MOVING FORWARD. NO REGRETS
Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, just signed a ‘religious freedom’ act that allows anyone in Indiana to not do business with or work with anyone that might offend their ‘religious freedom.’ This is the exact same method that was used to discriminate against blacks, allow segregation and entitle bigoted people to not work with people they didn’t like.
The law has deep historical meaning. It was used for decades to keep black people out of restaurants, hotels and anywhere white people did not deem fit for black people to be. It was the reasoning behind the illegality of interracial marriage.
Today the law is being used to target the LGBT community. Bakers shouldn’t have to make a wedding cake for 2 gay men getting married. Florists shouldn’t have to work with 2 women getting married. To me, in this day and age with the horrible economy that has been with us since 2008 it seems implausible to me that any vendor would decline any business they can get.
But, the Indiana law that was signed today opens the door to a slippery slope that we might never recover from. As mentioned earlier, this exact law was used to segregate blacks from whites. Who is to say that that won’t happen in Indiana? The law freely allows ‘religious freedom’ for anyone in the state to not allow black people in their restaurant, to cater their weddings, to treat them like equals. It’s not just the gay community, it reaches to everyone.
‘Religious freedom’ can also clamp down on women; after all according to religious doctrine women are the property of their husbands. Period. That means there is no such thing as spousal abuse, rape and denies women of all rights.
Spreading the ‘religious freedom’ further who would be able to deny Muslims of their religious beliefs, no matter how radical? Killing your wife for disagreeing with you, fine. Stoning a rape victim for being a slut, fine.
Where does it end? Religion says no one can work on a Sunday. Is killing a neighbor who cuts his lawn on a Sunday ok? Maybe. ‘Religious freedom’ is a very very slippery slope. Are we going to go back to the days when black people were the equivalent of 3/5 of a white person?
The possibilities are endless. Killing adulterers? This law that was signed today by Mr. Pence opens the door for any kind of segregation, bigotry and pits one group against the other. This must be stopped.
Today you think it’s just gays that are able to be openly discriminated against by a bill like this. Stop being so naive, the road is paved for women, Jews, Catholics, Blacks. Anyone that could so-called be an infringement on ‘religious freedom’.
So many backwards thinking people want to take this Country back to how it was 100 years ago. We need to stop them. Today
Everything in politics is such a mess, I can’t even imagine if this Country turned out how the ‘Founding Fathers’ wanted it to. When I say it’s a mess, I mean that most, if not all, of the entire government has been bought and paid for and has no interest in the good of the American people.
In the days of the Founding Fathers the behavior that goes on today would be called treason and people would be put to death for it.
Country first isn’t just an old campaign slogan of John McCain’s it is actually how this Country was intended to operate. At no point in the history of this Country was the intention for political gains and self interest to be encouraged, accepted or tolerated.
The goal was to have checks and balances and people in government being trusted to work for the American people. To help improve their lives, to make the U.S. the strongest Country on earth.
What we have seen lately is a complete disgrace to those Founding Fathers and to our entire Country. When you have one party, the GOP, outwardly trying to embarrass the President of the United States? When that same party won’t sign off on a child sex trafficking act until a non related anti abortion act is agreed to; and will let child sex trafficking continue until they get their way. Those are just a few examples of the complete breakdown of our government.
What we have now are politicians who only want to keep their jobs and keep collecting illegal money from corruption. We do not have a government for the people, run by the people. We have a government run by large corporations and their financial assistance. This goes all the way up to the President of the United States.
Yes, Barack Obama has sold out the American people. His latest tax proposal closes most loopholes except for his major donors. This is unacceptable. This is also made a necessity because of various Supreme Court rulings; allowing money to buy elections.
And, we look at Afghanistan and say they are corrupt. What a joke. Everyone knows, but no one fixes the extreme influence big money buys in Washington. Big Tobacco, Oil, Pharma, Farming, Sugar Industry. It’s endless. But, no one confronts it or wants to change it.
I don’t see one branch of government that is non corrupt and acting solely for the best interests of the American people. Not one. This is a disgrace. Where to go from here? I can honestly say I don’t know. Our system is so polluted with greed and self interest I am not sure how to change it.
I’d love it if a consulting firm could come in and evaluate the government, how it works, how honest it is, what kind of results are they getting for the American people. That’s a pipe dream.
The Founding Fathers of this Country would be horrified to see what is going on today. This was not the intention nor the goal.
Hillary, as a president I think you would be fantastic. Everyone runs from the word ‘experience’ but you have it and could do great things with this Country. No learning curves needed. You’ve seen first hand how deal get made, you have been a Senator. While Secretary of State you met and know the world leaders. What could be better.
