Texas GOP Regrets A Fringe Teabagger They Inevitably Created

Twitter is a very useful place for making connections to people who would normally have nothing to do with you. A self-professed Republican implored my assistance on the social media site to anonymously expose a certain Texas Republican that is too crazy for the party of voter
suppression, unlimited NRA power, pro-death penalty, anti-woman, anti-science and anti-education. Morgan McComb has had close ties to representatives with ethics violations galore and some Dallas area Republicans want her to disappear. I hesitated to help this person, as I thought I might inadvertently help the GOP in Texas to rid them of those who make the party appear crazier. However, in this case, I figured it was an opportunity to expose Texas Republicans as the nutty, corrupt bunch they really are.

Dallas GOP is embarrassed by this.  They helped create it
Dallas GOP is embarrassed by this. They helped create it

I decided to check this woman out and see why they want to expel her from the political scene in Rick Perry and Ted Cruz’s GOP Paradise. They don’t want such an obvious racist as McComb in their conservative circles. Her Twitter profile reads:

A TRUE Conservative TX Mom & Patriot Activist LUVS Jesus, Family, Guns, Military, Boots & Jeans, My horses, Politics & my friends! FREEDOM! DON’T TREAD ON ME!!

I guess I’m a sucker for Republican infighting.

McComb has worked with Tea Party Senate Candidate for Texas’s District 10, Konni Burton. Burton’s ethics come into play with her support for Tea Party AG candidate Ken Paxton who admitted to securities violations.

She lists on her Facebook history that she worked with Jonathan Stickland For House Representative District 92. Here’s an interesting tidbit unearthed by a simple search. (from) the latest ethics reports that were published by the Texas Ethics Commission July 15th. Lot’s of numbers to say the least. One report jumped out at me though. It looks like Jonathan Stickland loaned himself $125,000.00 on June 25, 2013. Something does not smell right. Who are his clients and what exactly is Mr. Stickland doing to make all this money? What services does he offer? Stickland, who did not graduate high school, has netted far too much from the oil and gas industry as a ‘consultant’ yet doesn’t have any experience. McComb is very dedicated to Stickland and the Dallas GOP isn’t happy about her being a player in Texas politics. Stickland represents Texans currently in Austin.

TX. House Representative and mystery Oil Consultant Jonathan Stickland
TX. House Representative and mystery Oil Consultant Jonathan Stickland

Libertarians believe McComb is too racist and too extreme for the Dallas area GOP. Bottom line, they don’t want anyone out there that is quite THAT obvious. Because the GOP has been shaped by the John Birch Society and the Koch Brothers, these people are going to surface en masse. A few conservatives are realizing this can’t be good for the party. Is it too late for the GOP to recover from the inmates taking over the asylum? I sure hope so.

Activist Justices Favor Religion Over Scientific Progress

It's getting impossible to separate church and state
It’s getting impossible to separate church and state

The 2012 campaign featured the first Mormon candidate to ever run for Commander in Chief. Willard Romney, who by way of his standing in the Mormon faith, is obedient to the LDS religion’s hierarchy. He believes that such leaders

are divinely inspired, that they speak for god on earth.

Imagine if the LDS doctrine governed the Supreme Court. It seems sincerely held religious beliefs can indeed open a can of worms too great to even fathom. Not only do many religions have a very insidious view of women, children and slavery, but there is a great deal of racism as well. Since the Mormon faith privately believes that black skin is a curse from god for being a

“fence-sitter” in a war between Jesus and Lucifer in a pre-mortal existence, and that god has cursed Native Americans with a red skin for their ancestors’ wickedness, sin, and idolatry. Is it even possible to assume that the person’s views and votes on civil rights issues will be free of racial prejudice?

