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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Losing Our Religion: How Conservative Christians Ruined Christianity

Regarding western religion, Ghandi once said...

"I love your Christ but I don't like your Christians. Your Christians are nothing like your Christ."

Such a genius observation...

As a country... no... as a people, we have forgotten what Christianity is and how beautiful of a religion it is. What we know is a manufactured, perverted Christianity that is used for political gain and as a platform to judge and persecute others, something that was highly frowned upon in traditional Christianity.

Before I go any further, let me tell you that I myself am not religious. I don't go to church, I don't pray, and I don't care what religion you believe in, if any. That's your choice in your life and I'll never judge you for it. I am very agnostic. Which to me, means I plead the fifth. I simply don't know.

I don't know if there's a heaven or not. I don't know if Christ really existed. I don't know if the stories in the bible actually happened. I don't know if there's an afterlife... and neither do you. Pretending that you do know and thinking I am a bad person because of a doubt that you can't factually answer yourself, is in my opinion, ignorant. I am not trying to offend you if you are a person of faith. You see, that's just the thing. You have faith, you do not have facts. You believe, but you don't know. There is nothing wrong with you having faith, but there is nothing wrong with me for having questions and doubts.

And this is where part of the problem begins. In a "Christian Nation", politicians are governing and making decisions that effect our lives based on a faith, a belief, and not on the facts that we do know here on Earth. And don't give me that "Separation of church and state" crap. It's about as enforced as banking regulations. It's very well know that the republican party makes decisions based on their incorrect interpretation of Christianity. Some even think that God talks to them and tells them to run for office and then acts as a policy adviser. God tells them to screw poor people to benefit the rich. (See. Delusion, schizophrenia, hard drugs)

Which leads to the other part of the problem. We have leaders that govern based on religion, which I highly disagree with. Though if they are going to despite what we think, they could at least be true to that religion and serve it correctly. Because if you look at the bible and then look at Republican policy, you'll see that these are the complete opposite of each other.

If our leaders governed based on the Holy Bible, literally and by the words in it, we would be a complete socialist nation that cared for everyone and denied no one. If republicans understood Christ by his words and not as their mascot for free market capitalism, this country would be a completely different place for the better.

The Bible warns throughout against greed, love of money, and the corruption that follows. A Christian nation would not condone and support greed the way American does. Christ would not allow people to go hungry while others have more than they'll ever need in the richest country in all of the world. A true Christian nation based on the teachings of Christ would actually be the conservatives worst nightmare.

Republicans view Jesus Christ as a man who loved America even though it didn't exist in his time. A man who shunned gays and hated all sex in general. A very stern, strict man set in his ways against whom he considered the scum of the earth. Basically, they think of him as Ronald Reagan.

I Perceive Jesus, according to the bible, as a rebel peasant who through peace, unity, and love took on the corruption and greed which was the Roman Empire. A man who refused to play along with a system fueled on material possessions void of spirituality. A man who trumped his opponent's hate with love. A man who used love as a weapon, a weapon that never hurt anyone.  A Champion of the poor. More liberal in his views than any liberal alive today. Jesus didn't say to tax the rich, he said the rich should just straight up Give ALL their money to the poor. That makes even Alan Grayson seem like a Conservadem.

Jesus Christ simply started preaching to the poor about this idea of Christianity. A philosophy where love, companionship, and spirituality are the way of life. Where material possessions and money led to a path of greed and consumption, a path that is void of true happiness and contentment. A philosophy where the Lord is the savior of the poor and despite their struggle in this life, they will be blessed in the next and it will be their oppressors who are punished in the next life.

Jesus's congregation grew and grew until the Roman Empire started taking notice. They considered him a lunatic claiming to be the son of God, preaching to the public. They saw him as a threat because they heard stories of him healing the sick and fighting for the poor. They saw that the peasants found a leader to empower them against the system that worked exclusively for the rich and powerful. Jesus offered a spiritual alternative to a life of material possessions. He told those who were getting mangled in the game that they could simply stop playing along if they chose to. The rich and powerful of the day killed him for it.

What do you think would happen if Jesus came back right now? Appeared at a teaparty event and started preaching? Do you think the teaparty patriots would like what they heard?

How do you think they would react when their claimed savior said that the rich should just give their money to the poor and walk with him? That they should not judge gays, Muslims, and the poor, but learn to love the ones they hate? That the poor have a place in heaven and it is the rich who will struggle to get in? That his health care plan was to just heal the sick and ask nothing in return?

If Jesus Christ came back today, the teaparty would crucify him again.

How did this happen? How did Christianity become the official religion of the Republican Party? How did we become a Christian Nation that condemns and outlaws Christian ethics and principles? When did we become everything that the bible warned against?

What happened...

