Category Archives: Today’s Issues

Thoughts on issues in the world today

Morpheus and Neo Talk American Democracy

Morpheus: This is our country, everyone treated the same regardless of the color of their skin, gender, ethnic make-up, or religious belief. Individuals are judged purely on the content of their character. Everyone has health care and parents send their children to school unafraid they may be the victim of a mass shooting. There is no social or racial injustice.  People walk down the street unafraid that they may be wrongfully targeted simply because of the color of their skin.  Everyone is afforded the same opportunities regardless of their social, ethnic or economic background.  It seems too perfect doesn’t it Neo? You know something is not right don’t you Neo? You can feel it

Neo: We’re living an illusion?

Morpheus: Yes!

Neo: But why?

Morpheus: Is it so hard really to believe? Our democracy was designed to be one where the power comes from the people not a ruler or group of powerful individuals who would do whatever they want. It was founded on the belief that these truths are self evident all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Yet that has always been an illusion hasn’t it.

Neo: Are you saying our democracy has never been real?

Morpheus: What is real. How do you define real? If you’re talking about the people being the source of power or that all men are created equal, then real is simply a bunch of words written on a piece of paper. That America only exists in a series of oft cited but rarely enacted words. A constitution to be held up to the rest of the world as a symbol of the moral high ground we supposedly occupy. That America doesn’t exist if you believe it does…Well you’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.

This is the country as it really exists today. Racism and bigotry are still alive and well, the pursuit of happiness for many impeded by economic and social injustice roadblocks. The few controlling the narrative and dictating policy so as to maintain their power, enrich their bank accounts. Millions of citizens living in poverty and millions more without health insurance. Children forced to go to bed hungry, funding for education constantly under siege…. Welcome to the Desert of the Real Neo. Having seen all of this I have come to realize the obviousness of the truth. Control. Democracy today is control an illusion propagated by those in power to keep the masses under control.

Neo: No. I don’t believe it. It’s not possible.

Morpheus: I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.

Open question to the GOP

Republicans

What if I told you that there are many who believe what you do politically and given the opportunity could effectively lead your party.

What if I told you those many have dignity.  That they would not put you in a position where you had to cast aside your own dignity and morals by standing in front of Americans trying to spin a host of lies and corruption.

What if I told you those many are not racist and would work to unite Americans instead of dividing it. That they would not belittle the American intelligence community. Would work with our allies instead of insulting them and not be seen as Putin puppet. Would restore America’s role as the leader of the free world and be respected by the global community instead of laughed at.

Could you break your ties with the deceitful, corrupt, divisive, lying leader you have now and give those many an opportunity to restore the luster to your party that deep down you know is being marred by your current leader?

Would you?

Conspiracy Theory

In today’s political climate we see leaders tweeting and retweeting some of the most ludicrous, laughable conspiracy theory without the slightest bit of evidence to support it.  It seems the truth has become secondary to performing to your base and debasing your rival.

I find myself asking if the Democrats had a version of Trump would they tweet the following satire of a conspiracy theory as truth? Would Trump if it was about a Democrat? Sad that I would even have the slightest doubt about that.

Is this true?

I have well connected sources that are telling me the keepers of the gate (KOTG) a very secretive cult was annoyed today that President Trump let it slip he’s the Chosen One and the King of Israel.  KOTG believes that the white man was chosen to rule the Earth and protect the Jew who while not as worthy as the white man existence is of crucial religious importance as it relates to the second coming.

It is also believed that the reason Trump doesn’t want his taxes out is because of irregularities that when look into would show a trail of millions of dollars leading back to KOTG. As one source said there something in those tax returns he doesn’t want us to know about and believe me this is it.

Trump was recruited into KOTG as a teenager by prominent KOTG member Wayne LaPierre. Reports also say that cabinet members who were either fired or quit abruptly did so because they were getting to close to the KOTG truth. Why haven’t they gone public? Rumors are either they didn’t have enough evidence or because of imitation from the KOTG security squad the Real Men in Black known to target family members financially and in other ways while leaving the traitor alone so they would know the pain of crossing the KOTG

This story was a satire of a conspiracy theory…or was it?

We The People

Captain Kirk once said: 

Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We the People was not written for the chiefs or the kings or the warriors or the rich and powerful, but for all the people! …They must apply to everyone or they mean nothing

Donald Trump cannot comprehend that. He wrongly believed it applies only to whitemen in MAGA hats. As Americans how can weask someone who is sworn to uphold the Constitution to do so when regrettably they do not appear to have the capacity to grasp the meaning of its first three words. 

