Listen To The Children, They Have Something To Say

Our male dominated Congress and President want to hold tight to their phallic symbols like Assault weapons.  The Children are raising their voices because those people in Congress and the President do not understand common sense.  Congress and other like minded troglodytes share their thoughts with us.  They go like this…”Guns don’t Kill People, People Kill People”.  Let’s break this down further.  It’s people with Guns that kill people.  To act as though the gun is incapable of such devastation just makes sense.  That is what is described as semantics.  Then they all run around saying ‘you’ll only get my guns from my dead body’.  Nice visual crazies.

The Children are tired of dying at the hands of crazed individuals.  They are tired of the lip service paid by our Congress and President who take millions and millions of dollars to do the bidding of the gun lobbys.  This isn’t new in America where children stand up for other people in the face of injustice.  The Freedom Riders did that in the South in the 60’s because it was time do the right thing even if others are hanging on to antiquated ideals that are harmful to America.

In Florida, they decided not to take up any gun control legislation but found their focus in Porn.  Apparently in Florida, porn is a health risk.  Really because I think the 17 murder students and teachers would whole hardily disagree  and say Gun’s are the health risk!

In a Texas school district, School Children who opt to protest will be disciplined.

“A school is a place to learn and grow educationally, emotionally and morally,” Rhodes wrote. “A disruption of the school will not be tolerated.”

I’m pretty sure protesting the murder of school children nationwide is educationally, emotionally and morally important.  I’m assuming those in the administration are mostly male, gun owning, morally bankrupt people.

The children will be heard.  Some of these children will be running for office in the next several years.  Those gun lobby loving corrupt anti-American and anti-family values will have to face the fact that their jobs are definitely on the line.

My question for all these people who think this is a second amendment issue is this…”Why do you need an AR-15 or AK-47 assault rifle?  If it’s for protection I would suggest several classes of gun safety and target shooting because if it takes more than one or two bullets to protect yourself you really suck at it and shouldn’t own a weapon of any kind.

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Happy President’s Day – A Diatribe

UPDATED:  How a day changes things.

Yesterday this happened:

“James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation’s worst president by our current president, Trump.” I guess I was wrong.

I remember when Trump was running for President.  Mostly I remember saying if he got elected he would have to really do a lot to be a worse President than James Buchanan.  Well, he’s been President for over a year and well James Buchanan is looking pretty dang good.

Under Mr. Trump and his band of misfit toys (cabinet members/staff/Lacking of Proper Security Clearances) he’s taken America back to the 1940/50’s when Racism was outwardly tolerated.  A time when women had few rights when married (especially in the south).  When people were murdered (lynched) and it was deemed socially okay.  Churches/Synagogues burning (African-American/Jewish) were sanctioned and white men in power thought themselves untouchable.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence would have us all believe those were the good old’ days.  This is how I see America right now.  Our President reaps personal financial windfalls from his position.  Trump harped on his predecessor playing Golf and he would have not time as President to do the same.  Yet, he’s played more golf than any previous President in the same time period or over a tenure in office.  Not only that, he plays golf at his own establishments that cost the American Tax Payers approximately $100 million for 1 year of golf.

Mr. Pence wraps himself in his form of Christianity.  Evangelicals have given Mr. Trump a sanctioned pass.  Even though he is a known philanderer, liar, cheat and scoundrel he invokes Jesus and God with his “God Bless America” and they give him a pass.  I’m fairly certain no matter what form of Christianity you follow…that’s not a real thing.  Mr. Pence hates women in power.  He has told everyone how he can’t be in the presence of women when his wife isn’t around.  He’s afraid of being tempted I guess.  This is revealing in his lack of faith in Jesus that he will make the right choices.  It also shows his lack of self-control in all other matters in his life.  Is this really a person who should be Vice-President or even President?

The Republican Party is ridiculous any more.  The days of the calls for fiscal responsibility are gone.  They have been replaced with the days of Class Warfare.  The age where poor people are poor because they want to be and not because the deck is stacked against them.  The days where the wealthy are rewarded for their lack of paying any tax let alone their fair share.  We are back to the days of medical bankruptcy because Trump’s grand plan of destroying anything Obamaish is all that matters to him.  Instead of fixing and improving Obamacare we now live in the world of Trumpcare where only the wealthy can afford medical treatment.  Where pharmaceutical companies hold our health hostage because we can’t afford the medicines we need to be healthy.  Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would rather all of the poor folks just die off so it makes America Greater for people like them.

