23 Feb 2014 2 Comments
I am a Progressive Democrat. By title alone, one ought to get the notion that I am NOT for the status quo.
On that note, I have felt this post coming on for awhile now. As the silly season begins in earnest, there are a few things I have to get off my chest, that fall under the category of, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.”
Dear Harry Reid, did you really tell the Nevada State Democratic party to ignore Chris Hyepock? Do you really think you’re in a position to choose who can run for an office and who can’t? I really want to know. I’ve been an avid supporter in the past however currently, due to rumors floating around various Democratic Central Committees, I wonder if my support has been misplaced.
Dear Roberta Lange, do you really think that because this election cycle does not contain a Presidential candidate, it’s superfluous? Let me be one of the first to inform everyone, including you, this is one of the most important elections, for the state of Nevada, any voting member has had in decades.
Those of you who are running for office really need to vet your “promoters/supporters/organizers”, to make sure none of them have been brought before the State Ethics Board, nor been named in criminal actions, before the State Attorney General.
I was told today, and several times prior over the past month, not to say bad things about other Democratic party members, because it reflects poorly on the party. This is what I have to say to that. I compare it to a sore on a foot, that goes untreated because it’s been hidden. Then eventually turns into a gaping wound that cannot be healed because it still remains hidden and eventually must be cut off, in order to save the rest of the body. My answer to this is, you’re only as sick as your secrets and it’s time for you to be excised in order to save the body.
If there’s one thing President Obama taught me, it is this, my vote counts and I will vote for whom I choose to vote for, not for whom I am told to vote for. Everyone’s vote counts and everyone must vote.
18 Dec 2013 Comments Off
The people whom I ask questions, then lie to me, thinking I’ll never know, or too afraid to just tell the truth (you’re only as sick as your secrets). I’ll find out anyway, so will everyone else.
People who believe what they’re told, never thinking to read the documentation that might tell them they’ve been lied to. God forbid, the person who told you those lies, might not like you, if you call them on their bullshit.
Those that go along with the crowd, ever fearing they might not be liked for going against the grain. Life is not a dress-rehearsal.
All of this brings me back to the Magna Carta and/or the Rule of Law. We are ALL equal or NONE OF US ARE.
It’s time to stand up and call for an accounting. It’s time to do your research, to read, to investigate … not just go along to get along … just look what it’s gotten us so far …
16 Jul 2013 3 Comments
My job allows me the opportunity to see many different neighborhoods in town and there is one thing that I see on far too many occasions, it has really started to get me angry. These people, and I use that word loosely, that keep their dogs chained up, to the bumper of an old car all day long. or to a fence post and to top it off, many of these dogs are long haired, it doesn’t appear that they have EVER been to a groomer. I don’t know what in the world is wrong with someone who treats their pets like they are lawn ornaments. It is blazing hot outside, and if you can’t take the time to put up a fence around your property, and provide decent shelter, out of the heat for your dogs, then you shouldn’t have them. What kind of life are you giving these loyal, wonderful animals? There is a special place in hell for those who mistreat animals.
If you read this and recognize yourself, then you should be ashamed. Perhaps you would be better off getting some garden gnomes, if this is how you are.
13 Jul 2013 1 Comment
Article VI, Section 2: “…Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Amendment X: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Section 2 (see above) provides for a unified governance of the entire United States. Those powers were later limited by the enactment of the 10th Amendment to pertain only to those laws which are under the purview of the Constitution itself. Many people are familiar, if even vaguely, of the Supremacy Clause, but few realize the restrictive might of the Amendment. The two make for contentious disagreement between those who advocate for States Rights and those who promote a strong federal government.
Those who are pro-States Rights seek to define federal government power in a narrow, circumscribed mien, promoting, instead, a government whereby provincial interests supersede that of the broader national populace. Suspicion of “Big Government” and elitist consideration tends to reinforce the belief system held by parochial thinkers who champion smaller government.
On the other hand, those who abide by the intent of the Supremacy Clause envision a strong, unified federal government whose reach provides for homogeneity of purpose and with a broad scope of interpretation and implementation of laws. Inherent to this perspective is mistrust of localized interests impinging upon that of the whole, weakening perceived unified strength.
Each one of us decides which side of the fulcrum we are most comfortable straddling and how far from the center we sit astride this political see-saw whether the issue is Voter Rights, Same-Sex Marriage, Reproductive Rights, Affirmative Action, Gun Rights, etc. Our Constitution and its Amendments are not just dusty old ideas whose meanings and applications have been obliterated by time. They help define who we are as individuals within this polity of America.
07 Jul 2013 2 Comments
Imagine for a moment what great things Jimmy Carter could have done if Reagan had not committed treason with Iran Contra to win the White House.
Think for a moment how far advanced our fight against climate change would be if the SCOTUS had not stopped the count in Florida and we had 8 years of our legitimately elected President, Al Gore.
If we don’t hold our elected officials accountable for their corruption, history will surely repeat itself – as it has so often in the past.
Attitudes And Paradigms Which Will Keep Those Old White Men In Power For Years To Come – Guest Post by Deby DePreta
06 Jul 2013 1 Comment
We, all of you who are reading this, agree women’s issues are a valid and strong social issue worthy of our collective attention. I would be preaching to the choir if I were to press for more concerted effort to quell the tide of misogynistic laws and regulations passed by our newly favored epithet “old white men”. What is more pervasive, troubling and insidious are the daily assaults upon females we are all guilty of every day (or nearly so) because it is into such an atmosphere that we raise our children to be enculturated in.
How many of us have either used or ignored comments like “He cried like a girl”? “Man up?” “He/she is a douche”? “Ain’t it a bitch”? Yes, they are ubiquitous in our culture to the point they are almost meaningless, but, and here’s the big but, they disparage based upon gender (or gender-specific activities).
When was the last time you refused to buy/or use a product where seductive men are passively depicted? How about purchasing a toy for a child specifically targeted to either gender? I can go on, but I hope you get my drift.
My point is that while we are shaking our heads, pointing our fingers, signing petitions, and even picketing or otherwise lending our voices against the egregious chauvinism of those evil old white men, we are promulgating a society for our youth which maintains those attitudes and paradigms which will keep those old white men in power for years to come. Yes, we do not live in the same sort of culture the older of us or our parents grew up with, but rest assured, sexism is alive and well all around us and if we even begin to hope to have anything really change where men and women truly are not fettered by gender-binding constraints, then we must do so ourselves.