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Where Do We Go, Who Do We Trust…
What do we do?

31 Mar

Snapshot of post by Americans First, as first appeared on Ted Cruz's official Facebook page.The snippet shown as a graphic (at right) is of a post by “Americans First” on Ted Cruz‘s official Facebook page.

Now, perhaps I’m mistaken but I can’t help but think that this is criticism of the job Cruz is doing (not a difficult thing to imagine, I might add) and deservedly so.

That said and as friends already know, I feel there’s equal blame on both sides of the aisle. Both, Republicans and Democrats alike have behaved terribly in recent years/decades. They’ve done anything BUT lead.

At some point it’s as though our country was raffled off to the highest bidder (business, lobbyists, etc.) and our leaders have all but forgotten who they were elected to represent.

I’m angered by that; you should be as well.

Liberal friends of mine say I am “paranoid” by insisting on making certain I’ve ample ammunition for the guns I own but seriously, why shouldn’t I be a little paranoid?

Do you honestly believe we AREN’T in for troubling times ahead and/or some serious civil unrest? I don’t know about the rest of you but I’d like to know that I at least have a chance to protect myself and my family if and when everything goes to hell in a hand-basket.

(People, we can’t keep going at this pace without paying the piper at some future point in time. Our country was founded on the principles of a hard day’s work, honesty AND altruism even. For some time now, we’ve all been taking much for granted and placing our trust in people who NEVER should have held it in the first place.)

Elected officials in both parties don’t represent OUR best interests any longer. No, most of our politicians are in the pockets of big business (and the goal of big business is to “make a profit, at any cost”) or whomever else has a shekel to throw in their direction.

“Americans First” is correct when he/she states our forefathers would be ASHAMED at the state of the Union today.

Our ancestors fought a hard fight for the freedom we all take for granted today – and instead of doing everything within our power to maintain said freedom, we willingly gobble up the crap that our own parties throw out there for us to feast upon. BOTH parties are guilty of spreading disinformation and as well, BOTH parties have contributed to the state of the Union today. I honestly don’t know which is to blame the most — and I really don’t care any longer.

What I would like is for the bullshit to simply STOP but we all know that isn’t going to happen.

What can and should happen is that we need to set aside our own divisive attitudes, admit that regardless of which of the parties we identify with the most, that party is partially to blame and we should start demanding real change and honesty.

We should demand transparency and as high a level of honesty as can be insisted upon.

And on that topic, I get and fully understand that “We the People” cannot be involved in every decision that our government makes. We can’t reasonably expect to be kept abreast of every detail of information that factors into the policy-making decisions of this country as regards international interests and/or military decisions. (If you think that you should then you’re being unreasonable and as well would be setting our own government up for a serious disadvantage at the hands of foreign interests.)

But we obviously should insist on knowing when decisions have been made that are based on lies and deception. (We’ve been in a war for damn near thirteen years because of one such lie, in my opinion.)

When it becomes obvious that an official has been dishonest and is lying, the official needs to go IMMEDIATELY and without any further compensation (in the form of health insurance, retirement, etc.)

We shouldn’t be rewarding bad behavior, either at home or in the State Capitals and Washington, D.C. We should be insisting on honesty and good behavior; after all, how many in the secret service have been held up to such scrutiny? Why are we giving our elected politicians a pass when all others do not get one?

Aren’t good behavior, honesty, respect and hard work values that every well-meaning and responsible parent tries to instill in their children? Why should we expect any less from our government officials, both elected and otherwise?

Many of our so-called leaders are nothing more than children expressing behavioral flaws that, in any reasonable school environment I ever enjoyed growing up would have justified their being sent to the principal’s office or to the corner for a nice “time out!”

So, what is next?