The Republican Party of today would also have you believe that all of the millions and millions of dollars taken from Gun Lobbies like the NRA isn’t blood money.  Thoughts and Prayers for all of the people killed by AR-15 Assault Rifles and other various guns.  It’s not the guns…it’s the people.  No…it’s the people who should never have military grade assault weapons.  That’s not even a Second Amendment issue.  It’s a common sense issue.  Ordinary citizens will never need an AR-15.  It’s a death weapon and nothing more.

Our Country is in the throes of being not relevant on the world’s stage.  Our President watches more TV than I do and tweets as though he is a Junior High Schooler.  He tries to bully everyone who disagrees with him.  He has no respect for anyone about anything that does not mirror his own opinion.  That opinion tends to be how great he is and if you don’t say he’s great then you suck.

Will Trump go down as the worst President in the history of the United States of America?  That is still to be determined.  It still would take a lot to be worse than James Buchanan who seemed to be okay with Civil War.  There are so many variables and so much time left in Trump’s first (or only) term as President.  Until then we deal with the fact that Trump plays a lot of golf, doesn’t start his work day until 11 am and works only until about 4 PM.  He watches endless Fox News which he deems as the only not “fake news” affiliate.  The world is a scarier place under Mr. Trump and his Republican band of misfits.

Happy President’s Day…I guess.

More Children Die…The Blame Game From Congress Begins

The 18th School Shooting this year.  The President offers prayers, Paul Rubio offers prayers.  The fingers are being pointed at the FBI for failing to flag the suspect in custody.  Rubio even said that people always want action but nothing will prevent these tragedies from happening.  If a motivated person wants to kill then he will kill.  I will agree to this statement if the killer hadn’t chosen to use an AR-15 Tactical Rifle that fires 45 Rounds per second.  The Republican’s act as though this isn’t their fault.  It is their fault.  Since 2016, restriction and regulations have been removed.  Mentally ill people can now purchase weapons.  Military grade weapons.  Ordinary citizens should not have access to these weapons.

We do not need a wall to protect us from Mexico.  Why not take that money and just put it into more agents to do background checks?  Perhaps have guidelines that if you have been investigated by the FBI or ATF that you can not purchase any weapon for a 30 day evaluation period.  How about we freeze all military grade weapon sales?  Nope…that’s not the problem according to Rubio and the Republicans.

Paul Rubio has accepted over $3 million in gun lobby monies to his campaign.  That is blood money.  Pat Toomey has accepted almost $1 million in campaign contributions.  That is blood money.  John McCain has accepted over $6 million from gun lobbyists.  That is blood money.

The message from our leaders this day is…Deal with the fact that these deaths will never end as long as “evil” wants to destroy our children.  I say…that’s a cop-out.  These murders are being committed by males.  Perhaps what we need are more women in government and fewer men.

It’s never fruitful that the message of peace comes from a man who advocates men who have sex with young girls or beat their wives.  A man who wants a phallic military parade.  Perhaps, it’s time to let the women run things.

God is watching.  You won’t be saved in the end as long as you take the side of violence and aggression.  Keep those prayers for you will truly need them.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the birth and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year it is more important than ever to re-educate ourselves by reading about the works of Dr. King.

Dr. King stood for justice in the face of injustice.  His message is so important because the President of the US is many things from bully to self aggrandize simpleton.  He is also a racist.  He denies being a racist and says “No, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed”.  This would have been almost believable if he hadn’t described those who took part in the Charlottesville white supremacy march, that killed one person, “some very fine people”.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Republican party led by their halfwit President Trump will be the show today.  Look at us…we love minorities and want to help them all.  Unless of course they are of color or aren’t Christian.  I find this weird because Jesus was of color, poor and a foreigner.  He was probably going to come back like he promised and realized ICE would throw him in detention for being all of those things.

Dr. King believed love and peace were the answer to anger and hate.  He and so many others are also remember today.  People like  Medger Evers, Rosa Parks, and Sojourner Truth.  Medger Evers once said “You can kill a man, but not an idea”.  The idea that we are all created equal has been very hard for whites in America, and particularly in the south, to grasp.  They blame blacks for being the largest group in incarceration.  Interestingly enough they never ask the right question or posit the correct theories.  If more blacks are poor than any other group in America wouldn’t that lead them to be more desperate?