    Excerpt from "American Taliban" by Markos Moulitsas

     Christian evangelicalism always surges during troubled times. The 1930s was the time of the Great Depression, a time when communism was alive and well in the international arena, and when trade unions packed far more clout in America than they do today. it was in this context that Abraham Vereide, a Methodist evangelist, began to sponsor prayer breakfast meetings with business and civic leaders in several cities, including Seattle and San Francisco. On a fateful night in 1935, Vereide had a vision.
     "God came to him one night in April 1935 and said Christianity has been focusing on the wrong people, the poor, the suffering, the down and out," said Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family", on NPR's Fresh Air. "'I want you to be a missionary to and for the powerful, 'those whom he calls the 'up and out.' They can dispense blessings to everybody else through a sort of kind of trickle-down religion."
      Vereide and his fellow evangelists were intensely concerned about the chaos of democracy, about uppity trade unionists on the rise, and about communist ideas seeping into America. Convinced that democracy was part of the problem, they looked to fascism for solutions. "They come up with this idea of a third way, that they later start calling 'totalitarianism for Christ,'"explained Sharlet. "And they predict that the United States will pretty quickly embrace this and will get rid of political parties because democracy doesn't work. They don't want a Republican Party, a Democratic Party. They want one big party---theirs."

This is when Jesus became a capitalist. Now 76 years after Vereide's re-imagining of Christ, the image has stuck. And the Republican Party has been getting more extreme and unChrist-like every decade since having Christ on their side.

And it was never that hard. All the they had to do was paint Democrats as communist hippies who love to kill babies in the name of Satan. Then implement decades of education cuts and legislation designed to weaken education and punish public teachers and their unions so that the masses are stupid enough to not ask questions or even care, and go along with the giant scam called modern conservatism. Smart people know when they're being swindled.

And finally, make Republicans the official party of Christianity. Tell the dumb, distracted, and scared masses that Republican policy is stemmed from the morals and message of the bible and those damned atheist, immoral democrats are trying to destroy family values and all that is good in the world. Tell them that free-market capitalism is what Christ was fighting for, and that giving workers better wages and guaranteed health care is the road to turning America into Hitler's Germany. Turn Christianity into a generic corporate dogma of privatization and selfishness, just like they try to do with everything else they touch.

And speaking of atheists, I want to talk about them for a minute. First off, even if you are a person of strong faith, how on Earth could you blame them? Some flat out don't don't believe there is a God or afterlife because they feel it's not factual or consistent. That it's a mad-made religion to apply spiritual and morally laws on the public to be a safety net for man-made laws. And if you are a true practicing Christian, you shouldn't hate them for it. Jesus wouldn't.

And others are simply turned off by the hypocrisy and corruption of the right-wing version of Christianity. Their judgemental views of gays, Muslims, women who have sex before marriage, and basically anyone who disagrees with them, the Pope covering for child molesters, pro-life people killing people, evangelicals getting filthy rich preaching from a book that condemns profiting off the Lord, Christian politicians supporting unnecessary wars and screwing the poor to benefit the rich, and Christian rock.

This is why more and more people every year are identifying as atheist or agnostic, and those identifying as Christians is dropping. They think that the conservative brand of Christianity is Christianity. Or they just don't want to be associated with what it's been turned into. As I said, how can you blame them?

And to be bluntly honest with you, most atheists I know or have conversed with have more humanity and compassion in their fingernails than most conservative Christians have in their entire body.

Accept for Ayn Rand. She was just honest enough to admit that selfishness is shunned in Christianity. You cannot serve both God and money. Some choose money.

Now to further show the difference between the "Party of God" and The Holy Bible, let's see how they sync up on the issues...


The Bible...

"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded towards your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land"  - Deuteronomy 15:7,11

"Jesus said to the man who invited him, "When you have a dinner or supper, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you will be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just" - Luke 14:12-14

"You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord will be their savior" - Psalms 14:6

The Republicans...

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans (After Hurricane Katrina). We couldn't do it, but God did." - Former Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA)

"You know, we should not be giving cash to people (Unemployed Workers) who basically are just going to blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children" - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

"Poor people are, in fact, lazy - Glenn Beck

"You can't help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the crates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice." - Ronald Reagan

"I don't understand how poor people think" - George W. Bush


The Bible...

"Then Jesus said unto him, "Put your sword back into it's place, for those who live by the sword, die by the sword" - Matt 26:52

"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" - Matt 5:5-9

"But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good for those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same" - Luke 6:27-32

"Thou shalt not kill" - Exodus 20:1-13

The Republicans...

"I know people are saying we should have left things the way they were, but I changed after 9/11. I had to act. I don't care if I created more enemies. I had to act" - George W. Bush on Iraq War

"We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos, there will be genocide, and they will follow us home" - Sen. John McCain

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and covert them to Christianity" - Ann Coulter

"This conflict can only end with their complete and utter destruction" - Dick Cheney

"Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" - Sen. John McCain

"The only way to reduce nuclear weapons is to use them" - Rush Limbaugh


The Bible...

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God" - Matthew 19:24

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" - Matthew 6:24

"Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death" - Proverbs 11:4

"Then Jesus said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" - Luke 12:15

"When Jesus heard him, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me" - Luke 18:22

The Republicans...

"How about $5 million?" - John McCain, when asked at what point does one go from middle-class to rich.

