The Sun, watching dogs play, some music; movies; books; etc
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Remove religion from government and stop funding any and all religious schools, organizations, universities, medical facilities (etc) that teach their religion while doing what they are given tax exemot status and tax payers money to do; to help, education, support, etc. NOT push their religion.
What/who changed my life and why
"A Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson, because it showed me how to move beyond my hatred for a god I was brought up with, to accepting him, then letting him go, leaving me a better and happier person, more at peace with myself and the world, more than I could ever imagine.
"Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this.
James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish:
"The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State."
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened......He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~ Anonymous
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~ Albert Einstein
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." ~ Thomas Jefferson
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"In the history of the world, nothing has been the catalyst of more grief, hatred, war, and crime than religion. Religion allows a person to hate, kill, torture, or steal, while allowing him to recuse himself of all blame. Religion causes people to break the laws of ethics and morality in the name of a god." (http://atheists.org/religion)
"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy." ~ George Washington
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." - James Madison
"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Religions are all alike — founded upon fables and mythologies." ~ Thomas Jefferson."
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." ~ Thomas Jefferson wrote, in a letter to John Adams (April 11, 1823)
"The Christian god is a three-headed monster, cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three-headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites." ~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
"It is from the bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder, for the belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man, and the bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind" ~ Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
"All national institutions of churches whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. … My own mind is my own church." ~ Thomas Paine 'The Age of Reason' (1794)
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
~ Tripoli of Barbary. Art. 11. – Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.
"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion". ~ Thomas Paine
"The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State." ~ James Madison a.k.a. 'The Father of the Constitution of the United States of America
“I can not conceive otherwise than that He, the Intimate Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.” ~ Ben Franklin
“In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The Judeo-Christian religion is the most bloody religion that ever existed.” Adams’ treaty with Tripoli specified that the American government “is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” ~ John Adams
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” ~ James Madison
“Of all the systems of religion that were ever invented, nothing is more … repugnant to reason … than this thing called Christianity.” ~ Thomas Paine
A near-contemporary, the Rev. Dr. Bird Wilson, “perused every line that (President George) Washington ever gave to the public and (did) not find one expression in which he pledges himself as a believer in Christianity. … He was a Deist and nothing more.” Wilson judged all of the first six presidents to be “infidels.”
Thomas Paine noted in “The rights of Man,” “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all law-religions, or religions established by law.”
"Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?" ~ Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner on the Ten Commandments ruling, June 27, 2005)
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false and by rulers as useful." ~ Seneca the Younger (c.3 BCE-CE 65)
"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense." ~ Chapman Cohen (1868-1954)
"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust." ~ Robert Green Ingersol
"Religion is regarded by the common people as True, by the Wise as False, and by the Rulers as Useful." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"Religion is what keeps the poor from killing the rich." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
I suggest you ALL watch the following DVDs & Videos:
'Imagine If All Atheists Left America':
BOOK: 'Theologians Under Hitler':
"Robert Ericksen is a renowned historian of the Holocaust. His book Theologians Under Hitler (1985) was widely acclaimed, and was made into a documentary in 2004: ‘Theologians Under Hitler’. (see below) "What led so many German Protestant theologians to welcome the Nazi regime and its policies of racism and anti-Semitism? In this provocative book, Robert P. Ericksen examines the work and attitudes of three distinguished, scholarly, and influential theologians (Gerhard Kittel, Paul Althaus and Emanuel Hirsch')who greeted the rise of Hitler with enthusiasm and support." (http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=97 80300038897)
DVD: ‘Theologians Under Hitler’:
"Based upon the research of Robert Erickson, Ph.D. (Pacific Lutheran University), the film introduces the viewer to three of the greatest Christian scholars of the twentieth century: Paul Althaus, Emanuel Hirsch, and Gerhard Kittel, men who were also outspoken supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
In 1933 Althaus spoke of Hitler's rise as "a gift and miracle of God." Hirsch saw 1933 as a "sunrise of divine goodness." And Kittel, the editor of the standard reference work on the Jewish Background of the New Testament, began working for the Nazis to find a "moral" rationale for the destruction of European Jewry. " (http://www.theocracywatch.org/theologians_ hitler.htm)
