Of late, I’ve been trying … well, sort of … to be less snarky than usual, more serious minded if you will. But, as the late Popeye the Sailor famously said, “I yam what I yam.” And what I yam seems to be snarky today, so instead of fighting it, I will go with the flow.
Do as I say, not as I do?
The ‘Christian Nationalist’ movement seems to have gained momentum in recent years. I mean absolutely no disrespect toward those Christians who believe as they do, yet do not attempt to impose their will on everyone else. The ones I am calling out here are those diehard Christian evangelicals who believe that they and they alone know all the answers and would force their will on us through a series of laws and punishments. They have had some success already in stripping women of their right to make their own decisions about their health, and now they are targeting others, such as the LGBTQ community and the very history of this nation. But here’s what’s interesting …
In the past two days, I have seen at least three news stories about Christian pastors sexually abusing children.
- Gregory Adams, an Alabama pastor, started abusing four young girls when they were around 12 years old. Adams told one of his victims if she didn’t have sex with him, God would strike her down with lightning.
- Jonathan High, a church deacon in Florida, was recently convicted of using children to produce the “hundreds, if not thousands” of child pornography photos found on his phone.
- Shane E. Richardson, a youth pastor in Pennsylvania, raped at least one child under the age of 16. A youth pastor!!!
So … a woman who has an abortion or even takes oral contraceptives is a criminal, but those self-righteous Christians who would condemn that woman, support religious ‘leaders’ who abuse children. Methinks those judgmental Christian sects better be cleaning up their own houses before commenting on ours!
Deserting a sinking ship … but who can blame him?
The Republican Party, formerly known as the “Grand Old Party” (GOP), has recently acquired numerous conspiracy theorists, fools, people who are against democracy, and idiots who can’t even write their own names without help. So, it is sad and maybe alarming to see the few who were actually intelligent, viable human beings within the party, making a hasty exit. It also speaks volumes about the credibility of today’s Republican Party.
Over the past two years, we have seen several of the better, more conscionable Republicans jump or be pushed off of the sinking ship. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney put the welfare of the nation ahead of their own careers and will be leaving Congress next January. Justin Amash left the Republican Party in 2019. Others, mainly those who are not willing to lick the boots of the former guy, who see the decay within the party, are retiring at the end of their term … among these are Senator Rob Portman.
Even so, my jaw dropped yesterday when I read that Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska plans to resign from his seat in the U.S. Senate at the end of this year to accept a position as president of the University of Florida. Sasse was, in my book, one of the better Republicans, one who had studied and understood the U.S. Constitution, one who still believed in the democratic foundations of this nation, and one who called out the former guy’s corruption, dishonesty and lack of knowledge, and in fact voted to convict him on the impeachment charges in 2021.
To be clear, I have disagreed with most of Sasse’s political positions such as women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, guns, healthcare, and more, however … he wasn’t a cheater. He played by the rules and if he wasn’t in the majority in a vote, he accepted that and moved on. THAT is what is lacking in today’s Republicans … they don’t even care about the illusion of playing by the rules … they seem to actually be proud of breaking the rules, of stripping We the People of our right to have a voice. I understand why Sasse is leaving, and I wish him the best of luck at the University of Florida … and by my count there remain about 4 Republicans in Congress who still possess a conscience and believe that their Oath of Office actually means something.
A lunatic in human’s clothing
You’ve heard of a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Well, this dude is a lunatic masquerading as a human. His name is Larry Klayman and while he has crossed my radar a few times in the past, I always just chalked him up as another attention-seeking weirdo. And he is just that, but he takes lunacy to the nth degree! His latest is a scheme he has cooked up to convict President Biden of bribery (???) and says he will be asking the military to arrest the president!
Now, I could write an entire series of posts about the lunacy of this ‘man’ dating all the way back to the Clinton administration, but frankly he isn’t worth my time or yours. Suffice it to say that I seriously believe he has something wrong inside his brain and to date, nobody has figured out how to stop him from his frivolous and ridiculous lawsuits. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as “pathologically litigious.”
Klayman has lost far more cases than he won, has been sanctioned and disciplined by the courts more than a few times, and last year had his license to practice law revoked for a period of 18 months, but still he persists in claiming he is going to have Biden arrested. Good grief … his parents must have had some really strange DNA!!!
And to finish with a bit of humour … just a couple of ‘toons!