"I don't sacrifice. Sorry, I don't participate in recessions. I am not going to sacrifice to make someone else feel good." - Rush Limbaugh

"We are struggling like everyone else" - Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Net worth upwards of $56 million.

"I'm also unemployed" - Mitt Romney to the unemployed. Mittens is worth $200 million.

"Part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich" - Donald Trump on 2012 presidential run.

"I struggle to meet my bills right now" - Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), annual salary of $174,000.


The Bible...

"Love thy neighbor as thyself" - Mark 12:31

"He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy" - Proverbs 14:21

"Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you." - Luke 6:26

"If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion, how can God's love be in that person?" - John 3:17

The Republicans...

"I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus. Living fossils, so we never forget what these people stood for" - Rush Limbaugh

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go into the New York Times building" - Ann Coulter

"I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9/11 victims" - Glenn Beck

"I hate those gooks and I will always hate them" - Sen. John McCain

"He was a fucker. A big ass motherfucker" - Andrew Breitbart on Ted Kennedy hours after he passed away

"You attacked us!" - Allen West to a Muslim American Constituent

"The fact is while the overwhelming majority of Muslims are outstanding people, on the other hand 100% of the Islamic terrorists are Muslims, and that is our main enemy today" - Rep. Peter King

"I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it... No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out." - Glenn Beck

"I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in congress and find out: Are the Pro-America or Anti-America?" - Michele Bachmann

"If you're oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that's not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you'd have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you're oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions... pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations." - Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), in a floor speech on passing an anti-hate crimes bill.

Do you see what I mean?

Did Republicans get a different version of the bible than I did?

As I said earlier, I'm not religious. However, I think the teachings of Christ are beautiful and the epitomy of humanity. Whether Jesus was real or not, I don't think one would do much wrong serving his message. Real Christians help the poor, not cater to the rich. They live and let live, not try and wave a moral compass in everyone's face.

Despite how you feel about the Republican Party or their views, whether you support them or not, you must understand that the modern GOP has nothing in common with Jesus Christ or Christianity. Christianity is the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Republicans are teaching something else.

I always figured that the Christian faith was a religion that lived by Jesus's words and examples. None of us can be Jesus and no one rational is expecting us to be. But I thought trying to live by the message was a vital point to being a Christian.

I thought that's why Christians asked themselves, "What would Jesus do?".

Would Jesus cut taxes for the richest people on Earth and expect the working poor to get the tab?

Would Jesus deny healthcare to children, seniors, the poor, and 9/11 rescue workers?

Would Jesus hate Muslims for what an extremist, radical group who has killed more Muslims than any other people did on 9/11?

Would Jesus deny gays the right to pursue happiness and call them sinners because he didn't agree with their lifestyle?

Would Jesus give tax subsidies to big oil companies while other people went hungry?

I do think Jesus would have a problem with abortion, but would he gun them down, bomb them, or resort to violence to stop them?

Would Jesus call someone unAmerican because they have an odd name and dark skin?

Would Jesus support a healthcare system that profits off the misfortune of others and drop them to make a profit?

Would Jesus support 400 American having more wealth than half of all Americans combined?

Would Jesus help bust unions of workers standing together to fight for fairness and justice in the workplace?

Would Jesus Support gutting environmental regulations to allow corporations to pollute the Earth that his father created?

Would Jesus go to war with a country that never attacked us, never threatened to attack us, and had no link to those who attacked us? Would Jesus go to war at all?

Would Jesus ring the bell on Wall Street?

Would Jesus be on the side of the majority of the public who is middle-class/working-poor, or would he stand with the wealthiest top 2% earners as they demand another tax cut?

The Republican Party is not a Christian group of people and we are not a Christian nation.

We are a corporate nation that uses Christianity to elect anti-government politicians to increase corporate profits and help them get to their real God... Money.

You know... What would Jesus Positively Absolutely NOT do.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Final Thoughts on Anthony Weiner

It's like you never stood a chance.

In a Washington owned by corporations and special interests, you couldn't be bought. You fought for people who could never afford to repay you. You spoke loudly and clearly for those who could not get through, those who's emails got deleted, who's letters got tossed in the stack, those who couldn't afford lobbyist to speak for them. You didn't care what republicans thought of you. You were a rare breed, a strong unapologetic liberal congressmen.

The GOP hated you for this. You were a top target for them.

The thing is, I can't completely blame them. You did this to yourself. You have jeopardized your marriage and your character.

However, at the end of the day, you never did anything to us. You never hurt us.

You never supported giving giant tax breaks to the rich on the back of the working-class.

You never denied 9/11 rescue worker's health care.

You never told us that we should cut back so that millionaires can become billionaires.

You never told seniors that they should pay more for Medicare and Social Security.

You never told gays and Muslims that they were not American because of who they are.

You never once sold us out or compromised us for corporate profits.

So despite what you did in your personal life that has nothing to do with me whatsoever... I can't be mad at you. I can be disappointed in your actions, but I can't be mad. Even if I try.

