Top 10 Reasons to Vote Republican

This post may not sit well with some people, especially those not a attuned to living within the realms of reality. These 10 reasons could very well be 20, 30, maybe 50, but I think these 10 reasons pretty well sums it up.

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Re-post from | September 25, 2015 | by plf515

Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons.

1. You are a bigot

It’s true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.

2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.

Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle.  Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli.

Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.

3. You think the rich don’t have enough money

The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don’t work.

4. You don’t support our veterans

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans.  In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat.

5. You like big deficits

Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic).  The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush’s 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan’s first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower’s 2nd term

6. You don’t believe in free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech.  That’s free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives.  12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly,  Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk)  Full list

7. You like big government

The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It’s a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.

8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them

This is really just a summation of some other points.

9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich

You really have to be all three for this to work.

If you’re rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses.  In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most.

If you’re rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.

10. You like torture

The Democrats don’t exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse.  It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren’t torturing prisoners enough.  And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture.

Torture is wrong.  It’s also stupid. It doesn’t work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear.

Feel free to comment with your own thoughts or reasons.

Americans Have Given Up Without a Fight

I continue to be amazed at how Americans have become so apathetic with our political process and democracy in general. America was founded on a constitution that guarantees basic civil/human rights, religious liberty, political rights, independent courts of law, and fair and free elections. A true Government of the people, by the people, for the people. A democracy in which the ultimate power rests with the people and administered by people that are elected to represent them in the day-to-day business of the people’s government.

Our two political parties have always been opponents, but ultimately they would do what was best for the country and the people they represent. Now they are enemies, full of hatred for each other, with their own interests put ahead of the people’s needs. Their loyalty and focus has transitioned from the needs of the people to the demands of their overlords – their financiers.

In the past, those politicians that were “bought and paid for” by those with money, who obviously expected favors in return, were limited to just a few politicians. When exposed, these “bought and paid for” politicians would eventually get voted out of office.

Today, “bought and paid for” is the norm in politics. Not only politicians, but entire political parties, at all levels of government, are “bought and paid for” by ultra-rich billionaires. Even to the point of having their special interest “think tanks” writing the bills for the politicians to submit and pass.

As in the old Medieval Feudal System, these overlords are at the top of the pyramid and demand allegiance from their minions below. Of course, at the bottom of the pyramid rests the peasants and laborers.

A prime example of this was in the news recently. When running for Governor in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal had the backing of Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). However, to get Norquist’s backing, Jindal had to vow allegiance to Norquist and his “no tax increase” policy. Governor Jindal has continually insisted that the Louisiana budget be balanced without tax increases, despite the prospect of devastating cuts to higher education and health care. Because of his “no tax increase” allegiance, Louisiana is now suffering. Gone are $800 million from the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly and $450 million for providing development incentives, and the rainy day fund has dropped from $730 million to $460 million on his watch. As Louisiana’s legislature urgently tries to find a solution, the governor has threatened to veto any budget plan or tax bills that does not have his overlord’s, Grover Norquist, blessing.

So the economy and welfare of the State of Louisiana and it’s people are at the mercy of an anti-tax lobbying group, founded by Grover Norquist, a guy that was caught laundering money for Jack Abramofff and whom the New York Times has called “one of the Republican Party’s most influential policy strategists”. Of course, Norquist has his own overlords, the Koch brothers and other big industry giants.

We have sat on our hands while our democracy has slowly transitioned to an oligarchy. We have sat idly by while our basic civil/human rights are under attack and being relinquished, all in the name of security; our religious liberty has been taken over by in-your-face extremists that don’t accept other religions and demand politicians follow religious beliefs when passing laws; our political rights are being taken away from us by our politicians as they pass laws aimed at voter suppression; our fair and free elections are a thing of the past as our elections and representatives are bought and paid for by super rich billionaires; and our independent courts of law, including the Supreme Court, are totally politicized.

One of the primary goals of these ultra-rich overlords is the privatization of government services. In other words, they want to transition services that are currently provided by the government, funded by the people’s taxes, to services provided by for-profit corporations, which are owned by the overlords. The Center for Media and Democracy has called this privatization goal “a hostile takeover of our schools, roads, prisons, drinking water, and even government itself”.

An oligarchy is a form of government in which most of the political power effectively rests with a small segment of society, typically the people who have the most wealth, military strength, ruthlessness or political influence.

I would say this just about fits our current state of affairs, and we got here by giving up without a fight.

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To understand how the Koch brothers have mastered this process, watch the following video on how the Koch brothers are attacking Social Security.


Americans Have Become Intellectually Lazy

During my lifetime I have come to know or be exposed to a lot of diverse people. These are people that come from different backgrounds; some smart and some not; some blue collar and some white collar; some highly educated and some not; some white, some black; some hard workers and some not; and some with common sense and a whole lot with none.

What I have observed, across this diverse group of people, is that most people today are so caught up in living their lives and just trying to survive, they aren’t really aware of what’s going on around them that has a major influence on their life. Their knowledge and opinions, if they have one, are solely based on what they see on television and/or hear from a friend, neighbor, or relative without ever seeing the big picture for themselves. They either lack the intellectual curiosity to find out for themselves, or they have become intellectually lazy.

