Former Republican and a Military Veteran Speaks Out Against the GOP

A former Republican finally saw the obstructionist GOP for what they really are – and calls them out for it…

Re-Posted from Democratic Underground | by Babylonsister

“I am a former Republican and a military veteran.”

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They failed in keeping Obama limited to one term but, even with this loss, the GOP has kept their second promise. They have done absolutely NOTHING to help the struggling American economy nor it’s struggling people in well over six and a half years and we pay them millions in salary and benefits for their inadequacy and lack of work product! The rest of us would have been fired long ago if we produced absolutely zero for those who pay our salaries! It is just remarkable what this president has accomplished, what with the obsessive obstacles purposefully thrown in his path. Imagine what could have been accomplished if those elected, on the Right, actually worked with this president!

Click the link below for the full posting:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027011022

 

Republican’s Obsession With Presidential Religions

As I was reading about how radio host Tim Farley, of “The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley” radio program, immediately cut off Retired Air Force Colonel Dick Brauer, Jr. after he started spewing the wingnut lie about how Obama is a Muslim, I just couldn’t help myself as I blurted out “it’s about damn time.” Someone finally took the microphone away and said he wasn’t going to let him start spouting his untruths.

The Republican’s obsession with trying to convince the American public that President Obama is a Muslim, is just nuts. The man has been elected president twice and not running for the presidency again. Why does it matter anyway.

For the first two hundred years of this country, most of our presidents worked diligently to keep their religious lives private and to keep some sort of wall between their religion and their Presidency. Two of our most famous Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, were unaffiliated with any religion.

Even though he is considered one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln probably would not be nominated, much less elected today because he never joined a church, never publicly confessed a creed, nor publicly uttered belief in God’s endorsement of his policies.

Andrew Jackson conscientiously refused to allow his religion to be a part of his office. Jackson was called on by members of Congress and influential religious leaders to call for a national day of prayer and fasting in response to a cholera epidemic. Jackson refused, stating that to do so would be to transcend “those limits which are prescribed by the Constitution for the President,” and he feared that this religious encroachment could “disturb the security which religion now enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government.”

So, during my lifetime I have witnessed the Republicans hatred for President Obama because he might be a Muslim (and he is black); their animosity towards John F. Kennedy because he was a Catholic; and their loathing of Jimmy Carter who was a devout Southern Baptist Christian. Yet, they were more than willing to run Mitt Romney for president and he was a Mormon (nothing bad, just not one of their kind).

The Republicans were so fixated on John Kennedy’s Catholicism and the possibility that his religion (i.e. Pope) may influence his presidential decisions, they made it a national religious issue. To mitigate this Republican obsession with his Catholicism, on September 12, 1960, Kennedy delivered the speech of his political career in Houston, Texas, before a crowd of several hundred mostly Protestant ministers. Kennedy was addressing what he referred to as “the so-called religious issue.” As Kennedy saw it, the nation was facing a raft of issues from the threat of Soviet communism to hunger and despair at home. “These are,” he argued, “the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues—for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barrier.” Nonetheless, JFK knew he had to address the question of his Catholicism. Kennedy famously declared, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president—-should he be Catholic—how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote,” and he concluded, “I do not speak for my church on public matters; and the church does not speak for me.” Earlier in his career in Congress, JFK once quipped that in Boston they learned their politics at home and their religion from Rome. As JFK put it, “I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.”

Now that was a great speech on keeping church and state separate.

Fast forward to today and we see that we have now done a 180º degree flip and the Republicans want exactly the opposite of what John Kennedy said. Now it is all about church influencing and guiding state policies and ministers telling their parishioners for whom they should vote. Do I see a Supreme Court decision in the future stating that keeping church and state separate is unconstitutional?

That is crazy you say. Think about it. Think about how politicized and radical the evangelicals have become in the last twenty years.  Maybe not so crazy.

Welcome to the National Security State of 2015

Re-Posted from TomDispatch.com | by Tom Engelhart

This is a great, eye-opening post. It pulls together all the links as to how Washington has, over the past 50 years, perpetuated such a militarized economy based on American insecurity. Even more daunting, it will be almost impossible to turn it around.

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Official Washington has, that is, invented a system so dumb, so extreme, so fundamentalist, and so deeply entrenched in our world that changing it will surely prove a stunningly difficult task.

Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.

A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
Welcome to the National Security State of 2015
By Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175939/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_feeling_insecure_in_2015/#more

Pope Francis Warned Christians Against Turning Their Faith Into a Rigid Ideology.

PopePope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology.

“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.

“And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”

“The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people,” Francis added. “But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

He said Christian ideology was the result of a lack of true prayer.

 

Source: Rawstory.com | by Eric W. Dolan | October 21, 2013

 

Is Terrorism Your Top Concern/Priority in Your Daily Life??

As we all know, leading up to every election, our private lives are exposed to over-hyped, over-dramatic, non-stop political ads on television, radio, billboards, etc.  Of course the purpose of these ads are to influence your vote, by any means necessary.

During this past election I took note of the continuous use of the phrase “my top priority will be to _____” (fill in the blank with anything related to security). I live in Texas, so most of these “top priorities” mentioned were about securing our border with Mexico. Not necessarily to control the influx of illegal aliens, but to protect us from all those terrorists that are coming to kill us. Really?

In 2013, there were 943 deaths in Texas due to crashes involving a DUI. How about doing something to protect me and my family from these people driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or whatever.

The point I’m making here is the apparent disconnect of our politicians, and news media, with the priorities of the common people. Ever since 9-11 our politicians, the GOP specifically, have continued to build and use the “fear of terrorists” theme to convince the populace to change our world, to our own detriment. As I watched the political ads I just couldn’t believe how this theme was used by candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Congressman, District Attorneys, Judges, etc. I guess it works because most of these folks were elected.

Credit - Rapidlikes.com

Credit – Rapidlikes.com

This got me to thinking and wondering if this whole “fear of terrorists” and “security is our top priority” is really the top priority in the minds of the common people. So I started taking notice of conversations among family, friends, co-workers, etc.

The main subjects of concern that I found, over and over, were related to the following:

  • Jobs (lack of good paying jobs)
  • Ability to support family (food, clothing, shelter)
  • Health issues and cost of health care
  • Fear of losing their home, becoming homeless
  • Income inequality (rich keep getting richer)
  • Education (going in the wrong direction)
  • Organized religion (getting involved in every day life, education, politics)
  • America is becoming a “police state” (militarization of police)
  • Constitutional rights being taken away (privacy, voting, equality)

These are the real priorities in our daily lives. These are the priorities of the every-day, common people that are just trying to survive on a day-by-day basis.

I can honestly say that not once have I been involved in, and/or heard others, discussing the “terrorists around every corner wanting to kill us” issue as a priority in their life.

Yet, during this past election we once again voted to elect/re-elect the same people that are the genesis of, and continue to sustain, these problems and issues that are the real priorities of the every-day, common people.

Please take a few seconds to take the following poll and tell me what your two highest priority/concerns are in your day-to-day life…

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Thank you for reading this post and participating in my poll.