- Posted October 7, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
A plea to save the soul of a once great nation
A heartfelt plea for the soul of our Nation:
All joking on hold, sarcasm laid to rest... I am utterly terrified by the belief some people have that President Obama is a Muslim. I am even more terrified by the thought that in a country founded on religious freedom and self determination that it would even matter if he was.
To me religions are like sex. Everyone likes things their way, it's best kept at least semi private and no one really has any interest in hearing more about your choices unless they are interested in more than a platonic relationship with you.
As a nation can we please start using our intelligence to guide this nation rather than our faith? We might get farther. As long as religious ideology is being used to brain wash and manipulate those who just don't know enough to ask good questions we will keep sinking.
There is nothing wrong with having your faith as a guide for your own life. Some people find a lot of strength from faith. The main problem with all religions however is that they inherently force an us versus them mentality. There isn’t a good reason for an us versus them mentality. There is mankind, and religion draws lines that aren't needed anymore between our people.
Unfortunately that isn't what the radicals making noise are really worried about. For them, this is a holy war.
The true reason that they can't let the ACA stand isn't because it increases the debt - there is no money going out for it other than what comes in specifically for it - or because it's wrong for the government to make you buy anything - honestly, they make us buy a lot of things we don't want, that is called taxes. - The simple reason that so radical and vocal a minority is able to stir up so many. The radical religious people can't afford for someone they see as a Muslim and evil to do anything no matter how positive the end result ultimately is that will have a lasting impact on what they see as a Christian nation.
Having someone they feel isn't one of them achieve any lasting change would undermine their perceived power and authority.
I wish with all my heart that all citizens of our nation were mature enough, open minded enough and intelligent enough that they were able to see when their faith is being used to manipulate them, and their fear is being used to control them.
The ACA is funded through two taxes and a series of penalties. That is what the republicans in the house are afraid of. They can't kill it, if it doesn't need them to keep going. Yes, It is true that any law can be repealed and that is fine when it is done the right way, and not at the expense of the entire nation.
This... circus for lack of a better description is so far from the proper way to disagree with one another as to be almost comical in the Shakespearian sense of the word.
If a real majority worked at it, and went through the proper process for repeal than at least they would be following the spirit of democracy. What we are seeing right now are no better than terrorist tactics and fear mongering and I have to be honest, were I the president it would not work on me. I don't deal well with threats or with bullish behavior. I tend to push back. The fact that the president is not more in an attack posture speaks volumes to his character and resolve.
**"They need 7 million signed up by April, and 2.8 million of those to be healthy and paying in to keep it funded." -- Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the former Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. **
Those numbers sound big, but they really aren't when you look at this from a national level. I would have happily seen each state pass its own version. Unfortunately there wasn't the wit or the will to make that happen. The point of a federal government is to do the big things that need to be done that states can't or won't do for themselves in the best interest of the country as a whole.
There was too much money in leaving things as they were. The individual states had time to make changes, the national Republican Party had time to field their own version of the ACA but they chose not to. We see the same problem with our energy resources. There is simply too much money made the current way to switch over to better fuel sources completely.
Religion comes into play when those with wealth and power use their local churches to convince the masses of something that common sense would prevent them from believing directly. Hence my initial comment about how sad I am that ultimately our nation is as blinded by and controlled by the clergy as Iran is by Islamic law. Our religion has a better marketing department, who happen to know that sex sells; just not in the afterlife.
I have heard variations of "taking care of the sick is what the church is for" for months now.
God doesn't sit around waiting to do things for us. It's the height of arrogance to think that all you have to do is pray hard enough and you get what you want. If you die than you must not have believed hard enough, you didn't tithe enough at church and god let you die. That isn't a loving or forgiving deity to me.
I don't care if President Obama fails... What matters is that he is trying to change things. Change sucks, I'm autistic so I know that better than most. If the other party leaders were more intelligent and willing to grow they would be taking notes and deciding how to do it better their way.
You have to remember this is all business, and a good business can control the resources it works with in order to be profitable.
Any average home with solar panels on the roof can bring in enough energy each day to power the house AND put energy back into the grid, thus rewinding their meter. This is great for the consumer, but the power company loses money and could in fact end up owing money to the consumer. That is not good of business. If you found a way to make power, water, etc free they would fight like hell to squash it because it isn't profitable.
I have used solar and it can be worth it with the right setup. The most expensive part is the cells them-self. There is a new generation of solar cells coming though that promises to be far more affordable.
In a capitalist society, free is a dirty word. Free takes money from someone either directly or indirectly. In the case of my example, shareholders would lose money on their investment if profit dropped due to better, more efficient methods.
I can understand their mindset; I have had to live it unfortunately. I could be wealthy right now, not that many know or care. Yet I am still on disability, what could I have possibly been thinking?
My creation, using new methods to teach social and vocational skills to those on the spectrum as well as my prototype for a nonverbal training HUD have been at the receiving end of attempted theft, character assassination, and when that failed I was offered a lot of money to sell them my work. I could have paid of my house and my wife's car. We would have had money left over. This doesn't even include the offer to remain a spokesperson for them, making a very nice salary. I just had to do one thing...
I had to be willing to lie to people who looked to me for help. I had to be willing to let my work go from a nearly free solution to a very expensive problem to being a very profitable venture all on the backs of those I wanted to help.
I would rather be on disability serving those who I can help for free while struggling a little day to day than sell my soul and my creation to be turned into a profit driven machine that would not help nearly as many people, especially those who can't pay.
I see my disability check as a paycheck so I spend every single day working for the betterment of my community because it's the right thing to do. No one should ever have the life I started with, no one should feel that alone, that without hope. I can help, so I do. That is what being a good Christian is supposed to be about. It is funny how an agnostic lives a more Christian life out a moral obligation than those who say that for them it's a divine imperative.
Profit doesn't matter. Money doesn't matter. Religion doesn't matter. None of it really matters. All that matters, all that really lasts is what we do to help raise each other up. We have such great potential as a species.
You can see it in our art, our books, our music but day to day that potential for greatness is buried under an oppressive fog that everyone just seems to accept as the natural order of things. I refuse to negotiate with that mindset. I refuse to change who I am and who I want to be, who I am allowed to help in the pursuit of something that doesn't really matter because nothing lasts... Nothing but the lives we touch along the way.
Call me stupid and naïve if you want. Most people do. I have seen us all looking out for ourselves and it's obvious that we never move forward that way. We are crabs in a barrel; constantly dragging each other back in due to our desperate attempts to pull ourselves free by pushing those around us backwards.
Thank you for your time,
Sincerely: Marcus Shane Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org