How different is the objection to certain types of contraception by the newly declared person (called a corporation) to the wide range of beliefs held by an infinite number of religions, which are man-made constructs? Funny, but in the 2012 campaign, from the Republican nominee, I never heard “…unless I’m President of the USA, that is, in which case said office renders my temple oath null and void.” Where do we draw the line? Scalia’s Sharia proclamation of the disavowal of anything the religious owners of corporations or even colleges, deem blasphemous can truly create a theocracy never envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Yet the Supreme Court just made a proclamation that honors any sincerely held religious beliefs by the owners of a corporation, and thus the corporation itself can entertain any credence they deem sincere. The sincerity of the belief leads us down a very slippery slope into categorizing any belief as valid by any measure of religiosity. At first we thought only a few contraceptives were open to debate with the Hobby Lobby case. However, with Wheaton College, all forms of contraception are barred, at least temporarily, from coverage.

Under this arrangement, the groups are required to fill out a form, EBSA Form 700, to register their religious objections. This enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control. The organizations do not have to pay for the coverage, and the cost is borne by the government or in other ways.

Yet Wheaton merely states that filling out the EBSA Form 700 is in direct violation with their religious beliefs, so the Court is forced, possibly temporarily, to allow them to do as they wish based on this arbitrary assertion of beliefs. Imagine

if a person privately deems homosexuality a sin, a choice, a perversion, condemned by god, can I trust that individual to labor to establish equal rights for gays and lesbians, including marriage?

Why does contraception, a matter where women are left with the burden to prevent pregnancy in most cases, have to be the ultimate of the theocratic pronouncements of the SCOTUS? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said the Court was venturing into a minefield and she sure as hell wasn’t joking. If anyone thinks this SCOTUS will stop anywhere short of overturning Roe v Wade, think again.


Nobody Brazenly Grabs Power Like The Republican Party

We’ve heard the right wing spin machine call President Obama a King who has brazenly attempted to usurp power. A Christian Publication said our president is deceitful and added this:

(President Obama) …behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

Three recent events prove this accusation of alleged royal conduct are rather false.  First, the Republican House has erased any transparency with regards to disclosure of benefactors who fund “political” trips. Second, The Supreme Court has decided corporations can determine when life begins. And finally, two billionaires have used their money to successfully back a new segregation movement, Jim Crow-style, in states where they can buy politicians who will support their agenda.

The bill to eliminate disclosure of lobbyists’ gifts of travel was passed behind closed doors with minimal fanfare.  This bill eliminates disclosing who paid and how much did they finance.  Congress, when selfishly motivated, can quickly pass any bill they wish.

The move made behind closed doors and without public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal.

In the ruling of the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court decided not to cover certain forms of birth control, but rather classify some as abortifacients. The problem with this line of thinking:

This court has given corporations the power to decide when life itself begins.

Yes, corporations now have more decision making-ability than a woman herself when it comes to reproductive health matters.

Lastly, the Koch Brothers, the embodiment of Libertarianism served with a large side of unfettered capitalism, have ingrained themselves through ALEC into public education. Their efforts are directed towards increasing the inequality we tried to erase through the Civil Rights Movement.  The drive to end segregated education was the most radical and revolutionary aspect of the civil rights movement.  Alas, we learn this.

ALEC-endorsed candidates outspent their opponents hardily thanks to Koch dollars and took over the school board. They enacted ALEC-backed policies, even going so far as to resegregate the schools. (Emphasis mine)

Every time I hear a right winger refer to President Obama as a “King,” I’m immediately struck with the realization they are simply projecting their own guilty admissions onto Barack Obama.  Hey GOP, meet kettle.

Tea Party: Don’t Give Us Your Huddled Masses, We Are Too Xenophobic

Tea Party Hates Brown People
Tea Party Hates Brown People

When a group is met with 

disdain or anger when they act against the established norm (e.g. when they don’t know or refuse to learn the language). 

it goes directly against the message inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.  When people are willing to risk never seeing their children again just to help them escape squalor, violence and instability, these people deserve a helping hand. The obvious hatred, especially from citizens of areas who largely vote Republican, for Central American refugees comes through loud and clear.  By waving American flags and signs like “return to sender,” these terrified people are greeted with the worst America has to offer: racist, ignorant bigots.

