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A Rare Political Rant

Just typing in a tag for politics made me want to throw up, a testimony of how distasteful I find the subject and why I rarely write about it but today, as I viewed some political stuff on Facebook, I was reminded at how clueless some folks are about how our government works and how we tend to lay blame for many things on the head of a sitting POTUS as if they are personally responsible for shit that didn’t go as expected.

And I wonder if no one remembers or understands that nothing can happen inn this country without Congress signing off on it… or rejecting it.  A president can issue Executive Orders that cannot be rescinded except by a president… but, for example, the clusterfuck that is Obamacare didn’t become one because of what the president out before Congress; it’s the changes they made that took something that should have been “easy” to enact and turned it into a, well, clusterfuck.

The current crop of presidential candidates, well, I just don’t know what to say about them except to suggest that if Donald Trump is “the best” the Republican Party can do, yeah, we just might be in trouble.  Bernie and Hillary are doing battle on the Democratic side, mud is being slung and all that and it’s questionable at best at which one of them can do the better job if elected.

But I do want to remind folks that our “common enemy” isn’t a POTUS; it’s Congress and their apparent inability to do things in the best interests of the people they represent and not their own selfish, politically motivated agendas.  I wanted to remind you that no matter who wins, whoever has the majority in Congress will determine what presidential things get done… or relegated to the trash heap.  And if some dumb shit gets passed that you don’t like, do not forget who passed it… and it wasn’t POTUS; our system of checks and balances was designed to not make any sitting president be a king or queen and it does work – even if they like to play “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” a bit too much.  Still, compromise, more often than not, is called for; it’s just that when its reached, sometimes that’s not the best thing for America or Americans.

You wanna blame someone for the somewhat sorry state of things?  Look no further than Capitol Hill.  The candidates will be promising the moon and stars and talk about all the stuff they’re gonna do… but only if Congress lets them; thus, political reform begins not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – it begins with those people who make up the Senate and the House of Representatives and the need for term limits in those august bodies.

Finally, there is this:  If you don’t vote, you don’t matter; it is better to vote – and “guess wrong” than to sit back and bitch, moan, and complain about the state of things and you literally didn’t lift a finger to try and make a difference.  Yes, the system itself needs to be overhauled and be as foolproof and secure as possible to prevent fraud, something those idiots in Congress should be addressing, by the way.  But voting is our right and whether we win or lose, we should always exercise our right to vote.

Political rant done; see ya again in four years…

 
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Posted by on 16 April 2016 in Life, Living and Loving

 

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Today’s Bisexual Thoughts: And They Wonder Why We’re Invisible?

I’m once again gonna talk about a couple of things that (a) I don’t particularly like talking about and (b) being PC says you aren’t supposed to talk about – the current dust up taking place in the state of Indiana and the law enacted there that will allow businesses to refuse service to people based on religious beliefs.  I read the articles about it and as I frowned and shook my head, I thought, “And they wanna know why bisexuals want to fly under the radar?”

For the records, I don’t bust asses because of religious beliefs… but this thing, at least to this writer, is legalized discrimination and opens the door for all kinds of discrimination based on religious beliefs – any religious beliefs – and, again in my own opinion, opens the door for businesses in Indiana to wrongfully refuse service to people; all they have to do is think or believe that the person or persons they’re dealing with aren’t straight (or otherwise religiously undesirable) and, nope, “We don’t serve your kind here.”

Am I the only one who thinks there’s something wrong with this?  Okay, it’s obvious that some folks are religiously against anyone who isn’t straight – I get that and while I respect their beliefs, it’s just a bad way to behave.  Some of the things I read say that some Christians (in particular) should be outraged at this law because one of the things we learn – or, at least, I learned – is that to be Christian means to be tolerant and to not display or otherwise buy into any behavior that’ll get you a smack on the wrist from God; what do you think, “Love thy neighbor” means?  The thing here is that despite being urged to embrace this, a lot of religions still preach against homosexuality (as well as all those other sins we just love to do anyway) so as far as some folks are concerned – and this includes the legislative branch of the government in Indiana and the governor that signed it into law (after modification) – God is telling them that it’s okay to discriminate against those damned homosexual sinners.  The problem gets deeper because there’s what the Good Book says and means… and then there’s the way people interpret those words and their meaning and I seriously doubt that these two things are or have ever been the same.