Especially after the last two presidents we have had, young, inexperienced who relied too much on their ‘inner circle’ to give them guidance. And, what poor guidance they received. President Bush, who ran on tax cuts, knew that once he was in office there was no more surplus. Their was no money to give back to the people. The dot-com bubble bursting was far more severe than most realize. It not only wiped away and alleged surplus it also eliminated every financial gain from that era. Only now, 15 years later, is the Nasdaq back where it was in 2000.
The Iraq invasion, complete inept strategies for the war speak for themselves. We would not be in this place today without the very misguided invasion of Iraq.
With President Obama his lack of experience comes out in different ways. His not schmoozing with the GOP, the Dems or other world leaders, in the end made his job much more difficult. Anyone who develops strong longterm relationships with allies knows it takes work. Mr. Obama didn’t feel the need to put in that work.
Above and beyond the complete GOP mandate to decimate Obama, his mistakes have made it worse. He feels no reason to explain to the U.S. or the world what his motives are; what his goal is. He doesn’t feel the need to explain exactly what’s in ACA. Most people attribute this to an arrogant man who thinks his decisions are best and speak for themselves.
That’s not the way politics works.
That brings me back to you, Mrs. Clinton. You could be the one to start on day one, tap your knowledge, experience, and persistence day one to start getting the U.S. government out of this mess. But, what are you doing?
You are waiting around like a queen who is ready to be coronated as POTUS. You are going on a book tour that not only makes you seem rusty but also makes you seem like you aren’t connecting to todays’ world. You must know that people listen only to 1/3 or so of a story. When allegations were made about donations to the Clinton Global Initiative from global leaders you should know no one is going to read the fine print. People are going to think something shady is going on.
The email scandal? Again, people don’t do research, they don’t read every word of an article. They don’t know what is different that you did than what Sec Colin Powell did. They just see you hiding things.
When I was working at a global media conglomerate I used two devices. And, you know what? I survived.
Your press conference yesterday was very disappointing to me, someone who could have been a huge fan/voter. Your saying it was more ‘convenient’ sounded like BS.
I was in my 20s and paid almost no attention to your husband’s administration. But everything you are doing now instantly conjures up all of those old scandals. Even half paying attention, White Water, and all of the other scandals seem to be replaying themselves right now. Today. The uncertainty.
My advice to you
- Send all the servers to a third party. Computer literate people can un-delete anything
- Sart ‘working for’ the nominations. American hate people who think they deserve a coronation
- Stop making me, and everyone else, think of the days you and Bill polled people to see where was the best place to vacation
Everyone right now might be thinking the GOP and their asinine tactics will surely loose them the White House in 2016.
Think again. The GOP will try to claim the last 8 years was due to Obama and that it’s time for a Republican in the White House. Yes it can happen.
Hillary, stop fucking up and put out your A game!
I hear so many people on social media talking about voter apathy, lack of voter turnout. How, if only all the Dems turned out to vote everything would be better. I hear many belittle the people who don’t turn out to vote, as if all they can do is stand on a perch and lecture how the people who don’t turn out are the ones responsible for the state of American politics.
I see this view as both naive and incorrect. I see the lack of turnout as the people of this Country saying ‘it doesn’t matter who wins, everything remains the same.’ Both parties are owned by donors, special interest groups and our laws are written by lobbyists.
Case in point: Barack Obama, who we all originally thought had the best of intentions for helping the American public, the middle class, people in poverty has proven to do the exact opposite. Mr. Obama’s recent tax proposal, which included closing loopholes was really a sham. He left all of the loopholes open for his biggest donors. How is that helping the average American? It’s not. Obama’s new trade deal he is working on will cause Americans a great deal of harm in the future.
So, president Obama has sold himself to the highest bidder. His behind the scenes mega-rich donors. How would Mitt Romney have been any worse? It’s hard to say if he would have been.
But, voter turnout out for presidential elections is far higher than for midterms and Congress. If you look at the state of Congress over the last 5 years it is pretty simple to see why people don’t turn out to vote. Congress is a global disgrace with nothing getting done to help the American people. Instead the body is filled with people who have only their own interests in mind; their jobs, their donors and their viability to run for higher office.
President Obama did a fantastic job in getting people out to vote in 2008 and 2012. His contribution to our society will have positive long lasting benefits. His standing up for gay rights and equality had been unheard of. Flash back to the 1980s when Ronald Reagan wouldn’t do a thing to fight the spreading of AIDS; he wouldn’t even say the word AIDS out loud until 1987. Yes, Reagan is one of the primary reason for the global spread of AIDS. He did nothing because this was just a disease gay people got. Wrong. Contrast that with Obama’s stance for gay rights, equal rights for all.
