Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Middle-finger-jesusOne of my old friends posted on Facebook about the new insurance law of the land – his child has a “pre-existing condition.”

A response from one of his FB acquaintances said:
“Why will your situation change? You have insurance and your procedures are covered.”

And this, American public, is what’s wrong with this country.

We cannot just care about the people we personal know.

Just because you don’t know someone doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Just because you don’t know someone doesn’t mean they don’t need your help.
Just because you don’t know someone doesn’t mean they don’t deserve compassion and basic human dignity.

I am horrified that the Republicans and the conservatives have absolutely no empathy, sympathy, or compassion for anyone other than themselves.

They want to make basic health care unaffordable for the disabled, the elderly, and the victims of domestic violence.

They want women who have babies punished by cutting off their insurance or making it unaffordable. (And to anyone who wants to respond by saying that women who can’t afford children shouldn’t have them needs to go down to an abortion clinic and pay for the abortion or pay for the prenatal, labor and delivery, and post-natal care, as well as paying up for the next 20 years for the kid’s life…)

They want to take care of themselves and their cronies, giving money to people who already have it while taking it away from those who do not have it.

Let me tell you this – you are not “safe.” No one can predict what will happen in their lives, where they will be in one year, five years, ten years.

But the thing is, even saying that, that is not the point.

**The point is that it shouldn’t have to happen to you for you to care about it.**

It’s that simple.

Care about your fellow human beings.

Advertisements
This is my boom stick! (Picture by Albert Hovakimyan, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)

This is my boom stick! (Picture by Albert Hovakimyan, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)

A dangerous stripper in action! (Picture by Zappel Jazz, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)

A dangerous stripper in action! (Picture by Zappel Jazz, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)

Now, let me start by saying this: yes, I own guns.  (Don’t ask for details.)  And, yes, I’ve been to strip clubs.  (Again, don’t ask for any details.)

So while a group of people is arguing for more stringent gun control laws, another lawmaker is going after the true danger: strippers.

Yup, you read that right.

Right now, in Texas, to buy a gun, you have a few options.  Buy it or get it from a family member.  Buy it from a pawn shop.  Buy it from a sporting goods shop.  Buy it from a gun dealer.  But you know what?  It doesn’t matter how you get it.  In the state of Texas, there is no waiting period and there is no registration required.  The only time you need a license is to carry is when you want to carry concealed. http://www.txchia.org/getchl.htm

But Republican Representative Bill Zedler (Arlington) is pushing for licensing for something that is a true scourge.  Strippers.  He’s introduced a bill that would require strippers to wear badges at work and be licensed by the state.  Of course, he realizes that might be dangerous for them – letting their customers know their real names opens them up to all sorts of stalking and other potential criminal acts (although not “legitimate rape” of course, since he is a Republican…).  To fix that little issue, he suggests that they cover their name on the badges to protect their identities.

So let’s review.

Guns: No licensing or registration
Strippers: Licenses from the state, but they get to cover up their names

Now, the concept behind the name tags for strippers is to protect women because it will supposedly help to keep underage girls and girls obtained through sex trafficking out of the clubs.  Because, you know, the people involved in organized crimes like sex trafficking will have absolutely no way to create fake IDs.

Just like making stronger gun laws would stop people involved in criminal activities from getting guns.

I’m not coming down on either side of the gun control argument here – the point I’m trying to make is really more basic than that.  Politicians are assholes who simply throw stuff out there in hopes that it will stick and they’ll be re-elected (or elected).  All of these laws and proposals are meaningless posturing that will have no effect on us or our safety.  Maybe someday some worthwhile legislation will be introduced and we can get behind it.

But until then, who wants to hit the shooting range and then get drunk and ogle some boobies?

NASA StarChild image of Stephen Hawking By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

NASA StarChild image of Stephen Hawking By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So I already got all up in arms against Oprah.com calling my son “creepy” and “weird” because of his autism.  And then I got mad at the doctors rejecting a boy who needed a heart because of his autism.  But now a politician from Alaska wants to stop some children (does he mean those with autism, perhaps?) from getting a public education.

Mark Ewing, running for a new state House seat (thanks to some redistricting) was asked about the budget at a debate.  As was reported by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, “Ewing answered first, pointing out that the largest piece of that budget goes to the Department of Health and Social Services.”  Ewing pointed out, “We need to look at these big pieces of pie that we’re funding and try a way to reduce spending.”  Which is a good point, right?  But then he went on…he explained where cuts should be made:

“I got to be honest with you, I am not in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act.  We are spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move and, I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere. We need to educate our children, but there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education.”

Yeah.  That’s what he said.  (He did try to deny it, but the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman was kind enough to put up an audio clip of him saying it…)

So how is this any different from anything that’s come before?  It’s not.  It’s just another attempt by someone to control someone else that they don’t feel is “worthy.”  I’d love to see Hawking respond to Ewing.  Maybe we can compare their IQs and see which one “benefited” most from their education.