And maybe I shouldn't even be disappointed. You didn't do anything that millions of men and women across America aren't doing. It doesn't make it a good thing, it just means you're human. You make mistakes. We as humans constantly forget and/or try to pretend we are not. It's one of our greatest flaws.

I have this strange feeling that you are not being punished solely for your actions, but because you are a vocal democrat. Like you could have survived this if you just shut up and played the game and danced for the bosses like the rest of them. They found a pimple on you and turned it into an infectious boil. I don't think many will look back at this and say that justice was served or that America was better off after you left congress.

What your Republican colleagues in the house support and vote for is far more immoral than anything you have ever done.

In your time in congress, you helped millions of people.

You are part of the reason why millions of Americans will have health care they otherwise could not afford.

You are part of the reason 9/11 rescue workers have help from the government with their health issues after selflessly running into collapsing buildings to save the lives of strangers.

You are part of the reason why Wall St. has more rules to help protect consumers and we have a consumer protection bureau to protect us from big bank schemes.

You secured a full house vote on Single-Payer Health care for America.

You are part of the reason why working Americans still have half a chance.

To me, your message and accomplishments will always overshadow your personal actions that did not effect my life in any way.

If you were a lame duck, do nothing congressman or a republican, you would have probably survived your scandal, if anyone would have ever found out at all. Since you decided to fight for middle America over corporate America, they beat you with it like a sledgehammer.

You did not have corporate America's money to help suppress your scandal and you never used taxpayer funds during your scandal or to attempt to cover it up.

Despite what you did, you are still a better human being than most of the people you served with.

They may have silenced the messenger for now, but they will never silence your message, for it is the cry of the oppressed and working people of America. And you delivered it with heart. Sadly, it's rare to see passion like you had. You weren't a politician, you were a public servant.

I'm not going to judge you, give advise, or tell you what you should or shouldn't do now.

I'm just going to say Thank You for all you have done for us.

The fight goes on....

Hopefully you will join us again soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Thank a Union: 36 Ways Unions Have Improved Your Life

Let's get one thing straight...

Employers and Corporations did not feel generous and decide to give you two days off every week to have a social/personal life. (We now call them weekends). Corporations did not just feel like being nice one day and give their employees paid vacations. CEOs didn't get together in a board room and say "Let's give our employees more rights at work" or "Maybe there should be laws to limit our power over an employee".

Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy everyday are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.

The right-wing attack on unions is nothing more than ignorance, lack of education, and propaganda.

If republicans would rather support corporations instead of organized groups of workers working to secure a fair work environment A.K.A a union, I ask them to walk the walk as well. Give up every benefit and right that you use that unions are responsible for.

Complete trust and submit yourself to the corporate agenda you fight for. Play by their rules with no influence from democrats or labor unions to try to force rights among the workers of this country. Dedicate your life to their life goal of making your company more money than the year before. Just understand that this may mean sacrificing the union fought rights you enjoy everyday. I mean, you don't want to be a hypocrite, do you? Like bashing unions on your union fought lunch break? Which means if you practice what you preach, you don't get a lunch break.

Corporations use to work employees 80+ hours a week, offer no breaks, hire children, offer horrid, unsanitary work conditions, paid literally next to nothing, and even murder. Not murder with a pen like they do today, but actual murder. They basically did whatever they wanted.

This is what they were like before unions. Don't take my word for it, look it up. (Links at bottom of page). If we rid the world of unions tomorrow, who is to say that they won't go right back to the way they were merely 70 years ago? The GOP governor of Maine signed a bill to repeal child labor laws this year, maybe they are going back to their roots whether we have unions or not.

So conservatives, please practice what you preach and give up all these rights and leave the umbrella of these laws for they were brought to you by unions...

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. FMLA
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  24. Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

So will conservatives give up all 36 of these union fought rights? Will they stand by their rhetoric that unions are thugs and refuse to take benefits from these "thugs" or will they hypocritically carry on the diatribe that unions are ruining this country while enjoying their weekends and paid vacations? 


Maybe they could just admit that while not perfect, like anything else, unions have done great things for working people that they use and benefit from everyday of their lives? 

Maybe a conservative union-hating family got to have some of the best moments of their lives while on vacation from work, and they still got to come to a job still there waiting for them, because of unions? 

Maybe a conservative can't wait for their lunch break at work so they can turn on the radio and listen to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Back talk about how horrible unions are?

If you don't want to give up all your union fought rights and benefits at work, I understand. I don't want to either, that's why I'm pro-union and vote Democrat. 

But maybe you could just admit that unions are not demons spawned from hell, and admit the FACT that they have improved your life in more ways than one? 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rules for Rationals: How We Win in 2012

The 2012 Elections will be like nothing we have ever seen before.

There will be more money spent and more mud slung than ever before. As much as I like to think Obama will roll to victory because of the weak offering of candidates from the right and their horrible leadership and lack of care about the economy, I also have a feeling that this will be a fight. Either way, we must fight like we've never fought before. There's no such thing as over winning or working too hard in politics.

NEVER EVER act like you have an election in the bag! Fight to the grain! Those who really know politics know that anything can happen and it probably will.

