Sunday, October 9, 2011

We Disagree - Agreed? Now Move On!

If we cannot agree that we will all disagree on at least as many issues as we agree upon then may we agree that we are all fooling ourselves?
We will never have only one national opinion on any one issue.
For example, I commute to and from work on public transportation every day.
I sit (hopefully) on generally late, somewhat dirty and unfortunately unreliable Long Island Railroad trains upon which I catch a few extra and heartily needed minutes of restless sleep.
But I have worked with people who insist on sitting in traffic driving to and from work every day.
Aside from the fact that hopefully those people do not catch 40 winks while on the road they are creating and breathing in pollution while adding to our nation’s dependence upon and usage thereof foreign oil. (I am assuming they do not use electric vehicles as the ones of whom I speak do not.)
But I am smart enough to know that I can not change their ways when it comes to this particular behavior so I will not try.
I also realize that their choice, as dumb and expensive as it is does not affect my life, at least not in a day to day way and not in the near future.
I do not believe the issue between driving to work vs. commuting should be a campaign issue and luckily it is not.
But different personal choices have become campaign issues. These choices are more invasive than open heart surgery in that they affect our lives every day and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives!
I am speaking about religion and its pervasive effect on our entire political system.
Recently a deluded self-serving so-called pastor named Jeffress, not surprisingly from Texas claimed that Willard Mitt Romney is not a Christian since he is a Mormon and Mormonism is a cult.
Hey pastor, so is Christianity!
So is Judaism!
And by definition so is every religion that ever was, is, or will be practiced on this Earth!
When a “man of God” claims that another “man of God” is a member of a cult he is truly invoking the kettle/pot analogy and making himself out to be a small minded inconsequential moron. (That’s moron, without the second M.)
Clearly there is no way to dissuade someone from their belief as long as that person is at peace and comfortable with it, nor should we try as long as it does not affect others.
However when belief in that cult becomes part and parcel of their ideas on how to rule over others we must be wary of electing them to any position of power.
Think of Ayatollahs or Mullahs.
It's really not a complex issue but when someone gets a God complex they become dangerous. (Unless of course they do so while actually walking on water and then, uh well sorry about that and by the way when may I expect that pony we spoke of?)
Naturally the whole separating religion from government idea is not solely mine nor is it new. It was the general thought of General George Washington of First President of these United States fame!
In several statements made by that prominent figure and founding father of our founding days Mr. Washington decried the use of religion as a process that stagnated progress.
When people who are allowed to speak to a crowd or on television spout ideologies as though they were the key foundation for electing a President their statements should come with loud disclaimers or be stopped by a 5 second delay and relegated to Fox Non-News channels only.
For years we have been languishing with a stagnant economy continued by a do-nothing Republican led agenda whose only stated job is to remove President Obama from their sight!
Rather than addressing issues such as:
High unemployment;
Wealthy people who pay little or no tax;
Corporations that sit on obscene amounts of cash refusing to invest in the country that made them wealthy;
The same corporations trading American jobs to workers overseas;
The ruination of our once great infrastructure and;
The calculated murder of the middle class that used to be the envy of the entire world
The Republican majority in the House continues to call anything brought forth by the President as, “Dead on arrival!”
Instead of looking for ways out of our terrible mess, brought on by a Republican President and his cronies they are content to change the subject and allow debates over who has the better religion and who follows the teachings of that Jewish guy from the year one!
Truth is if we look at the actions rather than the words most Republicans choose to ignore the phrase WWJD.
So listen closely and you may hear the sound of our founding fathers spinning mightily in their graves!
Americans may not be able to agree on much these days but one thing is clear and without dispute; Republicans have not done one thing to create jobs since they took over the majority in the House of Representatives by claiming they had a jobs plan and that it would be Job Number One for them.
We must remove that man
before he helps the little
people and makes my master
pay another penny in taxes.
The only job plan they have pursued was the one laid forth by that large jowled Senator from Kentucky, Mitchell McConnell who only wants to get rid of Obama. And toward that end he would not mind seeing America go down the toilet.
And no matter what side of any argument you find yourself on that last statement is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but!

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