Letter to Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe
Dear Mr. Jacoby,
Dear Mr. Jacoby,
From the Guideposts daily thoughts:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14”
Learning takes place when people are humble. Self-righteous people who believe there is only one way to solve a problem are not humble. This passage does not advocate legislating morality, yet that is what fascist right wing people advocate, proclaiming somehow their “rights” are being trampled should they not be allowed to tell everyone how to live their lives.
Ayn Rand was a wicked person. She advocates for individual greed and selfishness. A person cannot be humble when they are greedy and selfish, seeking only what is best for his / her self. Such people lacking humility remain stubbornly ignorant, never listening to the other side and making an attempt to learn something different from the “traditionalist” stuff which often has been proven NOT to work. Diana Butler Bass said, “seek traditions, not traditionalism.”
Yet, Libertarians and a man named Paul Ryan worship Ayn Rand and nixes ideas about seeking solutions which would be good for society. Allen West, lacking humility and remaining stubbornly ignorant, attacks those who don’t agree with him as being “communists.” Yet Ryan and West attempt to call themselves “Christians” and attract a whole bunch of people who wish to legislate morality – in supposed “Christian” churches. Dale Carnegie:
“Carnegie held that societal progress relied on individuals meeting their moral obligations to themselves and to society. Thus, he believed real charity supplied the means for those who wish to help themselves, achieve their goals. Moreover, Carnegie urged other wealthy people to contributed to society in the form of parks, works of art, libraries and other endeavors that improved the community, and contributed to the “lasting good” Carnegie also held a strong opinion against inherited wealth. Carnegie believed that the sons of prosperous businesspersons were rarely as talented as their fathers. By leaving large sums of money to their children, wealthy business leaders were wasting resources that could be used to benefit society. Most notably, Carnegie believed that the future leaders of society would rise from the ranks the poor. Carnegie strongly believed in this because he had risen from the bottom. He believed the poor possessed an advantage over the wealthy due to their receiving more attention from their parents, and were taught better work ethics.”
This is quoted from Wikipedia and links to the particular references are included. Did Romney and Ryan come up from the bottom? Neither one of them knew what it was like to be blue collar and actually labor for a living. They have no idea. They are both elitist snots. Barack Obama and Joe Biden did work their way up from the bottom.
I recall Anne Richards’s speech at the 1992 Democratic Party convention which nominated Bill Clinton for president. The words ring true with one of the most wealthy this nation has ever seen: “Poor George, born with a silver spoon in his mouth.” Shrub, with the silver spoon and fake way, did not know how to lead.
Taxing the wealthiest portion of America when that part of America refuses to invest in its own nation and puts money and jobs overseas is NOT a wrong thing to do, according to Carnegie’s standards.
When there is something these elitist right wing fascists don’t like, they take the minor parts of such ideas and blow these parts up out of proportion to what is good about such issues. Take ObamaCare. I have seen reports which equally discuss the good, bad, and ugly with regard to the plan. But to listen to the mainstream Media, particularly Fox, all discussions focus on the parts which some people might find offensive, but do not truly have the knowledge (and thus the wisdom) to really understand. Crony capitalism makes judgments based solely on their wealth, not on the good of society. Diana Butler Bass: “Seek wisdom, not certainty.”
Right wing fascists expect perfection, especially from those who don’t agree with them. Yet, they are not humble enough to realize that the hand with the finger they point in judgment at another person also has three pointing back at themselves and the thumb is thumbing God. “Judge not lest you be judged.” Diana Butler Bass: “Seek to practice, not purity.”
Andrew Carnegie (2012). Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie , , , , , .
Bass, Diana Butler. (2006). Christianity for the rest of us : how the neighborhood church is revitalizing the faith. San Francisco: Harper.
Daily scripture & reflection newsletter. (2012, Oct. 27). OurPrayer daily newsletter (Guideposts) [Email distribution]. email@example.com
Recently, a “bishop” told congregants of some church that those who vote for Barack Obama are “going to hell.” There are many churches with bishops. The Roman and Anglican (Episcopal) and the United Methodist (once called the Methodist Episcopal) all have bishops.
Let’s take note that sane religious groups do not make such statements. But if we did, we certainly have plenty of reason to say, “don’t vote for Romney / Ryan or you will go to hell.” The biggest reason is Paul Ryan, but there are plenty of reasons why Mitt Romney is evil.
