Burch: Where do we go from here?

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 3:14am
By Michael R. Burch

This will be my last article for The City Paper, so I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to The City Paper for giving me the opportunity to write a weekly column, and to my editors William Williams and James Nix for catching my mistakes, which hopefully weren’t too many or too egregious. I would also like to thank my readers, because I know their time is valuable, and I really do appreciate the time they invested in my work. And I want to especially thank the readers who took the time to comment online: Loner, Captain Nemo, Govskeptic, Yogi, Dargent7, Budlight, Pswindle, Bfra, BenDover, Brrrk, and all the others ... thanks so very much!

Where do we go from here?

I hope to continue doing what I’ve been doing, which is trying to keep the spirit of the Confederacy from rising up like an impossible-to-kill Jason in a third-rate horror flick, intent on committing mindless mayhem and destroying lives. Quite seriously, that is how I see the current incarnation of the Grand Old Predators. A better analogy might be Jurassic Park, with raptor-like Republicans running around trying to exterminate anyone and everyone who’s more highly evolved.

Is it a stretch to say that they’re trying to kill us? Well, perhaps not intentionally, but stupidity can and does kill. A party that denies the clear evidence of global warming; that strips away the safety nets from the poor and elderly; that demands guns in bars, parks, trunks and schools; that insists being scared justifies mowing down minorities; and that obviously intends to keep doing the same reckless things in the Middle East, is going to get many Americans killed, and god-knows-how-many foreigners. Someone needs to stop the tiny-brained predators from wreaking so much havoc, so operating on the premise that the pen is mightier than empty noggins as well as the sword, I have tried to make other people aware of what I see so clearly myself.

The Republican Party has changed dramatically in recent years, in its hard shift to the far right, where grammar-challenged rubes like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann can become stars of the highest magnitudes. In my early working days, I was a Reagan Republican — perhaps a bit like the character Michael Fox played on Family Ties — because I was very concerned about the economy and my taxes. Like many young people intent on living out the American Dream, I wanted to have the finer things in life: nice cars, a nice house, etc. I preferred to enjoy the fruits of my labor, so it made sense for me to support fiscal responsibility on the part of the federal government. But the “trickle down” theory proved to be economic voodoo because rich people don’t have to spend most of the money they make. “Trickle up” might work much better because ordinary Joes and Janes will spend most of what they make, with the people who own businesses, stocks and bonds being the main beneficiaries.

But in any case, what I didn’t realize at the time, perhaps because it seemed so far-fetched, was that the spirit of the Confederacy was about to rise from the grave and reanimate. Thus, a vote for “fiscal responsibility” became a vote for chauvinism, racism, homophobia, intolerance and irrational religion (for instance, all the sins of heterosexual Christians can be forgiven freely by grace, but a homophobic God singles out gays and Muslims for “special consideration,” in the form of an eternal hell).

A vote for the GOP also became a vote for a return to feudalism, with a few rich layabout lords prospering from the incessant toil of their lowly serfs. As a result, today average Americans are working themselves into early graves while being told that the retirement plans and medical insurance they fund are “entitlements” the nation can’t afford, when trillions of dollars have been wasted on two wars fought on false premises. Meanwhile, super-wealthy businesses like Apple and individuals like Mitt Romney claim to “believe in America” while keeping most of their moolah stashed offshore. They obviously don’t “believe” in America enough to pay their fair share of the expenses of the wars being fought, at least ostensibly, to protect it.

This is not the American that I dreamed of, in my youthful idealism. I wanted the best of both worlds  — prosperity and equality — not the worst of both, which is where the GOP will undoubtedly take us if we don’t stand our ground. The Confederacy may have lost the last few battles of the Civil War, but its spirit lives and raves on today in the bigotry and intolerance of the Tea Party. Those of us who agree with the stand abolitionists took against the enslavement of African-Americans must now take a similar stand against our own enslavement, and the enslavement of our children and grandchildren.