"He maintains affiliations with the Humboldt Foundation and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and sits on the editorial board of Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte, an important German journal. He is currently professor of history at Pacific Lutheran University." (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-P.-Ericksen/e /B001HP7IYI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)
'The God Who Wasn't There':
'A brief rundown of the cost in human lives exacted by religion and religious warfare': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq0oMhR3OgI
The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense founded on the Christian religion - Many Religious Right activists have attempted to rewrite history by asserting that the United States government derived from Christian foundations, that our Founding Fathers originally aimed for a Christian nation. This idea simply does not hold to the historical evidence. Of course many Americans did practice Christianity, but so also did many believe in deistic philosophy. Indeed, most of our influential Founding Fathers, although they respected the rights of other religionists, held to deism and Freemasonry tenets rather than to Christianity: http://www.nobeliefs.com/Tripoli.htm
I tell every one to support those who fight for 'Separation of Church and State'. These are a few I've been supporting for years;
Americans United for Separation of Church and State: http://www.au.org/
Freedom From Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/
Military Religious Freedom Foundation: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/
The Interfaith Alliance Foundation: http://www.interfaithalliance.org/
Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian
10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.
Imagine If All Atheists Left America
Crearted by: ConversationWithA: http://www.youtube.com/user/ConversationWit hA
Highlighting what would happen if all atheists were to leave America. Details of who would leave, what would change, and a look at other countries with virtually no Atheism.
Over 10% of American population are atheist:
Less than 0.25% of prisoners are atheist:
Majority of Nobel Prize winners atheist:
The Religiosity and Religious Affiliation of Nobel Prize Winners (Beit-Hallahmi, 1989)
Majority of University professors atheist:
Religion and Spirituality among University Scientists (Ecklund, 2007)
Majority of scientists atheist:
Poverty rate lower among atheists:
Society Without God (Zuckerman, 2008)
IQ higher among atheists:
Illiteracy rate lower among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)
Average Income higher among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)
Divorce rate lower among atheists:
Teen pregnancy rate lower among atheists:
Abortions lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005): http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11 .html
STD infection lower among atheists:
Crime rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005): http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11 .html
Homicide rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005): http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11 .html
Percentage of atheists in the countries mentioned:
"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest men, for the nastiest reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all" (?)
"Strike enough fear into people's hearts and eventually they'll tear down the government that failed to protect them."
~ Jonah Hex, 2010 (movie)
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." -H.P. Lovecraft-
"Politics and crime, they’re the same thing." ~ Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III (movie)
"As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." ~ George Washington
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation,” Washington wrote. “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” ~ George Washington
"....if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal. " ~ John F. Kennedy
"Thank God for the Liberal Democrats who finally brought an end to the terrible conditions that had prevailed under Conservative Republicans": http://liberal-insights.org/liberalrecord.h tml
The REAL differences between "Liberal" vs. "Conservative": http://liberalslikechrist.org/about/liberal s-1.html
FACTS: What Is "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"
Passed by Congress in 1993, DADT is a law mandating the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual service members.
More than 13,500 service members have been fired under the law since 1994.
The U.S. must recruit and retain the greatest number of the best
and brightest-especially during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The military has discharged almost 800 mission-critical troops and at least 59 Arabic and nine Farsi linguists under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the last five years.
The total number of countries allowing openly gay service is 24.
The US and Turkey are the only two original NATO countries that still have bans in place.
Today, there are at least 65,000 gay Americans serving on active duty and one million gay veterans in the United States.
Updated January 25, 2007 and April 19, 2005 (originally published November 24, 2004)
The “War on Terror” has provided Americans with a helpful introduction to theocracy. The fight against Al Qaeda, the war on the Taliban, and the growing tensions with the regime in Iran has offered a quick primer on the hallmarks of the religious state. First is the rule of religious authorities, whether it be Bin Laden’s new Caliphate, Mullah Omar’s Taliban regime, or the mullahs in Tehran. Second is the imposition of the faith’s sacred texts as law, in these cases, some variant of sharia law of the Koran. And last is the direct involvement of the state in the most minute and deeply personal aspects of individual lives, enforced by religious police, informed by spies, and punished severely (and often publicly).
