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The mid-term elections are underway. In Philadelphia, it’s Tuesday the 20th of May. Contrary to what some may have you believe, mid-term elections are just as important as, if not more than, the presidential elections.
In September of 2012 I asked if it was possible that the GOP threw the Presidential race to focus on local races instead. Why else would they give us Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney? Are they that out of touch?
Most of the damage is done during the midterm elections. I believe wholeheartedly that it’s because people think the President has sweeping power to do as he wishes. I don’t think people get how important these midterms are.
Take a look at what’s going on around the States and tell me if you feel the same.
So, to make it easier, here are two valuable resources that I always turn to in any political cycle,
and here in Pennsylvania…
The Committee of Seventy
Pay attention folks. There’s a lot to lose in local elections.
Now go out and VOTE!
“Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?” - The Riverbends Channel
James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant minds of our time. He was unapologetic about his blackness and his sexuality. Rightfully so, as there was nothing he could (or should) have done to change either.I’ve been thinking about writing a piece on racism for quite a while now. But so much has already been said on the subject by people far better qualified than myself. One of whom is the incredibly brilliant James Baldwin.
- Check on sick neighbor.
- Grocery shopping.
- Pick up medication at pharmacy for sick neighbor.
- Pay some bills.
- Drop off medication to sick neighbor.
- Do laundry
- Make dinner.
- Bring food to sick neighbor.
- Run dishwasher.
- Write a thank you note to the Denver Broncos for the great time last weekend. ;p <—- HEY!!! How did THAT ONE get in there???
With the exception of the Denver Broncos note, this was my agenda from last Saturday. These things occupy my time pretty much most days. My sick neighbor is a sixty-three year old woman who is in the end stages of uterine cancer, which has spread through her body. Someday I’ll write a post about it, but not now. I’m just not ready to put all that into words. I wrote this list to demonstrate that my life is pretty much like everyone’s. — With the exception of looking out for my neighbor, which I believe anyone would do, my life is boring as hell.
I may not agree with every war, but the men and women who risk their lives to ensure my freedom to be as liberal as my little heart pleases deserve complete respect & full support.
Why do conservatives use the word “Entitlement” as if it was a bad word.
They’re called “Entitlements” because the people who receive them worked hard for and earned them as part of an agreed upon contract with the United States government. Money is taken from our paycheck each week as insurance until such time as we either retire, become disabled and cannot work, or the worst case scenario, a disaster happens and we need help.
Entitlements are not handouts. Entitlements are not charity. Entitlements did not tank our economy. Corporate greed did. So why do you want to punish the least of us just so the wealthiest can have tax breaks?
Conservatives claim to be for limited government and keeping government out of our private lives.
How does amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage limit government or keep the government out of our private lives? How does one person’s marriage affect yours? Is the foundation or your marriage so fragile that it would crumble under the weight of another couple’s happiness?
Conservatives claim to be for fiscal responsibility, yet they are largely against paying for birth control. Does it not occur to them that tax payers will undoubtedly foot the bill, through welfare, for eighteen plus years of childcare for many of the children that result from unplanned pregnancies? Compared to that, contraception is cheap.
There’s nothing wrong with conservative ideas. Personal responsibility is important. Responsibility to our community is even more important.
Ensuring that companies provide a living wage so that families don’t have to rely on food stamps is the responsible thing to do. A family that can’t afford food isn’t self-sufficient. Isn’t that what conservatism is all about; being self-sufficient? A family that’s not self-sufficient cannot contribute to the economy.
If families aren’t contributing to the economy, the economy doesn’t grow.
One more thing.
As our country experiences extreme weather powerful enough to bring about the destruction of whole communities, more and more people are going to find themselves in need of some kind of assistance, be it food stamps or welfare. These people are not deadbeats. They aren’t looking for handouts either. Yet many conservatives want to reduce these life saving safety nets because of the cost. Are these the “family values” that conservatives claim they hold in such high regard?
The United States of America is a vast and wealthy country populated with people of many different faiths and from every walk of life. In order for us to have a strong country we must look out for one another. United we stand. Divided we fall.
I choose “Happy Holidays” because not all of my friends celebrate Christmas. Some observe Hanukkah, some Kwanzaa, and others nothing at all. When I say Happy Holidays, I’m respecting the religious beliefs of the person to whom I am speaking.
Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Aren’t we supposed to be generous to one another during that time of year?