Hmmm...I've been thinking... |
*** Fox News, MSNBC, the looney bloggers, and the big-mouths on talk radio are deliberately inciting violence and civil disorder---and, like shouting 'fire' in a crowded theatre, that is a dangerous abuse of free speech.
*** Democracy cannot function without a well-informed public. And we no longer have that. It is almost impossible these days for the ordinary person to find real, unbiased news analysis and the unvarnished facts. So most simply remain ignorant. Maybe voting should require a "knowledge of the issues" exam. And your vote would count as 1 to 10 votes, depending on how well you did on it. Rule by the informed. Hmmm. I'm okay with that. (Could we also give more votes to those without tattoos or Skoal can imprinted back pockets?)
*** As popular niche extremists go, Jeremiah Wright is more acceptable than Glenn Beck. At least Wright's followers are gathered all together in one church to whoop and holler at his wacky radical message. Beck's unbiquitous b.s. is everywhere, clogging up my TV! Why can't he get himself a big assembly hall somewhere, instead of hovering overhead, waiting to ambush hapless folks who tuned in expecting the day's news? Ditto for Palen, Limbaugh, Hannity, Olbermann, Ed, O'Lie-elly et al.
*** Anyone who allows their anger and frustration to escalate into hateful or threatening language or bashing is NOT a Christian...and is lying if they claim to be one. Jesus is no doubt getting a good laugh at those right-wing nuts who violate every principle He stands for, but then have the audacity to try and pass themselves off as members of His flock.
*** What principles? Things like more compassion and less greed (e.g. real Christians are those who would cheerfully sacrifice some of their wealth and opulence to help out the have-nots with adequate health care). Or "Judge not lest ye be judged" (e.g. real Christians would get behind our leaders in Washington to help them make the country great again...and give them kudos for the things they get right, rather than bashing them for the things they get wrong).
*** If you think Christianity in America needs badly to be redefined (in the way I just described: more understanding and less hypercritical), you might look into The Naoi Meadow Way.
Happy Spring Break...and Easter...folks!