Political ramblings of a heathen

While out and about today I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing people, asking their opinions on the Republican candidates for president. One of the men being interviewed said that he could not vote for Mitt Romney because he didn’t follow the Nicene Creed. A woman that followed him said that she wants a Christian in office. Both seemed to express that a person of faith was a prerequisite to earning their votes.

Just say NO!

Reading the news lately, I have noticed quite a few stories about drug related arrests and the heroin “epidemic” that is plaguing our community and many others around the country. After 40 years and well over a trillion dollars you might think that America would have curbed its drug problem; but its worse now than it ever has been and its not getting any better.

At some point we have to stop and ask the question that begs an answer: Is our current drug policy working?

Neocon Rules for Justifying Jingoism

After reading the article here entitled “The Problem with (Ron) Paul” I felt the need to comment on it as it the writer, Anthony W Hager, used the Neocon playbook to justify America’s Imperialism Foreign Policy.

The article starts off by praising Ron Paul for his views on domestic policies but when the article turns to his views on Foreign Policy, the authors didn’t even try to hide his jingoism.

Rule 1: Lump all people from the Middle East together and label them as Terrorist;

Private property rights under assault in America

I’d like to tell you a story about a man named Russ Caswell, who’s family has owned and operated a motel in Tewksbury, Massachusetts for over 30 years.

After two generation of being family owned and operated this local business is threatened with closing its doors forever.

Now you might think that its because of hard times or economic troubles, but you would be wrong. You might also assume that he refused to pay his property taxes, and you would still be wrong. Mr. and Mrs. Caswell own their property free and clear.

Homophobia

In response to my City Council’s denial of my request to enact anti-discrimination policies for members of the LBGT community, I read the following poem during public comment this evening at the regular meeting…

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

What Recession ???

It baffles my mind that politicians are trying to sell to the public that “they” are the ones that will solve all the economic problems.  It is generally acknowledged that the Dot-Com Boom of 1999-2000 was artificial in nature. It is also generally acknowledged that the Housing Boom  between 2002 and 2008 was also a bad thing fueled by loose credit and inflationary money, resulting in an over supply of houses.  The politicians in effect are all trying to sell us the “snake oil” that will ignite the next economic boom. Do we really want another roller coaster ride?