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Long Time In The Making

09 Mar

Ever feel like screaming because everything you once knew is “off limits”? That’s me of recent…

Anyone following my rants on Facebook or even my blog entries for some time now should be able to easily see that I’ve allowed myself to become very cynical. Of course, that really shouldn’t be such a surprise when you work 40-plus hours a week in a job that is filled with tension, surrounded by people who are not happy themselves and who are always bitching and/or gossiping about others. (Yes, I work with a bunch of women. Even the most staunch among the female race will readily admit an office dominated by the “fairer sex” can and often is a VERY DIFFICULT environment to navigate within. I feel empathy for your menstruation cycles but Christ, MUST you take it out on every man alive when the bloody river rises — as it most certainly will each and every month?) {shakes-head}

So considering:

  • The office with all of these combative women and their monthly cycles of pure terror;
  • The dolts in Washington, D.C. who refuse to do their jobs lest they appear weak and unwilling to deviate from their party’s official position (regardless of whether it’s good for the country or even in line with what the majority of their own constituents would have them present). Partisan politics, God save us all(!);
  • Assholes on the Internet who feel it’s their right (and perhaps even their DUTY) to bully anybody who dares have an opinion or set of values that differs from their own;
  • And the far-reaching overreactions of those same dolts in Washington, D.C. who, in the wake of the tragic deaths of school-age children at Sandy Hook Elementary are now irresponsibly attempting to circumvent the rights of all “law-abiding” citizens as guaranteed us under the Constitution (in order to push through their version of an extremist liberal agenda of gun control).

You might be thinking, “How strange for a comment such as the last one to be coming from Michael, a self-professed and registered Democrat who holds many among the Republican Party in disdain for pushing what he believes to be an irrationally religious and homophobic agenda.”

You’d be justified to ponder the why of this but the simple answer is, “It’s the politics of the extremists that are holding everyone hostage [today] and that is what truly disgusts me the most. “Partisan politics be damned; just do the job we voted you in to do already!” That’s my message to the politicians.

In light of the above, I think it’s rather easy to understand why I have become so cynical in recent years.

I’m simply exhausted; tired of hearing people whose heads appear to be permanently fixated upon or thrust far up into their arses, who can’t seem to understand they shouldn’t take everything they hear “at face value.” All would be well-advised to do a little bit of studying; of our own history and of the values (not simply the rhetoric and self-professed values, but the REAL values held by those they have already elected or are considering for a seat of power).

We need to put in the work if we truly want to see the results we yearn for — and we need to FIRE the people in Washington, D.C. who do NOT have our own best interests at heart but rather, are yielding to those lobbying on behalf of businesses who truly don’t give a crap about anything but their own profit (regardless of the real costs, both in dollars and inasmuch as our civil rights are concerned – to the rest of us).

Certainly, none of what I’m saying should be coming as “news” to you and I know that this entry has, not surprisingly come off as yet another rant.

The rants are why I deactivated my Facebook account for a minimum of 6-months only recently. I’d grown weary of seeing links to alleged news about events or agendas at the federal level that only left me feeling angrier, dissatisfied and more hopeless than I was feeling in the moments just before I’d read the article.

In this fast-paced era where “news” travels in a millisecond, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or overcome with rage at a world that has seemingly “totally and hopelessly” spun out of control.

For that reason, I decided to pull the plug on one of the sources (Facebook) of my own frustration for a short six months. I’ll revisit the decision at the end of that period and will decide whether I want to reactivate the account. We shall see; meanwhile, I’ll blog from time to time and spend more of my energy trying to lose the weight I’ve gained over the years. The same weight I often complain about when long-lost friends see me for the first time in years. {laughs}

Namaste,
Michael

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Mitt Romney; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

28 Oct

Pledge to "National Organization for Marriage" as signed by Mitt RomneyI have always said (and still maintain) that every person is entitled to vote his or her conscience, for the man or woman he or she feels will do the best job.

We all know that the President’s powers are limited but the office is not without its influence. I posted a link to a Youtube video the other day about an interview of a schoolteacher who sat across the table from Mitt Romney, during which he responded to her most unkindly and rudely when she indicated she had a suggestion for how some of the issues relating to the education of our children might be addressed. Romney cut her off, saying, “I didn’t ask you a question.”

In my personal opinion, the man is totally UNQUALIFIED to lead this country.

