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July 28, 2010

How do they sleep at night?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:01 am
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Does it take a certain type of personality to be a politician?  I listen to them talk, watch what they do, and I am amazed that they can live with themselves.

You have Nancy Pelosi saying that unemployment benefits create jobs, but here fellow democrats refuse to use tarp money to pay for those benefits because…that money is for job creation.  2+2=5

The President assures the public and the Health Insurance mandate is not a tax, he did not break his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.  Now that they have to defend its constitutionality…it’s a tax.  2+2=5

Hillary Clinton claim the rich don’t pay their fair share, but they are spending $2 M on their daughter’s wedding?  For that matter wasn’t she begging for money to pay off campaign debt?  2+2=5

Tax dodging (from both parties), wasteful spending, unwillingness to compromise, all the while telling us we have to pay more in taxes to lower the debt, be frugal at home, and they really do want compromise.  2+2=5

How do they sleep at night?

July 16, 2010

Faithful America takes aim at Glenn Beck

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 10:04 am
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A fairly new organization has chosen a new target for their misinformation to promote a political agenda.  Faithful America is pretty clear about their political leanings, and their support of the progressive agenda.  That’s fine, and their members have every right to feel that way.  The problem I have with them is their continued disingenuous warnings about Glenn Beck.  Forget disingenuous.  They are intentionally lying about what Beck says, in order to get people to either stop listening, or to openly oppose the commentator.

According to their site, Beck is attacking the scripture of the Bible, churches, and Christianity in general.

“Beck linked social justice to communism and Nazism and urged people to leave their congregations, saying “I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can.””

For one thing, Beck makes a pretty clear distinction between good and bad social justice.  Social justice, in which you, as an individual, or a small group of private citizens help others is good.  If your Church wants to help the poor, the homeless, or the sick, that is fine.  There is nothing to worry about there.  What Beck is saying is bad, and leads to very bad things, is when religious leaders push the belief that the government is the way to get social justice.  If your religious leaders are telling you to give all your money to the government to save people, “Run as fast as you can.”

Every time government has attempted to right the wrongs done to a group of people, it has led to some of the most horrific events in history.  Even the subtle evils of our own government’s attempts to level the playing field has created an environment where hate, intolerance, resentment, and racism fester.  People need to be wary of any religious group that supports government programs in the way that Faithful America does.  These vague, faceless organizations are too easily manipulated by government, and lead to religious people of good heart being unwittingly led astray.

If you are a member of this online community, or have signed the petition, do yourself a favor.  Don’t take what they post on their site for the truth, get your information from the source.  Listen to Beck’s words, and see if they really reflect what this site is peddling.

July 14, 2010

NAACP denounces TEA party as having racist elements

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:46 am
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by Trever Bierschbach

Let me start by saying, I repudiate any racists of any color in any organization in this great country.  If they come to TEA party rallies, they need to stop.  If they come to polling places with weapons, they need to stop.  If they give speeches while campaigning for office, they need to stop.  Racism is a horrible and disgusting practice.

Now that I have done that, and many other TEA party members, and groups have done that over and over again, with the NAACP retract their statement and apologize?  Doubt it.  See, this wasn’t about pointing out that some elements of the TEA party are racist, it is a clever ploy to label the entire movement in the court of public opinion.  They continue to defend their statement by saying they didn’t say the entire TEA party is racist just elements of it, but they know perfectly well that people’s minds don’t work that way.  They have successfully called the entire movement racist without actually having to say it.  Their site even shows some stupid signs, but we have no idea if these signs were held up at TEA party rallies.  They continuously point to the alleged spitting and racial slurs during a Health Care protest in D.C. but they, and others, have failed to provide any proof that it happened.  Sorry guys, but if you are going to call someone a racist you better be able to prove it, word of mouth isn’t good enough.