It means that the owner of “Bill’s Flowers” somewhere in Indiana could see two women come in, get it in his head that they’re lesbians looking for flowers for their wedding, and deny them service because their alleged sexuality offends their religious beliefs… and I’m straight-up asking if this is in any way right or, is this any way to run an airline (old joke – you had to have been there)?  One of the reasons why this country came into existence was that those early Pilgrims who came here were escaping from religious persecution and, ultimately, made it a part of our Constitution that we can be free to practice our religion and worship without that persecution… but now, and at least in the state of Indiana (and until its Supreme Court comes back and says the law is unconstitutional), they’re doing exactly what the Pilgrims were escaping from:  Using religion to persecute others or, really, more of that “If you’re not like us, you’re against us” mentality that, as an individual, just makes me sick to my stomach; you’d think that given our history, we would have had enough of discrimination but, ah, apparently not.

So if those folks advocating that all bisexuals should come out in the open and stop hiding, um, in the face of what’s happening in Indiana, do you really wanna know why bisexuals aren’t rushing to do this en masse?  For those bisexual haters who riff about that so-called “straight privilege” we have (and that we shouldn’t have it and then because they don’t have it), um, it seems this would work more for us than anyone who appears to be gay or transgender huh?  I feel sorry for all the gays and transgender in the state of Indiana because if y’all think you had it hard before, your government just made it harder for you to be the people you want to be… and I’m damned glad I don’t live there.

The county executive here in New Castle, Delaware, has prohibited county workers to travel to Indiana on county business; the governor of our state – and we’re one of only 18 states that have laws in place against this kind of discrimination – has spoken out against Indiana’s governor about this and other states are giving homey the business for putting such a law in place.  Of course, LGBT and other human rights advocates are speaking out against this as well and I’m guessing that the heat is really gonna get turned up on Indiana’s governor in the media and it wouldn’t surprise me if the federal government were to add some heat of its own.  The US Supreme Court just might have its docket jammed packed about this action and, again, I’m just waiting to read about Indiana’s Supreme Court’s thoughts about the constitutionality of this new law – it should be interesting, huh?  Indeed, it’ll be interesting to see how many businesses that have dealings with Indiana are going to give them grief behind this.

Every state has the right to enact laws that are in the best interest of the people who live there so it’s not as if Indiana didn’t have the right to enact such a law – it’s just a question of whether or not this is really (a) the right thing to do and (b) if it’s really in the best interest of the citizens who live there… but if they’re allow to use their religious beliefs to discriminate, um, how is that in the best interest of the people?  The only people who are best served by this seems to be anyone who has a religious reason for not liking homosexuals and, yeah, anyone they believe not to be straight.

If the bisexual haters are wondering why we’re invisible, this action by the state of Indiana should suffice to give you part of the answer.  Is Indiana morally and legally in the right with this?  Only time will tell but I personally think it sucks – and that’s not the bisexual talking; it’s the human being talking who thinks that discrimination makes us all less civilized than we think we are…

 

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WWIII?

I don’t usually write about politics but one can’t help but notice that we – the US – have been having a few issues with Russia ever since the Olympics in Sochi, issues that some pundits are saying could be a prelude to another world war and with Russia as the target… and I’m kinda wondering just why in the name of God are we raising so much hell and slapping on sanctions over what appears to be a matter of internal Russian politics?

Just wanted to say a few words about this because as crazy as shit is in the world today, this issue makes things dangerously insane…

 
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Posted by on 26 April 2014 in Life, Living and Loving

 

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