Ever notice how in certain weather, your head and chest just seem to fill with ‘stuff’ and you sneeze, wheeze, gasp and cough until you think surely you’ve coughed up a lung? Well, in certain political climes, my head just fills to the gills with snark, and there’s only one way to alleviate the symptoms … share it!
You could’a knocked me over with a feather …
Yesterday was a red-letter day in the United States Congress! Why? Because the Senate … members on both sides of the aisle … actually agreed on something and voted 95 to 1 to allow Sweden and Finland to join NATO! 95-1 … can you believe it??? I think this is the most cohesion we’ve seen in the Senate since … since … maybe 1867 or thereabouts! Granted, there is little reason to object to allowing these two nations to join NATO … it is a win-win, for it adds strength to NATO and provides protections for Sweden and Finland, but these days, there doesn’t seem to be a need for a reason to split the two sides!
Oh … that single ‘nay’ vote? That was ol’ Josh Hawley, the brunt of many jokes since the January 6th committee aired video showing Josh of fist-pump fame running desperately from the insurrectionists that day! His reason for naysaying the treaty expansion was, in his words …
“NATO expansion would almost certainly mean more U.S. forces in Europe for the long haul. In the face of this stark reality, we must choose. We must do less in Europe (and elsewhere) in order to prioritize China and Asia.”
No, it made no sense to me, either, but then … it’s Josh ‘fist-pump’ Hawley, so I don’t expect intellect, but merely nonsense. Rumour has it that he sees himself as a presidential candidate in 2024 🤣 🤣
Religious freedom? I think not.
It was on June 27th, just over a month ago, that the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Kennedy v Bremerton School District. In a nutshell, the case was filed by Joseph Kennedy, a public-school football coach, who had taken the practice of praying at the middle of the field immediately after each game. The school board were concerned the practice would be seen as infringing on the Establishment Clause separating church and state. They attempted to negotiate with Kennedy to pray elsewhere or at a later time, but Kennedy continued the practice. His contract was not renewed, leading Kennedy to sue the board.
The Supreme Court ruled that the school’s actions against Kennedy violated his rights under both the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. This decision has bothered me for over a month now, and last night I had a thought that I would share with you, my friends.
I don’t deny that Mr. Kennedy or anybody else has the right to pray … here, there, or anywhere. However, public schools are not the place for public displays of religious acts! They are institutions of learning … learning math, science, literature, history, and more … not religion. In case the U.S. Supreme Court has not noticed, this is a secular nation. We have people of every religion here and many of us are non-religious … that is our right, per the U.S. Constitution! So, the thought I had was this: Would the United States Supreme Court justices have been so quick to defend the man’s ‘right to prayer’ if he were a Muslim publicly praying to Allah? I’m betting not.
Some of the boys on the team Mr. Kennedy coached said they were uncomfortable with his habit … some boys joined in, and those who did not believe or did not wish to join in were made to feel left out, felt that to belong, they had to join in. THIS IS NOT what public education is about, my friends! I would take umbrage if my child or grandchild were subjected to a teacher or other school employee praying in public during school hours or activities! Again … if it had been a Muslim … can you just imagine the furor?
The U.S. is a nation founded in part by religious freedom. That does NOT mean that one religion, ie Christianity, dominates the spirit of the nation. It doesn’t. The Court made a grievous error on June 27th, one that some were just waiting for in order to pounce and turn our schools into religious institutions. We must not allow that to happen.
Ryan Kelley was running in the GOP primaries for governor of Michigan. He lost. In fact, he lost by a lot, coming in at fourth place with only 15% of the vote, or 165,016 votes as compared to the leader, Tudor Dixon, who received 434,673 votes, or 40.6%. (I will have more about Tudor Dixon at a later date) Now, one would think ol’ Ryan Kelley would tuck his tail betwixt his legs and go home to lick his wounds or cry in his beer, yes? But nope. He is planning to contest the election!
Kelly made the announcement early Wednesday morning as primary election results began to roll out that he refuses to concede and is contesting the election results. Oh … and it may not surprise you to know that Kelley was one of the insurrectionists who was arrested for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election on January 6th by breaking into the Capitol, destroying property, attacking Capitol Police, and calling to hang Mike Pence! And it surely won’t surprise you that he was endorsed by the former guy who incited the attempted coup.
Methinks he can contest until the cows come home, but he ain’t gonna be the one running against Democrat Gretchen Widmer in November!