Dear Radical Right Republicans, Tea Partiers, Birthers, Posers, and Hypocrites:
Have you no shame. We have endless for-profit wars over oil; special interests ruling our Nation; and American’s struggling to live, but all you want to talk about is Religion, Abortion, Guns, and Gays.
So, in an effort to address your issues on a personal level, I offer the following:
I am a DEMOCRAT. Being a Democrat does not make me a ‘baby-killer’, an atheist, a GUN BANNING fanatic, or a radical enemy combatant. The most compelling thing about being a Democrat (that touched me), is the parallel between the core Democratic principals of caring for the less fortunate and Matthew 25:40 “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” The second most important is the Democratic stance on EQUALITY (by the way, God is big on this one too, he doesn’t show favoritism, just ask Peter). But, for the most part, I classify myself as (1) a Human being of the female persuasion, (2) an American, and (3) a Democrat.
Now to address the CORNERSTONE issues of the Radical RIGHT:
I appreciate all religions (and there are MANY) that celebrate the Golden Rule. Contrary to popular belief, God speaks many different languages, to many different cultures, and in many different ways. I am not a GOD HATER, nor do I need a savior (I already have one, thank you).
What a woman chooses to do with her body, is a decision for her to make, after seeking the advise of her physician, her spiritual adviser, and her most trusted allies. I am PRO-CHOICE/PRO –LIFE. That does not mean that I advocate FOR or AGAINST ABORTION. I simply think that a woman should have the choice. Much like God gives us all a choice.
Guns don’t kill people-guns in the wrong PEOPLE’S hands kill people (with some exceptions); we simply need to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys and leave the good guys with guns alone. And, yes, I sometimes do carry a gun (especially while traveling alone); I know how to use it; and I’ve passed all of the per-requisites in order to so legally.
You don’t become gay-you are born that way; it’s not a disease. You either are, or you aren’t. It’s the way you’re made. Marriage is between two people who love each other, period (not genitalia requisite).
I am not alone in my beliefs. There are thousands, if not millions more Democrats just like me. So, Dear Radical Right Republicans, Tea Partiers, Birthers, and Haters, please keep this in mind when you spread your messages of hate. The TRUTH may eventually set YOU free.
GET OFF THE R.A.G.G. -Humanity is calling.
Love and Peace.
Average American Democrat (Annie)
OSCEOLA, Iowa — At a town hall meeting tonight, Gov. Rick Perry said he no longer supported abortion in cases of rape and incest.
As he responded to a question from the audience, Perry said he had undergone a “transformation” after viewing the film The Gift of Life, narrated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and talking with Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived during a rape. “She looked me in the eye and said, ‘I am the product of a rape,’ and she said, ‘My life has worth,’” Perry said.
Joshua Verwers, a Sheraton pastor, asked the governor to reconcile what he had told him in November at the Iowa Faith and Freedom dinner — that he was against abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or when it was necessary to save the life of the mother — with his signature on a pledge from the anti-abortion group Personhood USA that bans abortion under any circumstances.
After the meeting, Verwers said that Perry’s answer was “perfect” and “from the heart.” He said it particularly moved him that the governor had shifted his beliefs after speaking with someone who had been born from rape. Perry’s wife, Anita, has been a fundraiser for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault since 2003 and has devoted her efforts to supporting other causes that work to prevent violence against women.
During a Personhood USA teleconference tonight, Perry reiterated his change of beliefs and elaborated on why he decided to sign the pledge: “As I signed that document I will suggest to you that, all I can say to you, was that God was working out of my heart.”
Fellow candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich also participated in the call.
This article (shared with permission via website) originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/perry-shifts-his-views-abortion/.
Photo and other great stuff available at: http://mariopiperni.com/abortion/the-uterus-of-the-united-states-of-america.php
“Let Women Die” Bill, H.R.358
On October 13, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.358, an extreme anti-choice bill.
The bill would allow a hospital to refuse a woman life-saving, emergency abortion care even if she will die without it. On top of that, it effectively would ban insurance coverage of abortion in state health-insurance exchanges, denying abortion coverage to millions of women (Via NARAL).
The Conservative agenda to deny Abortion services to women (even at their own expense) should be supported by NO-COST Birth Control for all WOMEN (But, alas, it is NOT!).
