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Dare to support freedom to think and ponder and...

I'm sorry, I silently giggle inside when I hear astronomers, physicists, etc. telling us about the magnitude of the universe when they have to use our limited and elementary knowledge.  To try and explain Dark Energy, for example, with gravity etched in our thought process, is silly. 

To listen to a scientist wow us with the size of the universe is interesting if there were to be some foundation of knowledge to accompany those wowsers.  We try.  Oh, how we try.  Oh, how we try to force the unknown into our tiny basket of knowledge.  As long as we limit our thoughts with the very limiting nature of our science,our math, our observations, etc., we will only frustrate ourselves.

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REPublican: REPulsive, REPugnant, REPrehensible...

There was a time when the Republican Party held to sincere principles, and they were not clouded only by greed, special interests, class warfare, dishonesty, anti-democratic actions, etc.  Yes, I realize that what I'm about to write may have some generalizations.  But the truth is closer than we realize.  We are nearing a dangerous edge in which we may lose our democracy ...or what's left of it.  Today's Republicans are far too often engaged in this sort of action...

Greed has been turned into a new religion.

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DEMocrats: DEMise, DEMerit, DEMobilize

With the Republican Party being bought, sold, and moving to the far-far right wing, one would think that the Democats would be taking advantage of that extremism in the GOP.  Not so.  The Dems themselves have been taking hand-outs from special interest groups --some of the same ones that have purchased the Republican Party.  Of course the Democrats and the offices they seek do not get nearly the astronomical amounts that are showered on the conservative candidates.  But there are many Dems who have been bought by money and unethical practices.  In short, the Democrats have abandoned the poor, minorities, women, etc.  Ethics, morals, and principles have left the room.

Before I go any further, I can hear the Democrats yelling that they have to take this route in order to survive.  Not so.  There is still room for an honest, principled candidate from the liberal wing.  I only have to point to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.  Consider her candidacy in the last election for U.S. Senator in the Badger State.  She is gay, and now the only openly gay member of the Senate.  Senator Baldwin is a woman, hardly giving her any gender advantage.  But very importantly she is definitely a liberal.  Running in a state that  just previously had elected a  Republican to the Senate, she had plenty of excuses to hide behind ...and lose.  She held fast to her beliefs.  Senator Tammy Baldwin!  Courage!

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There is balm in Gilead

The old spiritual song for African Americans has deep meaning for this racial group and all oppressed people.

There is balm in Gilead

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Goldwater, Reagan, Tea Party, anti-intellectualism

It probably began with Barry Goldwater, but he lacked the charisma needed to attract the national popular vote.  In stepped The Gipper to take the puppet position as President of big money, greed, and self-interest.  Ronald Reagan was a perfect choice for right-wing scheming.  He lacked intellect, he lacked principles, he was willing to do just about anything to be "popular."  Reagan's life is a perfect example of what right-wingers say, and what right-wingers do.

After graduation from Eureka College, Reagan spent some time as a radio sports guy.  But Hollywood was beckoning and Hollywood was made for a guy like Ronnie.  Rather quickly he developed a reputation as a guy who romanced the ladies...lots of them.  His marriage to a starlet was an example of his lack of principles.  He cheated. 

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A Dream and a Nightmare

The 50th celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech on the Washington Mall has me feeling very, very old.  I knew Martin Luther King, Sr., the man called "Daddy King."  Of course I was moved and impressed by the "I have a dream"  speech.  Have we come a long way in race relations, bigotry, helping the underserved, and advancing freedom?  Frankly, I don't think so, but our racism and bigotry has shifted gears and is now more camouflaged.

Look at our prisons.  Loaded with black men.  Look at the earnings of black persons.  Much lower than whites.  One of the greatest untapped resources in the U.S. is the failure to realize the potential of young black men and women.  But those commonly-used examples are only the veneer.  Racism and bigotry in America goes deeper, much deeper.

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