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The GOP Tax Plan Illustrated

Sometimes it can be difficult to get our heads around the massive injustice of the GOP tax plan. The numbers are staggering, and the sheer immorality of the Republican leaders is beyond comprehension.

The illustration above is an attempt to give a graphic picture of the reality of what’s going down. #BLOTUS and his Republican cohorts are desperate for a win, and they are obligated to pay back their mega donors. This tax bill will do both while most of us will suffer the consequences.

Every concerned/outraged citizen needs to contact their representatives and shout/scream “NO.” And we need to do it now.

“morally treasonable to the American public”

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

This quote by President Roosevelt was a part of the 17 minute retirement speech delivered to his colleagues yesterday by Republican Senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona. He basically said he was retiring because of the coarseness of the leadership of our nation, and that he could no longer be complicit in the undermining of the core values that has made our country great.

I salute the Senator for his courage and applaud his public denouncement of the crude, boorish, and destructive methodology of #BLOTUS.  More of our national leaders need to have the strength of character to be openly critical of the current President and his outrageous, infantile, and morally indefensible behavior. Silence in the face of the actions of this president is not only unpatriotic, but in the words of Roosevelt, “morally treasonable to the American public.”

we knew, we know, and we are paying the price

We all knew what #BLOTUS was before he was elected and we all know what he still is today. Yet, he was still elected to the highest office in the United States. Why?

Since his election has he done anything other than reinforce what we have known all along? I think not.

Why is he allowed to remain in office? Why is he allowed to continue embarrassing our country every time he opens his filthy mouth? Why doesn’t the Republican-led Congress hold him accountable for his lies and total disregard for the law? Why aren’t we all outraged enough to act?

I have never been more ashamed of my country’s leaders as I am today. Am I the only one?

Ostrichitis

Ostrichitis is the common disease of sticking one’s head in the sand to avoid seeing or dealing with unpleasant, ugly, or dangerous situations. It can be fatal if not treated. Hiding from the reality of the present political situation is one of the first symptoms.

Sometimes outrage is just a sign of getting our heads out of the sand. Never in my lifetime has there been a greater need to become aware and to become involved.

being grabbed by the…

Here is another quick snapshot of what it looks like when leaders do not give a damn about representing the people they were elected to serve. This is outrageous. None of those moving for these cuts would be impacted by them as they have the best health benefits imaginable.

The only impact for them is an “attaboy” from the #BLOTUS and millions of dollars in campaign funds from the Koch brothers. This isn’t leadership. It’s our elected leaders “grabbing us by the…” It’s rape.

Anyone following this story who isn’t outraged isn’t paying attention.

if you are not outraged…

I am not sure that Thurber’s quote is entirely appropriate for the situation in which we now find ourselves. Looking around with any degree of true awareness, fear and anger will almost certainly be two of the first emotions that come to mind.

I once had a bumper sticker that read, “IF YOU ARE NOT OUTRAGED YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION! Sadly, it has gone the way of all old bumper stickers.

How I wish I had that bumper sticker now. Never has it been more relevant.

I am paying attention. And I am outraged. I am disgusted with the lies and the slander and all the deceit in the current Presidential campaign. But, I am more outraged that all of us who so loudly proclaim to live by Christian values don’t.

I am tired of all of us who play church, but do not live in love, who refuse to be peacemakers, and who really worship at the altars of wealth and power. When I look around in awareness I am saddened to realize that we actually have the government and the leaders we deserve.

some unbearable things

Some things you must always be unable to bear, Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them. – William Faulkner

What a different world we could have if more of us took Faulkner’s words to heart. I often find myself in tears over the open and even brazen acceptance of injustice, especially by those who claim to follow the Prince of Peace.

Our love of money and all it can provide, our insatiable desire for more and bigger, has brought us to the place where we turn a blind eye to the evil of those in power and wink at wrong doing on a personal level. We live in a world where there’s no shame, and where honor can no longer be spelled, much less defined.

Our greed and selfishness have even stripped us our ability for outrage. We now are part of a society where outrage over injustice is more unacceptable that the injustice that spawns it.

Over 25,000 of our human family will die of hunger and hunger related caused today. In a world with far more than enough food for everyone of us, we will simply go about our business as usual. Our only outrage will be when we get cut off in traffic, the server get our lunch order wrong, or our our double-expresso latte gets cold.

I honestly do not know how much longer I can bear it.