Here are a few things I think democrats as a party need to do right away to not suffer another 2010 election.

1. The Economy: Education is Key, Messaging is Vital.

Let's face it, Obama's biggest hurdle will be the sluggish economy.

If you're like me, you know that while Obama is the President, conservative policies are still the structure of our economy and they are failing us miserably. And now that the GOP has the house, Obama's agenda has been halted, protecting most of the Bush policies that have never worked and aren't going to anytime soon.

I'm  not worried about you. You and me know this. I'm not worried about most republicans either. If Obama ran into a burning building and saved their child, they would still call him a commie and claim that he indoctrinated the child with socialist propaganda. There is no point in wasting time with these people. They are not voting for Obama and nothing you will ever say will change that.

It's moderates, independents, and the non-political public that we should focus on.

These are the ones who will look at the economy, look at Obama as President, and come to the basic conclusion that this is his vision of America and that it's all his doing. Don't forget that republicans will be helping this along with their every fiber as well. They will downplay their control of the house and blame everything they have done on Obama. If you think they wont, you haven't been paying attention.

We must educate the public. We must relentlessly advertise the FACTS every chance we get. Of these facts, I feel the most important are...

  • Obama inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit (According to the CBO, who projected a 1.3 trillion deficit 2 weeks BEFORE Obama took office) and a collapsing economy that hit it's peak under Obama from George W. Bush.  
  • The Great Recession started in December of 2007. 1 year and 1 month BEFORE Barack Obama was sworn in as President. 
  • The Stimulus Bill prevented the economy from going into a depression (According to the CBO). 
  • The Stimulus Bill Created 3.5  million jobs (According to the CBO) 
  • The recession ended under President Obama in June of 2009. 
  • Health Care Reform lowers health care costs for all Americans
  • Health Care Reform will reduce the deficit by $130 Billion (According to the CBO) 
  • Barack Obama saved the auto industry and saved over 1 million jobs in the industry. 
  • Cash for Clunkers was a roaring success, saved jobs. 
  • Obama's 1st budget REDUCED the deficit by $103.6 billion, 13%. 
  • Barack Obama only extended the deficit increasing Bush Tax Cuts for the Top 2% because the GOP vowed to block any attempts to extend unemployment insurance and screw millions of unemployed if the rich didn't get another tax cut. Obama is opposed to the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2% but could not let millions of people go hungry and homeless. 
  • House Republicans took control in 2011 and have not created 0 jobs, have proposed 0 job creation bills, and have completely blocked Obama's entire agenda. 
  • President Obama is NOT to blame for high gas prices.
  • Big business is making more profits than ever yet not hiring. 
  • President Obama has created more jobs in 1 year than President Bush did in 8 years. 

These are stone-cold facts. This is what actually happened. 

The problem is that facts are boring. We live in a country where the pundits, spin machines, and rhetoric speak louder and resonate stronger. 

This is where messaging comes in. We can't just ramble off facts and blame Bush (No matter how much he really is at fault) and expect to win. 

We need to wrap this all up in a pretty package and sell it to the American people. 

A negative message blaming the right and blaming Bush will not work. (see 2010)

Our message needs to be that Obama has inherited a deficit and recession from Bush and while we are not out of the woods, we are better off than we were 4 years ago and we have the facts to back it up. And how Obama's policies have worked and would be working even better if republicans weren't obstructing everything he touches. 

The official recession is over and ended under this President, but we are still in clean up mode after 8 years of failed republican policy. And this is why you should vote for Obama and the democrats, because we can continue our policies that are factually improving the economy once the republicans, who are slowing recovery, are out of the way.

This should be our message: Vote for us because our policies brought us out of recession while republican policies are sending us back into one. Because we have created jobs and the GOP have not.

Instead of always talking about how horrible the republicans are, we must more so talk about how good we are. It's not gloating if we have facts to back it up, and we do.

Think positive and sell your party. Tearing down the other team's building is useless if we don't have a strong one of our own. Then we have only reduced them instead of built ourselves up.

2. Don't Let the Public Forget What the Republicans Have Done and What They Support.

I know this may seem hypocritical after the first step saying we shouldn't constantly attack republicans without building Democrats up first.

However in the process of pointing out the difference between the two parties, it is mandatory that we define what they stand for and why it is different from what we stand for. This will require that we make republicans defend their records and live up to their own set of rules.

We have every right to bring up what the republicans have done since taking control of the House and letting the public decide for themselves.

Similar to the economy issue, we must educate the public on what the republicans support legislatively, not just what they say (Actions speak louder than words), and then paint them with that very brush. Make them the face of their policy.

To make it clearer, let's look at the legislative agenda Republicans. Here is what the republicans as a party have or have not done since taking control...

