Friday, February 16, 2018

george washington on political parties

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."

The Founding Fathers Tried to Warn Us About the Threat From a Two-Party System



george washington had it right. it's not a third political party that we need--it's NO political parties. We need representatives who represent us, are virtuous, and who will work for the common good. We don't need representatives who are beholding to a political party's rigid ideology, being that of its wealthiest donors.

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 



Saturday, February 3, 2018

tired of the same old actors?

"we don't need congress to change our two party system of government, or to pass a law limiting terms. why would they? neither would be in their, or their party's, best interests. 

we can use our vote to change our two-party system of government and to limit terms. 


out with the old and in with the new." 

minds of mush: tired of the same old actors? 










if we:
  • don't vote 
  • vote republican or democrat because "that's the way that ___________ (parent(s), church, media, teacher, friend, etc.) always votes/voted"
  • always vote straight republican/democrat regardless of the candidate or issues
then are: 
  • we responsible citizens of a free government? 
  • or are we slaves to government that is not "of the people, by the people, for the people"
if it's the latter, then freedom "will perish from the earth". (Abraham Lincoln)



Saturday, January 20, 2018

the joke called "our 2-party system of government" (and the "news" media covering it) continues

it should be called: "our 2-party system of non-government".

Republicans are fooling themselves if they think they have a shutdown leg up [Updated] - The Washington Post 

when will we all wake up and vote to change it? 


who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 


Sunday, January 14, 2018

what to do when abnormal becomes the norm

what can be done about abnormal becoming the norm? 
Weekend Update on Fire and Fury - SNL - YouTube 


it's easy! 

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 





Monday, January 8, 2018

bad news, trump--rationality trumps intelligence

qualities of a leader: 
   - rational 
   - honest 
   - humble 
   - respects others 
   - measured in speech 
   - unites 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi

sorry, trump. you may have a high IQ; but, your RQ (Rationality Quotient) is off-the-charts low. 

"... (IQ) tests fall down when it comes to measuring those abilities crucial to making good judgments in real-life situations. That's because they are unable to assess things such as a person's ability to critically weigh up information, or whether an individual can override the intuitive cognitive biases that can lead us astray. 

The problem with IQ tests is that while they are effective at assessing our deliberative skills, which involve reason and the use of working memory, they are unable to assess our inclination to use them when the situation demands. ...most researchers agree that, overall, the correlation between intelligence and successful decision-making is weak.

Would a valid RQ test be useful? ...would very seriously consider RQ tests as a way of selecting managers or leaders, particularly if I wanted a style of leadership that is thorough and not overly impulsive... We might also be better equipped to elect leaders that did the same."
The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence - The New York Times 

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 




Friday, January 5, 2018

Thomas Jefferson and the Muslim Barbary pirates

the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates | City Journal 






what do you get with a bombastic president?

question: what do you get with a bombastic president?
answer:

had enough?

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 



Thursday, January 4, 2018

the sad state of the US presidency, US government in general, and the media

- chaos 
- undignified 
- disturbing 
- dishonest 
- hostile 
- corrupt 
- criminal 
- unstable 
- dangerous 

these are just some of the descriptors used to describe the current state of the presidency, politics in general, and the media in the US.

what has become of government and the media operating in an orderly, honest, dignified and civilized manner? the current state of affairs is a national disgrace. 

our two-party system of government and the media are broken. it's time to fix them. 



who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 






Sunday, December 31, 2017

THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID.

how are peoples' unpaid retirement contributions spent? can you spell "medicaid", boys and girls? love it or hate it, medicaid is a BIG cost to social security where those receiving the benefits don't pay into the system. either way, love or hate, you can thank elected federal government representatives for it. PS, in the interest of fairness, medicaid isn't the only drain on our social security "retirement" funds.
had enough?

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 




Saturday, December 30, 2017

where are the north korean people?

in 1776 the population of the american colonies was about 2.5 million. about half were patriots. even less were those who took up arms against great britain. they were successful.

iran has a population of 80 million. brave protesters are speaking out against iran's evil, corrupt, dangerous, tyrannical theocracy. 
Iran protests: How Trump can strike a fatal blow against a dangerous, tyrannical regime | Fox News 

north korea has a population of 25 million. where are they? isn't it about time that they overthrew the evil tyrannical government of kim jong un? in fact, it's long overdue.






