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The “Christian-Right” & the Corporate Cockroach Conspiracy!

Trump exemplifies the traits of a psychopath just as many corporations & religious zealots

When most people hear the word “conspiracy,” they imagine people lurking in the shadows in a covert operation but this conspiracy by the Christian Right (evangelical fundamentalists or Dominionists) & the corporate cockroaches is overt or right out in the open for all to see: Here is a checklist of the traits of a psychopath, sure describes Trump perfectly;


“The New York Times reports that over the last six weeks the Trump administration has rolled back more than 90 regulations in order to benefit Wall Street banks, gun sellers, coal, oil and gas companies and other corporations. The Times calls the rollback “one of the most significant shifts in regulatory policy in recent decades.” In many cases, the regulatory rollbacks have come after the direct requests of lobbyists or trade industry groups. Trump’s administration is expected to continue eliminating more regulations in the coming days and weeks, including rolling back rules that limit car pollution.” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/6/headlines

just a good, old country boy, right?

I stop believing in organized religion i.e. Christianity, when I was around the age of 15 or 16. Why? Because  the hypocrisy that I saw in the members of the church I was attending just became too blatant to ignore any longer. And with age, my misgivings & criticism of organized religion has expanded exponentially. Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” consisted of eight beatitudes (descriptions of happiness) and the opposite of those beatitudes is misery. If you take a look at the present day churches, especially those of the televangelists with their mega-churches, it is glaringly obvious. And I do realize that not all organized religion has sold its soul for the almighty buck but, a good number of them have and this is where Mike Pence, Trump’s pick for vice-president, comes in.

Pat Robertson, biggest fake televangelist loves Trump

Pence epitomizes the worst or best, depending on your perspective, of the far right Christian evangelicals. In short, they will lie, cheat, steal, and break every commandment they supposedly believe in, to gain more power over the American public. And in this respect, they have far more in common with their secular, corporate & political allies than differences. These Christian zealots are only slightly less extreme in their practices than their Afghan counterparts, the Taliban. They seek to dictate to all Americans how to dress, speak, believe, run a family, etc. and with Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, they are well on their way to the elimination of public schooling in the U.S. My first book delved into this subject in detail and again, they haven’t been shy about their agenda. These faux Christians fear & hate everything that isn’t Christian in their view and chief among them is Secular Humanism.

They particularly fear & hate humanism because they mistakenly believe that it places man above God. In reality, humanism simply believes in mankind much more than they do. Humanists believe in reason i.e. our thinking abilities and in the scientific method. For these fearful little children who cling so desperately to their faith, even the slightest challenge to their faith is tantamount to blasphemy and must be wiped-out completely. We have all heard of the Taliban’s horrific practices but as to whether this is commonplace or not, I don’t know. But I do know that we have extremists in the Christian fundamentalist camp who believe they’re righteous when they kill doctors who perform abortions, call in death threats to abortion clinics, gay activists, etc. and have no qualms in persecuting, harassing, intimidating, etc. those with whom they disagree. And it would be laughable if it weren’t so perverse in that these “Christians” are always paint themselves as the victims of our society.

I’ve learned one thing of which I’m very sure of over the years of searching for knowledge & wisdom i.e. anyone who is absolutely positive that they’ve found the truth, couldn’t be more wrong! An honest & fearless search for truth will bring one to the realization eventually that the more we know, the less we can be sure of. This scares the feeble-minded who are so insecure that they cling to their faith as if it were a life-jacket and they were lost at sea. I can understand this type of fear and I can even feel some empathy for them but when they turn their insecurities into justifications for the emotional, psychological, & physical harm they do to others, I consider them our enemy and will use all the intellectual, emotional, & physical weapons in my arsenal to fight them.

Conversely, we are assaulted by the corporate cockroaches who own the politicians who are suppose to represent the public’s interests. I’m sure that I needn’t substantiate this because it has become common wisdom for decades or longer in America. What the “Christians” and Corporatists have in common is their belief in their own authority & overriding desire to control everyone not with them. Sadly, I’m sure that the overwhelming majority of the pseudo-Christians don’t realize how they are being manipulated by the corporatists simply for their votes & support of their programs that only enrich the elite. Consequently, the rest of us are  being constantly marginalized to an ever smaller & crumbling existence. Moreover, these authoritarians are slowly but surely turning America into a tyranny yet many, if not most of us, are blind to it. My goal is to highlight some of the most insidious factors that are gradually enslaving us.

As an illustration, I remember Barry Goldwater’s infamous proclamation back in the sixties in his acceptance speech as the Republican party’s nominee for president in 1964; “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

Before I begin to illustrate Mike Pence’s hypocritical “Christian” values, I want to share a recent personal experience. As I stated earlier, I stopped attending church around the age of 15 because I could no longer stomach the hypocrisy & glaring contradictions of the congregation of the church I was attending at the time i.e. if we had holes in our jeans, we were looked down upon, etc.