Status post as shared on Facebook page; says it all, folks!I’m not saying that Barack Obama has been the best of leaders during the past four years; I take issue with some of the things he has done, as well. More so, I take greater issue with the actions of both the Republican and Democratic parties (as both have put the interests of this nation on the back burner while playing “partisan politics” and creating gridlock in Washington, D.C.)

As anyone who knows the slightest bit about me know, I’m a gay white male. I did NOT “choose” my sexual orientation; it simply is what it is, just like the color of my skin, my gender, the family to which I was born, etc.

That’s a far cry from those things we DO choose, such as whether to believe in a religion, what we do for a living, where we live and what we drive, etc. The LGBT community has been fighting for acceptance, understanding and equality for years; we’ve made some (a lot, actually) progress but we are nowhere close to being treated with the respect deserving of any man, woman or child just for being who he or she was born to be.

Same-gender relationships are not recognized, though most are every bit as loving and respectable as any [other] relationship between a committed man and woman. If my partner becomes ill and must be hospitalized, I’m not considered “family” and therefore not given the same access and consideration I might receive were I a straight, married male and my “partner” were a woman.

Same-sex couples who are in committed relationships, who have chosen to build a life with one another starting with the purchase of a home, vehicles, shared checking and savings accounts, etc. do NOTenjoy the same protection under the law should one or the other of them die.

Certainly they [we] can have legal documents drawn up but in the end, even that does not guarantee that their wishes will be followed — and it’s a hell of a lot more expensive than the simple execution/signing of a marriage certificate which opposite-sex couples may enjoy. ONE WOULD THINKthat since we are not given the same consideration and protection under the law that we would not have to pay taxes that are commensurate to those [straight couples] who DO enjoy all of these protections and freedoms.

Such is NOT the case; we are taxed equally to all others, regardless of our sexual orientation and acceptance.

This is why I get as angry about this issue as I do and it’s why I’m saying “Screw you, Mitt Romney!”

To those reading this blog entry, who are taking the statement I have just made personally, as an affront to your delicate political sensibilities (regardless of whether you’re family or a friend)…

If you cannot understand WHY those of us who do NOT fall into the category of heterosexual, are so angered by the personal agendas of the conservatives to restrict and diminish the civil rights of others (in this case, me), basing their actions on a SECULARbelief that we are immoral and therefore undeserving of the same consideration as any other citizen of this great nation…

Some might say that if you cannot stand WITHus in an effort to achieve what is rightfully “everybody’s” then you are standing against us.

I understand that unless you are gay or bisexual, that this might not be considered “your fight” but I’ll remind those reading of “The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.” If you cannot stand up for the rights of others, how then can you expect them to stand up for your own rights if and when you yourselves are on the losing end of a constitutional matter/discussion?

You may have your reasons to vote for Mitt Romney and far be it from me to tell you to do otherwise (as I think every vote is important, regardless of whether it is how I myself would or would not vote). But if you cannot at the very least TELL THIS F#KERthat you do not stand with him on this personal agenda of “hate” (and that IS what it is, regardless of how some may color it), then you are no real friend to those closest to you (including family) who identify as gay or bisexual.

If you are standing with a bigot who puts his “religious” beliefs above his ability to uphold the precepts of our founding documents and all that they stand for (“EQUALITY”) without at least telling him you disagree, then you’re a part of the problem.

Personally, I feel that this hateful man is “ill-equipped to lead this nation” and he doesn’t have the interests of our country and its citizens at heart. I won’t be voting for him in the forthcoming election; he’s shown his colors on many the occasion and I just cannot stomach their shade.

Namaste,
Michael

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Handouts and Who To Vote For?

30 Aug

I'd Like To Vote "None of The Above!"Honestly? I did not vote for Barack Obama in the last presidential election. (I take exception to his position on inheritance taxes and capital gains taxes and as well, do NOT believe in his attitude with regard to the “redistribution of wealth” — and I don’t care how you ‘splain or try to justify it, that is his attitude.)

If you want something, get off your ass and work for it. I’ve done that my entire life and I’m quite sick and tired of those who feel “entitled” to free handouts.

