Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ben Carson Said What???

Ben Carson, yes that fellow vying for the republican nomination to run for the presidency said;

Don't let the secular progressives drive God out of our lives.” He went on to say “We have to stop letting them bully us. . . . We back down too easily. It's an important part of who we are.”

He also claimed that progressives are politicizing religion and persecuting Christians.

The fact of the matter is that I believe our founders set up a system that wasn’t supposed to cater to a political class,” he said. “It was supposed to cater to the people.”
We’ve gotten everything confused,” Carson continued. “We’ve got to stop making everything into a political issue.”
Yet he makes this statement to further his political aspiration while attempting to minimize the rights of others who do not ascribe to his religious viewpoint. He makes the point that the government is supposed to cater to the people, yet he fights to deny the rights of the LGBT community. He has claimed that progressives are bullying and persecuting Christians while it is the evangelical far right that has attempted to limit the rights of the people to the way they interpret their bible.
I have to ask one question, it's a two part question. Who is making the question of “rights” political and who is bullying others to accept their way of life in this country that is supposed to have freedom from the government imposing religion on its people?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our Militarized Police

The need to look like soldiers by our police departments seems to be the direction our nation has taken. From the combat gear they wear to the equipment they seek for use that has been designed for war. There's a funny thing that happens when males adorn themselves as soldiers. They take on a militaristic attitude in how they act. In other words, they begin to act as if they are soldiers who are at war. Yes, they start to play war. They appear to be going about their tour, shift if you may, watching for the opportunity to assert their authority as if the entire public is their enemy. After all, the patriot act basically has made us all suspects rather than citizen who are innocent until proven guilty of a crime.

Now, tell me something, what does the public see and think when they see officer friendly now dressed in full combat gear? How do they feel about the presence of these officers of the law when they are approached by an armed soldier rather than an officer who took an oath to protect and serve? To me it kind of suggests that are living under the occupation of an invading force and that we are being scrutinized as the enemy. With the ever growing incidences of police misconduct lately, that picture grows more vivid with each case.

There are plenty of good officers out there, I would say a great majority of them are. It's those officers that have taken the militarizing of their appearance and decided to play war that have brought the trust of police departments across this country to its lowest level in the history of our nation. Then once the “Blue Wall” is put in place to protect those who have abused their positions, the entire justice system takes on the face of those few bad officers. This has got to change, the “I feared for my life” statements are being shown to be less than true when what you see is someone running away and being shot in the back by the officer. Another incident where a perpetrator of not committing a crime is hassled then while on his face on the pavement, four shots ring out killing him.

The militarization of the police forces across this country has left us with an us against them society that has taken away more trust from our citizens than can be understood. When we fear the police more than those our government considers to be the terrorists, we have a problem.

I sure would like to bring back the days when we were able and very willing to teach our children that if they are ever lost or in trouble that they could turn to and trust the policeman on the corner for help.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The American Socialist

I got a question. Hows come republicans are so scared of socialism? I know, I know, BIG BROTHER!
Yes, big brother looking deep into the lives of the people of this country. Total control over all that we say, do, think and believe is the target of socialism. Yes that's scary and the funny thing is that it's the republican platform that continues to move us in that direction minus the social benefits in the name of freedom.

I've read that socialism and freedom go hand in hand but social suggests “for the people” not for the government to walk all over the people which again seems to be the direction the republicans are going while doing their reverse Robin Hood gig in robbing the poor to give to the rich. They want the control that is pictured in George Orwell's 1984 without the responsibility of taking care of the needs of the people of the nation.

Two of the greatest heroes of the conservative movement were Senator Joe McCarthy and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. Both vigorously attacked communism with its socialistic ways while delving deeply into the private lives of the people of America. They themselves were acting out the “BIG BROTHER” scenario while supposedly fighting against it.

Today, they still want to control the nation through keeping the people ignorant. (a word I believe to be misused) Day after day they try to take steps in the direction toward making our country into a theocratic nation. They oppose sharia law of Islam while trying to impose a religious law of their own.

Tell me, who are the American Socialists?