Now thanks to the Bush administration, a Republican Congress and the conservative ascendancy, Americans need not travel to Kandahar to learn about the perils of theocratic rule. Right here in the United States, a network of politicians, religious leaders, “faith-based” organizations and (literally) their amen corner are working overtime to make a particularly onerous concept of Christianity the de facto law of the land. Armed with the Bible in one hand and the Patriot Act in the other, George W. Bush and his GOP jihadists threaten to fundamentally change the role of government in monitoring Americans’ lives, liberties and even bodies.
MORE: American Taliban: http://www.perrspectives.com/features/Talib an.htm
(Side note: though some of these people are not in the public eye and/or are dead and rotting in the ground being eaten by maggots, it DOES NOT mean they are gone for god, keep in mind; Bush #41, Dick-Head Cheney and Rummy all worked with and in circles that includes those of the like of Nixon and have been pissed since that time, that he was treated the way he was...and now they want revenge. ALWAYS keep in mind, there mythical god is indeed a revengeful and cruel god, they admire this, live for this, and the more people that suffer because if them, the happier they are. They truly are scum of the earth an always remember to treat them, and those like them, like that!)
Quotes from the The American Taliban:
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." ~ Anne Coulter
"Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office." ~ Beverly LaHaye (Concerned Women for America)
"What we see in contention here with Jihad on the one hand and McWorld/McCrusade on the other hand, are historically outmoded strata among colonized and oppressed humanity up against historically outmoded ruling strata of the imperialist system. These two reactionary poles reinforce each other, even while opposing each other. If you side with either of these 'outmodeds,' you end up strengthening both."
~ Bob Avakian, Chairman of the RCP,USA. From the talk, “Why We’re in the Situation We’re in Today… And What to Do About It: A Thoroughly Rotten System and the Need for Revolution”
"In a world marked by profound class divisions and social inequality, to talk about “democracy”— without talking about the class nature of that democracy and which class it serves—is meaningless, and worse. So long as society is divided into classes, there can be no 'democracy for all': one class or another will rule, and it will uphold and promote that kind of democracy which serves its interests and goals. The question is: which class will rule and whether its rule, and its system of democracy, will serve the continuation, or the eventual abolition, of class divisions and the corresponding relations of exploitation, oppression and inequality."
~ Bob Avakian
“[T]he majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.”
– Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture (Literature), 2005
Red State, Republican, T-Bag, "Right-wing" & Conservative Christian Hypocrisy:
Republican Conservative Christian Sarah Palin enthusiastically practices socialism, Alaska-style: http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/581484.htm l
Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years, by Thom Hartmann,: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/26 -0
Red State Socialism and the Politics of Stimulus: http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/ 001439.htm
The Two Santa Claus Theory, by David Dayen,: http://www.calitics.com/diary/8718/the-two- santa-claus-theory
Republican Conservative Christian Rep. Bachmann’s clinic takes in thousands from “socialized medicine”: http://minnesotaindependent.com/57982/miche le-bachmann-profits-from-socialized-medicin e
Republicans Object To Bill For Homeless Veterans: "This is a bipartisan, common-sense bill that would support veterans in my home state of Washington and across the country. I am going to continue fighting for it to pass. And I urge Senate Republicans to end their obstruction and allow homeless women veterans across the country to get the support they have earned.": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/29/re publicans-object-to-bil_n_629332.html
Republicans block healthcare for 9/11 first responders: Republicans blocked legislation to pay to care for those who have fallen ill due to their exposure to debris during the clean-up after the nation’s worst terrorist attack.......Nearly 16,000 responders and 2,700 others are currently sick and receiving treatment, according to estimates released by the lawmakers who introduced the measure. More than 40,000 responders are in medical monitoring and 71,000 individuals are enrolled in a World Trade Center health registry: http://thedemocraticdaily.com/2010/07/30/ho use-republicans-block-bill-to-pay-the-healt hcare-for-ill-911-responders/