I am all for giving a person a much-needed hand-up but I’m tired of those who just want a handout so they can sit on their asses and get a free ride at the expense of those who ARE working, who DO pay taxes on salaries that are the direct consequence of their having worked for them (as opposed to a “salary” that was simply given to him or her under the guise of some government subsidized welfare program).

This isn’t to say there aren’t people out there who are deserving of a hand-up to survive; they exist (I know they do).

I’m just saying that “If you want the help, GIVE SOMETHING BACK in return! Don’t just take the money and run.

You can pick up trash, volunteer to do some data entry in a government office or a charity, help out with programs for the elderly or those who are physically unable to get out to pick up their prescription medications or to do their own grocery shopping. There is always something a person can do to give something back to the community that is [financially] helping him or her. Hell, volunteer your time to be a part of a phone bank to answer frequently asked questions relating to city/state services or [again] a charitable organization of some sort.

You might get the impression I’m a Republican, listening to me say these things; you’d be wrong.

I’m a registered Democrat; I have been since I first registered to vote many years ago. Having said this, I’m also an equal-opportunity offender.

I cannot stomach the gas-bags in the Republican party who’ve an interest in legislating morality but neither do I support the idiots in my own party who want to buy votes by offering every lazy-ass citizen (and those who enter our country illegally, who’ve little to no desire to work toward their citizenship) with a handout). I am equally disgusted with both parties.

Certainly, I get that circumstances are seemingly more difficult in some of the other countries and I understand that families there are just trying to make a living and survive… That explains why some of them cross the border illegally to try and find work here. But it REALLY isn’t all that much better for a lot of our own citizens in the States (America).

We’ve a lot of homeless people on the streets; we have a lot of families who are living from paycheck to paycheck, only days away from being turned out of their own homes should luck turn against them. One thing that makes me angry is that much-needed resources, resources which could be used to assist citizens who are here legally, who have been working and have been paying their taxes all along… Those resources are mishandled and given freely to people who are NOT here legally, who have NOT been making the contributions that make those very programs possible, by paying their fair share of the taxes you and I pay (if only because they are here illegally, have been paid under the table and there’s no record of their being employed).

Sorry Mexico… You take care of yours; we’ll take care of our own, thank you very much!

There has never been an argument made in my forty-nine years of living that will convince me I’ve a responsibility to every other person in every other country, be they across the border or around the world. I do my part to help others when I can … but it’s because I “want to”, not because I feel I MUST and am expected to.

If I willingly choose to give of my own resources (those which are mine and mine alone to give) to somebody, that is one thing (and quite honestly, we should all help when we can). But it’s quite another thing for a group of politicians who are living the fat life off of our sweat and hard work, whose only agenda is to get re-elected, to STEAL the fruits of our labors and just give them away, acting dismissive toward the interests and expressed priorities of our own citizens in the process.

You think I’m kidding? Just read about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Tomorrow I may write about how I feel that Ron Paul was screwed by the GOP during the Republican convention (and in the days that led up to the convention). No surprise there, given that NEITHER party understands the concept of integrity and acting on behalf of the interests of the average citizen.

In closing, if you were to ask me who I’m voting for in the upcoming election I’d have to say “I don’t know.”

I’ll probably vote for the Democratic ticket (with reservations) simply because I cannot stomach voting for the elitist Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Ryan wants to gut Medicare and Medicaid; I’m sorry but as fiscally conservative as I am, I have serious misgivings with regard to that little shit’s attitude toward our seniors who, after having paid taxes all their lives then find themselves in need of medical assistance only to discover that the funds are no longer available for their use.

On a more personal front, I am offended by the Republican Party’s attitude toward LGBTQ issues. Many of their number are as homophobic as they come! So, for those of you who are Republican and can’t understand why I’m not on board with your causes, think about it… If you’d get the hell out of my bedroom and quit trying to legislate morality, we might be able to reach some common ground.

Till then, the Republican Party can kiss my ass (but all things being fair, color me “disgusted” with both parties!)

Ugh!

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Political Posturing

02 Mar

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I said I wouldn’t

08 Jan

Friends who are blindly liberal (many of whom are gay themselves) have given me a lot of grief for expressing my outrage at Barack Obama over his performance in the White House. Many are shocked when they hear I didn’t vote for him in the last election. (After all, I am a registered Democrat. “How could [I] turn my back on my party that way?”)

