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speaker ryan: rights are given by god and nature NOT the government ?


just another rant …

Civil Rights is the only vehicle that allowed folks in “protected classes” to have and or at least experience some of the same rights as speaker paul ryan does,yet the struggle for equal rights, the constant fight for them to increase into 21st Century living continues

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I don’t know about you but I used to think of the Declaration of Independence as our social contract … right.  As devised or “theory” by John Locke and Thomas Hobbes

* The Social Contract Theory is used to support many crucial ideas dealing with rights throughout the Declaration of Independence. … Devised by John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, this theory is based on the “Social Contract” which states that man lives in the State of Nature. Locke identified the basis of a legitimate government. According to Locke, a ruler gains authority through the consent of the governed. The duty of that government is to protect the natural rights of the people, which Locke believed to include life, liberty, and property.

Though if you listen to Republicans, it seems they missed that class, ignored it or prefer the archaic ideology beliefs of that time.  I admit i believe in at least some of the John Locke and Thomas Hobbes Theory and understand if others do not. The idea that we even have to debate how some have had to struggle, fight and or die for the right to (be) is beyond me. I can only speculate, but; it could only be considered an inaccurate interpretation of American values lest we talk about Natural and or  V  Individual rights and after hearing more and more folks in Congress flaunt their #whitenationalism some #whitesupremacist ways, maybe in this era of trump we needed a big slap of reality of what our Nation should expect if Republicans were are are to govern the Free World in the long term, though frightening.  The current president and his administration lest we talk about his followers, who may not be rich but seem to believe a World that is not so free unless you are part of that 1%, maybe feel that the 1% with their trickle down economy works. The air is full of alternative facts and hurdles if you look “other” or fall under what is called “protected class.”  Is it possible that Rep. Paul Ryan or at least some in Congress could very well believe in the hypocrisy that is our Declaration of Independence written by a group of men who were definitely involved in the slave trade?  Yes, there are constant references to “natural rights”  The fact is, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Republican Rep.Paul Ryan was speaking of did not apply to Blacks obviously most being slaves held against their will at a time when these folks considered themselves the only real Americans worthy. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote.  We must all remind Republicans like Paul Ryan that it was the action taken by our government that finally allowed some slaves a peak at the rights they were enjoying naturally are only given by government to slaves NOT by  “God and Nature,” as Rep. Paul Ryan unfortunately proclaims.

Natural and individual rights “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.” –declaration of independence, 1776.

Oh, don’t get it twisted; the Declaration of Independence is a great document, written in defense of grievances against kings and kingdoms which led to the inclusion of some provisions in the Constitution and Bill of Rights due to complaints. I also know that at least some of the John Locke &Thomas Hobbes theories were on Thomas Jefferson’s mind while writing his draft.

Contrary to what Republicans like Rep.Paul Ryan stated, the list below is just a few of our rights that could have only been experienced by our nation’s citizens because the government was forced to debate vote then Amendments were created granted … and updated

()    Women’s right to vote (granted by 19th Amendment)

()    Right to vote for all citizens, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (15th Amendment)

() 4th Amendment: Citizens cannot be forced to subject themselves to seizure and search without a search warrant and probable cause.

()    Right to bear arms (granted by 2nd Amendment)

 ()     the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or …Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865,

()    6th Amendment: Guarantees fair and speedy jury trial and the rights to know the accusation, the accuser, and to find counsel and witnesses.

() The Fourteenth Amendment addresses many aspects of citizenship and the rights of citizens.  The most commonly used — and frequently litigated — phrase in the amendment is  “equal protection of the laws“, which figures prominently in a wide variety of landmark cases, including Brown v. Board of Education (racial discrimination), Roe v. Wade (reproductive rights), Bush v. Gore (election recounts), Reed v. Reed (gender discrimination),  and University of California v. Bakke (racial quotas in education).  See more

Paul Ryan: ‘Our Rights Come From Nature And God, Not From Government’ http://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-ryan-our-rights-come-from-nature-and-god-not-from-government/ via @mediaite 8/11/2012

  The Social Contract Theory  

sources: internet

What say you?

Voting is a Right NOT a Privilege ~~ The Struggle continues


votingTime to pass the Voting Rights Act, change redistricting rules and make it easier for ALL Americans to VOTE

Dear America

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

 On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans right to vote.

