LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that does an absolutely miserable job of protecting our children. Every 10 seconds an instance of child abuse is reported to authorities. That amounts to 3,153,600 every year. Most reports of child abuse involve more than one child, so the number of children affected is more than 6,000,000. Of that number, 45% are under the age of 5. One in every five children will suffer sexual abuse and most of the time that sexual abuse is done by someone they know.Read more
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country where racist, white, “good Christian” conservatives are going bat shit crazy about president Andrew Jackson being replaced on the $20 bill by abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
First of all, where is it written in the Constitution (the favorite document of the misinformed) that only old white men should be featured on our national currency? I can’t find that part. Jackson was a member in good standing with the 1.6% of our population that actually owned slaves. Notice the similarity with today’s economic system?
The haves and the have-nots have been with us since the beginning of our nation and it embarrasses us to no end in our relations with the rest of the world. Jackson was a murderer who killed a man in a duel supposedly over the honor of his wife whom he married while she was still the legal wife of another man. He was a first class victimizer.
Harriet Tubman, on the other hand, was a first class victim saver. Born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland she endured beatings and whippings from her various masters until she escaped to Philadelphia in 1849. She quickly returned to Maryland and helped the rest of her family escape. Then she became a guiding light on the famous Underground Railroad, and is credited with personally saving over 70 slaves by leading them to freedom in the North.
She became a Union spy in the Civil War and personally led a raid at Combahee Ferry that freed over 700 slaves. Her personal courage and bravery make her entirely worthy of being honored as a great American, and the racist naysayers can kiss my redneck ass if they don’t like it!
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country where us non-racists and non-bigots are rolling on the floor, laughing our asses off at the various southern “Christian” states trying to out “Christian” each other (No Pun Intended) with their ridiculous anti LGBT laws.
The funny part is how they are getting their asses handed to them by the rest of the country and the world. Our Lady of Karma has decided to punish them in the most public and humiliating way possible, by taking away their money! There are times when real life is so exquisitely delicious it is almost unbearable!
Their undisguised hatred and stupidity is finally reaping the reward it so justly deserves. Other states are refusing to allow state workers to go to states that have enacted these anti belluvian laws and conduct business with them. Entertainers are canceling shows. Sports organizations are canceling games. Multinational corporations are taking their businesses and their jobs to more friendly environs and the good “Christian” states are flabbergasted that so many have absolutely no tolerance for their bastardized beliefs. I say bastardized because Jesus never said a word about Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals or Transgenders. He judged people by their actions and not by their sexual proclivities.
The south has been handicapped ever since the Emancipation Proclamation took away their slaves and left them with no one to legally persecute. They are finding out the “hard” way (Again No Pun Intended) that LGBT folks are not going to put up with their bullshit!
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that has the most screwed up political system in the entire world.
Our elected officials in Washington actually spend more time raising money for their next campaign than they do on the business of running our government. For real! While on our dime these guys sit in a small cubicle day after day outside the halls of Congress, since it is illegal for them to solicit money from the halls of Congress, personally calling a list of donors to raise money for their next campaign. They even have it broken down to the amount of donations they need each day, not counting “contributions” from the various lobbyists, just so they can come back to Washington and do the same thing year after year.
No wonder we can’t pass a jobs bill. No wonder we can’t pass a budget. No wonder we can’t pass a comprehensive immigration bill. No wonder we can’t fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. These fuckers are too busy raising money for their next campaign to actually do the work we elected them to do. What bullshit
This is exactly why term limits are crucial to saving our government. Let all of our “Professional Politicians” know from the start that being a lawmaker is a temporary career move, and NOT a lifetime job. It is a chance to serve, not unlike being in the military. Make them be judged by the legislation they pass and not by how much money they can beg, borrow or steal in order to get re-elected
If we eliminate the overly generous pensions and lifetime health benefits our legislators have voted for themselves, being a “Professional Politician” would not be nearly so appealing. If they have to depend on Medicare and Social Security like the rest of us, those programs would undoubtedly see dramatic improvements for all of us.
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that is still laboring under an outdated election process established by the Founding Fathers to ease the transition from the President being elected by Congress, to the President being elected by the citizens. Very primitive communications existed in 1787, and The Electoral College was created by the Constitutional Convention to insure an accurate vote count.
The Electoral College is unfair in several ways. First, it gives more weight to votes cast in small states. (Each state's electoral votes are equal to the number of members it has in the House and Senate combined.) Second, because the Electoral College is "winner take all" in all but two states (Maine and Nebraska), people who disagree with the majority in their state are not represented. Finally, the system allows the election of a President who does not have the support of a majority of voters. John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush all lost the popular vote and still became president.