Happy Independence Day used to mean celebrating our freedom by fighting oppression and giving folks a fair chance for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Hard-working, destitute folks who simply want a chance to live free and raise their families are, like the early 1900’s, met with hateful protest.  Of course, in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, the animosity was directed at Jews and Italians.

The most dramatic case of lynching occurred in 1891 New Orleans, when 11 Italians were lynched by a mob. 

Italians, especially more olive-skinned Sicilians, were treated with distrust and hatred.  Sicilian-Americans like Justice Antonin Scalia would never be where he is today if America continued to treat immigrants like filthy refuse.

In Murietta California, the Mayor, Alan Long, urged residents to protest the federal government’s decision to move the recent influx of undocumented, largely Central American women and children, into the Riverside County City. The mayor gave this statement:

 “Murrieta expects our government to enforce our laws, including the deportation of illegal immigrants caught crossing our borders, not disperse them into our local communities…”  

It is antithetical to the American spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance to publicize these angry xenophobes, especially on this Independence Day.  Thankfully, there’s a counter movement which will hopefully make this trying time for these poor, undocumented people a little more bearable.  Their signs say things like “Americans ARE Immigrants,” which gives us hope our nation isn’t going the way of the Koch Brothers’ hate group, the Tea Party.


Hobby Lobby Couldn’t Survive Without Abortion

Hobby Lobby Supports China's Forced Abortion Through Trade
Hobby Lobby Supports China’s Forced Abortion Through Trade

If a store brags of their discount merchandise brought to you with this primary goal in mind:

Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles,

…it makes you wonder which Biblical principles they are referencing.  You would think they would produce their goods in a state or country with the strictest adherence to “Biblical Principles.” This is far from the case. Most of their merchandise is imported from China: where female infanticide and forced abortion is the highest in the world. China truly is the most egregious abuser of this form of population control.

It’s true,  millions of companies import goods from China and other nations who impose slave labor on their inhabitants.  But this is Hobby Lobby, a company founded on Old Testament values. Values like those found in the Book of Numbers, 5: 11-13, where “God” gives instructions on how to make an unfaithful wife have an abortion.

Never before has a corporation, a perpetual entity, been given the human construct of religion.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her amazing dissent added this:

“The absence of such precedent is just what one would expect, for the exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities.”

China, a Communist nation, has little regard for any “religious values,” and this doesn’t seem to concern the folks at certain privately held corporations, which are far more numerous than you can imagine.

Never did the founding fathers intend for a religious book, written by Bronze Age desert-dwellers to determine corporate policy which affects the most marginalized workers in this free country.     Ironically, their 401K retirement fund includes companies that produce ‘unacceptable’ forms of contraception.    Once it was part of the dreaded liberal plot (invented by conservatives) with the ACA, it all of a sudden became contentious.  Yet the issue of abortion truly can’t be that important if they tacitly support China’s government.

What could be the worst part of this decision is the devotion to these “Biblical principals,” which are open to interpretation. Christopher Hitchens said it best:

The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.

The Pattern Of The Roberts Court: Is More Evil On The Horizon?

Hobby Lobby May Just Win The Right To Wage More Of The War On Women
Hobby Lobby May Just Win A New Battle In The War On Women

There seems to be a pattern with the current Supreme Court.  It is widely known it is 5-4 Conservative, but the third branch of government was designed to be non-partisan and rule objectively on cases where the Constitution is in question.   To balance out the obviously partisan big decisions, the lesser of two evils in minor cases is decided in favor of a liberal cause or idea.  For instance, Yesterday,

the court limited some of the EPA’s regulating power when it comes to stationary sources of greenhouse gasses, but preserved its regulation authority in most cases.

This week, the last of June, is traditionally when the Supreme Court hands down some of its biggest, most controversial rulings.  No progressive will forget the January, 2010 decision in favor of big money controlling elections with the Citizens United Verdict.  Showing its “diversity,” in June, 2012, the Roberts Court shocked the Right by deciding the ACA was constitutional based on the Commerce Clause.  In June, 2013, the Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional, enraging the Religious Right once again.  But this was followed by invalidating the parts of the Voting Rights Act which mandated federal supervision of elections in states who were once part of the Confederacy.   In April, 2014, SCOTUS once again dealt a blow to democracy by allowing virtually unlimited campaign donations to candidates or causes with the McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission decision.

