“Why didn’t anyone stop Hitler?”

I’ll try to make this brief. Nobody wants me to talk about this but it needs to be said and you need to hear me out even if you don’t agree.

If you’re not white, Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign has put your life in actual fucking danger. And somehow, he’s probably going to be the nominee of a major political party. How we got here is important but isn’t what I’m here to talk about. If you care at all for the lives of your fellow citizens, you owe it to them to vote for whomever is on the top of the Democratic ticket in November, even if that is Hillary Clinton.

I don’t like Hillary Clinton and I haven’t for years. I’m not going to list why, but she’s never my first choice for anything. I know many voters can’t stand her or outright hate her, but this election you need to do your duty for your country and do whatever it takes to stop Trump. Even if that means voting for Clinton, and even if that goes against everything you would normally believe. The hate and violence being spawned by Trump has led to beating and murders already. Neighborhoods with no recent issues of racism are having problems, and there is a very, very real likelihood that it will get worse before it gets better.

If you’re having problems with the thought of voting for Clinton, call up any non-white (or Muslim) friend and ask them how they feel about Trump’s campaign. And then ask yourself if their safety is less important than voting for the “lesser evil.”

A thought on creationism

Reading the “creationist freakout” about Pope Francis’ recent comments on evolution and the Big Bang, I can’t help but wonder why so many people think that a created universe and modern science are mutually exclusive. If the Catholic Church thought that way, they wouldn’t have their own SETI program looking for intelligent life so they can convert it to Christianity. I don’t get why people can’t get over “the Bible says something different!”

Last time a small child asked “where do babies come from?” what was your response? Did you go into the graphic details of intercourse, coitus, fertilization and so on? Or did you present a far more simple rendition the child was more likely to comprehend.

Now do you think a god when asked would want to go into the finer points of quantum mechanics or string theory over a thousand years before humans understood calculus?

The System is Drowning

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I’ve been actively trying to keep politics off of this page, mainly because so many I know have so many different viewpoints, and I’m certainly not enough of a genius to say who is right and who is wrong. What I think most of us can agree on is that the amount of money being thrown around this election is absolutely sickening.

I saw an article on Forbes that guessed that $4.9 billion dollars will be spent on political ads this year. And what are we going to get for all that money? Almost entirely misleading videos full of half-truths, complete falsehoods, and too often attacks. The political atmosphere in this country is completely toxic, focused far too much on my team winning and your team losing than actually governing. Congressional republicans outright said two years ago that their main job was to make sure Obama was a one-term president. I’m sorry, but you’re there to do a fucking job, not posture and play games with the livelihood of the county. Think about how many better things we could do with $4.9 billion dollars.

We would be far better off with an open and honest system. Where things like Donald Trump demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate and Harry Reid’s claims about Romney’s taxes would not be tolerated. Our system as it exists now is far too flooded with lies and special interest money for anything to be accomplished. Major health care reform was necessary, and democrats were too focused on their ability to do everything without any republican support than trying to find compromises that both sides could agree to. On the other hand, House Republicans voting 33 times to repeal the law is outright incredible. You passed a repeal bill once. That’s all you needed to do. Now you’re wasting our time and money. Bill after bill from this congress has been more about making statements than actually governing. I’m sure I could find lots of examples of democrats doing the same thing if I went looking.

Regulation has to be one of the funniest topics of discussion. We’ve seen more than once what no regulation can do to the market. And at the same time, every time we add a regulation, it seems like we do the same thing we do whenever we pass any laws, in that we don’t look or adjust current laws and regulations enough to work well with the new ones. Regulation is an important job for the government, but it’s as big a mess as the tax code, and everyone is too busy scheming about how to get more power or how to better position themselves for the next election to get anything fixed. Paul Ryan says Medicare needs to be fixed. I wouldn’t trust him to go anywhere near it personally, but at least he’s talking about it. Too often these sacred cows of one side or another are left unaltered far too long and are dangerously inefficient, outdated or both.

I sincerely wish I knew how to fix this, aside from armed insurrection. I’ve always been a fan of a united world government after things like Star Trek and Ender’s Game. But Ender’s Game had a very good point on the subject, which was even when this would be by far the best thing ever to do, it will never happen until people fear they will not survive without it. I don’t think our political system is going to change any time soon. In fact I expect it to get far worse before it ever gets better.