While it was fashionable to run on anti-federal government platforms this campaign cycle, it is hard to ignore that Alaska has a notorious love-hate relationship with federal cash. And many might say that the relationship, for the large part, actually falls more on the "love" side: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/business/ 19stimulus.html
Alaska Republican-Tea Party Conservative Christian Senate candidate Joe Miller, who claims Government is too big and Socialism is bad, admits taking farm subsidies: http://alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/politi cs/6880-alaska-senate-candidate-joe-miller- admits-taking-farm-subsidies
What the Conservative do not talk about publicly when on Sept. 23 2010, presenting to the world the 'Pledge For America' is that VA Hospitals will be Privatized and Veterans will be forced To buy Insurance: http://mediamatters.org/research/2010092300 20
Anti-Government Tea Partier Conservative Christian Sharron Angle Gets Health Care from the Federal Government: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/09 /28/anti-government-tea-partier-sharron-ang le-gets-health-care-from-the-federal-govern ment/
Joe Miller also thinks federal unemployment insurance is constitutionally questionable. But it turns out his wife benefited from it in the early part of the decade -- after she left a job working for him: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/ joe-millers-wife-received-unemployment-bene fits-miller-called-not-constitutionally-aut horized.php
Joe Miller also relied on technicalities to obtain a low-income hunting and fishing license from the state of Alaska: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/ homeowning-lawyer-joe-miller-sought-low-inc ome-hunting-and-fishing-license-in-alaska.p hp
Despite Saying Government Intervention Puts Industry In A ‘Coma,’ Raese’s Biz Takes Millions In Taxpayer Funds - http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/25/raese-g overnment-contracts/
Pundits Wrong on Slashing Military Benefits - Decisions to cut military retirement benefits have a real impact on people who selflessly sacrificed the prime of their lives to serve a greater good, unless you are a Conservative/Republican: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/11/01/pun dits-wrong-on-slashing-military-benefits/co mment-page-1/#comment-131609
GOP/Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada who railed against healthcare and earmarks got $960,000 healthcare earmark: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/revealed -republican-senator-railed-healthcare-earma rks-960000-healthcare-earmark/
Conservative Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/4 5181.html
They Got (Way) Richer, And You Didn't. Tell Us Again Why Socialism Is Bad?: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2010/11 /19-1
Republicans to 9/11 responders: Drop dead -- How they voted: http://www.examiner.com/cultural-issues-in- national/republicans-to-9-11-responders-dro p-dead-the-list-of-names-2
January 20, 2011
Thanks to Socialized Medicine, Dick Cheney Is Still Alive: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/tha nks-to-socialized-medi_b_811778.html
Michele Bachmann has become well known for her anti-government tea-bagger antics, protesting health care reform and every other government “handout” as socialism. What her followers probably don’t know is that Rep. Bachmann is, to use that anti-government slur, something of a welfare queen. That’s right, the anti-government insurrectionist has taken more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts thanks to corrupt farming subsidies she has been collecting for at least a decade: http://abovethechatter.blogspot.com/2011/04 /michelle-bachmanns-inner-marxist.html
Socialism is good for the wealthy politicians of the USA, just ask these 114 folks, (mostly Republicans, Conservative Christians and or T-Party members): Stimulating Hypocrisy: 114 Lawmakers Block Recovery While Taking Credit For Its Success: http://thinkprogress.org/touting-recovery-o pposed/
The Most Hypocritical States are Usually "Red": http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2193 /1/?newsmaker=109&redirectURL=http://ww w.thedailybeast.com/galleries/newsmaker/pol itics/
April 20, 2011
Republican Governors Quietly Accept Federal Dollars -- While Attacking Federal Spending http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/ republican-governors-quietly-accept-federal -dollars-despite-spending-attacks.php
What is Socialism?
