A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE AMERICAN

(Author unknown.)

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It’s noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.
Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

(Thanks to Druid Tom McConnell for sharing this.)


Better?

 

“Better.” “More.” “Less.” We are ingenious at finding ways to separate ourselves from each other. We’ve developed a highly complex system of judgment.

How’s that working for us?

I’m better, richer, more educated, fatter, skinnier, dependent, independent, spiritual, religious, than you are. I’m more evolved than you are. I have lighter skin than you do. I have darker skin than you do. My ancestry is better than yours. My culture is more artistic, civilized, peaceful, war-like, than yours.

Really?

If we are all God, how exactly are we better than one another? Or worse?

Most of the conflicts we have with each other are based upon some idea of “betterness,” or “correctness.” My belief, or truth, is always more correct, and therefore better, than yours.

Really?

My argument here can be turned around, or even inside out: why is my concept of God, or of equality, better? Maybe these judgments’, these ways of separating ourselves, are good things.

They make us feel good certainly. It’s always good to be better, right?

Really?

Isn’t just “being God” better than anything else could be? Or, is that just a lip service we have acquired that we don’t really believe? If “thou art God” than our personal and collective concepts of what is better, or what is worse, are washed out.

Well, not completely. We believe that our belief, that “being God,” is better than their “not being God.” In fact, we believe that their belief is the root cause of all suffering.

Really?


Tragedy

Alisa is my Great- Niece. This is tragic. Parents (and Grand Parents) are not supposed to outlive their offspring. My family has never been hit with something like this before.

Even more tragic, her obituary reveals that she was a Druid.


Smartest thing I’ve read in a VERY long time

I didn’t write this, but I wish I had:

http://www.shakesville.com/2017/01/i-write-letters.html

“Dear People Demanding to Know Why Hillary Clinton Isn’t Doing Whatever It Is you Think She Needs to Be Doing in This Moment:

Hillary Clinton doesn’t owe you a goddamned thing.”

“Hillary Clinton ran for president. She ran despite a hideous game of cajoling her to run, only to shame her for running. She ran despite the fact that the media has treated her like garbage for decades; despite knowing they would treat her like garbage again—which they did. She ran despite knowing, as keenly as any other woman in the country and more than most, the hellscape of vicious misogyny that would be unleashed against her. She ran despite the fact that she knew, should she win, she would face Republican obstructionism and vitriol so vast and relentless that it would take a tenacious beast to govern. She ran knowing she would have to be that tenacious beast, and could be.”

“She ran for president on the most progressive Democratic platform ever, and her campaign was remarkably devoid of the typical unforced errors in most presidential campaigns (including her previous one). She showed herself to be a candidate capable of learning and willing to learn—when she changed positions, it was because she came to the more progressive one.”

“Which is not to suggest that she was a perfect candidate, but she was a damn good one. Yet her insufficient perfection was somehow considered a fatal flaw by people who now demand she dance at their command.”

“She wanted to lead this nation—and, more importantly, she wanted to govern it. And she had the knowledge and capability to do it, and do it well.”

“She put out an enormous number of policy papers and factsheets, so we could see exactly what she wanted to do and how she would do it. She gave detailed policy addresses, and she answered voters’ questions with both compassion and seriousness and details. “

“She conveyed, in every conceivable way, that she had the experience to be our president, and an abundance of talent, and she was offering both to us.”

“And we passed.”

“More of us voted for her, of course, but there is a reason she is not our president. And it’s not just because of Russian interference and James Comey being a colossal wanker. It’s also because enough votes for Jill Stein threw key states to Donald Trump, and because millions and millions of people voted for Trump despite his reprehensible platform.”

“I am hardly the first person to observe that I would much rather be spending my days encouraging Hillary Clinton to be more progressive than documenting the fall of the republic under the presidency of Donald Trump.”

“But here we are.”

“And now there are people—many of whom are self-identified Bernie Sanders supporters who voted for Stein in those aforementioned key states, or who voted for Trump, or who didn’t vote at all—who are demanding to know why Hillary Clinton isn’t “doing something” to stop Donald Trump and his authoritarian onslaught.”

“She did do something, you ungrateful wrecks. She campaigned for 18 months, the last of them against Trump himself, day after exhausting day, keeping up a ruthless schedule that would drive most people half her age to collapse after three weeks, no less a year and a half. She gave up time with her family, her grandchildren; gave up anything resembling free time; gave up her privacy. She made countless sacrifices on behalf of this country in order to prevent this exact outcome. “

“You took a hard pass, and now you have the unmitigated temerity to want more from her? F**k you.”

Read the rest.