August 18, 2017

My Presidents vs Not My Presidents

By Glenn

Since people have a hard time understanding honor, let me offer this. Not all men are perfect. We know this. The question is simple: “Did they move America forward, or did they try to take it back?” I honor the men and women who made us a “more perfect union,” not the men and women who created division and destruction.

 

August 18, 2017

Great Event With Beto O’Rourke

By Glenn

 

From the Herald Democrat article

“Democracy is participatory,” Melancon said. “We need people to participate and get involved because it is your country. It is for all of us. An assault has been launched on our freedom, our way of life. They launched an assault on our democracy.”

O’Rourke’s speech centered mainly upon four issues — healthcare, immigration, equality and education. He took a strong stance against the potential of a Mexican/American wall and discussed what he said was the negative impact of the current administration’s immigration opinions. Citing the events of the Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalist rally on Saturday, O’Rourke also condemned extremist views on immigration.

May 24, 2017

Not My President?

By Glenn

No, I do not use that phrase.  I do understand why some might.  Donald has done nothing to reach out beyond his own supporters.  Instead he does the opposite, going out of his way to sow the seeds of discord throughout our society.  His lying words about Mexicans and Muslims make my stomach turn.  His policies tear apart families and communities.

In short, Donald disparages every one of my core values.

No society can survive without fidelity to the truth.  Before his trip overseas, he was averaging at least two major lies a day.  He seems to think his word is the truth.  He says it.  He believes it.  Therefore it’s true.

He has no respect for expertise, famously saying “I know more than the generals.”  No he does not.  He makes no effort to learn from others.   Learning from others, particularly valuing the specialization of knowledge, is a human hallmark.  During the Renaissance, the revival of the Liberal Arts made the West an exceptional place.  Modern Math, Science, History and Literature were born.

The Renaissance also triggered the rise of humanism, the belief that every human has dignity and can improve their situation.  Human dignity is the foundation of compassion.  A well-functioning society requires compassion, especially for the least of these.  Once again, Donald’s policies punish the weak and coddle the powerful.  Just look at his fraudulent budget which takes Medicaid away to relieve the suffering of millionaires and billionaires.

Overseas Donald’s reckless foreign policy has alienated our closest allies in NATO.  He is abandoning bipartisan commitments to international law and cooperation.  Just as no man is an island, neither is any nation.  We are stronger and more secure working with partners who share our values of human rights, freedom of the mind and diversity.

Thus, I have nothing in common with him.  He is the embodiment of Ayn Rand’s objectivism, an ideology that glorifies selfishness and greed while ridiculing sacrifice and sharing. Donald is the most destructive President since James Buchanan.

May 12, 2017

America’s Social Contract

By Glenn
We, the People of the United States of America, renew our social contract.
  • Liberty and Justice for All
  • Medicare for All
  • Opportunity for All
  • Respect for All
We are stronger when we answer the call to service. Yes, I am my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I have a moral and civic responsibility to watch their back. With them watching mine, we’ll be stronger, happier and more prosperous.
May 3, 2017

Why not Ike?

By Glenn

Donald reached way back in history to find a strong President who would have kept the Union together. Why Jackson? Why not Ike?

Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne into Little Rock to enforce federal Civil Rights law. He proposed and passed the Interstate Highway System with bipartisan support. Ike supported Social Security and a Minimum Wage. When he left the Presidency, he warned of a growing and wasteful military industrial complex. I don’t know of many moderates who would criticize Ike.

Can you see any differences between Jackson and Ike?

May 3, 2017

Stop Babeling.

By Glenn
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I hate article titles like this. There is no doubt that the Babylonians built Towers. The Tower of Babel story, however, is about God and man. It is not about the Babylonians. The Tower of Babel story explains how a universal God became a tribal God. It explains how the rest of the world didn’t know this God. It also explains why there are wars and divisions when there is only one God. Pentecost for Christians tells the story of how that same God reunited the divisions. A physical Tower is pointless in this Biblical context. Unfortunately too many Christians don’t get the meaning of Pentecost. Stop the wars. Stop the bickering. Love your neighbor.

“Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real”

 

April 25, 2017

CSA Constitution

By Glenn

The CSA Constitution left most of the USA Constitution intact, including the supremacy clause. What did it change?

1) It invoked the favor of Almighty God (I guess He decided He preferred the USA).

2) It eliminated all reference to the “common” good or “general welfare.”

3) It created rights for slave owners.

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Congress shall pass “No…law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.”

“3/5…persons” changed to “3/5…slaves”

“The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.”
“the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States.”

April 7, 2017

Donald’s Feel Good Bombs

By Glenn

Let’s not kid ourselves; Donald Trump dropped some feel good bombs. Killing people and destroying property makes him and his supporters feel good about themselves. They feel like they have done something when in fact they have changed nothing.

Russia sill backs Syria.

Syria is still killing innocent men, women and children.

The international community is still not united to stop the carnage.

Syria's war: A 5-minute history

To understand the bloody, convoluted war happening inside and outside of Syria's borders, you need to watch this:

Posted by Ezra Klein on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

March 24, 2017

A Big Conservative Lie Died Today

By Glenn

Dearly beloved, We, the People of the United States of America, are gathered here today to put to rest 8 years of lies. President Obama and the Democrats in the Congress did their homework and passed a sound bill. Like all pieces of legislation, it was not perfect, but it was the best compromise. It was a compromise negotiated with patients, doctors, hospitals, and yes, private insurance companies. ObamaCare made life better for millions of Americans. There was, and is, no viable conservative alternative. TrumpCare was a monster. Today, the lie of repeal and replace is dead.

President Barack Obama proposed actual policies, not show, to make it better on August 2, 2016 in “United States Health Care Reform Progress to Date and Next Steps.”


  1. “As of July 1, 2016, 19 states have yet to expand their Medicaid programs. I hope that all 50 states take this option and expand coverage for their citizens in the coming years, as they did in the years following the creation of Medicaid and CHIP.”
  2. increased financial assistance could make coverage even more affordable while still keeping federal costs below initial estimates”
  3. “Adding a public plan in such areas would strengthen the Marketplace approach, giving consumers more affordable options while also creating savings for the federal government.”
  4. “Congress should act on proposals like those included in my fiscal year 2017 budget to increase transparency around manufacturers’ actual production and development costs, to increase the rebates manufacturers are required to pay for drugs prescribed to certain Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and to give the federal government the authority to negotiate prices for certain high-priced drugs.”

These are certainly not the only options, but the adults have been thinking while the children threw an tantrum.
 
 
March 20, 2017

Conservatism’s Great Betrayal

By Glenn

Rural America depends on Federal funding to supplement their budgets. Why? Because urban areas are more prosperous in the modern economy. Liberals recognized this fact during the New Deal and built programs to help. Ronald Reagan’s Conservative Revolution started tearing them down.

Donald Trump is trying to finish the job. He is a con man. He cannot tell the truth. Donald told voters it was “those people” that would suffer under his cuts. Now, the facts are disrupting his lies.

These stories are multiplying across the country.  Voters who thought “those other people are moochers” have found out the target is on their back.  They have discovered that the budget knife cuts to the bone.  Most federal social and economic  programs are very efficient and help our communities survive in good times and in bad.

“This is the country that elected Donald Trump,” said Garth Gardiner, driving a pickup across the 48,000-acre Angus beef ranch he runs with his two brothers. They lost about 500 cows in the fires. “I think he’d be doing himself a favor to come out and visit us.” …Emergency programs run by the federal Department of Agriculture — which is facing 21 percent cuts under Mr. Trump’s budget proposal — will help ranchers, up to a point. One provides up to $200,000 per rancher for replacing burned fences. Another offers up to $125,000 for livestock losses.

When voters elect politicians who run on an anti-government platform, it should come as no surprise that they can’t make government work.  This is the world Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan birthed.

No segment of the population received government help more than rural America. They have been systemically destroying their communities and economies since the 1980s by voting for conservatives.