They can’t understand how any self-respecting queer could ever vote for a republican rather than the man who promised to repeal DADT and end America’s participation in the war in Iraq. I’ll admit that Barack kept his word on DADT and he did [finally] get our boys and girls back home from Iraq but there’s still much about the man’s leadership that I question and some that I even despise.

Mark Levin (somebody I often find myself raging at because of his ultra-conservative positions on many issues and his willingness to “buy the Kool-Aid” that is doled out by those who blindly follow(1) the agenda of the Republican Party) had a caller on his show recently.

Neurosurgeon places call to the Mark Levin show

A caller who identifies himself as a neurosurgeon returning from Washington, D.C. claims patients over the age of seventy will receive “comfort care” instead of life-saving neurosurgery to treat the illness or disease under the Obama health care plan. The surgeon, a member of the AANS, then goes on to describe how the HHS describes “patients” as “units”, a term that dehumanizes the patient and can only be justified by trying to make it easier to base one’s medical decisions on “profit vs. the health and well-being of the individual.”

The man who called in explains how a patient who may be seventy years of age with a bleed in their brain might come into an ER but the physician will be unable to get an ethics panel (made up of administrators, not physicians) to convene at 3 o’clock in the morning to authorize the surgery. His and the term used by many others who oppose Obama’s idea of health care reform refer to the ethics panels as “Death panels.”


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What Might Have Been

10 Dec

Clinton = LGBT Friendly

There are many who backed Bill Clinton despite the personal infidelity during his term in office. I happen to be one of them. For me, it was never a matter of whether or not he was a decent family man. In the moments that followed the breaking news of the scandal, it was confirmed that his family values were no more perfect than many others (both, in and out of politics)—perhaps a bit worse even. However, I was more concerned with the job he was doing while in office. Does that mean I respect the decisions he made with regard to his personal life and the wife whose trust he violated? No, I don’t—but that was (and remains) their personal, private business and certainly wasn’t and is not any business of anyone else, myself included.

There are many people who make the argument that “his questionable family values directly reflect on the office he held; that the President should be held to a higher standard.” Perhaps they really do believe that but I think the influence was negligible in this case (and won’t argue the matter).


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It all started with “Gun Control”

01 Oct

Folks, what I’m about to share is a rant but I feel that it needs to be said. It isn’t a quick rant (I know, that will come as a great surprise to many — LOL) but I’ll make it plain and simple, for all to understand, Democrat and Republican alike.

I registered as a Democrat early in life (once I came of voting age, LONG ago) because “I mistakenly thought” the party had my back and would somehow, eventually succeed in pushing through the legislation necessary to level the playing field for LGBT couples. I honestly don’t care if the unions are called marriage, civil unions (whatever the hell you want to call it), so long as the union comes with the same 1141+ rights, privileges and responsibilities that a government-recognized marriage comes with. If a couple loves one another and are committed to one another, they’ve every reason to hold the expectation that their relationship WILL BE recognized when it matters the most.

  1. If one of the two is hospitalized, that the other WILL be recognized as family and no institution would be able to keep the two apart and that lacking the wherewithal and being of sound mind and body, his/her partner would be able to make life-saving decisions for the one he/she loves.
  2. That worst-case scenario, when one predeceases the other, his/her surviving partner will not be tossed aside and thrown out of the home they both worked so hard to purchase and build (just because the deceased’s homophobic, uncaring and/or greedy family decides they’d much rather achieve some personal gain at the expense “of that faggot who corrupted their brother, sister, aunt or uncle”).
  3. And each year come time for the Government to again rape and pillage its citizens (under the guise of collecting those God-forsaken taxes that they’ve NO FRIGGEN CLUE HOW TO SPEND RESPONSIBLY), that homosexual relationships would count for something, just as any other committed heterosexual’s relationship; that same-sex loving and committed partners would have the option of filing jointly “if they so desired.”

