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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment

The Power of One Voice




Sometimes the most powerful voice comes from where you’d least expect it.

Certainly not from a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, named Malala Yousazai.

Now age 17, the little girl known to creeds and colors all over the world simply as “Malala” has grown up some, her maturity taking place very much in front of the camera as tens and perhaps even hundreds of millions of people — young and old, male and female, Muslim and non-Muslim — have watched with intrigue and admiration.  She’s become a global champion of human rights and a public advocate for female education, particularly in countries and societies where such virtues not only aren’t guaranteed but even risk personal endangerment.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

My Immediate Thoughts After Watching Tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate




I fully support….am working on behalf of….have contributed to….and will vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders once the Nevada Caucus comes to my home state next February.

I am mistrustful of….deeply concerned about….suspicious towards….and have far less enthusiasm for Sec. Hillary Clinton.  Assuming she eventually becomes the Democratic Party nominee, she will have some serious work to do in order to win my favor and thus earn my vote.

All that said, Hillary Clinton won tonight’s Democratic Presidential debate.

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 3 comments

Imagine a World Where….




Imagine a world where….


Everyone is religious.  All your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and associates are devout Christians.  Almost everyone who lives in your town or city attends church regularly.  The local church is the centerpiece of all social life and activities.

Christianity rules.  Christianity isn’t a secular concept, but rather is looked to as the supreme authority.  Religion dictates all national laws and local regulations.  Christian teachings outlaw homosexuality and deny gender equality.  Religious teachings forbid reproductive rights, including contraception and abortion which are outlawed.  Marriages are sometimes arranged and divorce is next to impossible, especially if instigated by a woman.

Science is doubted and discredited.  Science and discovery are looked upon with suspicion.  When new discoveries are made, they are ridiculed.  Advances in astronomy, biology, and medicine are considered blasphemous because they pose a serious threat to the natural order and traditional way of thinking.

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment

House Speaker John Boehner: Take This Job and Shove It!




John Boehner (R-OH) dropped an unexpected political bombshell today, by announcing he will step down from his leadership post as Speaker of the House and resign his seat in the 114th Congress, where he has served for 24 years.

At first glance, this announcement might seem like a moment to rejoice for many, especially those of us who value having a functioning government.  After all, Rep. Boehner has come to personify the monkey wrench of political gridlock at its very worst, by essentially refusing to govern, threatening repeatedly to shut down the federal government (succeeding for a 19-day stretch), and blockading virtually every piece of legislation supported by President Obama.  It’s not just that Rep. Boehner has been an obstructionist since he assumed the Speaker role in 2011, swept into the pinnacle of congressional power by Tea Party extremists among Republicans.  Far worse, he’s refused to compromise in a desperately divided institution which requires deal making and demands concessions as the very fabric of its existence.

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 0 comments

Is Pope Francis a Socialist?


Pope Francis gives his thumb up as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


Is Pope Francis a socialist?

His words and actions appear to indicate the answer is clearly — yes.

The Pope believes all kinds of radical ideas embraced by the Left.  He believes that protecting our natural environment is no longer a choice, but rather a moral duty.  He believes man-made climate change is very real and poses imminent endangerment to the planet and all its inhabitants.  He calls for economic and social justice based on sharing wealth and resources rather than hoarding them for the benefit of only a select few.  He has spoken out against our pervasive cultural obsession with of money, materialism, and celebrity going so far as to call capitalist economies “broken” and colonialism “evil.”  Sounds like a socialist, doesn’t he?

Here are just a few of Pope Francis’ most “scandalous” opinions on social and economic justice (sarcasm intended):


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