In light of all the horrors, dishonesty, violence, bigotry, judging, pedophilia, stealing, ad infinitum that regularly takes place in all religions, it is fair to ask the question: why fight to save all this unsavory institutionalism?
We, of course, are most familiar with the Christian brand of religion, and its various sub-groups. Nevertheless, what we state in criticism about the church holds true for other religions as well.
Join us Tuesday, July 16th at 6 p.m. for My Afternoons With Margueritte.
Just as the Moslem Brotherhood uses religious references to advance political motives, so does Governor Scott Waker of Wisconsin use his right-wing "Christianity" to play out his agenda for his "special" friends and supporters. Yes, the way they frame their theology is one thing, but the way they advance their extreme agenda has many similarities.
History shows us that extreme right-wing politics have always used religion to secretly or clandestinely promote their plans. As Scott Walker just did, he signed the latest anti-abortion bill in private. Imagine, a politician making an important action AWAY from the cameras! And much of the recent right-wing agenda in the Wisconsin legislature has been forged in secret. Shades of Nazism and fascism! Is it too extreme to draw a similarity between current right-wing extremism and Nazism/fascism? No, it isn't.
It's that time. Summer! Or is it? It's been a very odd summer. It took too long to warm up consistently, we've already celebrated the 4th of July and we are on our way to August already. I know I feel like summer is flying by and it's hard to not get a little depressed just thinking about the cold and sunless months that are too quickly approaching us. I know I feel like I have so much I want to do and so little time to do it.
Summer is always such an anticipated time of year for my clients and I love hearing their plans. Adult clients can't wait for the sun and warmth which tends to bring happier thoughts and feelings and my younger clients can't wait to be done with school. It seems that as my years in practice increase, I'm seeing more and more overbooked and over extended kids and parents all summer long.
It is awkward, humorous, and pathetic to watch the right-wing of American politics hustle this way and that way to try and satisfy wealthy contributors, war corporations, greed corporations, and people with bent or distorted views on what constitutes morals and ethics. Trying to change their image, conservatives and right-wingers have tried to entice Latinos and minorities. In elections, the Republicans get very few votes from these groups. Only gerrymandering has allowed Republicans to hold onto some of their offices. What the Republican Party needs most of all --by far-- is something so obvious that it amazes that it is not realized.
First, let me remind you of whom the Republicans have chosen as their leaders over the past centruy: Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Joseph McCarthy, Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney...........need I say more? That is hardly a list of intellectual heavyweights. But today it seems to be getting even worse. Let's consider who it is that now leads among the right-wingers [Republicans]:
The world stopped operating as American media concentrated on the airline crash at San Francisco International Airport, and the Zimmerman trial in Florida. The international impact of events in Egypt, the civil war brewing more violently in Iraq, etc. became boring sideline concerns for American "journalists."
The Zimmerman trial was particularly disturbing for me because what should have been a major focus --guns-- was barely ever mentioned. Yes, there were racial and bigotry aspects, and that got plenty of attention, and I'm glad this attention was paid. But without a gun, there would have been no case. What in the hell was Zimmerman doing with a gun anyway? He was a self-elevated Western sheriff, saving the town from desperados. C'mon. The guy was caring a gun because this area of Florida is rife with bigotry, home to NRA lovers, and people who think guns protect them. Dare I say, that as with most gun-totters, it was also thought of as a penis extension?
There seems to be a blind spot when it comes to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. And the military and political powers that be in the U.S. seem to totally ignore the history of the area, how things came into the current state, and just about anything coherent when it comes to matters related to the Middle East.
One of my graduate study programs focused on the Middle East. Like others who have studied the Middle East, I immediately realized the huge mistake that was being made by invading Iraq. And the way we have handled Afghanistan is atrocious. Yet no one in the U.S. government seems to have a clue.
Perhaps you didn't know that there are three unoffical mottos for the State of Wisconsin. The first is: "Forward!" The second is: "What's good for Milwaukee must be bad for Wisconsin." The third is: "What's bad for Milwaukee must be good for Wisconsin." Take your pick.
Fomer Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, while it that office, was addressing an audience in northern Wisconsin and said brazenly: "Stick it to Milwaukee!" While serving in the Wisconsin legislature, Scott Walker, representing the suburbs of Wisconsin's largest city, voted almost unanimously for things that favored other parts of the area and state while "sticking it to Milwaukee." As Wisconsin's Governor, Scott Walker seems dedicated to acting in Milwaukee's worst interests.
Monday, July 29, 2013
I often have a love-hate relationship with technololgy. Sometimes I'm thankful to be able to be reached anywhere at anytime and sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I love that I can DVR a show I can't be home to watch and sometimes I hate the amount of TV that is consumed in our home. One part of technology I absolutely will never love is communicating serious topics via email, facebook, text messaging, etc. I have seen this in both my personal and professional life. Someone is mad at someone and they make a comment about it on Facebook or send a mean email and it gets blown way out of proportion. It seems that some people haven't learned the rules when using technology to communicate. As far as I'm concerned, if you are sitting down at your computer or texting a serious message to someone, you are at risk for creating a lot of issues. If you can't pick up the phone or meet the person to talk about whatever it is you want to communicate, then it probably shouldn't be said. It's so easy to sit at your computer or type a text message on your phone and let your emotions get the best of you. It's a lot more difficult to tell someone to their face. When you are using technology, you don't allow the other person to have an opinion or explain themselves which often leave the other person feeling angry, resentful and usually shocked.
A large problem with communicating through technology is that you can't read someone's facial expressions or hear their voice to take in clues about how they're feeling or how they meant their message to be heard. If you type "shut up" for example, it sounds rude and mean. If you say "shut up" with a smile, it sounds like you're joking around with someone. In email and text message, there are no clues. We have to take everything for face value which can be very troublesome. Even with the emoticons that we use now (ex: smiley and winky faces), the full message isn't being communicated.