Where do we go from here? I may not have the opportunity to write another column in these days of diminishing paper and ink, but I will definitely continue to write and publish online. And as the primary author of the Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative (www.thehypertexts.com/peace.htm), I will continue to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinians, which could be the key to world peace.

I believe it is a fundamental truth that on this planet, peace requires justice, and justice requires equality. Three times in its history the United States has made terrible decisions to subvert justice and equality, which resulted in large-scale holocausts. One holocaust was the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Native Americans. Another was the enslavement of African-Americans. The third, in my opinion, is American support of the ethnic cleansing and slow genocide of Palestinians. In the first two cases, massacre after massacre resulted, with the oppressors insisting that their victims were the “problem.” But it turned out that Sitting Bull wasn’t really a “terrorist,” just a man forced to the warpath because his people lived on the brink of extermination. It turned out that John Brown wasn’t really a “terrorist,” but a man willing to risk his life to end the terrible treatment of African-Americans. And one day in the future, if the human race survives, I have no doubt that the more enlightened people who study the actual causes of 9-11 will shake their heads sadly and wonder how so many Americans of our era could have been so blind.

I wish everyone who reads this final article the best of luck, but sometimes we have to make our own luck in this world, so I hope you will join me in the continuing struggle to establish a lasting peace, which requires real justice, which in turn requires real equality, both at home and abroad. Unfortunately, the self-avowed “greatest nation of all time” has not always lived up to its stated ideals. But if we keep evolving, we just might escape the fate of those other dinosaurs who failed to evolve, and of course the dodos.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com

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350 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 2:54

Got to go. If I don't get back before the close, I'll see you later.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 2:56

Later, Nemo.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 2:56

Nemo - Posters like yogi, bud & jugs will turn people away anywhere they post their BS,

By: MamaG on 8/9/13 at 3:02

bfra, if the jugtard posted anywhere else like he does here, he could be seriously hurt. Let's hope for that! LOL

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 3:03

MamaG - Now that would be fitting for such a lowlife!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 3:04

No one else will tolerate that vulgar little punk. Huevos Rancheros, M-Fer!

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 3:12

Time will tell. Let's see whose crap turns out to be BS, bfra.

I'll have to admit, you aren't putting out any BS because you have no idea what you're saying except to call someone else wrong.

I'm glad NCP didn't give you (and yours) exclusive rights to their site. You may learn in the future you aren't anyone deserving special consideration.

By: MamaG on 8/9/13 at 3:15

LOL you guys!!!

yogi, they let all of us have our say here. Lord knows you have had yours, just the same as anyone else has and more than most. You aren't anyone deserving special consideration anymore than I am.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 3:30

Thanks for the memories.

:)

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 3:33

I understand MamaG, but many on this board the [insiders] have felt they should be the only ones using it. I'm glad NCP saw between their eyes and didn't give them their exclusive feeling privilege.

All I've given was give information I got from Obama's data sites; and called a liar about it. Yet none of them have given one iota of evidence I'm wrong.

They all say they have but they refuse to repeat themselves to shut me up. Why? As is known, I've repeated myself on a daily basis. Why haven't any of them repeated themselves at least on more time. And hey, it ain't too late today; through it at me.

I think you all should understand the Constitution a little better, MamaG. There is certain restrictions you must meet to hold the POTUS position and no Indonesian citizen can become a natural born American citizen to hold that office. Nor can one with dual-citizenship.

So why haven't I been proven wrong? Isn't Barry the man he claims to be?

By: foxman on 8/9/13 at 3:34

At least my Hope & Change came to fruition. Your liberal ass getting canned. You will be lucky to get a job cleaning out dog cages with your journalism skills. BTW, I hope some Confederate "good ole boy" cleans your clock one day on the streets. Keep your head on a swivel Mikey...

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 3:38

Blanket - Only difference in jug the puke & yogi the puke is age. Yogi is just al old, old puke that keeps his head up his ass & can't get out of the anal area with posting.

