Sunday, August 29, 2010

Beck, Sharpton (and King?) on the National Mall

NPR Summary

On Saturday, Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton timed events to coincide with Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech anniversary. The link above has some reaction from various media outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News.

The Post wrote that beck "championed a religious brand of patriotism and called on the nation to recommit itself to traditional values he said were hallmarks of its exceptional past." Sharpton wasn't so sure, stating that this "return" was really an attempt to undo all the gains of the civil rights movement.

The reactions from the media are mixed, as would be expected from organizations with the need to generate advertising and contributions.My opinion? I don't like the pseudo Christian rhetoric from these groups and media personalities like Beck and other conservative commentators who are out for ratings more than anything with their rantings. I believe that these conservative Christian groups promote a philosophy which ignores the plight of the poor and the needs of this religiously and ethnically diverse nation in search for a past which really never existed for most of the immigrants from which this nation has grown. I do agree with some of the fiscally conservative right about the size of government, but don't believe that they espouse an necessarily Christian belief in their treatment of those who are different than they are.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

An Idiot, but OUR idiot

It appears that 989% of the incumbents are being re-nominated this political season. They may not be doing the job and may be idiots, but, they are OUR idiots and bring the bacon home to us through their wheeling and dealing.

Another remarkable thing is the wealth of the participants in the political system. Many are multi-millionaires or billionsiares and are supporting their runs with their own money. Government by the people and for the people appears to be government by the rich for the rich!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

When will the recovery reach us?

NPR asked this question. In my opinion, it will be when we have jobs and the prospect that we will keep them in the future. Then we will feel good enough about things to buy again. Of course, I also am convinced that the economy will not come back like it was, because much of it was build on deception and wrong thinking. People live beyond their means when they're optimistic. They are ready to believe that something that sounds too good to be true is actually true because they see others making it big.

Get ready for the long haul poor economic conditions and prospects.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Read the Document

Reactions to the Federal Court decision overturning proposition 8 in California got me to thinking how important documents can be read by groups with differing agendas to reach completely different conclusions. This includes the US Constitution, the Bible, the Quran, anything. Advocates can read the same words, ignore the words that don't fit their opinion and justify their position.

Another interesting aspect is interpretation of the "meaning of the writers" of the document. Situations vary over time and applying something written hundreds or thousands of years ago is an exercise in interpretation at best and spin at worst.