It begs the question – ‘which came first’?
We elected a black man and so FOX needing ratings boosting, gave credibility to fringe groups that hate an America that isn’t white with women being seen but not heard?
Or a Republican party that needed more people to hate and fear anyone ‘different’ then them, opened their doors to the very fringe that want only a white, Christian, straight, male dominated Country?
“Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States?” Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) asked during an Armed Services Committee hearing at which Hagel and General Counsel of the Department of Defense Stephen Preston testified about the operation. “We have seriously wounded soldiers that have returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized,” he exclaimed. “You’re trying to tell me he’s being held at Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?”
‘Rather than being hidden away, Bergdahl is currently undergoing a slow but steady reintroduction to his life as required under military protocol in a three phase process, developed in the aftermath of the Vietnam War’.
‘Given the length of captivity, in which reports indicate that Bergdahl has lost some mastery of English, Col. Hans Bush, director of public affairs for U.S. Army South which handles all reintegration cases, told TIME “obviously this will be one of our longer cases” of recovery’.
‘Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that Berghdal “is engaging with hospital staff more and more each day,” but added “nobody is going to push it any further or any faster than Sergeant Bergdahl and his caregivers are willing to take it.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/06/11/3447705/miller-hagel-bergdahl/
‘Another day, another school shooting in America’.
‘On Tuesday morning, news hit that a gunman entered a school in Troutdale, OR, a suburb of Portland, and opened fire, killing one student’.
‘This incident marks the 74th school shooting that has occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. On December 14th, 2012…..18 months’.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/06/10/tuesdays-shooting-oregon-74th-school-shooting-america-sandy-hook.html
‘Of course, when Republicans talk about starving the poor, they forget the fact that most of those living in poverty actually live in red states’.
‘In a graphic put together by Pew Research, it was discovered that the people who rely the most on government assistance to survive live in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Maine, and Arkansas, which are all currently controlled by the GOP and their conservative economic policies’.
‘In short, Republicans who call for letting poor people die are talking about their own constituents’.
‘Indiana GOP candidate John Johnston is campaigning to oust current Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley’.
‘And he doesn’t seem to want poor people to vote for him, or live for that matter’.
‘In a rant on Facebook, Johnston wrote that government should let poor people “wither and die.”
“For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts. They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager”.
“No one has the guts to just let them wither and die”.
“No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade”.
“People simply are not hurting enough….”
‘Johnston isn’t the first Republican to advocate for punishing the poor severely’.
‘Last fall, House Republican Kevin Cramer posted a Bible verse that also appears in the Soviet constitution calling for unemployed people to starve’.
‘Two years earlier, it was Tea Party Rep. Michele Bachmann saying the same thing during her failed run to become President’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/11/indiana-conservative-christian-calls-letting-poor-people-wither-die/
‘Oklahoma state house candidate Scott Esk wrote on Facebook last summer that gay people are “worthy of death” and should be stoned, later claiming that violence against gays is “in the old testament under a law that came directly from God.”
‘The messages originated as Facebook commentary on a story about Pope Francis asking “who am I to judge” gay priests’.
‘Esk responded by posting Old Testament scripture that allegedly condemns homosexuality. After a commenter asked, “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?” Esk answered in the affirmative’.
So it goes against his political beliefs but not his christian or human beliefs?
“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he wrote. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”
‘Esk describes himself as “100% pro-life” and “100% Traditional Family Values” on his campaign website and says, “I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law.”
‘Esk would not comment on his statements to news channel KFOR’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/06/11/3447597/oklahoma-candidate-says-gays-should-be-stoned/
‘David Brat — another dumb ass teabagger – who scored one of the biggest upsets in recent political history on Tuesday by unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary — tried to avoid answering specific policy questions in one of his first national television interviews, insisting that he “didn’t get enough sleep last night.”
‘Instead, Brat stuck to generalities about “fiscal issues and the Republican creed,” telling MSNBC host Chuck Todd that he believed in “free markets, equal treatment of everyone under the law, fiscal responsibility, adherence to the constitution, and a strong defense and faith in God and strong moral character.”
‘Pressed for his position about raising the minimum wage, the economic professor demurred, saying “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.”
You are an economics professor at Randolph-Macon college!!
But you don’t have a “well crafted answer”??????
‘He added, “all I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation’s productivity.”
David Brat – teabagger – a ‘real’ American – a nut.
Actually Brat didn’t ‘win’ so much as Cantor just lost touch with his election and the people in his district.
He read and believed in his own press.
“Ben Bernanke got it wrong because he forgot to account for God, or at least for the Protestant way of worshiping him,” the Wall Street Journal reports’.
‘In a 2005 paper, Brat took on Bernanke saying the former Fed chairman’s work on economic growth “overlooked the role that religious institutions–particularly Protestant ones–play in driving a country’s growth rates.”
‘He added: “Give me a country in 1600 that had a Protestant led contest for religious and political power and I will show you a country that is rich today.”
From : http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2014/06/11/brat-says-bernanke-failed-underestimated-protestants/
Looks like none of them made it past the 1600’s – not ‘rich anyway.
And please say only the industrialized Nations. Then also include that all of them have socialized medicine.
Nations % of population listed as Protestants and % of population living in poverty.
Looks like none of them made it out of the 1600’s ‘rich’.
Antigua and Barbuda 86% NA
Bahamas 76% 9.3%
Barbados 67% NA
Botswana 66% 30.3%
Central African Republic 61% 62%
Congo, Republic of 51% 50.1%
Congo, Democratic Republic of 51% 71.3%
Denmark 91% 13.4%
Finland 85.1% NA
Ghana 61% 28.5%
Iceland 79.9% NA
Jamaica 60% 9.9%
Kenya 60% 45.9%
Latvia 50% 5.9%
Malawi 55% 52.4%
Marshall Islands 76.7% NA
Namibia 74% 38%
Nauru 66% NA
Norway 90% NA
Papua New Guinea 61.5% 37.5%
Saint Kitts and Nevis 83% NA
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 77% NA
South Africa 73% 23%
Swaziland 82% 69.2%
Sweden 86% NA
Tonga 73% 24%
Tuvalu 98.4% NA
United Kingdom 60% 14%
Zambia 68% 59.3%
Zimbabwe 67% 72%
United States 48.0% 15.1%
* – The percentages of Protestants in each country were taken from a variety of sources, including the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2004. Other sources used were Adherents.com, the CIA Factbook, PROLADES, Pew Foundation articles, and others.