatment” from those who do not want to associate with them. Liberals think they are being “tolerant” when they write laws that compel submission from conservatives. Conservatives think they are looking out for themselves and their families when they empower businesses and churches to exercise greater influence and control.
EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES needs to learn the meaning of TOLERANCE. We can not build a more tolerant society by empowering an ever-growing, ever more powerful, government.
Oh, and just in case someone cares – I’m picking on the United States because it is my home, not because it is alone in experiencing this problem. The whole world needs to wake up and realize the perils of hyper-partisanship. And ALL Muslim mosques need to start speaking out AGAINST the use of force to compel change for non-Muslims.
No matter what you’re political ideas are,
unless you are actively engaged in dismantling the Status Quo
AND the Powers-That-Be,
You are already a part of the collective.
Image available at: http://www.startrekdesktopwallpaper.com/new_wallpaper/Star_Trek_BorgQueen_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_1920.shtml
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I don’t have a Facebook account, but my wife does. One of her friends, Karen, posted this on her FB page, and I liked the idea enough to share it . . .
“I think we need a new holiday.
I propose that we start one that happens every 4th year, the Wednesday after the election. We should call it “Pagoda Day.” Political Ads Go Off Da Air Day.”
Seriously, what is this country coming to?
A little while back, I was talking to my dad and he mentioned that he had an extra “Trump for President” yard sign, and asked if I wanted it. Needing an excuse to get him here (I hadn’t yet delivered his birthday present, which was overdue at that point) and preferring Donald to Hillary anyhow, I accepted.
When he got to our house, the first thing he did was put it in our front yard.
I really didn’t pay that much attention, but I did notice that 2-3 days later it was gone. Missing. Vanished.
Seriously, is this country now so polarized that the only acceptable response to someone putting up a yard sign is to STEAL it? Cue the violins, Nero has a solo coming up . . . .
I seem to recall that one of the favorite pass-times of political candidates over the last 40 years or so has been catching opponents in contradictory comments and skewering them for the conflicts. Both parties have done this. So, I think it only fair that we give Hillary Clinton equal treatment.
My apologies for the fact that these links are YouTube videos. I’d prefer to link to the direct news source that provided them, but this is one of many ways that our world is actively trying to squeeze people like me out.
What does Hillary believe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dY77j6uBHI
Hillary on gay marriage rights:
More inconsistencies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McA560WtLI4
I still say that the one thing the United States of America needs to change, from a legal standpoint, is the exemption politicians enjoy from being sued for libel or slander, or even having to worry about getting the facts straight. This one change, by itself, would completely change the face of American politics.
By Patrick Colliano In a tweet dated May 16, 2016, Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars shared this meme on Twitter. I wouldn’t describe Paul Joseph Watson as a ‘shoot first; ask questions later’ type. He is more of a ‘shoot first; don’t ask questions at all’ type. Even a simple Google search would have exposed […] […]
via Trump can’t shake the racist accusation — NoneOfTheAbove — Arlin Report
Portrait of brown spotted tabby male cat, Lowlander
Note: though the original photograph is copyrighted by Warren Photographic, I used IRFanview to edit it to insert the text. That was the only change made.