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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Really?

I received this email in my inbox and just sat at my computer shaking my head.  Well, at first, after the initial outrage at the hypocrisy, I sat shaking my head.  Read it for yourself:

http://www.nationofchange.org/exxon-ceo-comes-out-against-fracking-project-because-it-will-affect-his-property-values-1393081778

What I find so outrageous about this is that, according to the article, the lawsuit Mr. Tillerson joined cites the harmful effects of hydrofracking.  It is his job to promote fracking as a way of reaching oil and gas deposits to continue to make those big profits meeting the demands of consumers and Exxon shareholders.

The lawsuit is designed to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower and cites, specifically, the harmful effects of hydrofracking.  When his own Texas property is threatened, suddenly it is a bad idea?  Of course, his attorney is quick to point out that Mr. Tillerson is not concerned about fracking, merely the devaluation of his own property values.  In his professional life, Mr. Tillerson has blasted those that are opposing fracking, but this speaks volumes about his personal knowledge and the potential damage to the environment.  Even Mr. Tillerson does not want fracking in his own backyard.

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It’s Against My Religion

It seems that the Conservative Right is bent on discrimination against anyone they deem as unacceptable.  The war on women and reproductive rights is just the tip of the iceberg.  Now discrimination is extended even further.

This is the headline – Breaking: AZ Lawmakers Send Religious License to Discriminate against Gays Bill to Gov.

This is my first thought – Are you kidding me?

I really thought it was a satire post possibly writing in The Onion, and there is no way this is true.  But, it is true.  What a throwback to the old Southern Jim Crow laws that made it legal to discriminate against African Americans!  Frankly, I am appalled that people my country would pass such legislature that is discriminatory and humiliating.  All in the same few weeks in which Russia was castigated in the way the LGBT community is treated there.

In essence, this bill gives the right to refuse service to anyone just by claiming that to do so violates their religious beliefs.  This is going too far.  While the bill was sponsored by Republican House conservatives, it is important to note that the sponsors are directly tied to the basis comes from the Christian Center for Arizona Policy based on the right to exercise freedom of religion.  What does this say to me?

It’s really quite simple.  Only those that are seen as acceptable by the Christian Conservatives have religious rights and have rights to be served.  I am not Christian – I was, but left the faith a long time ago because of this very action.  So, does this mean that if I have a business in Arizona, I have the right to refuse service to Christians because it is against my Buddhism religion?  Actually, it is not, because Buddhism is all inclusive and we are taught that all of life is connected; however, hypothetically, according to this new bill, I would now have that right.

In the debate over the bill, this very point was part of the discussion.  According to an article written by David Badash in The New Civil Rights Movement website, “SB 1062/HB 2153 provides a foothold into Arizona of both Sharia law, and, yes, even Satanism. Believe it or not, “the Devil made me do it,” should Gov. Brewer sign it, will become the law of the land in the Grand Canyon state.”  So the Arizona legislature may have just cut off their noses to spite their faces.

Good luck, Arizona.  For a state that that is attempting to attract the Super Bowl, you really know how to make people feel welcome!

Resource article:

Badash, D.  (2014, Feb. 20).  Breaking: AZ Lawmakers Send Religious License to Discriminate Against Gays Bill to Gov. The New Civil Rights Movement.  Retrieved from http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-breaking-arizona-committee-passes-religious-license-to-discriminate-against-gays-bill/politics/2014/02/20/83476#.UwbnhYWnZcc

No Gays Allowed

We the People

This week is about unemployment – something in which I have some experience.  I am not unemployed, but I am self-employed, or rather, an independent contractor, and have been for years.  My husband, however, has been unemployed since 2007 and has never found a job since.  Oh, he’s tried and he has had interviews, but you see, age discrimination is alive and well in our country.  He is 60 years old, and according to society has no value in the work place.

He was greatly respected in his field at one time, and was in demand because of his knowledge and expertise, but when he lost his job some seven years ago, his performance had not been up to par nor did it meet expectations.  Understand that this was not due to a lack of work ethic or experience, but because he was going through some unknown medical issue that was being tested.  He took leave, but returned to work before his physician cleared him for fear of losing his job.  One month later, just as the long awaited referrals to specialists were finally coming in, he had his first negative job evaluation and was fired for low performance.  In one fell swoop, we lost a substantial income and our insurance coverage.

I am not writing this concerning health care – that is another blog in and of itself.  I am addressing what follows – a Facebook meme that is going around:

Sanders on unemployment

  Republicans Again Block Help for Long-Term Unemployed:

A bill to revive benefits for the long-term unemployed was

blocked on Thursday by Senate Republicans. The proposed

three-month extension of the jobless-aid program, which

expired Dec. 28, was supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders and

all of the other members of the Democratic caucus. Only four

Republican senators supported the measure. One more vote

would have provided the 60 needed under Senate rules to

advance the bill. Since Christmas, unemployment benefits

have now expired for 1.6 million Americans out of work for

longer than 26 weeks. Unless Congress acts, the same fate

awaits another 1.6 million people nationwide during the

first half of 2014.

 

This announcement came from Senator Bernie Sanders’ office.  What astounds me is that these people can make such decisions that affect and devastate American lives while they enjoy the luxury of quality lives.  My husband’s unemployment ended many years ago, and I have been the breadwinner.  Because of the nature of my career, my body will not allow me to work at what my training brings, and I was forced to close my massage practice.  Now, I work as an independent contractor for a well-being center that services people with emotional and mental disabilities, but that is only two days a week.

My family went from a six figure income to just above poverty level.  Oh, we get by very well because we had and continue to have very little debt, but it has been devastating.  What is so outrageous to me is that women are bearing the brunt of this tragedy in our country.  We fight to keep our rights for equal pay and equal treatment.  We fight to keep medical care at clinics like Planned Parenthood.  While the conservatives in Washington and throughout our nation continue to defund clinics such as these in the name of pro-life, what is happening is that they are exhibiting anti-life by denying aid and assistance to those that most desperately need it.

I write this blog this week as a call out and challenge to all of you who are reading this.  Make your voice known and heard.  Remember what our country was built upon. Remember the opening words of the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a

more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic

Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote

the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty

to ourselves and our Posterity. . .

 

“Domestic tranquility, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity . . . ”  I don’t know about you, but I do not believe that denying aid and assistance to people in need is upholding our constitution.  I do believe in self-responsibility and accountability, but when the actions of those that we elected hinder our own people from the opportunity to enjoy life, then it is time to call out those men and women to do what is right – not what will win the next election.  It is after all – We the People!

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