Let’s take Mitt Romney. He bullied gay people when in high school. You like that kind of man for president? A bully? You do, huh? You like that? How about if I, as a gay man, bullied YOU because you, as a man, have sex with a woman – out of wedlock? How about if I bullied YOU for not taking responsibility for your actions and just freely having sex with the “one who you are with?” HOW ABOUT THAT? Why don’t I bully people like that? Because of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbor. Jesus Christ taught us to do to one another as we would have done to ourselves. I don’t know about you who actually bother to read this post, but I would not bully myself, so why would I bully another person?
Then there is Paul Ryan. His worship of Ayn Rand makes him very evil. At least those Roman Catholics who accept gay people are following the words of Christ: love your neighbor and do unto others as you would have them do to you. The pope rejects the true Christians, but would accept a congregant who follows the words … no WORSHIPS … an atheist anarchist who believes no one should take responsibility for his/he actions? How can Paul Ryan have any conscience and attend a Roman Catholic Church? How can the pope accept such a person, but would deny John Kerry the sacraments because he supports gay people? John Kerry practices the true Christian religious beliefs. Paul Ryan and countless other HYPOCRITES are evil creatures doing the will of the beast whose name is created by adding a “d” to the word “evil.”
Barack Obama does not go around ADVOCATING abortion, but accepts the fact that women have a choice. Ayn Rand ADVOCATED abortions. Do people even realize this as they go to the polls in America?
But it’s being gay which impacts me. My freedom and liberty could be curtailed, should a Republican administration take charge. Does anyone even care enough to consider this? I am a RESPONSIBLE gay man, unlike the homosexuality promoted by Ayn Rand – “do your own thing and don’t give a damn about those around you.” “Love the one you’re with,” according to Ayn Rand.
Here I have spent a lifetime being careful to take responsibility for my actions. And due to a stupid Jewish woman – an atheist – her followers could really bully me by using churches and universities like Palm Beach Atlantic U. to do their dirty work. These irresponsible people who promote anarchy USE a bishop to tell his congregants to be self-righteous and judge a good man who has worked hard for the Middle Class for four years now. Stupid suckers in America who buy this crap from a bunch of paranoid losers fearful that they might be gay.
It matters not that I have had to endure those who FORCE me, using the fear of societal “traditions,” into heterosexual relationships when I truly was always gay. So, Mr. Rick Santorum, the devil himself, how did YOU lose your freedom and liberty? Who removed that from you, … you SOB? Who did that to you? And the owner of Chick-fil-a… who removed YOUR freedom and liberty? Did someone FORCE either of you bastards to marry someone of the same sex? Sorry to use such strong language, but if the truth were known, I wonder what these guys say under their breath about people like me?
Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum (and others) are paranoid losers propped up by a Nazi pope. PERIOD. And what did Jesus Christ have to say – FORCEFULLY – about HYPOCRITES? Maybe you should read your Bibles, Mr. Romney the bully and Mr. Paul Ryan and Mr. Rick Santorum. And I have a suggestion. Don’t rely on “traditions” and THEN go to the Bible to dredge up your stinko stuff. That’s called proof texting.
Romney is a paranoid bullying loser propped up by the money extracted from the members of his faith – as the elders in Salt Lake City command.
Where, Mr. George H.W. Bush, in the supposed “liberal” mainstream Media, do we hear what I just said? NO WHERE. Screw your “new world order,” Mr. Bush … and Mr. Romney. Screw your “kinder, gentler nation” horse shit, Mr. George H.W. Bush. HYPOCRITES – as Jesus Christ said.
All of you have a hidden agenda. Push gay people back into the closet or into drag. I despise drag and I don’t wish to be pushed back into a closet. There are gay people who might like drag, too. Let them like it. That is the freedom we are SUPPOSED to have in the USA, but which the witches of the right wing wish to deny us.
Consider this. There are many of us who truly are gay and are gay for many reasons, some of which consist of physical things like genetics and hormones and such. But the reason for being gay is not limited to physical reasons, either. But are there gay Ayn Rand worshipers who also maintain a hidden agenda? Are there gay people who pretend to be gay in order to NOT take responsibility for ones self in society and make loads of money? After all, with no kids to raise, a gay man can become filthy rich, don’t you know?
And that is the irony of the platform of the Republican Party. The position of that evil party is to trash gay people who are responsible, in favor of the Ayn Rand type of gay man or woman. Trash the ones who are responsible, then use an iron-fisted approach to those who insist on being outside the closet. Deny these responsible people finances and jobs and healthcare and retirement, don’t you know?