These are ONLY A FEW of the reasons why I feel so strongly about marriage equality BUT LEST YOU THINK THIS IS THE ONLY ISSUE I GIVE A CARE ABOUT, YOU WOULD BE VERY VERY MISTAKEN.

I am truly disgusted by BOTH parties, Democrat and Republican alike, at this point in my life. I’m disappointed in the Democratic party for not pushing the envelope on issues they should be raising and as well, at them for sometimes doing so in a way that is detrimental to the overall health of our country. I’m pissed off at the Republican Party for seemingly being comprised of so many openly homophobic rednecks who cannot see past their own prejudice and still believe that being gay is only about sex. BOTH parties are so agenda-driven and addicted to power, they no longer seem capable of representing the citizens of this wonderful country in a way that is healthy for us. Instead, they consume their time in office with party-politics and campaigning for “more time to do nothing.” We waste more resources creating legislation that reverses legislation that the opposing party somehow managed to get through (when they had a majority on the hill – were in power) that it’s NO damned wonder that it’s so unlikely that anything of real value ever gets accomplished in Congress any longer. (And do NOT get me started on the Internal Revenue Service, our country’s officially-recognized thugs, enablers and bastard sons and daughters of all that is evil and wrong in the world. Oh, was that a bit harsh? It’s a description they have worked very hard to earn in my most humble of opinions!)

I’m disgusted COMPLETELY at both parties for being so self-serving, non-reactive and spending us into oblivion.

The economy is in a bad way (putting it mildly) and it’s only going to get a whole lot worse until we, the citizens of this great nation, stand up and hold our elected representatives accountable to the extent they do their job.

Just as importantly (perhaps even more so), we should all recognize we each have every bit as much responsibility in getting this train wreck of an economy back onto the tracks.

Last evening, I had problems accessing the Internet and had to call AT&T’s support line; where do you think I ended up? In India, that is where. I’m writing AT&T a scathing letter that will explain why I am now seriously considering cancelling my DSL, home phone and mobile service in the very near future (once I find companies I’m convinced I might be happier with, to replace said services). You see, I pay AT&T over $200.00 collectively, each and every month, for their crappy service and when I need to speak with a technician or support personnel to resolve an issue, by God, I want to be talking to an American who speaks English, right here in the United States. How much would you like to wager, AT&T receives credits of some sort from the federal government and they’re sending jobs overseas?)

I am also completely fed up with having to purchase crap-merchandise that is manufactured in China, India, Thailand or Indonesia, all because big business has closed its doors here within the states and moved their factories overseas. I recognize elected POLITICIANS have had some influence in these decisions, what with taxes, both personal and business, rising, rising, rising… A company is compelled to cut costs where they can and certainly the federal government has not made it easy for family-owned, small (or even substantial), local businesses operating here within our country to stay strong and competitive when they feel they can outsource jobs, more easily and at a lower cost, overseas.

And we’ve stood idly by, expecting that the problem would not grow worse, worse, worse while our taxes are continually rising, rising, rising and the jobs go away, away and AWAY!!!!!

Now some half-baked, nitwit of an Attorney General wants to say I, as a citizen of this great nation, do not have the right to own and bear arms (when I myself feel I need to maintain that right, if for no other reason than to PROTECT MYSELF and my loved ones from the tyranny of an ever-failing leadership that seems hell-bent on increasingly stripping its citizens of one right after another). Seems to me that our government (or somebody) wants us to be defenseless and at their sole mercy. Sorry but that will NOT be happening! As my father said when he was alive, “They can take my guns from my COLD, DEAD HANDS (and not a moment before!!).”

Am I concerned with the rising violence in this nation? Yes, I am.

Do I believe gun control is the answer? No, I do not!

The issue at hand is to address (CLEARLY AND FORCEFULLY) that which is at the root of much of our violence. The drug cartels and those who manufacture and/or bring drugs into our country illegally, sneaking them across our southern borders. The problem is with the rising popularity of “gangs” (they’re of no damn use to me!!!) The problem is with the rising unemployment rates and an ever-lessening number of jobs that are available within our own borders. The problem is with the decline of good public education.