And for the record, this isn’t a self-pity party. My wife passed away three years & eight months ago and I’ve been wrestling with depression like I’ve never known. I finally gave-in so-to-speak, a few months ago & started taking an anti-depressant and I started attending a weekly “grief-support group.” The first few weeks, I did find a little comfort from attending/participating in this group but then I slowly began to realize that they were basically the same old hypocrites I’d recognized back when I was a teenager. During one of our meetings, the group “leader” asked me if I had a “faith” to lean on for support? I hesitated a few moments because I didn’t want to offend the other members of the group who were all clearly “Christians.” I then politely & tactfully as I could, replied, sorry but no, I stopped attending church when I was around 15 because of the hypocrisy.

A week or two later, just before Christmas, our “leader” reminded us to remember & reach out to those who had no family & nowhere to go for the holidays and to reach out to them in an effort to help them get through this often difficult time of year for so many. Yet no one asked me what I was doing for Christmas or if I had any family and no, I have no one. And the final straw that convinced me that I was wasting my time with this group was a month or two later when I had the idea of sharing a beautiful piece on Death.

My mother passed away on Halloween 1996, two days after my birthday & the following summer, I took my son to Europe with some of the money I had inherited. While we were visiting Canterbury Cathedral in Southern England, we were checking out the gift shop & I stumbled across this facsimile of an ancient scroll which was of this beautiful poem by Henry Scott Holland;

Death is Nothing at All

by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)

Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral

sometimes referred to as ‘What is Death?’

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well. 

Chomsky & his beloved wife, Carol, who has passed on

This poem has given me more comfort than anything I’ve come across since my mom’s death & even though I’ve renounced being a “Christian,” I love the beauty & sentiment of it. I’ve shared it with strangers who had just lost a loved one and I shared it with Noam Chomsky after his beloved wife, Carol, had passed on. And even though Chomsky was raised Jewish & is one of the harshest critics of Israel for its crimes against the Palestinian people, Noam told me that it brought tears to his eyes. Yet when I wanted to hand out copies I had made of this poem to our “grief support” group, I was told that the “leader” had to first check it out. I was taken aback? What? She has to vet it or make sure that it doesn’t offend or whatever? This is when I said to myself, yep, just another fuckin’ pseudo Christian group of hypocrites and I never returned to those meetings. By the way, she did approve my handing it out after she quickly read it and said to the group, “Well, it is the canon of a church, so I guess it’s okay?” In case I’m not being clear enough, this behavior showed me once again that these faux Christians are only concerned with controlling us and don’t have a fuckin’ clue as to what being a true Christian is about!  

Doesn’t he just radiate Christian love & compassion

So what better place to launch into my argument than with a sampling of Mike Pence’s voting record. Yep! Pence is the Great White Hope of the racist, homophobic, xenophobic, pro-life but don’t give a fuck after they’re born, “Born-Again ‘Christians.’

Keep in mind, if-you-will, while reading this partial list of Pence’s voting record, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount or his Beatitudes (the core of his teaching). 

  • yes on banning family planning funding
  • yes on terminating Home Affordable Mortgage
  • no on monitoring TARP funds
  • no on regulating subprime mortgage industry
  • yes on restricting bankruptcy rules
  • yes on making Patriot Act permanent
  • no on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes
  • yes on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror
  • yes on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases
  • no on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees
  • no on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization
  • no on protecting Whistleblowers
  • yes on requiring photo I.D. for Voting
  • yes on limiting attorney’s fees in class action lawsuits
  • no on campaign finance reform
  • yes on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse
  • yes on Ryan budget; Medicare choice, tax, & spending cuts
  • no on expanding Children’s Health Insurance
  • no on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare
  • yes on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000
  • no on requiring FISA warrants in the U.S.
  • no on restricting no-bid defense contracts
  • yes on building a fence along Mexico border
  • no on restricting employer interference in union organizing
  • no on increasing the minimum wage to $7.25
  • yes on making the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • no on investigating Bush for impeachment for lying about Iraq
  • yes on authorizing military force in Iraq 

Are you beginning to see the overlap i.e. how remarkably the “Christian” right extremists’ “values” & the Corporatists’ “values” or agendas dovetail so nicely with one another? Admittedly, I realize that some of these crossover areas may not be as obvious to others as they are to me so, let me attempt to further clarify. First of all, I used the word “corporatist” because I wanted to be less offensive than I can sometimes be? My pejorative of choice re: this sub-human, unknown species is “corporate cockroaches.” And I found this paragraph which comes somewhat close to what I’m trying to express;

Absolutist corporatism[edit]  

U.S. business interests loved Mussolini

Absolute monarchies during the late Middle Ages gradually subordinated corporatist systems and corporate groups to the authority of centralized andabsolutist governments, resulting in corporatism being used to enforce social hierarchy.[20] 