The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks could vote or register to vote.

People organized a Peaceful Protest March from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. However, as these protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery the police, some riding on horses had, looking back, a predetermined  tactical intervention against protesters, police proceeded to engage in “excessive use of force” brutally beating protesters such as #RepJohnLewis   some of these officers actually killed using their nightsticks,  sprayed water cannons while others used tear gas. These kids had no weapons, they did NOT fight back, but showed courage and strength. We must never forget that some of our fellow  Americans died for the right to vote in an adverse harmful environment, hastily retreated while journalists and photographers became witnesses to the violence and suffering .

The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then President Johnson, who was once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.

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The Voting Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

A day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful johnlewisbeatwithknightstickugly March of death for the right to vote called ,”Bloody Sunday”.

Now, some 48 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. There are conservative states targeting not only African Americans but also Senior citizens, first time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers. In addition, Governors from Republican controlled States are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time and were treated like possible (illegals). This  is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. This year, new stricter voter ID legislation is pending in thirty-one states. This includes, voter ID proposals in thirteen states with proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in ten states, and eight states that will amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011.

We need to push back  on all attempts to suppress the right to Vote.

With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.

We cannot let the naysayers turn back the clock on Voting Rights or the next generation.

Thank You for Taking Action

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How many use “the Media” for voting information


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Just another rant …

The President says the time for talk is over; I agree, but if you read or listen to the media who interview folks on the right often characterize this President’s actions as frantic furious regarding health care reform; in the end it got done.  Now, use nasty rhetoric that should question the oath that these men&women took before taking their seats in Congress.  I would say maybe those who did not have healthcare are thankful whether it is called ACA, Obamacare or any alias given by their states along with those that accepted the expansion of Medicare funding. Our President has made it possible to help a fellow American have a chance at living. The hospitals, Drs., Nurses and the other healthcare providers are only as good as the Hospital Officials in control of how, who, the care being given to their clients and ACA is doing it, though Republicans certainly want it to stop.   We all know the media engages in the spin; trying to set the public mood is definitely offensive; Americans have been talking about health care reform for a long time, Congress has avoided voting let alone talk about reform for over 40 years. It is time to move this a long get it done and create more jobs for everyone for our economy that is at risk yet again.  The fact is, Republicans continue to block , hold up bills that have jobs attached to it and have held enough hearings using taxpayer funds that could have funded so many things to help “we the People”

The so-called Obamacare aka ACA, is a jobs creator, though the Media has yet to comment on how it would and or how many jobs are possible; fact is that an additional 31million will need help; the current work force would be unable to handle the workload.  Is it possible that the Media prefers to give out selective information as viewers watch wonder and are still unable to challenge these people who rake in the big bucks telling just enough truth to sedate

Most if not all of us know Republicans have done almost everything, they can to stall any progress; which includes the Presidents nominees, health care and many bills that the Senate passed and sent to the House, only to be stalled and or blocked by more filibusters than any time in the past. The government might be broken like the Media and some Senators have said but it still needs to work for “We the People” … wouldn’t it be great if Republicans let the governing party do the work they seemed to have left or weren’t interested in  when they had a Republican President for 8 years ago.

There are reports from conservative writers, that this is a frantic furious moment for the President. this is just absurd. The notion that the public is weary over what is going on in Congress and Democrats are wavering has led the public to believe in rumors falsehoods and that this is a new behavior. Unfortunately, this is how Congress works, though to be sure NOT on this level NOT obstruction solely based on who is in the Whitehouse.  Yes, Health Care Reform  is President Barack Obama’s baby, it’s not only a historic moment but one that will change the lives of Americans all over the country and in a good way because as we all know the last eight years have been good … For The Rich.  Don’t get me wrong being or wanting to be rich is great … the problem is how folks are using their riches …for themselves ok but are they manipulating the system holding the mid or lower classes down controlling them with their riches.  In a time when some probably knew the end of spending without paying for it would finally rear its ugly head, no one seemed to want to put the brakes on back when the House of Bush was saying … charge it! and if you take notice … the shutdown the hearings have cost Americans millions … all created by Republicans

  I say vote for 21st Century living and that means letting go of Tea Party and Republican ideology.

 The fact is that they believe in exclusion or at least that 47% of us should be punished….

