CLEVELAND ― After a week of wrangling, Republican delegates officially voted on Monday to adopt their 2016 platform, a policy blueprint that manages to take ultraconservative positions on same-sex marriage, religion, pornography, and even national parks.
The document, which was adopted at the GOP convention by a voice vote, was the product of vigorous debate among the platform committee last week and marks a stark shift for a party that has already seemed to veer toward extremism. The platform openly opposes marriage for gay and transgender people, states “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights,” and calls on the U.S. government to transfer all federally controlled lands to states.
energy source, affirms Donald Trump’splan to build a wall along the
U.S.-Mexico border, and finds other ways to ostracize Latino voters.
While a functionally meaningless messaging document, the platform
is a signal of where Republicans stand ― and how they’ve shifted in
the last four years. As Trump’s ascendancy to the nomination indicates
, Republicans are headed in a direction seemingly at odds with the
lessons laid out in an autopsy of Mitt Romney’s 2012 election loss.
Pay close attention to their bigotry and racism. How they want to
Continue using fossil fuel and do not believe that we have
- Did you know that before Lincoln, the parties were opposites? Yes the Republicans were the liberals and the Democrats were the conservative party. The grand old party was comprised of the wealthy and religious zealots. Groups of people who cared only about themselves. Their concerns. Religious
beliefs belong in your church, not your businesses and work places. Especially not in you vote. If the church wants to get involved in government make them pay taxes. Our current mind set is stuck in the “what’s in it for me” way of thinking. The 2016 election is a good example of our selfishnes
s. The NRA pushed their propaganda that the Dems wanted to take you guns. You expended so much energy on defending the second amendment not really reading it as it was written.
“The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.
Text of the 2nd Amendment
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.
It states in order to form a more perfect militia. This was before we had structured military. It means that to defend the country each man was entitled to own a weapon. Notice that the wording does not guarantee the right for all people to own arms. But NRA members reinterpret it so they can manipulate citizens into believing this what our framers meant.
And what about who has rights? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It doesn’t say that only whites have rights. All men.
You stand behind your bibles as the word of God. Using as a shield. Yet you break every one of its commandments.
Killing people you don’t like. Lying and distorting the truth. Using selected passages to excuse your behavior. How many of you own a bible but don’t attend church?
We are not a Christian nation. We are of many faiths. On immigration, it looks like we need to give the statute of liberty back to France. Because the inscription holds no meaning on our great country .
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Author: Emma Lazarus.”
We have a celebrity president. He is a lying racist, bigoted white supremacist. He keeps his promises no matter who it hurts. His wealth comes from his casinos and using other people’s money. He demanded Obama’s birth certificate, yet refuses to produce his financial records. Against the Emoluments Clause. His tax cuts only helped the rich like himself. Meanwhile the low income class has to suffer. The republicans want to cut social security and Medicare. These are entitlement funds paid Into by seniors. Department of homeland security should never have been created. Our constitution included threats against our country. Now Trump is creating concentration camps. Just as Hitler did. Open your eyes people.
Superstition, self-interest, vengeance, treason, ingratitude, will produce bloody and tragic. Scenes until the end of time, because we are governed by passions and very rarely by reason. There will always be wars, lawsuits, devastations, plagues, earthquakes, bankruptcies. . . . Since this is so, I presume it must be necessary. . . . But it seems to me that if this universe had been made by a benevolent being, he should have made us happier than we are. . . . The human mind is weak; more than three fourths of mankind are made for subjection to the most absurd fanaticism. Fear of the Devil and of hell fascinates their eyes, and they detest the wise man who tries to enlighten them. . . . In vain do I seek in them that image of God which the theologians assert they bear upon them. Every man has a wild beast in him; few can restrain it; most men let loose the bridle when not restrained by terror of the law.
He was the first avowedly agnostic ruler of modern times, but he made no public attack on religion. He felt that the uneducated, unenlightened masses need the yoke of religion to keep them in their place.