updated July 2010
There are many “kinds of”, “types” or “branches” of all political parties. Same holds true for Socialism. This list contains a small portion of information you can find covering Socialism
“Socialism offers the best environment for democracy to fully flourish because it sharply limits the power of corporations to dominate politics and the economy. Socialism’s democratic potential can only be realized,however, if broad sections of the people are wholeheartedly engaged inevery aspect of society’s decision-making processes.” (Communist Party USA – http://www.cpusa.org/faq/)
A to Z of Socialism – http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/issue.php ?issue=346#3az
ABC of Socialism – http://www.sa.org.au/abc-of-socialism
The Road to Socialism USA: Unity for Peace, Democracy, Jobs and Equality: http://www.cpusa.org/party-program/
Arguing for socialism A collection of articles and talks by Dave Holmes – http://dave-holmes.blogspot.com/
How Socialists Built America by John Nichols - http://www.thenation.com/article/159929/how -socialists-built-america
What Socialists Stand For – Vote Socialist Action: http://votesocialistaction.wordpress.com/wh at-socialists-stand-for/
Obama’s No Socialist. I Should Know: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conten t/article/2009/03/13/AR2009031301899.html
Is Obama A Socialist? Not if You Ask One: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=2 8645
Obama is not a socialist: http://www.thedmonline.com/obama-is-not-a-s ocialist-1.899275
A Socialist Talks About Obama: http://www.socialistwebzine.org/2010/10/soc ialist-talks-about-obama.html
List of left-wing articles critical of Barack Obama- http://eng.anarchopedia.org/List_of_Left-Wi ng_articles_critical_of_Obama
Obama….Socialism? Hardly, Say Socialists: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash /content/may2009/db20090522_329825.htm
Ask the card-carrying socialists: Is Obama one of them?: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/14/Obam a.socialist/index.html
What Socialism looks like: http://correspondents.theatlantic.com/conor _clarke/2009/06/what_socialism_looks_like.p hp
The Nation and “socialism”: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/apr2009/p ers-a02.shtml
What is Democratic Socialism (1): http://www.ydsusa.org/What_is_Democratic_So cialism
What is Democratic Socialism (2): http://www.dsausa.org/pdf/widemsoc.pdf
What is Democratic Socialism (3): http://www.theactivist.org/ydsusa/node/6
What is socialism: http://www.isreview.org/issues/65/feat-soci alism.shtml
What Socialism is Not – Seven Common Misconceptions about Socialism – http://torchandrose.socialdemocratsusa.org/ webed/vol1issue01.shtml#article2
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/t am/index.html
Towards Freedom: The Theory and Practice of Democratic Socialism: http://www.ydsusa.org/toward_ds.html
The S. Word, Socialism, Comes Out of the Closet:
Socialist Party USA: http://socialistparty-usa.org/
History of Socialism in the U.S.A.: http://www.cpusa.org/article/static/758/
Socialism is not Communism: http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Winter_2009.pdf
Nine Myths about Socialism in the US - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ar ticle25187.htm
Socialism – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
Why Are We Afraid of Saying “Socialism”? – http://www.alternet.org/vision/146143/
Set the Record Straight project – http://www.ThisIsCommunism.org
From the Arsenal of Marxism: Archived Writings on the Foundations of Socialism – http://socialistviewpoint.org/arsenal.html
"Socialism is not part of the two party system of democrats or republicans. Socialism has its own left and right wings and any researcher worth their weight should know this basic fact." - http://www.americansocialistvoter.org/
"A Day in the Life of Joe Republican (Conservative)"
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee.
The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.
With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication.
His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs.
Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath.
The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work.
It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.
Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
Its noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills.
Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive.
His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.
The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck His nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good.
He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.
Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."
(*Note: this was originally published (anonymously) under the title A Day in the Life of Joe Republican. But this is a misnomer. In the last 140 years, the Republican and Democratic parties have switched sides several times, with one being conservative and the other being liberal. But labels and party affiliations change. What doesn't change are the underlying political philosophies of liberalism and conservatism, and the fact that the liberals usually turned out to be right and the conservatives turned out to be wrong. And so it goes. Source: http://www.hcdems.com/misc/joe_conservative .html (no longer active at this time) Thanks goes to author, speaker and radio host Thom Hartmann, that is where I first heard it. There are many "versions" floating around on the internet also. NO ONE can argue when the facts are laid out for all to see.)
You might be a Republican IF.....
By Loren Adams, 13 June 2010
You might be a Republican IF…
You think toilet paper should come in Q'uran and NYT print.