White Supremacy is a ridiculous ideology.  It is the ideology of the weak-minded and uneducated.  Fanatics are stupid whether they are race or religious…they are weak people.  Dr. King fought for justice for minorities of all kinds whether race, religion or gender.  He understood the heart of Jesus and his teachings.  He knew that hate is not productive and is only destructive.  He knew more than President Trump and his band of “white males only” and he died before he could reach the zenith of his work.  Dr. King left a legacy that can’t be tarnished or demoralized.  They can try but in the end….Love will always win and hate and arrogance will destroy themselves because this has always been the case.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today I will celebrate Dr. King’s birth and the birth of all of those souls that fought against injustice and continue the fight for the rights of all people.

Waiting on the New Year

It’s almost 2018.  I can’t believe it.

I remember being a child and talking with my friends.  I said,  ‘When it’s 1983 I will be graduating High School.’  That was 34 years ago.  I remember thinking 1983 was so far into the future.  Heck, in High School we were reading George Orwell’s 1984 and that was only a year away.  I watch The Goldbergs now and I wonder how the time drifted away from me.  I also wonder when did it get a hyper drive? I’m also shocked how many of the outfits they wear on that show that I once owned!

My Mom used to say to me…”Don’t wish your life away.  It goes by fast enough.”  I thought she didn’t know what she was talking about.  The woman was completely wise…like Obie-Wan Kenobi, but a woman and instead of the force she used common sense.  I appears that common sense doesn’t really exist anymore.

The older I get the more faith I lose in humanity.  I look around at my fellow travelers to the grave and ask myself…’Wow, the world has hit rock bottom”.  I know I should keep the faith but really it’s difficult.  My fellow citizens elected a washed up reality TV Star who’s ego far out reaches his intelligence.  The fate of America is now in the hands of a man who told us how much he would work for us but has had 111 days off so far and he hasn’t been on the job a year yet.  Okay…I do realize a lot of those days were weekends but I didn’t realize that being President was so easy.  Cool…I know have a career goal.

I’ve found White People are kind of freakishly frightened.  I’m white but I’m not afraid of non-white people.  My Parents didn’t raise me that way.  I’m okay with Happy Holidays and I’m a Christian.  I’ve been called a liberal by angry friends.  I’m not.  I believe in fiscal responsibility.  I haven’t seen this from Republicans in a really, really long time.

Good stuff did happen to me this year.  I am very thankful for each and every moment that has enriched my life.  In 2018, my only wish is that those who use fear to promote war fall into a black hole.  It’s time to face the monster we’ve created by our apathy.

Perhaps 2018 will surprise me and be good for people everywhere.  I’m just not that naive.

My personal wish for 2018 is to have better grammar.  Miracles can happen…or not!

Happy New Year…I guess.

The Killing Will Not Stop Because Our Congress Simply Doesn’t Care

Sutherland, Texas – Murdered at Church, 27 by assault weapons, on November 5, 2017. Injured by murderer 20.

Las Vegas, NV – Murdered at public Concert, 59 by assault weapons, on October 1, 2017.  Injured by murderer 241

Plano, TX – Murdered at Work, 9 killed on September 10, 2017.  Injured by murderer 1.

San Francisco, CA – Murdered at Work, 4 killed on June 14, 2017 – Injured by murderer 2.

These are just 4 examples of this disease in our Country.

When will this be listed as domestic terrorism?

Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker of the House had this to say…

When asked about the backlash on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” show, Ryan said the criticism was “disappointing” and said “people who do not have faith don’t understand faith,” and claiming the “secular left” is responsible for some of the “disunity” in the U.S.

“It is the right thing to do in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works,” he said. “And I know you believe that and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this think, no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”

 

The “disunity” comes from the Republican Party and President Trump.  Heck, Republican Steve Scalise was shot and almost died but came back to say he’s all for the Second Amendment and the rights of mentally ill people to have access to guns (I’m paraphrasing, of course).  Every time a white man in America kills we are told to hold off on judgement, takes some days to get a hold of our emotions and pray.  When a Muslim man runs over people in NYC and kills 8 of them President Trump rushed to twitter saying he would okay Gauntanamo Bay for him.  No time to reflect or pray…ACTION.

Why is there no action here…again?  Why is okay in America to kill children?  Why does our Republican Congress have more empathy for Gun Manufacturers  in American that victims of Gun Violence?

Mostly I wonder….HOW IS AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?  Children died on Sunday praying.

Inaction will kill more children but Congress doesn’t give a fig!!!