Frederick also concluded that to allow governments to be dominated by the majority would be disastrous. A democracy, to survive, must be, like other governments, a minority persuading a majority to let itself be led by a minority. Frederick thought like Napoleon that “among nations and in revolutions aristocracy always exists.” He believed that an hereditary aristocracy would gevelop a sense of honor and loyalty, and a willingness to serve the state at great personal cost, which could not be expected of bourgeois geniuses formed in the race for wealth. Indeed, Frederick liked to picture himself as the servant of the state and the people, and he lived up to that claim. The state for him became the Supreme Being, to which he would sacrifice himself and others.
The time has come for Americans to learn to accept the LGBT community since we pay our taxes, unlike some of our Republicans.
• Born: December 21, 1950
• Died: March 30, 2013
• Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Tribute & Message From The Family
Lonnie was born on December 21, 1950 and passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Lonnie was a resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Condolence & Memory Journal
I remember the first time meeting Lonnie. It was in November of 1970. In the early morning hours, he was running to catch a ride on a duce headed for Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana. We shared the same barricks together and with him there was never a dull moment. It Was he who got me smoking. We shared some good times as well as bad times. In 72 when he flew down to Tampa Florida to stay with me, we spent many hours talking about those days. Then he flew back to Michigan only to end up driving down to Seminole Florida later in the year with Richard his brother. When Richard flew back to Michigan Lonnie stayed for a while. Then in November of 1974 he returned to Michigan and shortly after Steven was born. I have spend years trying to find him to no avail. It saddens me that we could not connect before his passing. There will always be an empty place in my heart where his memory now resides. My thoughts go out to Steven and the rest of his family for their loss. He was truly a great man.
Posted by Timothy Chase – Belding, MI – Army Buddy, Close friend August 26, 2013
I am so sorry that Lonnie has left this world. I knew Lonnie in the late 60’s before he went to Viet Nam. I believe the last time we spoke was after he came home around 1971.
I was thinking about Lonnie and looked him up only to find an obituary, I am so sorry for his family’s loss. It might be 45 years since we’ve spoken Lonnie, but I was so incredibly sad to learn that you are no longer with us. My memories of you are happy ones, I hope you had a wonderful life and that you’re now at peace.
Posted by Vivian (Wilson) Badalamenti – Warren , MI – old friend July 10, 2013
After a full day at the hotel catching up on a few things I left at 5:45pm for home. As usual I stopped by the post office to mail some things and pick up my own mail. At 6:02pm I left the post office and stopped at the traffic light. The light turned green and I continued to drive home. About a block away I crossed the railroad tracks and slowly cruised home. As I reached the first curve my life changed. Out of no where came a large oldsmobile Cutless out of control and headed right for me. My small Nissan Sentra was hit head on and thrown about several times before going down into a thirty feet ditch. After that there were only bits and pieces that were conveyed to me in the hospital.
Apparently a young female voice came to my car and asked was I alright. With glass in my face and unable to see, I gave her my drivers license and a telephone number to call. I asked her to call my mother and tell her about the accident. Not long after the EMS arrived and I was taken to Haines City Hospital about ten miles away. I was unconscious for three days. When I came to the nurse asked me if I knew what had happened or what my name was. I told her I did not know. She proceeded to explain that I had been in a car accident and had three broken ribs, a broken pelvis, closed head injury and apparently some memory loss. She said that the only Identification I had as to who I was came from the High School Class Ring on my hand. ” TIM” So my chart said Tim doe. Several hours later a policeman came to my room to ask me some questions, such as what direction was I coming from when the accident happened. I told him I did not remember any accident and that much of my memory was gone prior to waking up. It seems that the damage done to my car was so extensive that there was no indication as to where I was coming from or heading to.
The following morning the nurse told me that I had two visitors. One she belived was my mother and the other my sister. Knowing that I did not recognize them she made the comment that she needed to change my bedding and that my mother and sister could wait outside. This was her way of letting me know who they were. Over the course of my six week stay Doctors were in and out testing this and that. Finally one told me that the lack of sensation on my left side may or may not be permanent. And that only physical therapy would answer that question.
This is where it all began