But, election Obama wasn’t enough. The Congress is where the trouble is. Congress is where all bills go to die. Everyone mistakenly says that Obama had a supermajority his first term in office. This is absolutely incorrect. With the death of Teddy Kennedy in August of 2009 there was no more supermajority.
What no one knew at the time was that the GOP had a plan, a scorched earth approach to destroying Mr. Obama. Their only goal was, and still is, to make President Obama’s term in office a failure.
You ask why people don’t show up to vote? I believe many see no difference in the slight majority of GOP or DEM in Congress. Everything is filibustered, everything is stalled, nothing moves forward. I think most Americans feel screwed over by both parties so their ‘get out to vote’ motivation isn’t too high.
Now, what I am saying is an opinion I have of why potential voters don’t turn out. I have done no scientific studies that prove this hypothesis; however, to me this makes complete sense.
Our government is broken. So many changes need to be made. When 20 radical right-wingers in the House are able to bring the government to a halt you should know something is wrong. Very wrong.
I can think of about a million changes I would make, from voting by mail to no midterms, to completely updating the way our government runs. Unfortunately, I am not a dictator that can make these changes and the very people that can makes changes, Congress, has no interest in change. We need to make changes in order to get more people engaged enough to want to vote.
Next time you belittle people for not going out and voting, ask yourself, is the system working for them? Is there any reason or motivation for them to vote? Look at the problem at the very root, not from your Ivory Tower
The tragic news of Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, being found in a bathtub face down in the water was tragically horrify to learn about. As we all know, Whitney was found face down in a bathtub three years ago, dead. Her daughter is still alive, and I know everyone hopes she will fully recover. That’s my hope.
Addiction is something we don’t know enough about. Yes, we say it’s a ‘disease’ but what do we do about it. How do we help people who are suffering with it. I think much much more research needs to be done in this field. We need an answer for the question of why some people can kick an addiction and others can’t. Willpower is not the answer.
With Michael and Whitney, I believe they experienced something very few people on earth have experienced. Fame. Infamy. Wealth beyond belief. Success. Their every move watched, analyzed, reported on, rumored about.
I think no one knows what it’s like to be a global celebrity and all that entails. I know I certainly don’t. I can come and go and do as I please, the only people who might notice are my doormen, and I am sure they have more interesting things to watch.
It sickened me a few weeks ago to see that there was a Lifetime movie on the life of Whitney Houston. Why? Because a movie about her life on some lame channel, for the purposes of profit, won’t do anyone any good. We all know the tragic ending. That’s not what we need to learn about.
What we need to explore and learn more about is the devastating impact on a person who is a global celebrity. What their lives are like; their anxieties are, what it’s like to have that. Like I said, I don’t think anyone could understand it until they have experienced it. But, maybe we could all be educated as to what it’s really like. Celebrities don’t live like you and I do. What sounds like vast, endless supplies of money can easily be spent by lifestyles we don’t know. We don’t need security; publicists, managers, stylists, etc.
Celebrity thrust upon someone is something we need to understand more. Yes, performers are public people, yes they put themselves out there. But, once there very few know the intense pressures. Whereas most people worry about employment, mortgage or car payments celebrities have none of those issues. But they have their own unique challenges we should know more about.
Both Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston died of drug overdoses after being longterm drug addicts. Both of their families had many interventions to try to help them get off the drugs they were abusing. Neither family was successful. But, what we have to understand is what it’s like to be a global superstar. Especially for someone like Michael who had been a household name since childhood.
More must be done to understand about addiction. It’s not just the rich and famous who suffer from it. It is also the people who can’t afford their rent/car/child payments. Knowing that the lack of money is not the reason for plunging into a life of drugs should really tell us a lot. Many people want to get break from their lives; you just never think it would be a global, very wealthy superstar.
The reason we need more answers on addiction is because of the unthought of casualties like Bobbi Kristina. But there are many more. The people who were briefly on top then saw their careers sink. No, maybe they didn’t try to end their lives, but knowledge would help all.
The reason the Lifetime movie about Whitney nauseates me is because it’s about the wrong topics. What we need to know is what it’s like to be a young girl and have world wide attention on everything you do. What it’s like to not be able to kick the addiction.
I want to see a deeply investigated and researched documentary on these topics. It could help so many people. In the meantime let’s keep our thoughts with Bobbi Kristina and her recovery.