Saturday, December 23, 2017

a mother's plea

Caleb's Chance: Va. mom seeks help for ill son | WUSA9.com 

CALEB IS BATTLING A RARE, TERMINAL DISEASE WITH NO KNOWN TREATMENT. CALEB IS A FIGHTER BUT NEEDS YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO GIVE HIM, AND OTHER CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH BATTEN A CHANCE FOR A FUTURE.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

should moral character be considered in choosing our leaders?

how important to american voters is the moral character of its leaders? 
answer: not very much

the current indignation with sexual improprieties, that began with harvey weinstein and has spread from hollywood to government and elsewhere, seems to be an exception. is it a passing fad? probably. once the fad has run its course, then it will likely be back to business as usual with the "blind eye" that  most of us turn towards sexual and other improprieties by the rich and famous.

for those who believe that moral character in our leaders is important, it's time for change. how, you might ask? simple. it's time to drain the swamp.


who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 



Friday, December 15, 2017

"catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades"

"In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country's Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession.

Those are among the 400 recommendations contained in the 17-volume final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which is wrapping up a five-year investigation – the longest in Australia's history.

'We have concluded that there were catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades,' the report said."


bingo! hit the nail right on the head! 

from the beginning the correct, simple response of the catholic church has been painfully obvious:
   1. say "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa" and mean it 
   2. do everything possible for the victims 
   3. make changes such that it never happens again
   4. if it happens again, then repeat steps 1 through 4 

but, 3 generations of popes have catastrophically failed to respond correctly--not just in australia, but everywhere.

why?

because, like pharisees, these 3 popes have been deaf, dumb and blind to Jesus. How to Find Gold in God’s Word: Reading the Bible with Supernatural Help | Desiring God 


"... perversion...sacrilege..." 
gross hypocrisy and anti-Christian. 



Sunday, December 10, 2017

the US deserves better than trump and clinton

As Alabama prepares to vote, Republican Sen. Richard Shelby says state ‘deserves better’ than Moore - The Washington Post 

absolutely! and the US deserves better than donald trump and hillary clinton. 

"how is this possible?" you ask.

simple--don't vote for democrats or republicans.

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us. 





Saturday, November 25, 2017

axis of evil: some things never change

"The term axis of evil was first used by U.S. President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, and often repeated throughout his presidency, to describe governments that his administration accused of sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction. Iran, Iraq, and North Korea were portrayed by Bush during the State of the Union as building nuclear weapons."  Axis of evil - Wikipedia 

that the UN condemns the repressive totalitarian regimes of north korea and iran is not enough. these murderous, repressive, totalitarian regimes should be destroyed. 

image by applysense




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

when all is said (by kim & trump) and done, the video of the n korean soldier escaping totalitarian n korea says it all

Dramatic video shows mad dash as North Korean defector shot 5 times, pulled to freedom - ABC News 

as the world has clearly seen, the kim regime in totalitarian north korea outlaws all opposition and demands complete subservience of the population. suppression and deprivation of human beings, and torture and murder of those who resist, are evil. that the free world condemns the evil kim regime is not enough. in the name of the inalienable freedom of all human beings, kim and his totalitarianism regime must be destroyed.





Saturday, November 18, 2017

the swamp is full of democrats and republicans

drain the swamp? no more democrats or republicans?


"how is this possible?" you ask.

simple--don't vote for democrats or republicans.

who do you trust? 
1. someone who has values similar to yours?
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
2. someone who doesn't?
3. political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and PACs?

here's how government works:

if you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person who you voted for who is in control--it's the party.


in the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican. soon the republican and democratic parties will dry up and die. nothing will be better for the United States of America.

PS similarly, by refusing to patronize dishonest and biased media, they too will shrivel up and die--a triple win for honesty in government, for integrity in reporting the actions of government, and for us.