Hate-Filled People

The following is from a letter to the “Public Forum” section of our local newspaper:

Concerning the far-left Democratic party, news media and their never-ending attacks on President Trump: Democrats are in lockstep with the Communist Manifesto.

The writer goes on to define the Manifesto:

It encourages domestic violence, insurrections, riots, political unrest, to lie, teaches citizens to give up their rights for the sake of the common good, but always ends in a police state.

And adds …

This is called preventative justice. Gun control, prohibition is front and center now. Politicians are trying every trick in the book to deprive “we the people” of our constitutional rights. I believe our governments, federal and state, are riddled with communists or communist sympathizers.

Further on, he declares that an ex-representative from Florida believes that 75% of the Democrats are members of the communist party. (!)

He then writes …

The communist Democrats have tried countless tactics to run Trump out of office with lies, false information, attacks on his family.

But the portion of his letter that really got to me is when he wrote:

I never saw such a bunch of hate-filled people …

I couldn’t help but wonder if this individual proofread his own letter — or if he has ever read the mind-boggling number of comments made on Twitter, Facebook, blogs (and undoubtedly other sources that I don’t follow/read) that are FILLED with hate against anyone who doesn’t support the current POTUS.

I’m not saying that anti-Trumpsters don’t get their dander up as well, but IMO, the MAGA hat-wearers far and away make some of the nastiest, meanest, insulting comments I’ve ever come across.

Not only that, they tend to overlook (ignore?) the “lies” and “false information” uttered everyday by their esteemed leader. Even when you point it out to them, they deny-deny-deny. Or make excuses. Or, like this person, call you a “communist” (or worse).

I truly dread to think where this nation is going to end up if its leadership doesn’t change in 2020. I fear the HATE that has been festered is only going to get worse.

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Is It Socialism?

Essentially, I’m still on a break. For the most part, I’ve been able to work out my problems with the Quickbooks update, but I’m not quite ready to tackle a full post. Although I continue to read your blogs and occasionally add my thoughts, I think you’ll agree that’s a whole lot different than writing an entire post!

Having said that, one of the bloggers I follow occasionally tackles the subject of politics. From my perspective, it appears fairly obvious this writer thinks most Democrats lean toward “socialism” — and in this person’s mind, the word definitely carries a negative connotation.

A quote from a recent post: At its core, socialist policies are not meant to provide equality but rather to undermine freedoms. 

To reinforce his perspective, the blogger provided a link to this article. I’d be interested in your thoughts and reactions.

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2020 Democratic Candidates

I just read a rather fascinating article in The Guardian related to the 2020 Democratic lineup for POTUS.

As I’ve been hearing about the various individuals who have entered the race, I’ve been a bit puzzled because many of them are totally unfamiliar to me. I couldn’t help but wonder if they truly expected to win since they were such an “unknown.” (And from what I’ve read, even more are considering entering the fray.)

The article addresses my question and explains that not all of the candidates are actually hoping to be elected. For some of them, winning isn’t the end game. In other words, they are “running for president without running for president.”

While we’re on the subject … do you have one or more early favorites? Also are you willing to “predict” who might end up as the Democratic nominee? (No pressure … just for fun.)

It’s Never Going to Work

I’m going to begin this post by reiterating my stance on faith … I am not a believer. I left Christianity nearly 20 years ago and have not regretted my decision for one single moment.

Now, having said that, I want to share something that Gronda Morin wrote in one of her latest posts. In it, she talks about how Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic candidate for POTUS, has hit a nerve with the GOP by (gasp!) talking about religion.

To hear the right talk, one would think that there’s not a religious left. But there is and this has always been the case. The difference is that democrats are believers in the concept of the separation of religion and government. Then the religious left do not require that every person of faith think alike. In general they’re respectful of others practicing the dictates of their faith as long as they don’t impose their beliefs on those who aren’t of like minds. Many have left religion institutions behind because they aren’t impressed with those who claim the Christian mantel and who can blame them. Just watching White Evangelicals supporting a morally bankrupt, racist leaning president would send most sane would be Christians running in the opposite direction. But most Democrats do self -identify as being Christians.

Democrats become politically active around issues to lift peoples up, to protect their rights, to correct an injustice which is how they display their moral values.

IMO, it’s unfortunate that religion plays any part in politics. Yet there’s no argument that it does. A very MAJOR part, in fact. Particularly when Republicans are the ruling party. For them, religious issues become front and center in determining how people in this nation should live. And there can be no argument. It must be their way or no way.

Democrats, on the other hand (as Gronda points out), take a different stance. They believe religion should stand on its own. In other words, if you want to practice your religious faith, you are totally and absolutely free to do so. In fact, this is even written into the Constitution. However, attempts to impose your religious beliefs on others is a line that is not be crossed.

If we’re honest, none of us likes being told how to live our lives. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on. This is the primary reason problems arise in relationships … and society. One side insists the other side live by their rules.

It’s never going to work.

Yet we know there are those on the Republican (religious) side who are going to do their damndest to tear down anyone who doesn’t meet their criteria.

For everyone’s sake, I hope they fail.

The Rich, The White

The following opinion piece by David Brooks of the New York Times was in our local newspaper. I felt it was worth sharing and opening the floor for comments.

The Rich White Civil War

His piece is based on a report by Hidden Tribes (which he references), but I think you’ll find the following offers even more comprehensive information.

I trust my politically-minded followers will find all of this a worthy read.