Without the Electoral College, candidates would have to campaign to get as many individual votes as possible in every state, instead of focusing on states that provide key electoral votes. Each vote would make a difference and voters would feel they truly had a stake in the elections, which should lead to increased voting across the country.
With a system of direct election, all votes would be equally important and equally sought after. We need to abolish the Electoral College and make our presidential elections one person, one vote. The Founding Fathers did not imagine the Constitution to be holy scripture. They changed it themselves many times. It is time to evolve and give every vote equal value.
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that is sick to death of the ammosexuals and their “Right” to bear arms, so they can kill anyone that pisses them off. It is past time to get rid of the damn guns. It is past time to get rid of the damn NRA. For crissakes, the majority leader of the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Republicans would not approve any Supreme Court nominee that was not approved by the NRA. Since when did the NRA purchase say so rights as to who can serve on the Supreme Court? More than 30,000 people a year in this country are killed by guns. It is past time to take the Second Amendment as it was written by the Founding Fathers and not as it has been bastardized by the ammosexuals.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Guess what ammosexuals? A ‘well regulated Militia” is no longer needed. We have the most powerful military in the world. Your right to bear arms is invalid according to the Constitution! We need to join the ranks of the informed nations on this planet and ban private ownership of handguns and any type of semi automatic rifle, as automatic ones are already banned. Open carry is nothing but sanctioned mayhem. My daughter was waiting for a coffee in Starbuck’s when she saw an ammosexual also waiting with his gun strapped to his side. It made her extremely uncomfortable. He had no badge, no uniform, nothing to indicate he was law enforcement. We ordinary citizens who do not carry our guns to church have no way of knowing Mr. Ammosexual, if you are a “good” guy with a gun or a “bad” guy with a gun until you start shooting! I told her the next time she sees this to start screaming at the top of her lungs, “There’s a man with a gun! There’s a man with a gun!” as she runs out of the building. This election make sure you vote for a candidate that does not think the NRA should decide who sits on the Supreme Court.
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that today has a lot in common with another country from a different era.
A lot of our citizens have a very grim future in front of them due to the massive income inequality of our current system, and they have no realistic means of improving. Higher education has become cost prohibitive for the majority. When the minimum wage is below the poverty level, there is no way for the average person to save money. Their reality is nothing but hopelessness. They are desperate for anything but what they currently have.
Now we have a very charismatic speaker running for president who is promising them a better life like the one he has. Donald Trump is especially appealing to the unemployed, the poorly educated, young people and the lower middle class. He also encourages them to vent their prejudices and make him the leader of the free world so he can make America great again.
In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s these same conditions existed in Germany. A charismatic speaker offered them hope and the chance to make Germany great again if they would make him their leader. We all know how that turned out.
We must address the issue of the disenfranchised with all deliberate speed in order to diffuse the unrest that currently exists. Getting rid of all the do nothing Republican legislators at every level of government whose only desire is to give more money to the rich, would allow crucial social legislation to become a reality.
Jobs can be created by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Higher education can be made more affordable. The minimum wage can be raised to a livable level. Do not let us fall into the same trap that brought down Germany. Vote for Democrats and vote for change!
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country where 31 of our 50 states have a lot of citizens who are wondering HOW they can re-claim their own, very basic human rights. I think I have the answer for these folks!Read more
LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that desperately needs to have every municipal water source in the nation tested for the Dumbassis Virus!
Never in my 69 years have I seen two political parties engaged in a presidential election who are fighting themselves more than the opposition. Bernie and Hillary basically want the same things, but they disagree on how to achieve them. I am amazed and grateful that Bernie has motivated younger voters to participate in the process, but so far that participation has not included voting and has included the petulant cry, “If Bernie doesn’t win, I’m not voting!” Hillary supporters have responded similarly in self defense. This is a scenario the Koch brothers would have paid a billion dollars to acquire and they got it for free.
The Republican candidates spend all of their time with personal attacks against each other and have yet to even remotely discuss the issues. Mainstream Republicans are so disenchanted with front runner Donald Trump, that they are turning on their own! Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he would support Hillary over Donald!
This is a golden opportunity for Democrats to pull off a classic landslide victory similar to the one LBJ had against Barry Goldwater in 1964, if they can get their shit together and get every registered party member to vote!
The Senate and the House can both be re-claimed, if all Democrats put aside their differences and support the party the way they support their favorite candidate. Republicans are reeling. They are on the ropes. It is time to deliver the knockout punch! Do not let petty differences undermine the chance to take our government back from the 1% and focus on the needs of the 99%.