  • Have not even proposed a serious jobs bill after winning the elections in 2010 with the promise of making creating jobs priority #1.
  • Voted to turn medicare into a voucher program and raise costs for seniors by $6,000.
  • Voted to repeal Health Care Reform which would add $230 billion  to the deficit.
  • Voted to redefine rape as a means to limit a woman's right to choose.
  • Blocked a bill to end billions in taxpayer subsidies/welfare to big oil companies.
  • Voted to defund NPR.
  • Voted to defund Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest distributor of contraceptives and STD tests. Gets $0 in government funds for abortion).
  • Voted to delay financial regulations after financial deregulation caused the great recession. 
  • Voted to cut VA healthcare for 1.3 million veterans.
  • Voted to cut off food stamps to entire families if one member of that family strikes against an employer.
  • GOP Governors passed Voter ID suppression bills to make it harder to vote and register new voters.
  • GOP Governors passed bills to bust unions and weaken education.
  • Blocked unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed.
  • Blocked a bill to prevent child marriage. 
  • Proposed legislation to privatize Social Security.
  • Voted to further cut taxes for the rich. 
  • Voted to cut nutrition assistance (WIC). 
  • Used taxpayer funds to uphold the unconstitutional  Defense of Marriage Act which prevents gays from marrying.
  • Voted to cut the federal workforce by10% (GOP jobs bills kill jobs, not create them)
  • Proposed legislation to repeal Wall St. Reform and kill the Consumer Protection Agency.
  • Threatened to cut funding for tornado victims if they didn't get to privatize medicare.
And I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, but even so, that's a nasty record to have to run on and they are not even done yet. All we need to do is force them to run on it. Make them live up to it and stick by it or be added to the liar's club or flip-flop hall of fame. (Most GOP already members to both) 

Now what does this record say about them? 

To me, it says that they are minions of the corporate agenda, bought and sold, and that they are cutting the middle/working class to benefit the rich.

So to wrap this all up and message their horrible agenda without spouting off facts and sounding like college professors, we say what is obviously simple...

The Republican Party is the official party of Wall St. and the corporate agenda. They are not with the workers and common folk. They do not care about jobs or the deficit, their legislative record proves it. They are official elite spokesmen of Corporate America, not middle America.

Republicans have successfully created a party image that they are somehow the party of rural, middle America and Christianity. This is complete hogwash and we as democrats need to destroy this image with the truth. The republicans are out of touch rich elitists who sell to Main St. but work for Wall St.

And do notice that jobs are nowhere to be found on their agenda. They have put their "#1 priority" to the side to wage a culture and class war.  They broke their #1 promise. Do not let them forget this. As much as they want to blame Obama for the economy, they have done nothing to help and have in fact made it worse.

They are hanging themselves with their own agenda without our help. But That doesn't mean we shouldn't help them. This is politics, don't be above kicking them while they're down. They'd do it to you in a New York minute, trust me.

So overall, we wrap them in their agenda. We take the narrative and expose them as what they are before they get a chance to set the narrative to what they want you to think they are.

The GOP is the party of Wall St. and Corporate America. They are not your father's party, they are your father's employer's CEO's party.

Marginalize them with their record.

3. The Only Thing That Will Stop Extreme Republicans is Strong Democrats

No matter how bad a republican idea is, no matter how many facts, no matter how low public approval is, republicans will stick by it to the bitter end. They will go down with the ship. They could care less what liberals think about them. Much of the time this can be suicide. On the other hand, look how many failed GOP policies are still in place.

The public likes fighters. They like leaders who stand by their convictions and swat the opposition away. There is a fine line between cockiness and confidence, but when struck right, the American people eat it up. (see FDR, Reagan)

For example, look at Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. He has a horrible, non-effective, deficit increasing plan to balance the budget which screws millions of workers. The people of Wisconsin hate it and it will most likely be his political demise. Now with that said, this law is sadly in effect. He Won.

Walker stood by this piece of crap bill through thick and thin, never backed down. This caused his base to stand right behind him. Even when a judge struck it down, they pushed it anyway.

Let's face it, modern democrats don't have balls like this anymore.

And that's the problem. I feel what Scott Walker did was wrong. What if democrats fought just as hard as Walker did and stood just as tough for causes that we all know are good?

What if we refused to take no for an answer and fought just as hard and ruthless as they do for corporations? I think the working class in this country deserves public servants who will fight that hard for them. Just imagine if we fought to the bone for the public option. I'll just say that if Republicans had the Presidency, Senate, and House and wanted a public option, they would have got it whether we liked it or not. There would not have been any hearings or negotiations. The word compromise is not in their vocabulary, and their base loves them for it.

I know, I know....

I shouldn't be preaching to you, but to the Democrats in congress, but that's just the thing...

If we want the Democrats to be stronger and fight harder, We must let them know that we will have their back if they do. It's not that most of them don't want the same things you do, it's that they are scared to make bold moves because the right-wing base is very vocal. We must be louder than them. We have to let the Democrats know that we have their back.

The fact is, the GOP are scared of their base. Look what happens if one of them so much as agrees with Obama on even one issue. They are painted as RINOs and face a primary challenge from the right faster than their head can spin. This is not the same for the left.

