American Fascists

American Fascists, The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges published in 2006.

“America and the Christian religions have no monopoly on goodness or saintliness. God has not chosen Americans as a people above others. The beliefs of Christians are as flawed and imperfect as all religious beliefs. But both the best of American democracy and the best of Christianity embody important values, values such as compassion, tolerance and belief in justice and equality. America is a nation where all have a voice in how we live and how we are governed. We have never fully adhered to these values–indeed, probably never will–but our health as a country is determined by our steadfastness in striving to attain them. And there are times when taking a moral stance, perhaps the highest form of patriotism, means facing down the community, even the nation. Our loyalty to our community and our nation, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote, ‘is therefore morally tolerable only if it includes values wider than the community.’

“Under Christian dominion, America will be no longer a sinful and fallen nation but one in which the 10 Commandments form the basis of our legal system, creationism and ‘Christian values’ form the basis of our educational system, and the media and the government proclaim the Good News to one and all. Labor unions, civil-rights laws and public schools will be abolished. Women will be removed from the workforce to stay at home, and all those deemed insufficiently Christian will be denied citizenship. Aside from proselytizing mandate, the federal government will be reduced to the protection of property rights and ‘homeland’ security. Some dominionists (not all of whom accept the label, at least not publicly) would further require all citizens to pay ‘tithes’ to church organizations empowered by the government to run our social-welfare agencies and all schools. The only legitimate voices in this state will be Christian. All others will be silenced.”

Sales tax discount

When I ran a small business by mail in California, I was required to collect sales tax on California sales and remit 100% of it to the State of California. Reportedly, Amazon has negotiated an agreement with the State Of Utah to collect Utah sales tax on sales to Utah residents and then remit 82% to the State of Utah. That is UNFAIR.

Donald Trump day

January 20, 2037
National/international day of mourning
Donald Trump day
The trees are gone
Only stumps remain
The oceans are dead
Covered with coal ash and plastic
Clean water is expensive
Food is scarce and rationed
Radioactive fallout coats the land
Fracking chemicals are everywhere
Oxygen to breath is vanishing
Humanity is dying
The meek and radiation resistant
Will inherit the earth.

One president at a time

The US only has one president at a time. Donald Trump is acting as though he were already president and the media are covering him as such. Barack Obama is still president and will continue to be for another month and a half. Vote recounts are still in process and the electoral college has not yet elected Trump, and hopefully never will.

New Yorkers know

On his show last evening, Bill O’Reilly criticized the amount of welfare received by residents of New York city and castigated them for voting for Hillary Clinton and against his hero, Donald Trump by a margin exceeding 80-20%. I am not a New Yorker, but I suspect that New Yorkers embraced Hillary and rejected Donald because they know them better than does the rest of the country. If the rest of country knew the candidates as well as New Yorkers do, Hillary would have won both the popular vote and the majority of the electoral college, instead of just a narrow victory in the popular vote. That’s my opinion.