Whether you are Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, it stands to reason that No-Cost Birth Control for all WOMEN, makes sense (doesn’t it?!)
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted medical experts’ recommendation that newly issued insurance plans cover birth control without copays. Women will feel the magnitude of this decision every time they go to the pharmacy counter and pick up their birth control without paying a copay.
This is such a tremendous leap forward. However, women who work for a religious institution, like a Catholic hospital or university that opposes birth control, are at risk of not being included under this new policy.
Anti-birth-control forces, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are leading the fight. They have launched a massive campaign to allow religious employers to opt out of the new requirement (via NARAL).
Dec 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white person; her arrest ignites the Montgomery Bus Boycott (National Women’s History Project).
Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” in America. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955, triggered a wave of protest December 5, 1955 that reverberated throughout the United States. Her quiet courageous act changed America, its view of black people and redirected the course of history. Read More Here
The Occupy movement has drawn attention to how too many in the 1% get to play by their own rules while exploiting the 99%. But who’s doing the most to damage our economy and democracy?
We at Brave New Foundation have launched a website where you can vote on some of the most infamous members of the 1% — financial fraudsters, union-busters, weapons contractors, and more. Then we’ll make a series of videos exposing the ones that you rank as the very worst. As our friends at Fox News might put it: We film. You decide.
Veteran’s Day is designated as a national day of commemoration honoring peace and sacrifice:
‘November 11, 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory… and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
America and her sympathy with peace and justice are failing. Peace is now an afterthought.
Soldiers (some far nobler than our country’s war mongering profiteers) are marched into horrific circumstances with a stroke of a bureaucratic pen. Many brave men and women enlist with honorable intentions; many left to die… abandoned by the Government, of the country they swore to protect. Freedom, it seems, diminishes profit margins. War is good business to the real tyrants-the war profiteers. On the horizon, the silhouette of a once great nation remains, reduced to a nation divided, misguided, and woeful. A nation subdued by the ills of war, blinded by the industrial military complex as it wages perpetual wars for profit at the expense of humanity.
A Government’s wars, cloaked in the blood soaked sacramental cloth that bears the stars and stripes of our heritage. Yet, as fate would have it, history inked with the blood of the noble, the innocent, and the evil, is of great consequence to those who hope to one day acquiesce to a peaceful state of existence.
Wars are a part of history that should not be repeated. If only our leaders would concede that mistakes have been made, damage has been done, and lessons were learned. But, lessons have not been learned, history repeats itself, and the wars continue.
Today as we contemplate sacrifice, contemplate the reflection in the mirror of humanity. – Annie
“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” D. Lama
“Who stole the soul-And who stole the heart
And who took the spark from inside of me…
Why can’t I breathe…
And I’m afraid they won’t stop…’til all the poets have failed;
Til all the good men are jailed for nothin’ at all
Who let them take the fall…
And they’ll bring devastation; And call it diplomacy…
But an occupation won’t bring a nation to peace
Oh and I’m so ashamed, in these things beyond value; that we cherish so dear
I won’t let them go. No I won’t let them go…”
Neither will I…
Neither will I
“I stepped in a pile of Ann Coulter’s insignificance and tracked it in the house. Here’s whats left of the mess.”- Annie
Via Al Jazeera: Everyone’s going after Ann Coulter – and rightly so – for her racist comments on the “Hannity” show. Asked why liberals and Democrats are up in arms over the sexual harassment allegations that have been levelled against GOP candidate Herman Cain, Coulter said:
“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks. To become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow…”
That “our blacks” is especially gruesome. Sounds like the proprietary claim a fancy housewife would make, ca. 1960 (or 1860), about her black maid: “my girl” or something like that.
But if you can suspend disbelief – or disgust – for a minute, there’s something in what Coulter is saying that’s worth paying attention to, for it unwittingly reveals a deep truth about conservatism. Not its racism, but something else. Read more…
How does one live under the microscope, in a society driven by selfishness and hate, yet still manage to speak out against insensitivity to the human condition. Can a society enslaved to hate & fear be reached by words alone? Persuaded perhaps, to “sheath the sacrificial knifes” and lift the societal curse. Or, is the truth wasted on the deaf ears of those who cling to false dogmas (while praying at the altar of deception)?