After the French Revolution, the existing absolutist corporatist system was abolished due to its endorsement of social hierarchy and special “corporate privilege” for the Roman Catholic Church. The new French government considered corporatism’s emphasis on group rights as inconsistent with the government’s promotion of individual rights. Subsequently corporatist systems and corporate privilege throughout Europe were abolished in response to the French Revolution.[20] From 1789 to the 1850s, most supporters of corporatism were reactionaries.[5] A number of reactionary corporatists favoured corporatism in order to end liberal capitalism and restore thefeudal system.[21] [And as Chomsky & others have pointed out, corporations are private tyrannies & once you walk through the doors of whatever corporation you work for, your rights as a U.S. citizen vanish i.e. the CEO is de facto your lord & master]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism#Absolutist_corporatism  [and here is a bit of background on Trump’s senior political strategist just in case you weren’t already concerned about these pseudo-Christian nut-jobs sufficiently]

While I freely admit that I am not a “historian,” I have read quite a bit about history on my own & in my perhaps naive perspective, I do see some parallels between absolutism, authoritarianism, dictatorships, tyrannies, etc. One glaring example is the “Divine Rights of Kings” during the Dark Ages which basically said, we’re superior beings & the rest of you should be groveling at our feet & thankful for the breadcrumbs from our banquet tables. I basically don’t see much difference between those bad, old days & today except that now, the “kings” are the corporate overlords. And the political court jesters dance their merry jigs assuring us that they love us & simultaneously, the “Christian” court jesters declare that “God loves us.” And all the while, both the politicians & the priests become ever more obscenely wealthy while the rest of us, the rubes, circle the toilet. 

Hopefully you realize that just because something is on the Internet, that doesn’t mean that it’s the absolute truth (pun intended). I just share this with you to remind you to always be aware —and that includes me i.e. my pontifications, thoughts, perspectives, etc. If we truly give a shit, we must all do our own homework. And in that vein, here is another paragraph to hopefully prod you to further research on your own?

Absolutism, the political doctrine and practice of unlimited, centralized authority and absolute sovereignty, as vested especially in a monarch or dictator. The essence of an absolutist system is that the ruling power is not subject to regularized challenge or check by any other agency, be it judicial, legislative, religious, economic, or electoral. King Louis XIV (1643–1715) of France furnished the most familiar assertion of absolutism when he said, “L’état, c’est moi” (“I am the state”). Absolutism has existed in various forms in all parts of the world, including in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler and in the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin.

[I was just about to add the link to where this came from & got a warning that my connection was not private, so I exited stage-left post haste]

I need to take a break from this work because believe it or not, it can be quite draining but, before I pause, I want to point out that I believe Trump, in his delusions of grandeur, probably does feel that he’s a modern-day version of Louis XIV with his golden palace & his golden throne i.e. his toilet and his macabre, middle of the night, Twitter rants & raves? And his wife, Melania, is proving to be every bit as disconnected from the people as Marie Antoinette was with her quip in response to the pleas of the French working class who were starving to death, “Let them eat cake!” We should tell Melania to go back to Eastern Europe and eat dick! (Sorry, but sometimes their callousness rubs off on me) She exemplifies the shallowness of her husband & clearly reveals that he can only “get” a beautiful woman such as her by paying for her. We have many Americans starving to death & freezing in the cold and many of them were soldiers. When the Hell are you morons going to wake-up and realize that Trump is not your savior, he’s all that’s wrong with America and he fucked you royal, of course, along with the rest of us but at least all of us didn’t fall for his simplistic, snake-oil salesmanship. Shame on all of you for welcoming the fox into the hen-house! 

In retrospective, perhaps I should return to the list of Pence’s voting record because I’m often guilty of giving people too much credit i.e. assuming they are aware of things that seem obvious to myself. So let me make clear how Pence’s voting record reflects how the “Christian” right-wing supports the corporatists’ agenda for America.  

Rubin, Greenspan, Summers, the terrible trio who destroyed our economy

    1. Yes on terminating Home Affordable Mortgage- Of course, how silly of us to think that the govt. is here to help us, the taxpayers, it’s purpose is to serve & protect the real estate industry who duped millions of Americans into applying for home loans which the industry knew they couldn’t afford & the hedge fund companies who bet that people wouldn’t be able to afford them either & sold these credit default swaps to the Super Banks that were too big to fail & rather than jail the banks CEOs, we, the suckers, were forced to bail them out & they still wouldn’t help us & the economy by making loans available. 

      Murderers’ Row of Super Bankers, Too Big to Fail!