By: brrrrk on 8/9/13 at 3:39

Foxman, what an idiot.... you do know you can be traced by your email address... Mike, I suggest you report this guy to the cops...

By: revo-lou on 8/9/13 at 3:39

Typical Tea-nut comment; " I have no idea how to defend what I believe, or refute what you are saying, so, I will resort to a violent retort and wish for the actual to happen to you”.

If Fox is your light, you are an idiot.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 3:55

Top Ten Indicators That Your Employer Has Changed To The Obamacare Health Plan.

10. Your annual breast exam is done at Hooter's.
9. Directions to your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer park."
8. The tongue depressors taste faintly like Fudge sickles.
7. The only proctologist in the plan is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.
6. The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is "an apple a day".
5. Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.
4. "The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges", is not a typographical
error.
3. The only expense covered 100% is... "Embalming".
2. Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M's on them.
1. You ask for Viagra and they give you a Popsicle stick and duct tape.

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian. - Henry Fored

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 3:55

Everyone,

Thanks so much for reading my articles, and taking the time to comment. It was interesting to be called nasty names, at times, for speaking the truth as I see and understand it, but I tried not to descend into the trash-talking. I hope I succeeded in that respect more than I failed.

If the site stays up long enough, I hope to make some more personal farewells. If we get cut off too quickly, please look me up online.

My warm regards to all,
Mike Burch

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 4:00

Loner,

I consider you my brother in arms. I hope we can stay in touch, and continue the good fight elsewhere. May the bromance continue!

Cheers,
Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 4:02

Nemo,

Thanks for taking the time to read my articles, and to comment. I hope we can stay in touch.

Cheers,
Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 4:08

gdiafante,

Were all the Americans who killed Germans while fighting the Nazis "terrorists"? Or were they heroes? If men were heroes for fighting the creators of the Holocaust, wouldn't John Brown be a hero for fighting the creators of an American Holocaust, which is what the terrible institution of slavery was?

Why does the right-wing brain struggle to understand that if the founding fathers were heroes to fight the tyranny of King George, then John Brown was even more of a hero because he didn't fight to free himself from tyranny, but people who were more unfortunate.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were rich men who lived in mansions and had personal freedom. If they had the right to kill Englishmen in order to enjoy even more freedom, how can it be wrong for John Brown to kill slaveowners in order to free slaves?

Mike

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 4:10

You are very welcome and thinks for staying what need to be said. I try to keep up you on line.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 4:14

foxman? Will we know where he gets his information. lol

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 4:22

Welcome to the "being called nasty names" club, Mike. It looks like I've been elected as president of that club, eh? Thank you for your vote.

And I do agree with you when you remarked that you speak the truth as you see and understand it.

That is also my way of life and should be every one's way of life, but sadly, it isn't.

I also agree it's interesting to be called nasty names. That tells you what kind of person that person really is in their mental capacity.

Considering the names I've been called on this board, there's very few here I would want as a neighbor.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 4:26

We would burn you out you damn old commie.

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 4:32

Yogi,

I didn't always agree with you, but I hope I disagreed with you in a civil way.

Mike

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 4:37

Mike,

It's obvious our founders made some bad mistakes, and slavery was the biggest one they made; and we're still paying for it.

And I agree, John Brown should be considered as much of a hero to the Negroes as Dr. Martin Luther King.

I was privileged to be part of that historical parade in Alabama as part of a security detail.

By: brrrrk on 8/9/13 at 4:58

yogiman said on 8/9/13 at 4:55

"Top Ten Indicators That Your Employer Has Changed To The Obamacare Health Plan."

Uniformed to the end... there is no such thing as "The Obamacare Health Plan"... even under the ACA, ALL health plans are privately run.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 5:01

I'm a mature old man Mike, and I agree your remarks were civil. But I thought it was ridiculous when you commented you preferred Obama into that office even if he wasn't eligible for it to get him over George Bush.

You need to do a little research of our past presidents, Mike.