The gay couple who wishes to adopt a child from overseas. Trash them because they don’t fit the “traditional” definition of a family. But the promiscuous ones? Well… just don’t do it in front of us – same with you promiscuous heteros… just keep it quiet … and DON’T GET CAUGHT… or else! LOL! Shallowness! LOL!
The gay couple who wishes to live a private life in a committed relationship, rather than cruise the streets and bars. Trash them, too. But the ones who get their jollies from multiple partners – either hetero OR homo… why… just let them do their thing – the Ayn Rand way… go down low… with multiple partners…. be irresponsible, but … OH! don’t get caught doing it. And LOL! Shallow laugh!
Jesus Christ: “Satan is the father of the lie.” Jesus Christ: violent reaction against DECEPTIVE business people bilking the masses as they went to the synagogue.
Ayn Rand encourages promiscuity. Domestic partner and marriage / civil union laws acknowledge what Jesus Christ said. Ordination of gay clerics allows the ministering to those who are being responsible in committed relationships and having to face the horse shit of bullies like Romney – who apparently has Romnesia.
And yes, I may not be an executive like Lee Iacocca who published the words I just used. But I am no different from someone who has money – and don’t you forget it. Position does not give more rights to do something that others cannot do – and that includes the elevated position some people give the representative of Satan himself – the pope in Vatican City… or the elders in Salt Lake City. If you are a bully, you are a bully, Mitt Romney. It matters not how much goddamn money you have, Mittney, when you use if for evil purposes – like ship jobs overseas.
Ayn Rand followers promote promiscuity, whether it be in the heterosexual or homosexual communities. These are shallow people who lack compassion for their fellow human beings. “Down low” deceptiveness is okay, but not committed relationships and responsible families, regardless of sexual identity. They sucker in those of institutions like Palm Beach Atlantic University and other institutions promoting the destruction of gay people. Even those of us who are AGAINST abortion, but believe legislation of morality, a failure for centuries, is NOT the approach to use.
Nasty politics from nasty people who lack compassion. These people promote a vicious form of capitalism called crony fascist capitalism – based on Ayn Rand and Libertarian evil beliefs. I prefer the type of capitalism NOT modeled after Vatican City and Salt Lake City. I prefer democracy and democratic capitalism which consists of free market capitalism and nixes the huge corporate conglomerate monopolies which don’t compete, but destroy their competition. I prefer the model of capitalism of the ‘trust buster” and Republican who ran for president exactly 100 years ago – Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller and Jacob Javitz were all better Republicans than the lot we have today which consist of evil people.
And that is the problem with the paranoid Taft family of Ohio. That election of 1912 split the Republican Party in half. Teddy Roosevelt had more people who believed his PROGRESSIVE REPUBLICAN way, but nasty right wing Howard Taft – with the smallest numbers – insisted in being right. Think about it. Where is the Taft family of Ohio today? What impact did that family have on the 2004 election? Think about it. Where are the Teddy Roosevelt folks today? I’ll tell you. They are being brushed aside by nasty Republican fascists today.
The ones who deserve respect are the responsible gay people today, not the Ayn Rand irresponsible ones. But nasty politics brush good people aside – as the nasty politics destroy good RESPONSIBLE people, too. The people who have actually worked hard to EARN their money, rather than take from others.
I support our leader, President Barack Obama. I support most of the ideals of the Democratic Party.
I find the Republican Party message to be offensive and fascist. It’s a message from a bunch of people unwilling to negotiate, whether those negotiations take place across the aisles in Congress, at a collective bargaining negotiation session, or at the diplomatic negotiating sessions in the Middle East.
I am against handouts, so therefore find some of what Democrats support to be offensive. But it’s far better than what I hear on the Republican side, particularly the narrow vision of the Republicans with regard to civil rights and related social issues.
I would prefer to see a Federal agency like the WPA replace unemployment benefits. I would prefer to see the military spend some of its money on “defense” projects such as our American infrastructure which, when could reverse crumbling infrastructure such as dams and levies (to name a few) which leave us vulnerable in some situations. The Army Corps of Engineers, for instance, could handle such projects. I would prefer a mandatory 2-year military service time for all American youth and part of that could be work on infrastructure projects.
I would prefer such projects provide enough money to feed those who are involved in them.
But I have heard no such proposals from EITHER of the political parties. Nevertheless, based on historical facts about the impact of these two political parties, I choose the Democrats.
I don’t make my decision based on a candidate’s personality, although there are times when that does make a difference.
