Archive for April 29, 2012
“Don’t speak to me about your religion; 1st show it to me in how you treat other people. Don’t tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all her children. Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live & give.”
Pat Robertson maybe? How about Mitt Romney? Or someone from the evangelical community such as Tony Perkins? No, the answer is Newark Mayor Cory Booker, most recently noted for literally risking his life to save his neighbor from a fire.
On the other Hand:
“A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private. So to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social magisterium, which is how do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?
To me, the principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best, having a civil society of the principal of solidarity where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good. By not having big government crowd out civic society, but by having enough space in our communities so that we can interact with each other, and take care of people who are down and out in our communities.
Those principles are very very important, and the preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenants of Catholic social teaching, means don’t keep people poor, don’t make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life. Help people get out of poverty out onto life of independence.”
Rep. Paul Ryan, twisting Catholic social doctrine to justify shredding the safety net for the poor and eliminate things like food stamps.
Once Republicans did care:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
Spoken by President Eisenhower in 1953.
Note that Ryan’s budget also expands military spending while cutting aid for the poor.
Austerity drives the UK to round 2 recession
Keynesian economics was once considered to be the go to concept to deal with recessions and depressions. The concepts are fairly simple. When the economy slides into a recession, governments make up for declining jobs by employing people and getting money into circulation. Now the go to concept is AUSTERITY! Keynesian economics worked well for decades. Just out of the chute, Austerity doesn’t seem to be working very well. PM David Cameron appears to be married to Austerity to end the recession in Britain. So far, Austerity is doing what most people thought it would do – making the recession worse.
Who would have thought it?
Grassley once again shows he hates women. (VAWA re-authorization)
Two years ago Iowans had the choice to send a liberal woman to the senate or return Chuck Grassley. One of the issues that Roxanne Conlin brought up was Grassley’s voting record on women. Well she wasn’t lying. Grassley once again put Iowa on the map of backward states with his opposition to the re-authorization Violence Against Women Act.
This is a bill that was near unanimous when first passed and also near unanimous when it was reauthorized twice. Now Grassley is leading the opposition as once again the Republican Party declares women not to be full citizens of the United States.
Can we fire Senators? Maybe Romney could fire him? Romney likes to fire people.
OK, I was watching Jeopardy the other day. They had the ACLU as a category. Well, what could be a better category for a bunch of liberals and progressive than the group that will lead them into the worker’s paradise?
Guess what? We haven’t always seen eye to eye with the ACLU. I bet most of us can remember at least one battle they fought that we wondered WHAT are they doing? So let’s see what you know.
1) When was the ACLU founded?
a) Just after the Constitution was adopted
b) Prior to the Civil War.
c) Shortly after the end of WWI in 1920
d) At the end of WWII.
2) What issue helped gel the ACLU into existence?
a) The adoption of the bill of Rights at the Constitutional Convention
b) The Communist threat following WWII
c) Slavery before the Civil War
d) The imprisoning of anti-War protesters during WWI
3) Over the years the ACLU has defended many individuals and groups which were incredibly unpopular at the time. Which group did they defend during
a) Americans of Japanese descent who were interned as a prevention.
b) Members of the German-American League who were banned after the start of the war.
d) American Jews.
4) The ACLU is often best known by the cases it has been involved in. One famous case arising from Iowa led to loosening free speech in public schools. What city was the defendant in that case?
a) Iowa City.
b) Des Moines
c) Sioux City
d) Cedar Rapids
5) One issue that the ACLU is frequently vilified by the right concerning public schools is:
a) forced that evolution be taught in American high schools
b) included Buddhism and Islam prayers be included in public school prayers.
c) allowed students to withdraw from public school prayer.
d) the outlawing of prayer in public schools.
6) In one of its more controversial cases the ACLU defended the right of the American Nazi Party (NASP) to march in what mostly Jewish community?
a) Palm Beach, Florida
b) North Bergen, N.J.
c) Brookfield, Wisconsin
d) Skokie, Illinois
7) In its early years, because of mutual interests the ACLU was frequently associated with what group or movement?
b) civil rights
8) The ACLU first gained public notoriety due to its involvement in what famous 1920s case?
a) Sacco and Vanzetti
b) The Scopes Monkey Trial
c) Teapot Dome Scandal
d) Leopold and Loeb
9) Recently, the ACLU was on which side in the Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission?
a) Citizens United
10) In toto, which one of the Bill of Rights has the ACLU defended most frequently?
a) the second amendment on firearms
b) the fourth amendment on searches and seizures
c) the fifth amendment on trial by jury etc.
d) the first amendment on freedom of speech.
I feel a little freer know the ACLU is out there to defend our freedoms.
Here are the answers:
1) c) shortly after WWI
2) d) the imprisoning of anti-war protesters.
3) a) Japanese Americans who were put in internment camps
4) b) Tinker v. Des Moines (the black armband case)
5) d) outlawing of prayer in school
6) d) Skokie, Ill.
7) a) labor
8) b) the Scopes Monkey Trial
9) a) Citizens United (they have been roundly criticized for this)
10) d) the first amendment, especially the freedom of speech.