Where is the NAACP vote against the New Black Panther Party for their racist elements?  Where is the denunciation of President Obama for his “typical white person” stereotype?  Where is the NAACP in support of Mr. Gladney who was beaten by SEIU members, doesn’t that mean that SEIU has racist elements because they shouted slurs at him?  What about the founder of Black Liberation Theology and his racist remarks, or Rev. Wright and his?

Fact of the matter is the NAACP is not interested in equal justice.  They are not interested in equal rights.  They are not interested in purging racism from the country.  They are interested in special justice, special rights, and racism is only racism if directed at a minority.

Racism has many definitions.  One is the belief that one race is superior, or discriminatory to another.  As a member of one, and individual in this country, and a Disgruntled Patriot I hereby vote, unanimously, that the NAACP has racist elements.  It promotes ideas, and practices that put one race above another in terms of monetary grants, job placement, and judicial protection.  I call on the NAACP to denounce the racist elements in its organization and join with me in the cry for equal justice for all, equal rights for all, and an end to racial bias in our society and government.  I call on the NAACP to drop the term ‘colored’ from their name, because of the words connection to oppressive ideals, and change their name to the National Association for the Advancement of All People, or NAAAP (mmm a nap sounds good).

July 6, 2010

Unemployment bill blocked, an opinion from someone that is actually effected

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:26 am
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Like millions of others I am directly effected by the latest vote on unemployment insurance.  If they don’t pass the extension I go on the State’s UI and that won’t last until the end of the year.  Unemployment in my county is over 10%, as is unemployment in the entire state.  I do not see a job in my near future, and have not even received an interview for any job I have applied for.  Things are grim, I am stressed and worried, and passing the latest bill would really help with that.

What I won’t abide though is being used as a prop.  All of the websites out there, and news articles, and news programs on TV are all crowing the same thing, “Republicans blocked the latest unemployment insurance extension”, or “The GOP wants to starve children.”  None of them seem to mention that the Republicans told Reid weeks ago that if a standalone UI bill was offered it would pass, but he refused to bring any before a vote because he didn’t write it.  Then with this latest vote, all the Republicans wanted was for congress to follow their recently passed ‘pay as you go’ rule.  The Republicans didn’t block UI extension, they wanted it paid for.  They offered an amendment to pay for the bill, and Reid blocked that vote.  The Republicans, supposedly the party of no, offered a reasonable compromise, and the Democrats said no.

As much as I need these benefits, I have to also think about the country my child will be an adult in, and my grandchildren, and so on.  This bill needs to be paid for, it’s only $12B that the Republicans want covered by the stimulus.  Maybe they can take back the $13B they gave Florida for a turtle tunnel under a highway, and use that to pay for it.  It’s hard to say it, but I can’t sit here and pretend I don’t want this bill passed.  I want it paid for, and I am tired of people, especially the media, lying about the circumstances of the votes.  Call your congressmen, if they are the Democrats that voted no, and tell them to compromise.  They keep saying they want to work with Republicans, but every time the Republicans offer a compromise it gets shot down.  Time for them to put up or shut up.

July 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 9:50 am
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by Trever Bierschbach

I know, I know, a day late.  Yesterday was a crazy day full of trips to the grocery store, working the grill, good ol’ American libations, and finally fireworks.  Yesterday was Independence Day, the day we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  Yeah I know you all know that, so let’s move on to the deeper meaning.

In the summer of 1776 (dates are debatable) 56 men signed a letter to King George, saying that they would do anything, lose everything, and suffer even death in order to be free from the Crown.  The Declaration of Independence wasn’t just a letter saying that we were going to be free, and why.  It was a death warrant, with the victims signing their own names.  John Hancock is quoted as saying “There, I guess King George will be able to read that,” in reference to the size of his signature.  King George had poor eyesight, and Hancock wanted to be sure that if he was going to sign his life away to his new country, the King would know it.

