Gaining clarity . . .

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.

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Saturday Posts . . .

WARNING:

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.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Pagoda Day . . .

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.”

2-3 days . . .

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 . . . .

Hillary Flip-flops . . .

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:

https://youtu.be/t6_ULryoM3Q   https://youtu.be/maEvJQBJH4s

More inconsistencies:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McA560WtLI4

 

Saturday Posts . . .

vote for trumpI 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.

Trump can’t shake the racist accusation — NoneOfTheAbove — Arlin Report

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 […] […]

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“DO NOT CALL” List problem…

My wife and I have had our phone listed on the National “Do Not Call” list ever since the first day that it was possible to sign up.  In many respects, it has been wonderful.

What I don’t like is that the legislators who wrote the law that authorized the list made one very huge exception.  An entire BLOCK of people is immune from any punishment for breaking this law.  Who are these . . . . jerks?

Politicians and political pollsters.

Oh, and the reason I am specifically bringing this up right now?  The last 6 days IN A ROW (yes, do the math – that includes a national holiday weekend!) I have answered the phone to a robo-call voice (the same one, no less) telling me that “The following is an important political survey that will take just a moment . . . .” The honest truth is, I have no idea what comes next, because I always hang up.  IMHO there is no such thing as an important political survey – and NOBODY has a right to know in advance who I plan to vote for in November – or even IF I will vote in November.

If there was any one thing that we seriously needed to have a national referendum on, it would be the question of forcing US politicians to play by the same rules they make for everyone else to live by.

Donald and Hillary are in a bar . . . (joke)

My friend Anita sent this to me, and my jaw dropped at the reminder of just how many scandals Hillary has weathered.  Any one of them would have been enough to end someone else’s career, but she has such a huge umbrella of protection that she’s survived them all – so far, at least.  Anyhow, here is the joke:

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says,

“The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.”

Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring cronies, and taking bribes from foreign countries? 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The IRS targeting conservatives?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning our backs on Israel?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The joke Iran Nuke deal? ” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months Later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring citizens’ ?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean taking the $145,000,000.00 from Putin for the Uranium Bribe ? “
Trump : “ No the other one .”

Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and China when Bill left Office?” 
Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.