We need to make the Democrats have that same fear of caving on us. That if they cannot stand strong for us, we can easily find someone else who will. We are realists and understand that we cannot have everything we want, but we don't believe in going down without a fight at least. This does not mean becoming radical as a party or even moving farther to the left, this means we force our party to fight harder for our core principles.

If the Democrats don't have that wave of support behind them, they won't feel as pressured and will compromise/cave to please the other side that is screaming their door down while we're sitting around seeing what happens.

This is one of the things I blame the most for our failure to pass a public option.

The teaparty was out in full force against it. We did not come out in numbers to back up our man. Sometimes it appeared that it was Obama vs. the entire republican party. Where were we?

FDR was once giving a town hall when a woman rose up and asked him, "When are you going to give us social security?". FDR replied, "I'm not, you're going to have to make me do it". This is exactly what I'm talking about.

As Democrats, we are the party of heart. But to prosper, we are also going to need a spine.

And a big giant set of balls.

"They are unanimous in their hatred for me, and I welcome their hatred" - FDR to GOP and Wall St., 1936

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tax Cuts for the Rich: A History of Failure

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1953. The top tax rate stayed frozen at 91% his entire presidency and remained so throughout JFK's.

A Republican president taxed the rich 91%. Amazing huh? Things must have been horrible in the 50's, right?...

President Eisenhower

  • Presided over one of the most prosperous and thriving economies in American history. 
  • Balanced the budget and created a moderate surplus (The last Republican President to do so) 
  • Kept inflation near zero and unemployment low
  • Created nearly 4 million jobs (Factor in that the population in the 50's was less than half of what it is today) 
  • Witnessed steady job growth  in all sectors
  • Expanded Social Security
  • Created the International Highway System & NASA
  • Increased Minimum Wage 
The only downside was a world-wide recession in 1957 caused by foreign trade deficits that lasted 8 months. It raised unemployment to 6.2% but we quickly rebounded. 

Who knows how the economy was so good under a rich-taxing, government agency creating socialist like Eisenhower... He must have just lucked out!

We'll skip ahead a few decades and see how a real conservative does it...

Republican President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. The top tax rate was 69.13%. In 8 years time, President Reagan cut the top tax rate in half to 28%. 

With the Reagan years being an 8 year Christmas for the rich, things must have been great in the 80's right?...

President Reagan

  • Tripled the National Debt in 8 years, from $900 billion to a Record $3 trillion 
  • Saw the unemployment rate reach 10.8 (Highest since the great depression). The unemployment rate did fall over the Reagan years, but not until he raised taxes... 11 times. Which further justifies my overall point.
  • Enabled over 2 million American manufacturing jobs to be outsourced to other countries.
  • Presided over a recession that lasted 1 year and 4 months, the longest since the great depression. 
  • Enabled worker's wages to remain frozen for 8 years
  • Oversaw corporations layoff tens of thousands of workers while making record profits
  • Saw home ownership decrease.
  • Watched the poverty rate steadily increase.
  • Funded future terrorists.
So the rich had their taxes cut in half over the Reagan years and it wasn't Heaven on Earth? Sure, the rich made a lot of money, but millions of others saw their jobs sent overseas, no wage increases for nearly a decade, layoffs in times of record profit, their unions busted, and saw their money being used instead to fund terrorists we would later have to spend more money stopping because we funded them in the first place... Thanks Gipper!

After Reagan, America didn't quite have enough and elected Reagan's vice-president George H.W. Bush to take sloppy seconds on what was left of America. But after that... the people had enough.

Then came a smooth-talking southern gentleman from Arkansas...

Democratic President Bill Clinton took office in 1993. The top tax rate was 31%. President Clinton Raised the top tax rate to 39.60% and it remained his entire presidency.

Oh no! You know what happens when these democrats get into office. They raise taxes on people so rich it hardly effects them and hell rises on Earth in the form of the U.S. Government that conservatives only trust when conservatives are in charge.

So this is going to be painful, right?...

President Clinton

  • Balanced the budget and created the largest surplus in American history.
  • Created 22.5 million jobs, the most ever created by a single administration. 92% of them private sector jobs
  • Saw the economy grow for 116 consecutive months, the longest in history. 
  • Witnessed unemployment drop to the lowest level in 30 years.
  • Oversaw Inflation drop to lowest level since the Kennedy administration.
  • Saw the poverty rate decline to the lowest level in 30 years. 
  • Enabled home ownership to reach it's highest level ever recorded. 
Wait a minute.... That doesn't sound bad at all! Call me crazy, but is there a chance that maybe making the rich pay their fair share in taxes is good for the economy and cutting them is bad?

No, cant be! It's just the facts getting to me, that's all. 

Im sure a republican president inheriting Clinton's economy would be able to add to that surplus, cut spending, and create even more jobs than a democrat...

Republican President George W. Bush was picked by the Supreme Court and took office in 2001. The top tax rate was 39.60%. Bush lowered the top tax rate to 38.60% for 2 years and then to 35% where it remains today. 

After 8 years of democratic policy creating a strong economy, what could possibly go wrong with the far superior, adult policies of the republicans? Good times were ahead, right?...