    2. No on monitoring TARP funds-again, of course not! The govt. only cares about monitoring us to ensure that we will continue to pay our taxes while the corporate cockroaches stash their billions in off-shore accounts, get subsidized by us for their research & development of new products/technologies, are again rewarded for closing manufacturing plants in the U.S. & moving them overseas where they can pay workers a couple of bucks a day, & even receive tax rebates in the billions for screwing the U.S. public. 

      a must see if you’d care to understand the crash of 2008

  1. No on regulating subprime mortgage industry-”Regulation” is a dirty word in the corporatists’ universe & they have been waging a war against regulations since Reagan when he deregulated every industry he could get his hands on i.e. the airline industry when the air traffic controllers went on strike & he fired them for life, the trucking industry, etc. but most infamously, the Savings & Loan industry which screwed millions of Americans out of their life savings and it was Clinton’s repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act which opened the floodgates for the grand theft of the Super Bankers because they were then free to speculate with people’s money in regular commercial banks. FDR passed this act because of the Great Depression in which commercial banks & investment banks had caused the Great Depression & this act served as a wall to prevent the sort of wild, risky financial speculation that brought America’s economy to ruin. It’s absolutely mind-boggling that they still keep telling us, no need to regulate anything, trust us, we have your best interests in mind.
  2. Yes on restricting bankruptcy rules-but in the fine print, this is written to make it tougher for the average American to file for bankruptcy while at the same time, making it easier for the giant corporations to file for bankruptcy. By-the-way, several years ago they took a lot of money away from the branch of the IRS that goes after corporate tax fraud & transferred that money to the branch of the IRS whose mission is to go after average taxpayers who may cheat on their taxes. Note that Trump has filed for bankruptcy several times & yet he’s still considered a successful business tycoon.  
  3. Yes on making the Patriot Act permanent-as I said above, they’re all for monitoring us, the 99%. Reflect on this;  Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon now can sift through your personal information, your web browsing history, where and when you access the internet and what you do while online, and peddle that private data to whomever is willing to pay. President Donald Trump, while obsessed with the imagined invasion of his own privacy (as indicated by his tweeted charge that President Barack Obama wiretapped him during his campaign), is expected to sign this bill into law, stripping privacy away from hundreds of millions of Americans.” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/30/in_trump_s_america_your_privacy_is  Yep! The politicians & the power elite think it’s just fine & dandy that they’re able to spy on us 24/7 but they sure get bent out of shape when they’re spied on. Do you remember how outraged they were when Wikileaks released all those State Dept. cables which revealed the spying on foreign heads of state & the nasty things our politicians said about foreign leaders behind their backs? Or the truth behind so much of what our politicians say in public i.e. the machinations of our govt. in undermining other nations, etc.? And now of course, they’re really pissed-off at Edward Snowden for revealing just how extensive the spying/invasion of our privacy by the NSA & how they’ve been infiltrating & destroying other nations’ infrastructure, financial sector, communication systems, etc. Check out the documentaries on this like “Zero Days,” & Oliver Stone’s movie, “Snowden,” for some real, eye-opening revelations that will send a chill down your spine. As for the Patriot Act, here’s a brief reminder of just how patriotic that is; The Patriot Act allowed law enforcement sweeping authority to monitor electronic communications with little oversight. It also allows law enforcement to engage in the use of roving wiretaps, sneak and peek warrants and other provisions. Essentially, what worries civil liberties advocates at all points along the political spectrum is that the government could be spying on any US citizen without that citizen even knowing, if the government decides that the citizen is a “suspected terrorist”.The government has already been caught gathering information on Internet traffic on a wide-net basis, most famously in San Francisco when a telecom employee blew the whistle on a clandestine monitoring operation by the NSA. This has led many people who have valid concerns about how much privacy they really have online. Would texting something with the words “Al Qaeda” in it result in you being monitored? Does a peaceful political organization that you belong to fit the definition of a “terrorist organization” by government standards? Would you even know if you were being spied on? Probably not. In reaction to the Patriot Act—and other acts, including SOPA and PIPA—many US citizens have taken measures to protect their privacy. These include using VPN connections, which encrypt all communication so that it cannot be read and so that it does not trigger filters that sort through data looking for specific keywords of other information. Proxy servers are also used to protect communication by concealing the IP address of origin, though they do nothing to actually encrypt information, in most cases.

The Patriot Act remains controversial today. Some sources say that it stopped as many as 10 terrorist plots. Others say that law enforcement already had the tools that they needed and merely used the Patriot Act as a way to get even more sweeping powers that they simply wanted, but that only constitute invasions of citizen privacy.  http://www.patriotact.com/overview-of-the-patriot-act/ (Note: they spy on what books you check out of your local library, what books you buy, etc. Is it really so hard to imagine that behind the guise of making America safe they are actually compiling a much more thorough “Enemies List,” like old tricky Dick Nixon and which he used to target & silence his critics? If this isn’t clear proof that George Orwell’s “Big Brother is Watching,” I don’t know what is?

6.  Yes on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gas-obviously the energy corporations love this because it saves them billions if not trillions that they’d have to spend to reduce the harm they’re doing to our environment & our rush to oblivion with global warming. And dear old Emperor Nero (Trump) chose Tyrannosaurus Rex

after 25 yrs. Exxon Valdez oil spill hasn’t ended

Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon-Mobil, to be Secretary of State, whose main role is as representative of America on the world stage. How fitting that a guy who symbolizes the worst of both worlds i.e. corporate crime & the very real threat to our survival as a species due to global warming should be appointed our ambassador to the world. Donny of the Duck Dynasty Klan truly has a sick sense of humor. “Oil giant Exxon conducted cutting-edge climate research in the 1970s, and then, without disclosing the findings of its scientists, worked to manufacture doubt about the scientific consensus of its own research.