Here’s a novel idea; let’s try “SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS” instead!! Let’s give them the resources necessary to not only teach and encourage our children to reach for new heights, but to discipline those same children when they’re misbehaving and/or preventing OTHERS from learning in our public schools. The problem as I see it is that current generations are more concerned with what they mistakenly feel is “owed them” — than they are with figuring out how they themselves can not only do FOR THEMSELVES but also, how they might make their communities a better place to live in. Let’s quit wasting money on subsidies for the children of illegal immigrants and as well, set aside this ludicrous idea that the public curricula needs to be taught in both English and in Spanish just because of the vast influx of illegal immigration into and across our southern border. Let us take the money we’re spending on having school books translated into Spanish and instead hire the best teachers and really “teach” the children of good, tax-paying citizens who deserve the best that their tax-dollars can buy.

Do the children of illegal immigrants deserve an education? I’m not saying they don’t but I believe the first issue at hand is that they 1) learn there are consequences for breaking the law, and 2) that while America IS a great nation comprised of many different nationalities, we DO require that you at least follow the rules and enter our borders legally. If you haven’t enough respect to do this, why should we want you here and why should we expend the resources to teach your ungrateful ass at our expense?

Perhaps the biggest problem of all is that far too many have lost the
motivation to take pride in themselves, in their families, in their local communities and in the nation as a whole!

Maybe, just maybe, we have grown so accustomed to receiving the second, third and fourth-rate representation from our elected officials that we no longer feel we’re deserving of any better. We’ve forgotten what it was that our forefathers were fighting for when they rose up in arms and broke free of the tyranny of a British crown that placed troops among us, taxed us and gave us “no say” in how we lived our lives. That is, after all, much of what goes to the root of our uprising and fight with Great Britain when we first declared ourselves a sovereign nation.

And now some hack-job, Attorney General, wants to say we’ve no right to protect ourselves with force if the need arises? Wrong! I’ll keep my guns thank you very, very much!

And here’s another thing, mister Attorney General (and all those in government listening in)… If you do not have the money, DO NOT spend it!

I have one credit card, which I use sparingly and pay off every month WHEN I DO use it. I don’t spend what I don’t have. As one among many in our government, LEARN HOW TO BALANCE THE FUCKING BOOKS! If you do not have the money, don’t spend it. Don’t give loans to countries that have no intention whatsoever of paying us back and/or are going behind our backs to work against us! Don’t spend money with the expectation you can raise OUR taxes to make up the difference during the coming year or in the years to come! Don’t spend the money “just because it is ear-marked for your use.” — if the expense isn’t really necessary, give me my damned money BACK! You work for me, not the other way around!!! Did you ever hear of a “Savings Account”? This wasn’t such a strange idea years ago… We were taught from the earliest age on, to save our money up for something we might want down the road (or just “for a rainy day when things were tough”). Clearly, our present form of government doesn’t recognize the need to save where it can, in order to lighten the burden on its citizens and govern responsibly. They increase spending during good times and in bad, with no thought to what it means for the future.

GET A CLUE OR GET THE HELL OUT ALREADY!!! (That is my message for those elected to public office)

Sincerely and with all true intent,
Michael R. Marshall

One citizen (among many, I imagine) who feels
disenfranchised, misrepresented and abused by his elected officials.

If you agree with the sentiments expressed herein, feel free to share this message with your friends and family. I only ask that if you’re doing so via email that you consider doing so as a “Blind Carbon Copy” to prevent others from harvesting email addresses easily for spamming.

The email-forward that pushed me over the edge and motivated me to write this “rant” appears below. (Know that one day I will be dead and gone and on that day the cares, disdain and disappointment I have in and for our politicians this day will be of no use to me whatsoever. It is our future generations who will have to take up the cause and speak their mind, or rather instead, choose to live with mediocrity. Ask yourself this, “Do you want to be a part of the solution, or an enabler of the problem?”)

Own a Gun? Please Keep This Moving!

Guess they weren’t happy with the poll results the first time so USA today is running another… Vote now!