And you sure as hell shouldn't want someone in that office illegally if you really love this country.

By: dargent7 on 8/9/13 at 5:07

In parting, "jughead" is an ass-hole.
Why TCP didn't BAN this dick a year ago is beyond me.
He was vulgar right out of the gate.
His shit isn't "1st Amendment" rights.
TCP dropped the ball ("balls") big time, on this guy
No other paper in America will post his tripe.
Oh, maybe a White Supremecist one in North Dakota, but that's about it.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 5:17

Did smash them over their heads or did you turn the dogs lose?

It is funny that you just now mention this, yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 5:26

Do over;

yogi did you smash head or did your turn the dogs loss as security?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 5:27

shb lose

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 6:03

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 3:51
And girlygirl?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 3:52
Another one of bud's alter egos. lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 3:52
Yeah, I think you're right.

No, you are wrong on this one. She's married to a prominent Nashvillian; she's a democrat; she's very pretty and very southern; she's super intelligent and she can write circles around anyone on this site. But you go ahead and compliment me by thinking it's me. I'm thrilled.

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:09

foxman,

I hate to shatter your fondest dreams, but I own a computer software company and have made millions of dollars over the years, and plan to make even more. I wrote the CP column for free, because I enjoy writing and believe it's my duty as a citizen and a patriot to point out that the GOP looks and acts more and more like Hitler's Brown Shirts. My :"liberal ass" will not end up in an unemployment line. Sorry to burst your bubble!

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:10

HoundDog,

Thanks, and good luck to you as well!

Mike

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 6:12

By: foxman on 8/9/13 at 4:34
At least my Hope & Change came to fruition. Your liberal ass getting canned. You will be lucky to get a job cleaning out dog cages with your journalism skills. BTW, I hope some Confederate "good ole boy" cleans your clock one day on the streets. Keep your head on a swivel Mikey...

Foxman, this is not nice and you give conservative a bad name. Stop making threats.

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:21

bfra,

Thanks, I always appreciated your posts.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:22

Kosh III,

Perhaps we can hitchhike to some planet where there's intelligent life!

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:23

Blanketnazi2,

I second you on missing Loner's posts, and I'll miss yours too.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:27

Moonglow1,

Thanks so much. I'll miss you and your thoughtful posts.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 6:59

MusicCity615, in answer to your points and questions:

I am very sad to see the City Paper go, as it is Nashville's best paper.

>>>>> I agree.

While I do wish Burch and everyone here the best of luck, I still am puzzled how mr. burch was allowed to write articles with such bias.

>>>>> My articles were opinion pieces. The editors of TCP knew that I was going to write opinion pieces with a liberal slant. They wanted another more conservative writer, but it seems one never materialized (was it because of the lack of functional gray matter in the right wing brain)?

Some of the criticism for the GOP is well deserved, but not all. Being a moderate independent, I am so tired of the liberal media in America.

>>>>> That is a matter of opinion. As evidence that the GOP deserves to get blasted with both barrels, I offer as evidence: Bush Junior, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Bishop Romney, et al. When the "stars" of a political party are evil morons, someone needs to point out the obvious dangers. That's what I tried to do.

Why did you never mention in any of your articles the recent "war on women" by the democrats (Weiner, Spitz)? If the exact same situation had occured in the GOP, you would have definitely written an article slamming the GOP candidates....

>>>>> The entire Democratic party is not waging war on women, the way the GOP has been doing. If the Democratic party changed its official platform to assault women's rights, I would be firing salvos at the party. If only one or two kooks were attacking women from the right, I wouldn't worry too much about that. But the official platform of the GOP is regressive, and the OFFICIAL position of the GOP is that ALL abortions should be illegal, which means returning women to the Dark Ages. So there is a HUGE difference between the two parties, and I see no reason to write about two Democratic kooks, when there are millions of nutty Republicans who read the Bible, then insist that God is a chauvinist, a homophobe, etc., and try to "do his will."