A groundbreaking investigation shows how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming, then led efforts to block solutions.

InsideClimate News explains:

At a meeting in Exxon Corporation’s headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world’s use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

“In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels,” Black told Exxon’s Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.

It was July 1977 when Exxon’s leaders received this blunt assessment, well before most of the world had heard of the looming climate crisis.” http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/exxons_own_research_confirmed_the_role_of_fossil_fuels_in_glo  And because Gore Vidal was oh so right when he dubbed us “The United States of Amnesia,” here’s another reminder;  But 15 years later, the company responsible for the spill is thriving. Exxon made more money than any company on Earth last year: $21 billion.

“Exxon’s the biggest oil company in the world, it’s the most profitable company in the world,” says investment analyst Doug Cogan. “They’re extremely good at what they do, which is finding oil and gas.”

Exxon’s merger in 1999 with Mobil means two of the biggest gasoline names now pump profits to one company: $74 billion since the merger. Fortune magazine just named Exxon one of the world’s most admired companies.

But it’s still not enough to erase the memory of the Exxon Valdez.

“No matter how successful they are financially, this is something that they’re always going to wear around their neck,” says Cogan. “It will be a ring around their collar if you will.”

Many of the fishermen of Prince William Sound are still fighting Exxon.

Ten years ago, a jury ordered Exxon to pay what now amounts to $6.5 billion for damage to the fishing industry.

While many fishermen have been forced into bankruptcy in the years since, the world’s most profitable company still hasn’t paid a penny, as the case remains tied up in appeals.

Exxon disputes reports that the remaining oil is still causing harm to the environment.

“Quite frankly we’re not surprised the oil is still there in many ways,” says Dr. Frank Sprow, Exxon’s vice president of Safety, Health and Environment. “That’s a good sign – it shows the oil hasn’t migrated out and had the potential to do damage.”

But other studies show evidence that many species, from seabirds to herring and otters are showing lingering effects from the oil.

“The ecosystem has not recovered, no matter what Exxon says,” says Steiner.

So Exxon remains the oil company environmentalists love to hate. But Exxon has another reputation to safeguard: its reputation as the most profitable company on earth.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/exxons-valdez-fines-still-unpaid/ But hey, don’t worry, be happy! You may wonder how this applies to the “Christian” right-wing extremists? I’m glad you asked. Among this right-wing-nut Christian extremists’ general grouping is a sect known as “Dominionists” and they firmly believe that “God gave them the authority to rule over the earth & that includes all the animals, environment, etc. And what they share with their fellow nut-cases is an unshakable belief in Armageddon & the Apocalypse and they longingly look forward to the end-times so, anything that will hasten it i.e. global warming, nuclear wars, etc. gets them to salivating at the thought of the Rapture that is awaiting them. Therefore, their wet-dreams of oblivion & the corporate cockroaches myopic focus on the next financial quarter & how much they can profit may be strange bedfellows but they work like a hand in a glove. 

  1. No on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization-Do you recall when they were trying to sell us on the idea of NAFTA & they claimed that it’d equalize the playing field around the globe in terms of equal work opportunities, equal pay, equal working conditions, etc.? Ralph Nader tried to warn us but as usual, he was mocked & marginalized and that dear president Clinton signed NAFTA into law and after his presidency, just as after Obama’s presidency, it seems that many, if not most, democrats placed him/them on a pedestal and can’t remember any of the negative shit they did? Those of us who aren’t totally deaf, dumb, & blind have seen where NAFTA got us i.e. the majority of us are dog-paddling in our attempts to keep our heads above water and are forced to work two or three minimum wage jobs with no benefits. 

    Nader has been fighting for us his whole life!

  2. No on protecting Whistleblowers-well as I mentioned earlier, true patriots like Edward Snowden really raise the blood-pressure of the powers that be because they spill the beans i.e. the dirty tricks & truths behind the public charade/facade we are fed by the corporate owned media. And our black knight in shining armor has persecuted & prosecuted more whistleblowers than all the presidents who came before him combined (since the establishment of the Espionage Act about a hundred years ago, I believe?). So much for a president who is a Constitutional scholar/lawyer and campaigned with the mantra of “Change.” And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess what Trump’s policy will be re: whistleblowers. He’ll probably call for public beheadings like his buddies, the rulers of Saudi Arabia or secret assassinations like his idol, Putin. 