President Bush

  • Created a record $1.3 trillion deficit in 8 years after inheriting a $236 billion surplus. 
  • Has the worst record of job creation ever.
  • Saw over 4.5  million job losses in his presidency.
  • Watched as Unemployment rose to highest levels in 15 years.
  • Enabled the poverty rate to increase from 11.25% to 19% in 8 years.
  • Saw inflation rise at the fastest rate in 17 years 
  • Oversaw the worst recession  since the great depression on his watch. 
  • Gave a $700 billion taxpayer bailout to the banks that caused the market to collapse. 
Ouch... that wasn't pretty. Of course republicans forgot all about this time, but for those of us who still remember, it still stings. Oh, and where the f$#k was the teaparty?!? 

I wont evaluate President Obama because his presidency is not complete and wouldn't be fair considering all four presidents mentioned were measured on an 8 year presidency. 

With that being said, President Obama did pass a budget keeping the Bush tax cuts for the rich because republicans promised they would filibuster and block any attempts to continue unemployment insurance for workers that lost their jobs by no fault of their own if billionaires got slapped with a whopping 4.6% tax hike in a time of corporate record profits. 

I don't have to explain to you the condition of the economy right now, you already know. 

Job creators are making more profits than they ever have in the history of the universe yet not creating jobs. 

The deficit is not going down because we keep adding to it to pay for these tax cuts and squeezing the working-class to make up the difference. 

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. 

Just like the time before that and the time before that. 

How many times does trickle-down economics have to fail before we realize that it is a failed policy?

Friday, June 3, 2011

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Shop at Target® Again!

REASON #1 - Target® was Michele Bachman's® top campaign contributor in 2010.

Top 20 Contributors

Representative Michele Bachmann 2009 - 2010

Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

1Target Corp$19,950$18,950$1,000
2Johnstone Supply$19,600$19,600$0
3Carbun Concepts$19,500$19,500$0
4Starkey Laboratories$18,400$18,400$0
5Banner Engineering$16,800$16,800$0
6Hubbard Broadcasting$16,400$16,400$0
7Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu$15,500$9,500$6,000
8Honeywell International$15,050$5,050$10,000
9Fagen Inc$15,000$15,000$0
9Citizens United$15,000$0$15,000
11Famlee Investment Co$14,800$14,800$0
12Crow Holdings$14,400$14,400$0
13Lexington Management$12,400$12,400$0
14Ames Construction$12,000$12,000$0
14Diamond S$12,000$12,000$0
16Dart Transit$11,600$11,600$0
17Ernst & Young$11,150$1,150$10,000
18PMT Corp$11,000$11,000$0
19AT&T Inc$10,550$3,050$7,500
20Freedom Club of America$10,000$0$10,000
20Longhorn PAC$10,000$0$10,000
20News Corp$10,000$10,000$0
20Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000$0$10,000
20Bernicks Pepsi$10,000$10,000$0
20Associated Builders & Contractors$10,000$0$10,000
20American Bankers Assn$10,000$0$10,000
20American Crystal Sugar$10,000$0$10,000
20American Interventional Pain Physicians$10,000$0$10,000

And if for some reason you don't know who Michele Bachmann® is, I'll sum her up for you in 3 words...

REASON #2 - Target Supports and Funds the Anti-Gay Agenda 

Target, practically everyone's favorite discount retail store, is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. But along with precious bodies of water, Minnesota is home to some pretty rabid anti-gay politicians and groups. Among them include Tom Emmer. And Target, it seems, is apparently filling  his campaign coffers with nearly $150,000.
Follow the money. At least, that's the message delivered by an article at sfist.com by Matt Baume, who tracks $150,000 from Target's coffers, through a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward, all the way to Tom Emmer, who himself supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels around the state saying that it's moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians.
Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics


Target tried to force gay rights groups from canvassing in front of their stores in California. Then the law got involved and now they are allowed to canvass in front of Target Stores.

Judge rules gay rights group can continue canvassing outside Target stores in California

But Target should know that we won't forget the effort.

REASON #3 - Target is Anti-Women's Choice

As you may recall, Target is letting its pharmacists refuse to fill your order for emergency contracptive pills (Plan B, as it's called) simply because they find your prescription immoral. Target is now saying that they'll fill your prescription in a "timely manner" at another pharmacy, or at their pharmacy at a later time (presumably when their holier-than-thou employee is on break).

I already have a priest, and he doesn't work at Target, thank you.
But Target feels otherwise. In fact, Target is now claiming - quite incredibly - that its employees' religious fanaticism is covered the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yes, apparently Target employees are allowed to not sell you things based on THEIR religion. That's an absurd, and rather dangerous, legal statement from Target.  


While plenty of Corporations donate to causes and politicians, it's usually to further their agenda (Make more money). Most of the time though, the causes they push are mostly relevant to business. Target is special because they are also donating to social causes and strong far-right social Republicans.

This is what I have been talking about. Now corporations are actively trying to shape our social politics as well as our economic politics.

If you don't like this, you should stop supporting it.

Boycott Target