WE THE PEOPLE

Listen to the sound of gun fire killing innocent people over and over again.

Washington D.C 

Are you listening?

Are you watching?

How many more have to die?

How many more children do we have to bury?

Stop with the excuses and just listen and watch the sound of gun fire senselessly  killing innocent people over and over again

We are tired

We don’t want your prayers and condolences anymore

We don’t want to see you accepting large donations from and on behalf of the NRA anymore 

We don’t want to see you pandering to the guns and god crowd anymore

We want to see you grow a backbone and take action

We want to see you enact real and meaningful gun control laws now

Stop with the excuses and just listen and watch the sound of gun fire senselessly  killing innocent people over and over again

If you can’t do that. If you can’t even attempt to protect us I suggest you shut up, sit down and move aside for someone who can!

Social Programs for the needy equals bad. Corporate welfare for the rich equal good

Next time you hear the GOP complaining Democrats are giving the store away with all these social programs think about this:

In 2017 oil companies like Shell and Exxon companies not hurting for cash adding everything received $14.7 billion in federal subsidies and $5.8 billion in state-level incentives, for a total of $20.5 billion annually in corporate welfare.

Farm subsidies are designed to help mom and pop farmers right.  Hmmm well that’s not totally true farm subsidies act like a regressive tax that helps high-income businesses, not poor rural farmers. Most of the money goes toward large agribusinesses. Between 1995 and 2017, the top 10%of recipients received 77% of the $205.4 billion doled out. The top 1% received 26% of the payments. That averages out to $1.7 million per company. Fifty people on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans received farm subsidies. On the other hand, 62% of U.S. farms did not receive any subsidies.

Social programs to help the poor and needy = bad according to the GOP. Pull your pants up and work you lazy Americans

Corporate welfare to help the richest of the rich get richer on the guise that the money will trickle down, yet somehow it never does = good to the GOP.  Let’s meet for cocktails aboard your yacht and talk about your next campaign contribution. 

The politicians are all Hypocrites and snake oil salespeople who keep selling the poorest among those who continue to vote for them and keep them in office a pack of lies and for some reason, possibly if you were to look closely at the racial politics Trump plays they believe the myth that only black and brown people benefit from these programs while simultaneously taking advantage of them of theirselves. 

We hate ObamaCare they scream yet based on 2014 Census Bureau data, that echo other studies showed that a key demographic for the GOP blue-collar whites have been among the principal beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act. 

Stop all these Safety Net programs they yell but Donald Trump won about two-thirds of whites without a college degree—the most for any Republican since Ronald Reagan in his 1984 landslide—and they provided almost exactly half of his total votes, even though they represented only about one-third of the electorate, according to media exit polls.  Yet Safety-net programs are particularly beneficial for adults without a college degree. “The vast majority of working-age adults lifted above the poverty line by government benefits and tax credits are people lacking a college degree. 

It’s time America to stop voting based on a sound bite or what a quote unquote news network tells you and get informed. Otherwise your just a pawn the rich move around the board to stay the rich. 

WITH NO EVIDENCE AT ALL

They say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and what goes around comes around. 

Ever wonder what  kind of country we would be if we all played by Donald Trump’s rules of engagement and just made stuff up about him?

Not a very good one I suspect. 

Trump’s blatant lies about President Obama are well documented here are just a few that he states WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL:

In 2011 Trump said “somebody” told him Obama might be hiding his birth certificate because it might identify him as a Muslim.  Not that this is a bad thing even if it were true but that’s a discussion for another day  

In 2014 Trump tweeted “Obama sent weapons to ISIS through Benghazi yet holding up shipments to Israel”

In 2015 Trump said “they actually think Obama hates Israel. I think he does”

The clear implication in all of this was that Trump was attempting to portraying Obama as anti-Semitic WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL  

So if we as a country dropped to his level and played in the gutter using Trump’s own rules of engagement would it be wrong to say WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL:

That Trump is German and “somebody” told me he is a believer in Hitler’s master race theory

That Trump is secretly arming white militias around America

That Trump has secretly told white nationalist to prepare for a coming race war and that when it’s over America will be cleansed of it’s black and brown problem and America will be great again.

I’m just wondering because Trump has, with the help of Fox News, been given carte blanche to say whatever he wants about whoever he wants WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL to verify the validity of his statements and smears on a person’s career and character and  yet many in his base take his statements to be true. So why can’t we do the same to him? Oh yeah that really wouldn’t be American now would it?

The truth still counts for something and we should all reject statements made WITH NO EVIDENCE AT ALL