    his first run for the presidency won best advertising campaign of the year

  3. Yes on requiring photo I.D. for voting-naturally, because like his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, he’s racist to the marrow of his bones but he/they have to maintain a veneer of not being so. If you do a brief search of Trump’s legal battles over the years, you’ll discover that he, like his daddy, were often sued for racial discrimination in their various housing projects, etc. And like oh so many “Good Christians,” i.e. the Klu Klux Klan & a plethora of White Supremacist organizations, they see no contradiction whatsoever between their racism & their firm belief that they’re true Christians.  Hanging negroes or burning them alive on huge, wooden crosses is not unlike burning witches alive like the good old Puritans or the Spanish Inquisition, etc. etc. etc. I forget my early Bible indoctrination in Sunday School but weren’t all those of different skin color referred to as the sons of Cain? And you can basically treat them as sub-humans? Bottom-line, naturally, many of these people who have been subjected, humiliated, tortured, beaten, & killed for centuries, might not feel so kindly towards the powers that be who have always been behind this treatment of them. So, whatever they can do to block their votes is alright i.e. in the presidential election of 2000 in which Georgie, the Coward from Crawford’s brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, & his gal in charge of elections in Florida declared tens of thousands of black people felons, etc. and not able to vote and then Supreme Court Justice Scalia & his lackeys on the court illegally & unprecedentedly intervened and declared Georgie the winner, Gore just tucked his tail between his legs and said, Okay. Why? I can only speculate but if you don’t already know how corrupt both parties are, I’m probably spitting in the wind! 

    if only we had truth in advertising

  4. Yes on limiting attorneys’ fees in class action lawsuits-well this is obviously in the interests of the power elite because they naturally don’t want to have to pay a penny more than is absolutely necessary & in fact, would be ecstatic if they never had to pay another court-imposed fine in their miserable lives. Money is their God and again, it blows my mind that these so-called “Christians,” can so easily disregard their supposed savior’s teachings in his Sermon on the Mount? The term “cognitive dissonance” must’ve been created especially for them (psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously). I guess I’m just a weird old fart because logic & consistency of belief & action have been how I have basically lived these 64 years of my life? I’m not a gambling man but I’d bet that should a legal matter arise in which these faux Christians felt they were the aggrieved, they sure as Hell wouldn’t want any limits on the attorney fees or the amount of damages they could sue for.
  5. No on campaign finance reform-this one isn’t so clear but I will speculate. Clearly the corporate cockroach elite will do everything to keep their golden goose alive because without it, it’d be much more of a level, playing field. This is obviously, or at least it should be, the key component/factor that blocks real reform in this country. It seems as clear as the nose on your face or mine that no real significant change/improvement in our sad state of affairs will ever come about if we don’t destroy this tool of the rich! My guess is that the faux christians fear that if they don’t back everything their republican masters tell them to back, they won’t have an inroad/chance to get a seat at the table of power? Some of the G.O.P. agenda may be a bit “distasteful” to these pseudo christians but the hope/possibility of gaining ever more access to the true power in “our” government gives them permission to ignore the evil or harsh realities of what’s enacted politically with their tacit approval. 

    Proudly killing in the name of the Lord & Wall St.

  6. Yes on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse-we all know how “precious” human life is to the “Christian” right,until the child is actually born & then they don’t believe in food stamps, welfare, Head Start, child care, etc. etc. etc. So, does this vote with the monstrous cockroaches come as a surprise? Human life is so precious & valuable but stacked-up against the right of gun manufacturers to pump out weapons & the ludicrous “restrictions” regarding the sale of such weapons, guess what? The corporate cockroaches win, yet again! By-the-way, the five nations that sell the most weapons are; the U.S. 41%, Russia 17%, France 8%, Britain 7%, & Germany 3%. And just coincidentally, the five nations that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are the U.S., Russia, France, Britain, & China. Interesting, eh?
  7. Yes on the Ryan “budget” (cut Medicare, eliminate Obama Care, cut Social Security, more tax breaks for the wealthy, & more cuts to Social Spending programs like food stamps)- or as Bush Sr. said, “A Kinder & Gentler America,” or as his son, “Dubya” aka Alfred E. Newman (Mad magazines cover boy) said, “Compassionate Conservatives.” If they were any more compassionate, I think most of us would rather be dead and with Trump the Twitter Queen, I fear the worst! 

    America’s Christian values

  8. No on expanding Children’s Health Insurance-remember, human life is so precious to those “Christians,” that they’ll kill doctors who perform abortions. All the other developed nations have national health care & their citizens don’t lose their homes & their life savings when a member of their family develops a deadly disease, only in the good old U.S.A. because we’re number one in the death industry.
  9. No on requiring negotiated Rx prices for medicine-because obviously the right for Big Pharma to gouge us when we’re sick & dying is more important than our lives. We’re only tolerated or allowed to exist as long as we can fulfill our purpose of paying taxes & serving as cannon fodder in the endless stream of wars.  

    making America sick again & again & again….

  10. Yes on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 in damages-because just as with Big Pharma, the A.M.A. (American Medical Association) is one of the biggest campaign donors to both the Republicans & the Democrats and we must protect their right to fuck-up and kill us due to their negligence i.e. they had an important golf date with some Big Pharma rep or something and we mustn’t jeopardize their lifestyles of the rich & famous. Do you remember that in ancient times, doctors became doctors because they were dedicated to saving human lives and didn’t become doctors because they wanted to become rich & the same went for lawyers? 

    in a word, they spy on us to “Control” us!