Intellectual curiosity means you want to know more than the basics or the common knowledge. It is the desire to invest some time and energy into learning more about a person, a thing, a way of life, or a concept. Basically, it is the desire to learn more.

Child CurisoityChildren have an over abundance of intellectual curiosity. To a young child, everything is new. They want to know more. They want to learn more. They are like a sponge, absorbing more than just the obvious or the basics. What is a cloud? How did they get there? What makes them move? How does rain come out of a cloud?

However, children grow up, they have responsibilities, and they get distracted by the day-to-day worries and challenges of life in today’s environment.

At some point intellectual curiosity has taken a backseat for a lot of people. As a result, people have become gullible, submissive, and intellectually lazy. Everyone is running so hard and fast just to survive, they don’t have time to pay attention to what’s going on around them. We have become a populace of sheep, such that we just follow along, don’t ask questions, and do whatever we’re told to do by the talking heads on television and radio. This is especially true of politics.

Teabaggers smallCase in point: Teabaggers and their followers.

Most of the editorial staff of the Tea Party News Network resigned this past week, stating in their resignation letter “The audience is regarded as unsophisticated simpletons.”

Why do they think this of their followers? Because they know their followers won’t question them, they will believe what they are told and will do whatever they are told to do. Typical sheep mentality.

We are living in such a toxic environment around us, it is critical for people to be informed and knowledgeable of current events. In a world where the internet is available to us 24 hours a day on our computers, even on our telephones, there is no excuse for not being informed and knowledgeable, it’s ridiculous.

CuriosityHow can anyone sit back and not question what’s happening with our food supply (genetically modified foods); industrial pollution of our water and air; militarization of our police; voter rights suppression; climate change; income inequality; fracking; politicians and government being bought and paid for by the ultra-rich; climate change; radical religious ideology; and more. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then look it up. Do a little personal research. Develop your own opinions based on your own knowledge of the issue, not on what someone else tells you to think. Then when you are conversing with others and someone starts spewing the typical uncontested talking points about a topic, you have the knowledge to enhance the conversation with facts.

 “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

If you have children, don’t shut down their intellectual curiosity, encourage it. We need them to grow up to be informed, knowledgeable, and intellectually curious adults.

Regardless of your age or position in life, it is not too late to jump start your intellectual curiosity and become informed and knowledgeable of the events and activities that are impacting your life on a daily basis.


America – Do As I Say, Not As I Do…

Voter Suppression - Your Vote Counts - NotAll around the world America has been the most devoted advocate for democracy and free elections. For those brave citizens in countries that have thrown out their dictators and such, seeking civil rights, we emphasize free and fair elections and help organize them. We provide monitoring of elections and send election observers to keep them free and honest.

Great. Wonderful. The people should have their vote on who their leaders and representatives in government should be.

When are we going to do this at home?

Our elections have become a sham. Yes, “we the people” do get out to stand in line and vote (not enough), and expect our vote to count towards who our next president and leaders in government will be. Then we watch the election results come in on TV. While they do show the popular vote tallies, the important part is the number of electoral votes accumulated for the presidential vote, which determines the winner.  That being the case, of course the presidential campaigns are going to focus on those states that have the most electoral votes.

But let’s talk about the dark side of elections – Voter Suppression

“Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote. Voter suppression attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against the candidate or proposition advocated by the suppressors”. Wikipedia.

On June 25, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement. Thanks to SCOTUS, the floodgates for voter suppression were opened.

Immediately following the decision, Republicans across the country moved quickly to pass restrictive voting laws. Citing allegations of mass voter fraud and the need to “preserve voter “integrity”, in 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states took action to limit people’s Constitutional right to vote by passing voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, these voter suppression efforts target groups that overwhelmingly support Democrats…Poor, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women.

In addition to voter identification laws, there are innumerable cases of voter suppression:

  • Redrawing of voting districts (Gerrymandering) to favor a specific party
  • Restrictions on non-profit voter registration drives
  • Reducing the early voting period by nearly half
  • Billboards erected in predominantly black neighborhoods threatened that “VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY!”
  • Requiring proof of citizenship at the polls
  • Releasing misinformation about the opponents immigration and labor policies
  • Robocalls to predominantly black counties that encouraged voters to “stay home” rather than go to the polls
  • Releasing misinformation about actual voting dates and times
  • Fake websites to fool voters on who they are actually donating to
  • And on, and on…

So again, while we are out preaching free and fair elections for other countries, we are doing everything we can to “not have free and fair elections” in America. Republicans are so dedicated to supporting the 1% that they can’t win an outright election based on votes, so they turn to voter suppression and disenfranchising tactics, with full support from the Supreme Court.

It appears we need our elections to be monitored so we can have our own

free and honest elections.

This is what a movement looks like! Raleigh, NC, Moral March and Freedom Summer 2014

NC Moral MarchThey came to Raleigh, North Carolina, by the thousands. They were black and white, Latino, Native American, and Asian. Young and old, straight and LGBT, walking and in wheelchairs, they marched to the State House in the largest and most diverse demonstration ever held in the south. We may not ever know exactly how many people attended—but I can tell you that it was a vast sea of determined faces, bonded in pursuit of a unified goal—Justice.

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