Why no article on the Boston Bombings? You wrote several articles saying there is "terrorism" in middle tennessee because people didn't want a mosque to be built, but it is ridiculous to call that "terrorism".

>>>>> I never said that not wanting a mosque to be built is "terrorism." There have been acts of arson AGAINST Muslims here, but no acts of terrorism committed by Muslims. So I pointed out that the only acts of terrorism in Tennessee, related to Muslims, were those acts committed against them, presumably by Christians.

I would bet you would feel much safer looking like a muslim in America than an American (Christian, Jew, or atheist) in the middle east.

>>>>>> It would be far more dangerous to look like a Palestinian when surrounded by Israeli Jews and Zionist Christians, who believe it is the "will of God" for Jews to ethnically cleanse non-Jews and rob them of their homes. And I have friends who have lived among Muslims in the worst of places -- Gaza, for instance -- and they have always been treated very hospitably. So it is not true that Americans are always in danger in the Middle East. But after we have invaded nations like Afghanistan and Iraq on false pretenses, and destroyed much of those nations, of course the level of danger goes up. But that is not irrational behavior because most of us would have bad feelings about foreigners who invaded our country, destroyed our homes and killed or mutilated our loved ones. Americans should not be surprised that large parts of the world have come to fear our government, and to despise our public's hypocrisy.

Yet when two thugs who bomb innocent people of a nation that ACCEPTED them into this country, and even provided scholarips to them to become educated, you write nothing? If two Christians bombed a mosque, would you sit on the sidelines?

>>>>> The question is WHY there are acts of terrorism against the US by some Muslim men. If the young men were committing mayhem for no reason, that would be terrible. But over and over again, the "terrorists" have explained why they acted, and over and over again the American public refuses to listen. I do not agree with acts of individual terrorism, but I understand that what the US and Israel have done in the Middle East is thousands of times worse. Today we understand why Sitting Bull and John Brown acted against ethnic cleansing and slavery, respectively. One day students of history will point out that acts of terrorism by Muslims had EXACTLY the same motivation. A nation that commits crimes against peace and humanity should not be surprised when some people choose to fight fire with fire.

Martin Luther King was an inspiration to this nation. Today's civil rights leaders- not so much...

>>>>> I know some very admirable human rights activists. For instance, Greta Berlin and Mary Hughes Thompson are two grandmothers who raised $700,000, bought a ship and sailed into Gaza harbor ... the first sailors to do that in 40 years. There are leaders, if there are people brave enough to follow them.

Currently no union worker in Detroit paid anything into their retirement or healthcare funds. The same is happening in NYC. Yes unions need retirement and healthcare security and no this is "entitlement", but public unions need to pay into the system and should be be allowed to pay nothing and leave the burden to the taxpayers.

>>>>>> I am not an expert on union issues, but I agree that pension plans need to be funded. I don't like the word "entitlement" to be used for plans like Social Security and Medicare that are funded by taxpayers before they reach their golden years.

While a lot of us disagree on many issues, I think we can all agree that Nashville is a great place and I wish the best of luck and peace and happiness to all of you.

>>>>> I wish you the best also. I think Nashville has bee a great place to live, but it the right-winger have their way, that may not be true in the future. Hopefully, people with functional hearts and brains will not allow racists and fascists to turn Nashville into a second Confederacy.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 7:01

Sorry dumba$$, it should have been loose. Notice two o's instead of just one. Hang in there dunba$$, hopefully you'll learn by the time you mature.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 7:05

You fools are a joke. It's OK for any of you to use the language you're using but Jughead is wrong using it. What makes you idiots so elite?

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 7:08

budlight,

It is true that liberals can come up with bad ideas from time to time. But what does the GOP stand for, collectively, these days? Every bad idea in the book:

Racism
Chauvinism
Homophobia
Intolerance
War
Cutting the safety nets of the poor and elderly, while increasing military budgets
Denying women the right to choose whether to become mothers
Union bashing
etc.