  11. No on requiring FISA warrants in the U.S.-because we’re the land of Law & Order don’t you know? You see, the War on Terror is a godsend to these greedy bastards because it’s something that can never be won & therefore it’s their perfect excuse to keep on draining the national treasury into their pockets. Eisenhower presided over the establishment or formation of our permanent war economy & as he was exiting he said, oh yeah, you might want to keep an eye on the military/industrial complex (he wanted to include Congress in that complex but someone thought it might be a bit too revealing, so they dropped it). Thanks Ike! And as Snowden revealed, the level of their spying on us is truly phenomenal and it’s all okay because of the magical two words “National Security.” We would be a lot safer & the world would be a lot safer if we just went after suspected terrorists with a highly trained unit of people who spoke their languages & pursued them as we would any violent criminal, and put them on trial for all the world to see. Our constant bombing which kills so many innocents is only creating new generations of extremists who live to kill as many Americans as possible. Of course this horrific state of affairs is good for Dick Cheney & Halliburton & the hundreds of other companies who have become obscenely wealthy from their war profiteering, remember when that was a federal crime and punishable by death? So, no warrants necessary anymore, just kick in doors, kill innocents, do whatever the fuck you want to and the more we do this in those “foreign” lands, the more our police are behaving & dressing like soldiers in a war zone. 

    this used to be called Treason & was punishable by Death!

  12. No on restricting no-bid defense contracts-because as I just said more or less, “defense” contractors must be allowed to feed at the federal treasury trough unencumbered by pesky regulations & laws because this is the “free market.” And if you believe this is a free market, you probably also believe in the tooth fairy. It’s a rigged-game my friend. From top to bottom. If you or I have a small business and we go belly-up, tough shit. But if you’re one of those defense contractors like say, Boeing, and you’re going bankrupt, hey, no worries, the government bails you out & guarantees you no-bid contracts even if you threaten your workforce with moving to another state if they strike for better wages. I grew up in L.A. and I heard many years ago that one out of every two jobs in L.A. were either directly or indirectly related to the defense industry. I don’t know how accurate this is but I’m sure that it’s not that far off the mark. Think about it i.e. These megalithic defense contractors subcontract & subcontract & subcontract to the point that some small companies have a small factory that specializes in making one particular screw for some weapon (again, I may be exaggerating slightly). If you’d care to get a snapshot view so-to-speak of the world’s top ten defense contractors, go to this link http://www.therichest.com/business/companies-business/the-ten-largest-defense-contractors-in-the-world/
  13. Yes on building a fence along Mexico border-and as we all know, good fences make for good neighbors, right? And never mind Trump’s declaration that he’d make the Mexicans pay for this wall. Just another one of his daily lies that endears him to us. Perhaps I’m just paranoid but part of me wonders if maybe this wall is not intended for keeping Mexicans out but rather for keeping Americans in? By-the-way, I worked at several shitty factory jobs in L.A. in my twenties & the Mexicans always worked the dirtiest & shittiest of the tasks in these factories and they worked for less than I was paid and were some of the happiest & most generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. And if it weren’t for their labor in those agricultural corporations’ fields, our produce would be a helluva lot more expensive & no, even the poorest of white people often won’t do the work they do. All the fools who voted for Trump were suckered into his scapegoat scheme i.e. it’s the Mexicans & all the other “illegals” fault that you’ve lost your job & are forced to work for Walmart, the largest employer in America for barely minimum wage & often, little to no health insurance. It’s not the corporate cockroaches like Trump who often doesn’t even pay his “illegals,” it’s those poor souls who are starving to death because of their own corporate cockroaches & corrupt politicians who desperately seek a magical place where they can pull themselves up & feed, clothe, & educate their children, who are the cause of your misery, degradation, & poverty. Blame the victims not the tyrants!
  14. No on restricting employer interference in union organizing-yet again we witness how this devout Christian, Mike Pence, our president of vice under his vice commander in chief, Trump, the girly-man staunchly stands for American values i.e. fuck the workers. Employers are the nobility & workers are the peasants just as in the Dark Ages where the peasants begged for scraps from their lords’ tables & slaved in their masters’ fields from sun-up to sun-down & listened to their babies’ cries due to hunger. It really depresses the fuck out of me that so many people either don’t know or don’t care about the fact that thousands if not tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans had their heads caved-in, were jailed, & killed in their struggles for what we now take for granted i.e. an eight hour work day, the right to overtime pay, safe work conditions, etc. etc. etc. but then again, these wins which so many paid so dearly for, are being slowly eliminated as we stare at our “smart” phones in apathy & ignorance. Oh yeah, Walmart, is perhaps the most egregious example of this war on workers in America i.e. if an employee dares to utter the word “union,” he/she is soon gotten rid of. Walmart is basically a dictatorship posing as a model of the free enterprise system. 

    the epitome of the free market facade!

