Category Archives: Christianity

America’s Forgotten Dream

I currently inhabit a world in which we humans devote our lives to killing one another and to insisting that those who differ are simply terrorists bent on death and destruction. There was once another America, a nation which had dreams of exploring the universe rather than exploring ways of death and destruction. I was in my thirties when Americans stepped foot on the moon. Each and every American felt a moment of great pride as one of our fellow countrymen was now walking on the moon. For that magic moment, I no longer just felt to be an, American, but a human. I was part of this planet, and we humans were taking the initial step on the road to exploring the entire universe. Yes, it was a dream, but dreams are part of the human quest to be other than a member of this planet.

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin airlines also has a dream. He wants to explore space by sending humans into the area above our planet. Unfortunately, his experimental plane crashed in the Mojave desert. The real tragedy is failure on the part of American presidents for the past forty years to gaze upward at the skies rather than downward at the planet. We devote billions to killing rather than to sending fellow humans into space. Sorry, Tea Party nut cases, but the real issue for ALL humans is in space. And, it must be done by BIG GOVERNMENT. I shall die without humans on Mars. That is the real tragedy of the Tea Party and those refusing to allocate funds for space exploration!

Justice Bader Ginsberg Was Right!

I am the child of immigrants and was raised by my American public school teachers to respect the Supreme Court of this nation. I obtained degrees ranging from a Master to a Ph.D in American history and studied the development of this important American institution. The past few years have caused me to lose all respect for this Court. It is the most reactionary Supreme Court in over seventy years. Justice Ginsberg warned the Court that ID laws such as in existence in Texas were depriving Americans from their right to vote, but Scalia and his buddies like Roberts and Alioto refused to accept reality since it would prevent them from allowing their fellow Republicans to lose an election. Latest reports from Texas indicate hundreds of thousands will not be able to cast a ballot next week.

1. Many elderly people do NOT have a state issued driver’s license nor a state issued license to fire a gun.

2. Students are deprived from using their college ID, but a weapon ID is OK!!

3. Many disabled people do not have state IDs nor can they get to state offices for one.

The Supreme Court of this nation has restored the Poll Tax!!

Just Shut Up And Listen

Not too far from where I live is the town of Waukegan, Illinois which has witnessed for nearly a month strikes by teachers and empty schools. There is no question that leaders of this city’s schools intend to demonstrate their power over teachers even if it means kids remain home playing video games. The other night a School Board held a meeting in order to allow parents to express their ideas, but it was clear those in charge of the meeting wanted to control what was said. The School Board was willing to allow 45 minutes for parents to express their anger. Finally, when parents exceeded their time of talk, Victoria Torres left her position on the board to make clear what modern democracy is all about. “Alright, let’s go. I’m a parent too. Yeah, sit down and shut up!”She was followed by the President of the School Board who wanted the world to know, “We have a responsibility to act as leaders. We want our children to admire us.”

Just another example of modern America in which those who disagree will not listen to ideas contrary to their own. Just another food fight between angry folks. Welcome to the United States of America which is anything but united!

Jihadists Come Running

A recent United Nations report indicates that over 15,000 Jihadists have arrived in the Middle East over the past few years. These are young men from countries as diverse as Russia, Ireland, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. They share a desire to hate and kill. There is no doubt this group of haters represent a 21st century phenomenon. Select any nation in the world, and you will uncover those who believe to be engaged in a fight against forces of evil. Heck, in the United States of America even our Supreme Court contains jihadists who intend to ensure that our wealthy folk once again rule the nation. What else is the Tea Party other than a band of jihadists filled with hate and anger. Jihadists in the Middle East seek to return to olden days, and American Jihadists want the good old days when “real Americans” ruled the land to become the new norm.

The common element in all these Jihadists is a sense of hate against anything that resembles modernity. Check out the Republican Party in Congress whose members boast of not believing in “science.” We now have throughout the world a rejection of modern thinking, and a felt need to return to those times when ignorance ruled the waves of government. Heck, poor al-Qaida is now considered too modern by these Jihadists. Perhaps, it is time to send Tea Party folk to the Middle East to fight. At least it will provide them a sense of doing something to alter all this nonsense about science and climate change.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Wasting Time, Wasting Money

In the mid point of the 19th century as cities began to burst with thousands of people a new institution was created –the modern police force. Prior to the 1860s few cities had anything other than some night watchmen to patrol the streets of a city. The original purpose was to prevent crime or to capture those engaged in a crime. No one in his right mind would have thought the purpose of police was to halt citizens walking along the street. CRIMINALS who threatened the lives of citizens was the enemy of the new police force. Oh, most cops were from the newly arrived Irish immigrants since being a member of the police force was equivalent to being a man without any talent. In other words, a cop was merely the name of a bum. For some reason that original purpose has dramatically changed over time. Today, our cops spend their waking hours pestering people who are NOT engaged in the act of crime, but simply walking along the street minding their own business.