You find nothing contradictory about your sign that reads "Hands Off My Medicare" next to a "Government Run Healthcare Makes Me Sick" sticker on the bumper of your gas guzzling Humvee,
You think that affirmative action is only acceptable for Michael Steele and Marco Rubio.
You don’t like being called “The Party of NO” but instead like being referred to as “The Party of HELL NO!” only because Sarah Palin suggested it.
You think "Semper Fi" should be changed to "Git R Done"
You think your Tea Party posters are not misspelled that read: “I am Joe the Plummer,” or “Make English Americas Offical Langage.” Or “Say No to Socilism.”
You think Stem Cell research is what killed Terri Schiavo
As part of your boycott of all names French, you change the name of your favorite sex toy to "freedom tickler."
You think the 2000 election was fair & square when Bush stole the White House but the 2008 election was stolen by ACORN for Obama.
You've ever announced your gratitude to our troops for fighting for your freedom to drill baby drill and spill baby spill.
You feel your duty in the war on terror is to hunt down Mexicans crossing the border. (Then you hire undocumented workers to do your lawn and housework.)
You've ever complained about abuse of welfare while depositing earnings in an off-shore tax-sheltered account or you cash your disability check before heading to the gym.
You think WMD are still in Iraq but hidden by liberals to make Bush look bad.
You think Mark Felts should have been executed for treason before dying of natural causes, and Gordon Liddy should get the medal of freedom.
You've ever blamed anything on "Activist Judges" while supporting the Supreme Court decision to reject corporate spending limits on political campaigns.
You think Glenn Beck is a prophet.
You think Sarah Palin is a goddess.
You think Rush Limbaugh is the greatest broadcast journalist ever.
You watch only one news channel, FOX, because it’s the only one fair and balanced.
You firmly believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Or Indonesia. Or anyplace outside the USA.
You think Barack Obama is the Antichrist.
You think Barack Obama is Muslim.
You think Barack Obama is Socialist.
In honor of Terri Schiavo, you kept the deer you shot alive for twelve days.
You think there should be a "constitutional exemption" at home to shut your wife up.
You feel the only acceptable time turning left is at a NASCAR race.
You think Capitol Hill should be re-named "Six Flags over Jesus."
You think gay marriages would somehow taint the sanctity of your six failed marriages.
You make your wife wear a "no spin" t-shirt during sex.
You think that listening to three different conservative talk shows and FOX gives you all the variety you need.
You name your testicles "shock" and "awe."
You wear a strapped-on assault rifle to a President Obama event but would never consider doing the same to a Bush or Palin or Limbaugh or Beck or Hannity rally.
You think that Healthcare Reform includes government death panels designed to kill your grandma.
You've ever considered your finest point in an argument to be, "Oh yeah, well, you hate America!"
You feel the "culture of life" should be the standard – that every life is worth the same (except Muslims, Mexicans, gays, Africans, liberals, activist judges, and anyone for gun control).
You think Civil Rights acts were unnecessary and should be repealed, or at least sections of them – the parts dealing with private businesses refusing to serve “coloreds” and the Fair Housing Act.
You think “American exceptionalism” means God singled the US out as the most favored, thus all others are inferior and not divinely blessed.
You've ever yelled "Hell yeah, man, I agree!" while Sean Hannity was speaking.
You’ve ever experienced an erection watching Sarah Palin on TV.
You stand and salute when George Bush or Dick Cheney is on the air, even though you've never served in the military, but you flip the bird at the TV screen every time Barack Obama appears.
You’ve ever twittered Sarah Palin or Michele Bauchmann love notes.
You registered to vote at a Tractor Pull.
You boycotted your local convenience store because the clerk let it slip he voted for Obama (even though you had bought all of your NASCAR apparel there.)
In honor of Bush, you donate to his new “LIBARY” in Texas: two cartons of crayons.
You think the U.S. Treasury should replace Ulysses S. Grant’s picture on the $50 bill with Ronald Reagan’s and exchange George Washington’s on the dollar for George W. Bush’s.
You've ever answered a gun-control issue with "when they pry them out of my cold, dead hands."