By deciding in favor of the EPA’s power to control unfettered pollution, SCOTUS sided with “liberal ideals” of keeping our air semi-breathable.   But on the horizon are two potentially disastrous decisions for President Obama.

Neither appear too propitious.  The first, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius will decide if under the ACA,

private businesses have the right to exercise their freedom of religion either under the Constitution or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and if so, whether the contraceptive mandate violates that religious freedom.

The next case   National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning  pertains to Presidential Appointments: This pending verdict may be…

…a decision against President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

If history is any indicator, it seems these next two decisions will be ruled in favor of conservatives. By padding their right wing leanings with some scant victories for liberals, they try to mask the pro-fascist attitudes of the majority of the highest court in the land.

Not One Law Republicans Passed Has Helped America In Over Forty Years

The GOP is against any positive progress for America
The GOP is against any positive progress for America

December 2, 1970 was the last time a Republican created something that benefits the greater good of society. Seriously, it’s been over forty years since any Republican has successfully enacted legislation that is based on scientific data, also known as reality. Richard M. Nixon created the EPA in 1970 which marks the last time the party behaved responsibly by utilizing data from climate scientists and attempting to clean up our environment.  Their actions ever since have been an attempt to pollute indiscriminately.

Everything the GOP stands for is rooted in religiously-based discrimination of some sort.  Whether they are quashing the rights of women, the poor and minorities or relinquishing the rights to drink clean water and breathe healthy air, the GOP is always on the wrong side of history. They claim trickle down economics is the magical way the job-creator fairies instinctively share their wealth. Profit-gorging corporations care only about their coveted bottom line: earnings for the shareholders. They are not concerned with the middle class, as companies like Walmart have created the working poor as the new normal. The laws they’ve passed are unimaginably awful.

On April 1, 2014 the Supreme Court handed corporations unlimited political power by cementing the idea that more money equals more speech. The five conservative Justices in the Supreme Court have ruled twice in favor of selling our democracy to the highest bidder. Money equals speech, (and)  some people have more speech than others. It codifies oligarchy. It creates a free speech caste system. The highest bidder is also, unfortunately, the most rooted in theological doctrine supplanting a secular constitutional government.  Chief Justice Roberts actually said: Ingratiation and access … are not corruption,” he wrote, quoting Citizens United.  Bribery, in other words, has no impact on a legislator’s actions.  Because no one has ever succumbed to bribery, right, Scalia? 

Biblical Creationism is favored over scientific evolution. Mandatory prayer and religious mottos like In God We Trust are proudly displayed in secular institutions like public schools.   Mississippi’s Governor Bryant, enlightened by Old Testament-driven hate, is making it legal to discriminate against homosexuals openly! Other Red States are desperately trying to sanction laws very similar to those in Russia, who proudly boast of their anti-gay propaganda.  There is actually a Minnesota candidate who has gotten into politics to ensure his daughter doesn’t have to learn about that alarmingly factual scientific theory of evolution, which has no place in the Biblical book of fantasy (which is the basis of all Republican legislation).   If you look at the campaign the Republicans have launched against the scientific community’s consensus on the dire nature of man-made climate change, you’ll see a concerted effort to shun reality and promulgate illogical fantasy like that in the Bible.

Without even touching on the denial of racism and sexism, one can see very clearly how rooted in fantasy and lies the Republican platform has become.  It is fashionable to disregard evidence, fact and data to promote the agendas of large corporations who care nothing for the citizens of this country.  With 5/9 of the Supreme Court on board to sanction deception to the American people, we are truly in a situation where everyone MUST pay attention or our country will go the way of theocracies like Afghanistan.  Income inequality will only worsen as our situation on this planet becomes more perilous with increasing weather disasters. Politics is local, and electing Democrats who are not religious shamans would be a great step in the right direction in this 2014 election year.