Police in Denver just engaged in raids in order to find marijuana in the state of Colorado which allows the sale of marijuana. As I recall, the citizens of that state voted to allow its residents to purchase and use this product. But, marijuana is a “deadly product” which can kill people. If police are interested in activities leading to death, why not just seize any car on the road and prevent 30,000 deaths each year? Then again, police could invade offices of stock brokers and seize their assets in order to prevent economic crimes against ordinary citizens. Why in God’s names are police raiding marijuana sites in a state that allows marijuana??

Sarah Palin Wants To Return To Politics

Sarah Palin has offered to the American people a wonderful gift–she is considering a return to political wars and may even throw her hat into the ring. If there is one thing about Sarah it is her forceful manner of speaking. “The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with the message hopefully running for public office in the future.” I am not exactly clear as to who are “they” since it could be members of her own family who engaged in a fight with Mama Bear a few weeks ago. Or, it could be those “Democrats” or it could be those “Republicans” who refuse her advice. Consider the manner in which her return to politics can save America:

1. She could challenge Vladimir Putin to a shoot out in the wilds of Alaska. Winner take all, the US vs Russia on line.

2. She could have a shoot out with members of her family since this group so enjoys a good family fight.

3. She could offer to take on ISIS either with guns or with fists.

4. Of course the real battle she could readily win is with this dude known as, EBOLA.

God Bless Sarah Palin, the real coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Why Not Just Auction Off Election?

One wonders what our Founding Fathers would have thought about the incredible cost of elections in the United States of America? I assume that other than Justice Scalia there are few in this nation who actually believe the “original intention” of the wig headed men two hundred years ago created the Constitution intended that one could purchase a seat in Congress. So, why not just admit that seats are for sale and instead of submitting we Americans to the nonstop voices filling our TV sets with words of doom if we vote for the other guy, why not just have an auction and allow whoever has the dough in a congressional seat of a state to simply openly purchase a victory in the allegedly thing we term, an election?

1. In each congressional seat allow an open auction. The one submitting the highest bid simply is the next congressmen.

2. Money from these auctions could be used for some meaningful task such as new roads or money for schools.

Let’s end the pretense of a “free election” in which the person who offers intelligent ideas is elected. Those days are over.

In fact, why not just auction of the United States of America to the Koch Brothers?

Kobani Deaths Continue

I have written today about hysteria in America, but when one gazes at world events, the only apparent common pattern is death and destruction. No, these murders are not in any way comparable to deaths in World War II. We do not have a Holocaust, but we do have killers who openly boast about their murders. ISIS murderers in the embattled city of Kobani which is filled with Kurds is besieged by ISIS forces. Naturally, these men of God must show the world another example of how they can chop off a head. This is probably the first time since the French Revolution so much attention has been paid to chopping off heads. OOPs, sorry, I forgot about Saudi Arabia which so far this year has chopped off a dozen heads without a word of complaint from the Western world.

Death has become the natural event in Kobani. US Planes are bombing ISIS forces with some success. We can now boast that our bad guys are dying. So, this must be good news. Death will not leave the environs of Kobani, he has found a fall resting place. At least Death is a happy person in Kobani!

I Do Not Understand

I suspect it will take at least twenty years before any future historian or sociologist can make sense of what has been transpiring in this society over the past decade. There is something mysterious and strange about behaviors of our young people. They inhabit a world they make on their own within the confines of Social Media. Jaylen Fryberg is dead. He also is responsible for the deaths of at least two of his friends. We now know that he texted these friends to have lunch with him. He then strode into the lunchroom, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot his FRIENDS. No, he did Not shoot his enemies, just his friends. Why is the great mystery of this shooting. A popular boy, an athlete, the Prince at a homecoming somehow became furious towards his friends.

I simply do Not understand this shooting. It does not fit into any pattern of logic. It was simply an explosion of anger and hate towards those who were friends. We today can not explain such behavior. The only pattern we do know is that our society is filled with nonstop anger, hate, and hysteria. We have placed our youth into this environment, and most probably the end result is not pleasant for anyone. Hysteria rules the land. What have we done to our youth??