One of the ways a country’s values can be judged is the legislation.
In Tennessee, a new law may allow marriage clerks to deny licenses based on that person’s beliefs. In short, a public servant (whose salary comes from our tax dollars), can tell a tax-paying citizen that they have no right to marry. If this person was a clergy of a specific faith and was using that as a context, their reasons are understandable (even if one disagrees with that decision). But a clergyperson’s paycheck comes from their congregation and not from the public.
Meanwhile, Walgreens has decided to not sell the abortion pill in twenty states. This is nothing more than a corporation bowing to the wishes of a minority. Granted, the right could accuse the left of the same thing. However, when it comes to medical care (which is what abortion is), that’s another story.
And finally in Arkansas, comes a double whammy from Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (former mouthpiece from the previous administration). The Youth Hiring Act of 2023 allows children under 16 to work without a permit. We know how this is going to go. Those forced to go to work (instead of school) are poor, immigrants, and people of color. These jobs (as in the past), will likely be dangerous, low-paying, and life-altering.
She also signed a bill that allows anyone who received gender-affirming care as a minor to sue a medical practitioner once they turn 18. Though it will not be enforced until this summer, the statute of limitations is good until that individual turns 33. This is a tactic that Republicans often use. By deputizing the person on the street, they keep their hands clean.
Just another day in America and another reason to vote them all out.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that there is no perfect presidential administration. There will be mistakes made along the way. There will be members of the public and members of the political class who disagree with the President and his/her people. However, there is something to be said for respecting the rule of law and respecting the established political norms.
I think it is also pretty safe to say that you know who’s administration respects neither.
Earlier this week, the rotating door of White House staff turned once more. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she was resigning from her post as Press Secretary. This woman has made my skin crawl for as long as she has held the position. She has continually lied, belittled the press, fudged the facts and like many in the administration, has forgotten that it is the voters who are responsible for keeping her employed.
If this was not enough, you know who was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. During the interview, he stated the following: “I don’t — there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘We have information on your opponent,’ oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
After the interview, he then walked back his statement, which shocks nobody. But what bothers me is that he would gladly receive information, about whomever is his opponent in 2020. From my perspective, this speaks to his lack of morals, ethics and the fact that his needs are more important than the needs of the country.
Just another reason why he is ill-equipped to run this country.
The news coming out of Washington D.C. these days is coming out so fast, it feels like one’s head is spinning.
At a rally in Florida earlier this week, you know who made it perfectly clear that he is out of touch with everyday Americans, despite his snake oil salesman shpiel that claims otherwise.
I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Of course he doesn’t know anything about buying groceries, why would he? First as a “billionaire” and then unfortunately as President, he has no need to buy groceries directly. He has staff who does that for him. While I have to concur that some stores may ask for ID when a customer pays via a credit card, many stores may not ask to see the customer’s ID. When speaking to reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that he was referring to the purchase of alcohol. While it is true that customers who buy alcohol are carded, you know who did not say anything about alcohol. He just said groceries.
While this was going on, Ivanka Trump actually admitted that she disagreed with two of her father’s hot button policies: the separation of families at the border and the claim that the media is the enemy of the people.
Nice of her to say so, but her speaking up now is too little, too late. Where has she been all of these months? Not just a mother, but as a human being, how could she have been immune to the children crying for their parents and the parents begging to at least know that their children are safe and healthy?
History is often the greatest judge of character. Generations from now, when our descendants learn about what we are doing in 2018, they will ask why. I hope we can answer them.
The bible is often used as justification when it comes to defending our actions.
Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to defend the treatment of migrants at our Southern border.
He is not the only one who can pull quotes from the bible.
“The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.” Leviticus 19:34
The quote that he is so easily referencing was also used to justify slavery in the United States.
There is also, the story of the three unknown men who approached the tent of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham could have sent them away, not knowing who they were or what their motives could have been. But instead, he welcomed these men into his home, treating them as honored guests.
I’m not a parent, but the sounds of these young kids crying for their parents absolutely breaks my heart. I’m not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but even I know that there is nothing that states that children of migrants should be separated from their parents in such an egregious manner.
If there is any justice in this world, you know and his minions will pay for what they are doing to these families. Until then, I can only hope that there are enough reasonable minds in Congress to undo this beyond horrible injustice.