I read the Declaration again yesterday, a copy is run in our local newspaper every year, and I was amazed yet again by the prose.  The intentional use of words, and the insight into human nature found within.  One of my favorite lines, and pertinent even now is:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

This quote is important, especially to answer that age-old question “Why are you raising a fuss now?”  We get it all the time from political opponents.  “Why didn’t you say something when Bush was in office?”  “Isn’t it convenient that you speak up now that there is a black president in office?”  I always say, well first of all I wasn’t involved in politics when Bush was in office so I didn’t feel like I had any place to complain, and second, read above.  People will long suffer minor evils, before they get rid of something they are used to.  It took a long time for the founders to settle down to declare independence.  It has taken us a long time to realize what is happening and start to become vigilant again.

Another line that I find very telling is:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This line has several parts that give us insight into the minds of the founders, and when inspected carefully you will find that it debunks many commonly held beliefs about the founders.  First is the commonly quoted, and sometimes reviled line “All men are created equal.”  It is said that some pushed for this line to say white men, or landowners, or educated men, but it doesn’t.  Many modern critics say that the use of men implies that they did not include women, or that the fact that slavery wasn’t abolished with the founders, that the line is hypocritical.  As for the argument that the use of the word ‘men’ was non-inclusive of women, I will simply point out that in that time, and even until very recently, the use of the male pronoun was very common and many times meant humanity.  Saying ‘all men’ just rolls off the tongue, and is more poetic than ‘all humans’.  The stories of female patriots, nurses, the fact that women could vote in some states at the time (yeah look that one up, crazy to know that women voted before 1920) debunk the notion that the founders were sexist.

The tougher issue is slavery.  The founders knew that trying to abolish slavery would have torn this newly founded country apart.  It was not possible to do it at the time and create a place where eventually everyone would live free.  I argue that the founders intentionally placed weapons for abolitionists to use in the future.  This very line in the Declaration has been used numerous times to support the abolishing of slavery.  Thomas Jefferson, one of the biggest ‘hypocrites’ to some, wrote laws making it impossible for new states to come into the union unless they outlawed slavery, though those laws were overturned by southern legislators.  I contend that the Declaration’s wording is intentional, and instrumental in future fights to abolish slavery in this country.

The next part that sticks in my mind is “endowed by their Creator.”  It has been used many times to say that the founders weren’t Christians, and therefore this country is not founded on Christian morals.  The founder’s own quotes and actions refute this.  I am no Christian and I am not threatened to think of the founders as Christians, or that this country was built on Christian morals.  The term ‘Creator’ I believe was intentional, and all-inclusive.  They didn’t say ‘God’, and that too was by design.  In their wisdom, and tolerance for other faiths, the founders wanted everyone who read the Declaration to find a connection in this line.  Whoever you believe your creator to be has given you these ‘unalienable rights’ from the moment of your creation.

Lastly, the final part ‘pursuit of Happiness’ was originally the right to ‘property’.  Many abolitionists feared this would forever cement slavery in America, with people defending their right to their property, which many in the south considered slaves.  The fact that it was changed to ‘pursuit of Happiness’ shows that they were laying the groundwork for future Americans to combat slavery in this country in a time where it would be more feasible.  Even waiting until Lincoln’s time nearly brought this country to an end, can you imagine how hard it would have been in the late 1700’s?

We need to remember the men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor so that we may live in this great country.  We need to remember them by being better Americans to each other.  Leave hate in the past, and work toward a future where we can have debate without the fear of reprisal.  This country has come a long way, but we have forgotten how it all started I believe.  We have gotten lazy and complacent, we no longer pay attention to those we have entrusted with our rights, and part of the problem is we are too busy arguing with each other.  Let’s pledge to each other that we won’t play that game anymore.  We won’t fight amongst ourselves while politicians run to the bank with our money.  We will work toward compromise, for the common good, not step on each other for the greater good.  We need to invoke their example, and strive for equal opportunity for all, equal justice for all, so that everyone has the same chance at success in this country.

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