Yes, liberals can go too far, but at least they have good things in mind. The GOP is going the way of Hitler's Brown Shirts, full of anger and bile, and frothing at the mouth to put homosexuals, Muslims, women and minorities in their "proper place."

As a wise man once pointed out, "There is none so blind as he who will not see." People who refuse to see what the Republican Party has become live in a state of denial, and may one day end up like Germans who lived in denial of what their "conservatives" were really up to.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 7:14

Loner,

I think you described the enemies of American ideals and values succinctly and vividly ...

"knuckle-dragging, semi-erect troglodytes, on a mission from God."

With that image in mind, just consider these "stars" of the Republican party:

Bush Junior
Sarah Palin
Michelle Bachmann
Rick "Insanitorium" Santorum
Bishop Romney
Newt Gingrich
Dick "The Penguin" Cheney
Donald "Duck!" Rumsfeld
Donald Trump

Need I say more? How can anyone doubt that a party lead by such knuckle-draggers will get us bombed back into the Stone Age?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 7:35

It doesn't yogi, I'm still smarter than you.

You've even post that I am.

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 9:10

One thing that strikes me about this final thread is how very angry some of the right-wing-nuts are. They're spitting. They're glad that other people have lost their jobs. They wish liberals were dead, and warn them to watch their backs.

Bill Clinton once remarked that he never hated his enemies the way they hated him. Irrational hatred is the province of small (narrow) minds. Why do right-wingers get so very angry when I point out that the GOP is what it actually is? The GOP's official platform clearly states its backwardness. For instance, the official GOP stance is that pregnant women should NEVER have the right to chose not to become mothers, even if they are raped or their lives are in danger. Bishop Romney and other major Republican candidates for president endorsed this platform. Then, hypocritically, they blasted other Republicans for their public stances on abortions, even when those stances were actually more moderate (though still mired in the Middle Ages).

How can anyone in his/her right mind vote for someone like Bishop Romney, who as a Mormon bishop tried to force single mothers to turn their children over to the church, and who invested millions of dollars in a Chinese sweatshop where thousands of young girls worked as near-slaves, in a compound with guard tower and barbed wire, like a Nazi concentration camp? Later, when Romney started shutting down American factories, at least one of the factories controlled by his company actually copied the Chinese factory methods, to make sure the employees being fired didn't leave with purloined pens and paper.

What can inspire Americans to vote for goons like Bishop Romney and mad medieval monks like Rick Santorum, who wants to make even contraceptives illegal? It seems to me that the right-wingers hate people like President Obama and Bill Clinton so much, that they can't admit the simple fact that the "stars" of their party are much worse in nearly every respect. To avoid having intelligent people running the country, they are willing to elect morons like Bush Junior, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, or proto-fascists like Bishop Romney, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

By: MamaG on 8/9/13 at 9:32

And, they're the biggest "Christians" in the country! Like you, Mike, I just don't get it.

Looks like just you and me and I don't know about you, but I'm tired! LOL Good night!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 9:39

Sometimes I feel if the right-wing fringe ever gain control, all will be lost.

Good night and I hope to fine you on line.

By: Mike Burch on 8/9/13 at 10:05

MamaG,

Sweet dreams, and I hope you rise refreshed. It is ironic that the people who claim to be born-again Christians are so frequently the ones who want to deny financial help to the poor and elderly, and want to spend the most money on guns and wars. One would think that Jesus would have said just the opposite. The early Christians were flaming liberals. When a young man asked Jesus what he should do, to be his disciple, Jesus told him, FIRST sell everything you have and give the proceeds to the poor, THEN come and follow me. But the religious right takes the opposite approach: FIRST, claim to be disciples of Christ, then make damn sure that less fortunate people don't receive any "entitlements" by standing in the way of every Democratic effort to help them.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 10:09

Well Mike,

To answer your question "Where do we go from here?", we have several choices: We can go straight home, turn around and go back down the road, or keep on driving in the same or a different direction.

The choice is in the driver's hands.