I don’t make my decision based solely on the person, but I make my decision based on the people who surround the person. There are racist and bigoted goons surrounding Romney and Ryan. I don’t like hateful, mean-spirited people and recognize that a vote for Romney / Ryan provides ammunition and power to such goons.
I also recognize that we are human beings and at times need to recognize that President Obama is not perfect. I need to reduce the expectation of perfection. My apologies to the president for comments I made on this blog a year or so ago. But it is tough, at times, to deal with what is heard coming from the fat negative putrid mouths of many of the president’s detractors. I do remain consistent in attacking such negativity and false commentary.
Not long ago, traveling north on I-95 near Boca Raton, I viewed a billboard with the words, “Barack Obama supports abortion.”
Now it’s the president’s business to file charges of libel. But if my name were attached to that – and I have faced such a situation from a judgmental person who calls herself a “Christian” – I would be filing charges of libel.
I am against abortion, but I am also pro-choice. I would work to encourage, if at all possible, someone whom I loved NOT to get an abortion. I would frown upon anyone who uses abortion as a means of contraception. Such a move shows a lack of responsibility.
But when it comes down to it, the choice of an abortion resides with the woman carrying the fetus. I would also argue that the male who was involved in the action should have a say in the decision as well. But the ultimate decision is the female carrying the fetus.
I support abortion in cases of rape and I don’t want to change the definition of rape – as does Allen West.
In 1901, the world lost my great-grandmother, Angeline MacLennon Eldridge, and her unborn child in pregnancy. I have thought about this: what if abortions DID exist in those days? Would my great-grandmother been enabled to make a decision which would have saved HER life and allowed her to continue to have OTHER babies? The anti-abortion advertisements about the loss of a child on a swing set is just as effective when considering the loss of life of mother AND baby, when abortions were illegal.
I believe in a positive world working to increase knowledge about being responsible, not a negative world which chooses to criminalize young women. A negative world helps create an abortion black market which lacks hygiene, leading to the death of young females who might, at one point, forget the need to take responsibility. And even then, we need to recognize that we are imperfect human beings with hormones raging at a young age. We need to effectively come to grips with this situation, rather than invoking boneheaded criminalization solutions to deal with something called … HUMANS.
We are not “economic units,” as the character, Harvey Nigel Bains, says on the Britcom, Waiting for God… “We the people…” Stop the lies, particularly those lies about President Obama and the lies on billboards purchased by high-powered people who thrive on deception and lying.
As portrayed in the fantasy world of a fictional character named John Galt (and others – “where is John Galt?”), public transportation is a communist and socialist plot to destroy the world. Republicans like Paul Ryan take this “socialist plot” seriously. Same with Sid Dinnerstein in Palm Beach County, as he derides any attempt to improve public transit systems. And Rick Scott who turned back money from the stimulus package to build a high-speed rail system.
I see this issue of public transit in a different light. I see public transit as a healthy competitive force in the transportation and energy industries, competing against corporate monopolies. There are some metropolitan areas which are able to break even and sometimes make a profit on public transit.
If it is run correctly, public, or mass, transit is as capitalist as Mom, apple pie and baseball are American ideals.
After World War II, a Republican general named Douglas MacArthur became Supreme Commander of Japan. We TRAINED the Japanese and changed their culture from one of an ancient feudal landlord system to a modern-day economic giant. The Japanese auto industry came here and ate our lunches. But all the same, the Japanese HAVE invested in high-speed rail. Detractors would look for the negative in those investments, but consider how well that society and culture has competed in the world markets?
Republicans who worship Ayn Rand would turn back the clocks to the days of the feudal landlords, rather than moving America forward. Paul Ryan would do the same. Yet it was a REPUBLICAN – Gen. Douglas MacArthur – who molded the Japanese nation into the competitive force it has become. Due to his effective leadership in Japan, this has enabled that nation to think in long-term strategic investment strategies and have been very successful. In contrast, powerful Americans stupidly embrace short-term investment more aggressively than ever before. “Me first and I want it now” is the evil words in America today, contrary to what truly works.
Only President Obama has provided a long-term vision for America, through investments in industries which can help us become energy independent, including public transit systems, which use less energy.
Despite the fantasy world created by Ayn Rand, there are also side benefits to public transportation. One of those is the ability to solve our drunk driving problems and reduce the punitive nature proposed by iron-fisted law and order jerks. In nations where public transit is more prevalent, a person who drinks too much is not allowed to get behind the wheel of a car, but has an option to take public transportation instead. Long-term, perhaps this can be a more efficient solution, too. But of course, silly me – American wealthy ones refuse to think in terms of long-term efficiencies, don’t you know?
