Love to play tuba, recorder, and hockey.
Not sure. I suspect they stalked Democracy, chased it down a dark alley, knocked it over the head and stuffed it in a bag before dragging it away to their lair.
Mind you, it would be great to get a supermajority, or even pick up four more seats so we could do away with the horrid filibuster. Then Manchin and Sinema would be irrelevant.
Until the Democrats can get a supermajority in the Senate (and of course control of the house and the White House), and until they can have greater input into the composition of the Supreme Court, they won’t be able to get anything significant through. Even the background checks, approved of by more than 90% of Americans, won’t make it without those conditions being in place.
If they win the primary, yes. Why? Because even though they are worthless in all other respects, they help keep the Senate leadership away from Moscow Mitch.
Given the frequency of mass shootings in this country (USA), with more than 200 already this year, there is no such thing as good timing. This one is particularly hard, but otherwise, it’s just more of the same.
I’m sorry you think so little of me.
Caused by people seeking to preserve power. The crusades had next to nothing to do with the religion itself other than the excuse. That’s why you had people like Francis of Assisi go there to try to negotiate cease fires against the orders of the rich and powerful in the church hierarchy. And Francis actually accomplished great relations with the Sultan against whom the armies were fighting. But no — religion itself, which is to say the actual Christian faith — had nothing to do with the crusades. It’s a long and sordid history of how money and power got into the hierarchy — as it has and will continue to do with EVERY human organization. But it was not the faith that was ever at stake, only the need by those in power to dominate and gain power.
I know that it is easy to conflate the scammers, the abusers with the actual faith, but they are two distinct and dramatically different things.
Yeah — one of the sayings about that in the old west was: “One night with Venus leads to a lifetime with mercury.”
Now you got me singing that in my head….
We are normally on the same side of virtually all discussions. However, I am a pastor in a denomination that tries desperately to behave as we believe Jesus would have us. That means standing up for the poor, the marginalized, the sick, the immigrant. That is why I have regularly not only spoken and written but marched in support of LGBTQA+ rights, Black Lives Matter, Migrant Farm Worker rights, Women’s reproductive rights and so on. Not despite my faith but because of it. If that’s evil, so be it.
However, I defy you to tell me that the world would be one iota less violent or corrupt without religion. It has never been the CAUSE of these things. Rather, it like so many other organizations, has been coopted by those seeking power at any cost. We’ve known this all along, and there have always been people within “the church” (a term so broad as to virtually have no meaning) who have fought the corrupting influence of power and money. Just as there have always been people in every other organization type in the world who have fought the corrupting influence of power and money.
It seems to me that you and I have more in common than not, but it is so hard to move forward when constantly being lambasted as evil, corrupt, hypocritical and yes, stupid or mentally unbalanced because of my faith. I have never (nor is it part of my denomination’s ethos) condemned anyone for their non-faith. But it seems to me that we could accomplish so much more if we saw what we did have in common and chose to work together rather than condemning each other. You don’t believe in God? Fine. I respect that. But I do believe in God and believe that because of that, I’m obligated to seek justice for those for whom it is denied. If you also seek justice, then can we put aside the belief issues and address the problems that hurt the most vulnerable?