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Tag: First Amendment

A few thoughts…

  • Fact: Lower taxes do not cause more jobs.
  • Fact: Only twice did lowering the tax rate cause revenues to go up – 1964 and 1981.
  • As long as they’re peaceful, the Occupy protesters have the right to protest.  It is part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Herman Cain’s tax plan will be bad for the economy.  It will encourage saving, but our economy is based on consumption.  If too many people save or just buy use, our economy will sink further.
  • President Bush didn’t cause the economic and financial crisis and neither did President Obama.
  • Despite what Alan Greenspan might think, liquidity isn’t the same as capital and just because a company has access to money doesn’t mean that they’re on good footing.
  • Easy credit (with the lowering of interest rates) contributed to the financial crisis.
  • Too little regulation and, in some cases, no regulation was one of the causes of the financial crisis.
  • The Republicans running for President do not understand that last statement.
  • Shortsightedness in reaching for short term profits is one of the factors that caused the financial crisis.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Westboro Baptist

This has been a week for decisions with which I am completely torn.  First, Obama’s dangerous DOMA decision and now, the Supreme Court upholds that Westboro’s hate speech is protected speech.

Let me start by saying that I love our military and I love this country.  In fact, my greatest regret is – as a lesbian – I was not allowed to serve my country.  I wanted to join the Air Force after high school, but I just couldn’t sign the form after I saw the “I’m not a homosexual” part.  Our military men and women should always be honored and when they make the ultimate sacrifice, they should be allowed to be buried with the utmost dignity.

The members of the Westboro cult (I just can’t call them a church on this day, it is an insult to the wonderful churches everywhere)  are sorry excuses for Americans.  To protest at any funeral is atrocious and despicable, but to protest at the funeral of a soldier is the lowest of low.  There is a part of me that wishes the Supreme Court didn’t stand for Free Speech, but that is my own hate-filled opinion.

We have to always join together to protect our freedoms, even when someone or some group are abusing the privilege.  If we don’t, then we run the risk of all of us losing our rights.  If the Supreme Court rules against Westboro then who might be next?  Could something I write on my blog be considered “hate” and someone could shut me down?

Now, here’s my evil thought of the day…

When Fred Phelps – that beacon of evil, hate and unChristian behavior – finally goes to the bottom pit of Hell where he belongs, let’s all go to Kansas and protest at his funeral.  Let’s give them a taste of their own medicine.  Going one bad step farther, we should show up at their weddings or any other cult events they hold and shout loudly and boldly that God and His son loves each and every one of us.  And, that evil begets evil and that we all pray for the day when our Lord and Savior comes down and judges each and every one of us, so that those of us who are true Christians can spend all of eternity in Heaven and those of us who hold hate in our hearts (and, I find myself in this latter group) will burn in the fires of Hell.

If I get to sit next to Phelps and his tiny minded, evil minions – it just might be worth it.

In the words of Tiny Tim, God bless us every one.

Separation of Church and State

I had been planning on writing a blog regarding the idea of separation of Church and State.  Our founding fathers felt that the wall between the two was so important that they put it right in the Constitution at the beginning.  Now, with all the talking bobble heads throwing around what our founding fathers intended or what they would want, I thought it would be a good time to write about it.

Except, I was beaten to it by Stephen D. Foster, Jr. over at The Pragmatic Progressive.  His article, The Wall Between Church And State, is well thought out, well researched and well written.

Enjoy.

A Rand Paul Quote and Thoughts on the First Amendment…

Rand Paul said the following (according to PolitiFact): “You mentioned faith-based intermingling — government and faith-based,” Paul said. “George (W.) Bush did that, and I think it was a horrible mistake. One, I think the money sort of pollutes the mission of a purely Christian organization, or Muslim or whatever organization it is, and it obscures the church-state separation that there really ought to be. We shouldn’t have tax money flowing into churches. We should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.”

I wish more politicians would stand up and end the federal money that flows into faith-based organizations. The very First Amendment to our Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” I would think that pouring money into a church is thisclose to establishing a religion.  Money equates power.  Money is what makes the world go ’round.  (I wish it was love, but it isn’t).

Today, too many people believe that religion should have something to do with politics.  But, I say, keep your god out of MY politics and I’ll keep my God out of yours.  I’m Roman Catholic and I’ve heard that some Priests said that if you voted for a pro-choice candidate, then you couldn’t take Holy Communion!  Well, I just about flipped my lid over that one.  Quite frankly, I think any church where the Pastor or Priest speaks out about politics on a regular basis, should lose its non-profit status and have to start paying taxes on property, etc.  If the church (any church) wants to be a political entity, then you should treat it like one.

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