Paul Ryan may flip-flop and say what people want him to say. But in the end, he does wish to invoke policies based on the greed of Ayn Rand, reducing programs like Medicare, Social Security, and public transportation, despite the case some of us can make that these systems CAN better stimulate a capitalist free market – competing with the big corporate monopolies. That is the hidden agenda – the big corporate monopolies which act like a Soviet politburo, but pretend they are not by pointing false fingers at those who wish to invoke free market capitalism.
I would argue that the former Soviet Union was a form of crony capitalism. But Paul Ryan and other Ayn Rand worshipers are so caught up in the Atlas Shrugged fantasy world that they miss this point.
President Obama has a better sense of what it takes to get this nation running again. But he needs our cooperation, not a knife in the back by people who are suckered into the negativity of Fox Noise and other Media outlets – and refuse to consider there might just be a positive side which is not being fully presented.
Go ahead. Attack what I say. Stubbornly ignorant ones intent on holding on to what they believe will ALWAYS find something wrong with any solution which does not quite fit into their narrow line of vision.
“Seek wisdom, not certainty.” — Diana Butler Bass.
If there truly is the problems the Republicans say exist, then those problems are NOT due to Democrats, but to Republicans. Republicans have occupied the White House more years since the 1950s than the Democrats have occupied it. It was Bill Clinton, a Democrat, who balanced the Federal budget after inheriting a deficit from a Republican president. Bill Clinton wisely recognized the approach suggested by super-wealthy (for his day) tycoon, Andrew Carnegie: “Wealth is not created by individuals, but by society.”
Why do I say this? Because Bill Clinton recognized that the Middle Class invested in the economy and a strong economy could boost revenue for the Federal government. The wealthy do not invest in the American economy. Despite the efforts of the wealthy oligarchy to sabotage what President Obama has proposed, the economy STILL shows signs of recovery. Think how much better it would be had voters not been suckered by the propaganda money (aka, BOUGHT OUT) of the Republicans in 2010.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Media actually discussed ObamaCare in a more positive light? That would be something, would it not? For instance, how about discussing the parts of this healthcare plan which have proven successful in Switzerland? Success for a decade in Switzerland. Do we hear this? No, we don’t.
Thanks, CNN, for shirking your duties. Thanks, Media (except NPR and PBS, which Romney wishes to shut down – too objective and not biased enough in favor of Republicans).
Republicans lack compassion, are deceitful, and they lie (did I say that?). PERIOD.
Political Commentary on Friday’s Jobs and Unemployment Figures
As with a sound byte which the conservative Media prefers we accept because it can obscure the facts, I missed the television news statistics quickly flashed across the screen. I recall a jobs growth with numbers in the 100-thousands, but don’t remember the exact figures. So I looked it up on the web. I found the following: “Since January 2012 an average of 157,000 jobs have been added each month…” (PR Newswire story published in The Sacramento Bee newspaper).
One would expect Romney to ignore these figures because they stab at his campaign like a knife going through butter. Instead, Romney’s focus is about the tenth of a percent increase in unemployment numbers. What Romney does not say is this: there are still too many of his cronies fighting against the will of the people and attempts to HOLD ONTO jobs. Ironically, perhaps the increase in unemployment might be due to those who work in corporations which intend to fire employees who vote in favor of Barack Obama. Perhaps the higher numbers might be government workers losing their jobs, due to Republicans.
The most important aspect of the issue is what Romney wishes people would not remember. Romney has said he believes the “norm” for unemployment is 9%. The figures under Obama are some I DO remember. In October, the figures rose from 7.8% to 7.9%. A twisted man like Romney and his crony Republicans may be playing a role in increasing these numbers, but condemns Obama to the unsuspecting and undecided voter. After all, if he wishes the “norm” of unemployment to be 9%, then there are probably already strategies in place in overpaid corporate board rooms to do exactly that.
Besides these facts, voters should not fall into “Romnesia” and forget the 8 years of negative job growth under George W. Bush. People can look at this with fear and intimidation for the tremendous power of those like Romney with tremendous amounts of money or look at it from the perspective of protecting and implementing the first few words of the U.S. Constitution: “We the people…” You can either protect the pocketbooks of the grossly high wealthy or protecting your own pocketbook – and those of your descendants, for years to come. Do you wish to condemn your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. to the lot of Roman-type slaves and brutal warriors, or would you prefer something better for America?
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