Lest we include … Vets, Seniors, Students, Minorities, The Poor, Gays, those on Social Security, Medicare/caid

FDR had something to say about voting


votingFranklin D. Roosevelt once said

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Observation …. word of the day


Today’s word of the day is all about the act of observation …

I have to ask everyone who is taking the time to read this —at what point will the various cable and main stream stations do the right thing and stick to the truth instead of skewing it -stop trying to do their part in swaying voters and report the news….tell me you don’t agree on partisan behavior, msm should be the place to get real news but it seems to be sliding …

It is only Tuesday and after days maybe weeks of offensive and down right discriminatory comments coming from Politicians already in office, folks running for office, even some pundits are riding the edge of truth but the reality is this kind of rhetoric, fear mongering could quite possibly put our democracy at risk. The only solution is to Vote for the Democratic Party ! End the #trumpTrifecta

Observe … all the things that the Obama2010admin as well as Congress has managed to achieve despite the Republican Tea Party. Observe and analyze who what when and why things have not improved as some out there on the left want and then remind them that a President that goes too far left of center is not representing all Americans. The truth is most people …most … used to be moderate and expect the President to be not just moderate but bipartisan; people  have got to realize he tried that and while folks on the right said one thing and did another on the floor of congress and this  is going to be standard behavior no matter what. If you were watching it makes you wonder if taking a hard left is the only way to solve the gridlock. Then reality comes back and we have to remember the Democratic Party has a huge tent with various degrees of democratic ideology, while the 2010-2013Republican Tea Party is united no matter what their colleagues say or do Dems on the other hand seem to fight to get good legislation on the floor of the Senate debated let alone get a winning vote and progress in the move toward the 21st Century. We all know our ability to move forward is being held hostage by the Republican2010-2013 Tea Party until they can ruin our barely recovering economy and my worry is that we will have no place to go or anyone to help if in fact we fall into a deep recession due to an insufficient amount of dollars and lack of cooperation from the right. I blame Republicans for any lack of progress made thus far.

I have to say my observation of “the Media” seemingly are not just giving Republicans more airtime but defending them in some cases and while it is obvious those folks know who is buttering their paychecks …the fair and balanced slogan when describing the news process is just a joke. I have been watching and listening to political shows with well educated people making comments about how much of a disaster the mid-term elections will be for President Obama’s future.  The fact is that Congress goes through change and this year there is really no difference than any other but the combination of the failure of the last guy, the deficit he left and finding out that Wall Street, Oil and the Banks as well as AIG made bets not only with the people’s money but against us – you would think some would understand that after years of corruption it might take a while to make all the corrections given the fact that some parts needed to make the fix are being held hostage by Republicans.  I am no expert but people need to compare their own lives to what happened  then times that by a trillion and realize the correction will take a long time especially since folks on the right were able to downsize/block or stall most of the financial fixes in the Senate. The Democratic Party, needs to get our arses out to vote. I don’t know how many vote by mail so it will be important to get informed, vote wisely and mail it in quickly… I do feel Mitdterm2018 is a pivotal moment and if we really want change folks we need to urge all those groups to make sure we all vote. Some folks do not understand why the process of change cannot only be done by the POTUS that Congress in both Chambers needs to do the work of the people and while the House is definitely representing $$$$ the Senate faces obstacles and the only solution is getting truer Dems on the floor of the Senate.  President Obama did the best he could with what the last admin gave him and again it took a long time to get here 2017 and while there are those on the right who choose to provoke fear; lately that has turned into action by those feeling certain TV or radio personalities were giving them subliminal instructions to act against those who support the President or the Democratic Party. That has got to stop; it would be even better if “the Media” would stop giving folks on the right passes when they make outrageous, racist, and sometimes exclusionary comments…we hear it from Fox News but now cable stations,depending on the day or hour seem to take a hard right and has this viewer wondering where the money is coming from, supporting the more extreme view on air?  What we are seeing by some reporters,pundits, talking heads engaging in the dance of News manipulation which is a sad representation of what real journalists, reporters and commentators used to be.

If you are trying to figure out exactly how we got into this mess? The once fabulous video “House of Cards” by David Faber…CNBC.  is the “for reel” in your face deal, it will explain all of it though i don’t believe it’s available

yes, i said … just sayin