Archive for April, 2012

Ya Gotta Believe

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A lot of people seem to be relying on faith to navigate their way through life.

They have their own religious beliefs, which is fine. Religion is the home of faith. However, there are other places where they use faith as there measuring stick for decisions in life, places where there’s some facts they choose to ignore.

There are bunches of people who will tell you they have faith in the guy or gal who represents them in Congress. Overall they have about a 10% faith in the whole of Congress, nevertheless they’ve got faith in their Representative.

There are a number of folks who don’t believe in the findings of experts and scientists.  There’s the big argument about Creation. Personally, I find the words in Genesis to be awfully similar to the course of events of scientific theory. “Let there be light” sounds a lot like a Big Bang. I think the big disagreement is over the length of God’s Day.

There are also lots of people who don’t believe in global warming. Doesn’t matter what the scientists say, they just don’t believe in it.

At first, I didn’t like these ideas very much, but I’m beginning to see how I could put them to good use. All I’d have to do is not believe in things that I find inconvenient in my life. I think there’s a future in that.

“But, Officer, I don’t believe that the speed limit is 65 mph.”

That oughta work.

Let’s Stop Calling Each Other Names

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There are a great number of expressions being used in the political debate in this country that need to go. The major classifications are something like “latte-drinking liberals” or “dumb rednecks.” Underneath these headings is a whole cabal of pejoratives being used, usually accompanied by a smug, self-satisfied grin that’s more of a curl of the lip. It’s a list that’s been carefully plotted, printed, and distributed. Expressions like bizarre, pathetic, shallow, they/them, incompetent, lame, etc. They all trace their lineage back to a single source, the N-word and its like. They’re categorizing the opinions being expressed, and therefore the person saying them, as someone who is a lesser being, beneath human, one deserving of contempt.

I’ll take exception to that. These are American citizens, fellow brothers and sisters. They are that group of people who said, over two hundred years ago, “All men are created equal.” And they are equal and free to express their own opinions about the country and the government.

And in that equal and free environment we adopted the concept of, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” (By the way, I always figured that was a quote from an American patriot, like Patrick Henry. I was quite surprised to find out it was Voltaire.)

Will fellow citizens have a difference of opinion about how the government should be run? Damn Skippy we will! That’s our constitutional right! And we’ll argue our points vociferously with each other. Then we’ll shake hands and sit down to have a beer together. After all, we’re fellow Americans.

All of this name-calling stuff is lame.