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Dereliction of Duty

The ongoing Russia attacks on our democracy is a clear and present danger. In response, heavy sanctions were overwhelmingly passed by Congress. Trump has refused to implement the sanctions. WHY?

The refusal of the president to protect our country against known attacks on our nation is a clear dereliction of duty. He has continually attacked all our intelligence, law and justice agencies, yet will not say even one critical word concerning Russia.

He is serving Russia’s interest far more that the interest and safety of the country he was elected to protect. When is his obviously dangerous preferential behavior going to be checked?

When is this lying, racist Russian lackey going to be condemned as the traitor he is? When is he going to finally going to be impeached?

at least someone is safe

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Eighteen school shootings in the first sixteen weeks of 2018. We just keep setting records, don’t we?

When is enough enough? How many victims of gun violence do we have to tally before we realize that this unbridled carnage cannot continue?

How long before we realize that the NRA lobby is paying untold millions to our Representatives and Senators to keep them safe and allow them to prosper?

The body count of the innocent doesn’t matter. What matters is the bottom line for the NRA and the complicity of Congress.

a good definition

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer

This is one of those beautifully simplistic, yet absolutely true definitions that I love.

During these never-ending tax cut debates, it is worth remembering that Warren Buffet once said. According to Mr. Buffet, we could have a balanced federal budget anytime we want one. His solution is as simple as the definition above: No member of Congress is eligible for reelection if they are seated in a year when our budget has more than a 3% deficit.

Sounds good to me. What do you think?

real leaders don’t need titles

Real leaders demonstrate their vision, their plans, their commitment and their power, through action. They consistently work to empower those around them through encouragement, coaching and positive reinforcement. Real leaders are definitely not perfect, but they are always committed to making a positive difference in the world and for the world.

Then there are others, like the #BLOTUS, who just seek power to enrich themselves. Their vision extends only as far as their mirrors and their checkbooks. Fake leaders are easily recognized by their whining, their sensitivity to criticism, and their pathological inability to accept responsibility.

No one is obliged to follow a fake leader. No one is required to respect a fake leader.

The good news is that there are real leaders who care and are willing to make a real difference. They are the ones who provide true hope for the future of our world.

We can ignore the fake leaders. Their is hope. All we need to do is to follow the real leaders.

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.

Who do we trust for our safety?

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The Scripture tells us that our safety does not come from military power. The Old Testament is full of the prophets telling the people not to trust the weapons of war to protect them. There’s a clear message that hoping to find security through the military is a dangerous and  false hope.

The Bible tells the people of faith that “our hope is in the name of our Lord, who made both heaven and earth.”  It’s a message we desperately need to hear and to heed today.

We have the largest military budget the world has ever seen. No other country, no other 12 countries, spend as much on national defense as the United States. This is not just wrong. In a world where we have 20,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger and malnutrition, spending this amount on military defense is both abhorrent and morally repugnant.

We can end hunger in the next 15 years according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But we will never do it wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful, unnecessary, and sinful military spending. It’s time to trust in the Lord.