You think that fetuses have a right to life but newborn babies don’t have a right to healthcare even if their parents pay for it.
You consider BP, Halliburton and Transocean Ltd. eco-friendly companies.
Your solution to the BP spill in the Gulf is to nuke ‘em.
You don’t believe in global warming but believe it’s a leftist plot to turn America socialist.
You think scientists that endorse global warming should be arrested and tried for treason.
Your strongest defense for the reason Bin Laden wasn’t caught during the Bush years is "Because they all look alike."
You think the only solution for the Middle East peace is to bomb them all to hell. (Then let God sort them out.)
You think all Democratic presidents should be impeached.
You think the only three campaign issues that matter are “God, gays and guns.”
You think the imposition of government regulations caused economic meltdown and, oh yes, Barney Frank.
You think the Bush years were glorious, but Clinton and Obama ruined America.
You think that budget deficits began only after January 20, 2009.
You approve Arizona’s “papers please” bill but demand the government uphold constitutional freedoms and stay out of your personal life.
You think GOP stands for “God’s Only Party.”
'I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State is Absolute'
September 12, 1960, address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.
"While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election; the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers 90 miles off the coast of Florida--the humiliating treatment of our President and Vice President by those who no longer respect our power--the hungry children I saw in West Virginia, the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills, the families forced to give up their farms--an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space.
These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues--for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.
But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured--perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again--not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me--but what kind of America I believe in.
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute--where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish--where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source--where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials--and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.
For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew--or a Quaker--or a Unitarian--or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim--but tomorrow it may be you--until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.
Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end--where all men and all churches are treated as equal--where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice--where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind--and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.
That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believe--a great office that must neither be humbled by making it the instrument of any one religious group nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. I believe in a President whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the first amendment's guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so--and neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test--even by indirection--for it. If they disagree with that safeguard they should be out openly working to repeal it.
I want a Chief Executive whose public acts are responsible to all groups and obligated to none--who can attend any ceremony, service or dinner his office may appropriately require of him--and whose fulfillment of his Presidential oath is not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual or obligation.
This is the kind of America I believe in--and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we may have a "divided loyalty," that we did "not believe in liberty," or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened the "freedoms for which our forefathers died."
And in fact this is the kind of America for which our forefathers died--when they fled here to escape religious test oaths that denied office to members of less favored churches--when they fought for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom--and when they fought at the shrine I visited today, the Alamo. For side by side with Bowie and Crockett died McCafferty and Bailey and Carey--but no one knows whether they were Catholic or not. For there was no religious test at the Alamo.
I ask you tonight to follow in that tradition--to judge me on the basis of my record of 14 years in Congress--on my declared stands against an Ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I have attended myself)--instead of judging me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we all have seen that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and always omitting, of course, the statement of the American Bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation, and which more nearly reflects the views of almost every American Catholic.
I do not consider these other quotations binding upon my public acts--why should you? But let me say, with respect to other countries, that I am wholly opposed to the state being used by any religious group, Catholic or Protestant, to compel, prohibit, or persecute the free exercise of any other religion. And I hope that you and I condemn with equal fervor those nations which deny their Presidency to Protestants and those which deny it to Catholics. And rather than cite the misdeeds of those who differ, I would cite the record of the Catholic Church in such nations as Ireland and France--and the independence of such statesmen as Adenauer and De Gaulle.
But let me stress again that these are my views--for contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters--and the church does not speak for me.
Whatever issue may come before me as President--on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject--I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.
But if the time should ever come--and I do not concede any conflict to be even remotely possible--when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do the same.
But I do not intend to apologize for these views to my critics of either Catholic or Protestant faith--nor do I intend to disavow either my views or my church in order to win this election.
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate, satisfied that I had tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election is decided on the basis that 40 million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser, in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history, and in the eyes of our own people.
But if, on the other hand, I should win the election, then I shall devote every effort of mind and spirit to fulfilling the oath of the Presidency--practically identical, I might add, to the oath I have taken for 14 years in the Congress. For without reservation, I can "solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution...so help me God."