Attorney General, Eric Holder, has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. This takes literally 2 clicks to complete. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. Hopefully these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will be come critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court’s accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.

Here’s what you need to do:

First – vote on this one.

Second – Launch it to other folks and have THEM vote – then we will see if the results get published.

USATODAY.com

There is one distinction I would like to make about the issue of guns… I’m not in favor of owning or selling fully-automatic assault weapons; please don’t for one moment believe that’s the issue here. No, when I myself am talking about the right to bear arms, I’m talking about handguns, rifles, shotguns; the kinds of weapons that are used for self-defense and or hunting to put food on the table. Fully-automatic weapons are (or should be) intended for our armed forces; for the men and women who are tasked with defending our “country” and its borders. I don’t need a fully-automatic machine gun to feel safe and empowered so don’t for a second think that is what pisses me off when I hear the phrase “gun control.”

But to pass legislation that prohibits U.S. citizens from legally owning handguns, rifles and shotguns ONLY makes those who are law-abiding citizens, who believe in the right to own and bear arms, into criminals. If one thinks for a moment that the “existing criminal element” will willingly give up their guns because two branches of the government have said they must; well, that’s wishful thinking and irrational thinking/stupidity on the part of others. The ONLY thing radical gun control could ever really accomplish is that it would remove the ability for each one of us to lawfully protect ourselves from those criminals who DO have guns — and that isn’t something I’m willing to resign myself to, now or ever.

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Sanctimonious Santorum

23 Sep

There are many who claim I am liberal (if only because I’m registered as a Democrat). Trust me, my attitudes on a great number of matters are far from liberal but I really don’t give a care in the world if others believe this or not. Read my blog entries with an open-mind and really grasp what I’m saying and you’ll recognize this for yourself. If you don’t then you’ve an agenda of your own, trying to convince yourself of something which simply isn’t true. (Another words, it’s your problem; not my own.)

Even so…

I would rather identify with a liberal when it comes to the matter of equal rights than with those closed minded, rednecks who would go so far as to actually “boo” a soldier as he simply asks a question of one who wishes to be elected to the position of “Commander in Chief.” The question was about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that was recently repealed. This courageous service member was boo’ed during last night’s debate on Fox news! Steven Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, had asked Rick “sanctimonious” Santorum the question, “under one of your presidencies do you intend to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”


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Governor “Goodhair’s” Conduct

27 Aug

What those in the know REALLY want to say to "Governor Goodhair"

I’m non-partison these days but what does that really mean? It means I’m equally disgusted with members of BOTH of the primary political parties, Democrats and Republicans alike. (Can’t say I’ve been highly impressed by the Tea Party either.)

Those who’ve been reading this blog long enough already know I’ve pulled no punches whereas my disdain of George W. Bush is concerned (simply put, I don’t like him or his partner in crime). Barack Obama is for the most part equally as disturbing, disenchanting, unimpressive and an all-around ass. Joe Biden? The same…

Here in Texas, we’ve another good-old-boy trying to gear up for the next presidential election; Guvn’er Rick “Goodhair” Perry. It’s rumored he’s dabbled a bit in the pickle jar (speculation as to his sexual orientation and past connections with another in Texas government) but I’m hoping the rumors are just that; rumors and nothing more.

Given what I’ve been reading about Rick of recent, I’d much prefer to think of him as one who bats exclusively for the other team.

But this isn’t a blog entry about straight vs. gay

No, this is about my disgust at yet another self-serving politician who gives the appearance of having abused his power. I believe that Gov. Rick Perry should be investigated for, at the very least, the misuse of public funds.

It seems as if all it takes is a sizeable donation toward Rick’s political-war-chest and you stand to reap all sorts of political and financial benefits in the State of Texas. Don’t believe me? Read all about how “Perry Mines [the] Texas System to Raise Cash for Campaigns” in The New York Times.

I realize he’s unlikely to be the only one guilty of such misconduct but that’s no excuse. I’m all for transparency in all levels of government. Our elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions and we need to stand up and make certain they’re not only voted out of office but brought to justice as well, with no 2nd chances to run for ANY kind of public office in the future.

Kind regards,
Michael

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