Sometimes I am focused on one particular topic or news story, but many times snippets of news draw my attention in many different directions. Today is one of those days …
Yesterday I signed up to follow a blogger I was only recently introduced to. Why? Not because I find any beauty or humour in his writing, and not because I find his words to be particularly intelligent or witty. I disagree strongly with most of what he says and find myself growling by the time I’ve gotten halfway through one of his very wordy posts (4,000 words). So … why did I sign up to follow him? Is it because I went looking for an argument? Do I not have enough angst in my life? Or is it something more? Is it that of late I seem to only read those opinions that are in sync with my own? Do I read this man’s words seeking to find some common ground, a shred of humanity, or am I simply spoiling for a fight. In truth, I do not know.
A ‘platform’ made from rotten wood
Every now and then, when they want to prove to the world just how stupid their political leaders are, the state of Texas threatens to ‘secede from the United States’. The Republican Party currently has no platform, no set of goals and ideologies, but the Texas GOP settled on a ‘platform’ at the state party convention over the weekend. Their platform is essentially, from all I can decipher, nothing more or less than the former guy’s Big Lie. I plan to write more about this later, but the basis seems to be that they declare Biden did not win the 2020 election and they even refer to him as the “acting President”. Their platform also includes statements about abortion (they intend to teach schoolchildren about “about the Humanity of the Preborn Child”), and the LGBTQ community (referring to homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice.”)
Senator John Cornyn, who had worked on the milquetoast ‘bipartisan’ gun legislation that passed in the Senate last week, was actually booed and “rebuked” by the party for his work on that bill! I told you in a post a few weeks ago that they “eat their own”! The platform, such as it is, dismisses all gun regulations as a violation of “God given rights.” Wait, I thought it was the Constitution that gave “a well-regulated militia” the “right to bear arms”??? Now, I haven’t read the bible, but … does it even mention guns? As I said, I plan to write more on this later, but for today, suffice it to say that I agree with columnist Michael Gerson that the Republican Party is in decay!
A boycott is in order
After the January 6th attempted coup, some 249 companies promised not to fund the 147 senators and representatives who voted against any of the results. It didn’t take some of them long to break that promise, and today more than half are now back to funding those who played a role in attempting to undermine the election that day. Among those companies are Toyota, AT&T, UPS, FedEx, Visa, Home Depot, GM, and Exxonmobil. I don’t know about you guys, but I will boycott these companies to whatever extent is possible. Our lives, the very foundation of our democratic republic, were on the line that day, but for these companies, obviously their profit is more important than our lives.
A bright side
More than 5,000 flights were canceled this weekend. GOOD! That much less CO2 being put into the environment, killing trees, killing us. No, I don’t feel one bit sorry for the couple who was planning a vacation trip to Italy. Yes, I do feel sorry for the woman who missed her mother’s funeral due to a canceled flight. But for the most part, I would like to see all air travel limited to ‘emergency’ use only for the foreseeable future. Just because we can fly doesn’t necessarily mean we should, especially in this time of severe climate change that is having a negative effect on most of the world. People complaining about the price of gasoline and lettuce … well, think how much gasoline and lettuce you can buy for the price of that airline ticket!!!