  15. No on increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour-yep, those “compassionate conservative” Christians just warm my heart. I’d really appreciate it if someone could explain to me how let’s say, a young mother who is single and has a child is suppose to be able to support herself & her child working full-time at min. wage? Even in the shittiest parts of most cities & rural areas, a one bedroom apt. is going to cost at least $600 per month, add food, utilities, child care, car insurance, and do the math yourself & then tell me how in the Hell can this objection to raising the minimum wage is Christian? (Oh yeah, don’t forget medical costs which the good Christians also don’t believe we deserve help with) 
  16. Yes on making Bush tax cuts permanent-because God & Jesus both know how important it is that the millionaires & billionaires keep their fortunes & increase them ad infinitum. And while they claim that they’re the “job creators,” if you fall for this myth, you too are stupid! No, they close down their plants in the U.S. and go to impoverished nations like Vietnam which we did a lot to help impoverish with our bombing, deforestation, & leftover mines which continue to maim & kill to this very day. Where people will work for a bowl of rice for an entire day’s work. 

    and the crimes continue ad infinitum

  17. No on investigating Bush and impeaching him for lying about Iraq-of course it’s too late to impeach his ass now but I believe he should be placed on trial before the International Court of Justice in the Hague for crimes against humanity and if found guilty, he should serve the rest of his life in the darkest, dankest, dirtiest dungeon on earth for all the death & destruction his lies caused! But nope, the good Christians who proclaim their love for our soldiers in harm’s way, will never acknowledge the crimes of their devout Christian, Georgie the Bush-whacker who sent our young men & women into Iraq so the Dick-head Cheney could become a multi-millionaire via his corporation, Halliburton & KBR. Can you begin to understand why I feel nauseous every time I think of or hear these names or phrases like Bush, Obama, Trump, the free market, free enterprise, Christian, etc.? 

Okay, I think you’ve served your tour of duty with valor if you’ve made it this far & I realize that it may have been torturous in its length & America thanks you for your service. Ha! Ha! But! Just in case you think/feel that I’ve grossly exaggerated & placed too much blame on “Christian” fundamentalists in general for the voting record of Mike Pence, here’s some supporting material & it’s obviously up to you to do your due diligence if you truly give a shit? [I almost forgot to mention what a good Christian Georgie, the Coward from Crawford was—when asked in one of the presidential debates who his favorite philosopher was, he said, ‘Jesus,’ and he violated Constitutional law but hey, who gives a fuck, when he established “faith-based” offices in several of our federal departments; 

The Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, formerly the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, was established by President George W. Bush just nine days after he took office in January 2001. The office is part of the Executive Office of the President, responsible for expanding the opportunities for faith-based and community organizations to receive federal funding. Through these faith-based and community organizations, the federal government can award grants through 11 agencies and provide social services to individuals. These agencies include the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce and Veterans Affairs, plus the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Small Business Administration.” http://www.allgov.com/departments/executive-office-of-the-president/council-for-faith-based-and-neighbor

And for those of you Obama apologists, he did nothing to stop this clear violation of the separation of church & state which our founding fathers knew was so critical lest we become a repeat of history’s terrible mistakes. Gee, I wonder why Trump & his advisors chose Mike Pence for his running mate??? Moreover, don’t forget we now have Betsy DeVos as our Secretary of Education and her avowed mission is to replace public schooling with private, charter schools where children can pray & be preyed upon by good Christians.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/15/mike-pence-donald-trump-vice-president-conservative-christian

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/07/all-about-far-religious-right-evangelical-mike-pence

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/mike-pence-will-be-the-most-powerful-christian-supremacist-i

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/21/christian-music-festivals-mike-pence-politics-lifes

https://www.juancole.com/2016/07/should-pences-christian.html

I think this is as good a place as any to end this lecture and maybe this would also be a good place to remind any of you who profess to be Christian, of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount or his Beatitudes —which by-the-way is where the Beatniks took their name from;

An early contemplation on the Beatitudes came from St. Gregory of Nyssa, a mystic who lived in Cappadocia in Asia Minor around 380 AD. He described the Beatitudes this way:

“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good,

from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.

Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us

if it is compared with its opposite.

Now the opposite of beatitude is misery.

Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.”

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,

for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

Now, you tell me my imaginary reader, just how “Christian”  Mike Pence is

“Christian” fundamentalists’ wet dream

, the so-called “Christian fundamentalists,” & the entire Republican party???

—Rob DeLoss, Warrenton, Oregon  April 14, 2017

P.S.  If you need further proof of what harm the “Christian” fundamentalists can do, check out a book by Thomas Frank titled “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” I dissected this book i.e. took copious notes. And in a nutshell, it shows what their governor, Sam Brownback, a Christian fundamentalist did to Kansas—bankrupted it. http://www.salon.com/2016/03/21/sam_brownback_americas_worst_governor_hes_gutted_kansas_with_an_ult 

 

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