Was there ever a day when my head wasn’t about to explode from all the injustice and lunacy that we live with on a continual basis?  Was there ever a day when people just treated others right, when our government wasn’t being ripped apart by radicals?  Sigh.  I do remember a day when things were better than today in many ways, but let’s face it … there has never been a time that people were completely kind and compassionate toward all, never been a time when there weren’t arguments within the government – and among people – about how things ought to be done.  So, I suppose it’s what keeps me going, gives me the will to fight injustice and ignorance yet another day.

Selling children …

The headline that made my jaw drop read:

New York becomes sixth state in U.S. to ban child marriages

You mean to tell me that 44 states in this union still allow and/or support child marriages???

Last month, Rhode Island’s Democratic governor signed legislation barring minors from being married. Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have enacted similar laws, as have the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.  It stands out like a sore thumb that not a single one of these states are south of the Mason-Dixon line.

The legality of child marriages varies widely across the other 44 states. In Wyoming, the minimum age of consent for marriage is 16, but a child of any age can be married with parental and judicial consent. In Virginia, the minimum age is 18 — but there is an exception for minors who have been legally emancipated.

Nearly 5,000 children were married in New York between 2000 and 2018, according to a study published in April by Unchained at Last, a nonprofit that advocates against child marriage in the United States.

Nationally over that period, nearly 300,000 children were legally married, the study found. Of that figure, 86 percent were girls, and most were married to adult men.  I’m sorry, but this isn’t marriage, this is child abuse, it is sex trafficking, it is … it is just WRONG!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Overstepping their bounds — the House Freedom Caucus

The House “Freedom Caucus” is a group of Republican representatives who claim to be representing We the People, but in truth they are a bigoted, homophobic lot.  It was formed in 2015 by members of the ‘Tea Party’ movement and its members are those conservatives who take conservativism so far to the right that it strains the definition of democratic principles.  The utterly despicable Jim Jordan is one of the founding members, which tells you just about all you need to know about the group.  The group was largely to blame for the resignation from Congress of then-House Speaker John Boehner in October 2015, a fellow Republican, though you’d never know it from the treatment he received from the radical right in his own party.

Today, the House Freedom Caucus is urging Kevin McCarthy to ‘do something’ to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.  Mind you, the Speaker of the House is selected by the majority party, which as of today happens to be the Democratic, not the Republican Party, and thus it is not the Republican’s place nor their responsibility to determine the leadership role.  But, when has the Republican Party in the past ten years ever played by the rules?

In a letter Friday, the far-right group asked McCarthy to file and bring up a privileged motion by July 31 “to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Republicans, under your leadership, must show the American people that we will act to protect our ability to represent their interests.”

Bullshit!  They are annoyed that Pelosi rejected Jim Jordan and Jim Banks for seats on the select committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection, plain and simple.  McCarthy knew damn well that those two buffoons wouldn’t pass muster … he likely selected them for that very reason, setting the stage for his little temper tantrum saying he wouldn’t put any Republicans on the committee if he couldn’t have the two Jims on the committee for the purpose of turning it into a circus act.

It is a near certainty that their request will fail, but what it serves to do is further divide not only the House of Representatives, but the nation.  Remember Abraham Lincoln’s speech in 1858 where he spoke the now famous words … “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  It’s a fact, and when I hear Republicans utter such inanities as “our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve,” I want to punch somebody or something.  The current representatives in the Republican Party, with very few exceptions, don’t give a damn about the people they are supposed to represent!

Cut the bullshit, Republicans!  We’re not stupid and we can see right through you, especially since you are unburdened by such things as a heart, a conscience, and a functional brain!  You’re as transparent as a glass bottle.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  1. I’m so, so tired of the Trump supporters acting like someone made them king. No, you don’t get to remove the Speaker of the House when you are not in the majority. You could, I don’t know, try working with or making alliances with Dems, but of course that would never happen in today’s world. Sit down, Freedom Caucus.

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    • It is … unconscionable … abominable … I run out of adjectives … or are those adverbs? I never did well in grammar in school 😉 If our systems were only outdated, it might not be so bad, but … greed has taken over our systems and people have been left behind in the dust. Sigh.


  3. On the age of marriage issue, I guess that might depend on how the law defines a child – ie when do they become adults? The standard marriage age here is 18, but it is acceptable at 16 with parental permission. That feels too young to me, but that’s the law and it doesn’t seem to cause any problems.

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    • Unfortunately, in some states a parent can marry their 5 or 7-year-old child off if they so choose, for there are no age limits in some states. However, to your point … I’ve always really thought that somewhere between 26 and 30 years of age would be the point of becoming an adult, reaching the level of maturity necessary for taking care of a family and being a responsible husband/wife/parent. I was two months shy of 19 when I got married and … suffice it to say that I was clueless, in no way ready for the responsibilities!

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      • That’s both unnatural and inhumane. It certainly isn’t the mark of a civilised country. The legal definition of maturity – usually linked to voting ages – is either 18 or 21 in most countries, but I can see your point about the natural age being older than that. I’ve often seen it said that women mature at a younger age than men, but in view of what I’m learning about marriage ages in some states over there maybe that’s simply a justification for such obscene behaviour?

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        • Well … who ever said this is a civilized country? Many states still have the death penalty. Do you know that the first anti-lynching bill was proposed in 1918, and now, some 103 years later, Congress STILL hasn’t managed to make lynching illegal? There is a new bill on this year’s docket, but in the currently divided Senate, it’s not likely to be passed, either. And the Equal Rights Amendment that would have made discrimination against women illegal, is still fluttering in the wind, no closer to passing than it was 30 years ago. And police kill unarmed Black men and usually get off scot-free. And there are more guns than there are people in this country, and we cannot even get Congress to agree to expanded background checks or a ban on assault weapons. No, my friend, don’t assume that this is a civilized country, for it is NOT. Not even close. Sigh.

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  4. Jill, I would not worry too much about the Freedom Caucus. They blow hard, but their bite is not as severe. The issue at hand is the January 6 insurrection deaerves as much scrutiny as possible because it is a shameful day in our country. Yet, one party does not want it to occur because it will likely reveal how culpable the former president is. As an independent voter, I want the truth to come out as we cannot let this happen again. Full stop. McCarthy should be ashamed for his role in not doing his utmost to make this happen. To me, that is beyond poor stewardship. Keith

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    • I fully agree … the insurrection of January 6th a) MUST be fully investigated — the events of the day, plus those in the days leading up to January 6th, and b) MUST not be allowed to be swept under the rug, but the truth must come out … every single person who had any role in the events MUST be called out publicly and the event, what ‘could have’ happened, must be kept in the forefront of the minds of the voting public all the way up to the mid-term elections. Leave no stone unturned! McCarthy and McConnell both have exhibited poor stewardship and they aren’t likely to do any differently for the foreseeable future, as they seem to be under the spell of the former guy and his minions. Wake me when this is over, okay?

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      • Jill, agreed. The former president speaks of running again, but many more need to realize is he should not for the sake of country. McCarthy and McConnell should not be remembered well for their failures to act as leaders. Keith

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        • I agree with you, but unfortunately the former guy has never cared about the sake of the country or the people, only about his own lust for power, adoration, and wealth. I hate to say it, but the only way out of this nation being destroyed by the re-election of the former guy is either his death before 2024 or his imprisonment for some of the many crimes he has committed.


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