This Post Might Lose Me Some Friends

I thought of this one when there was yet another police shooting. We are nearing the time of year when we are supposed to feel sorry for people who feel persecuted because someone used the wrong holiday greeting while they still seem to think that some people don’t deserve basic human rights.

The World's Common Tater

But the topic of this post is something that really bothers me and I decided not to keep quiet. I am appalled that the same people who are all over the internet loudly proclaiming that they are being persecuted because people are saying Happy Holidays are the same people who don’t understand why people are so worked up over police killing unarmed men and the US torturing people. I will loudly proclaim my Christianity and show how Christian I am by demanding that everyone recognize my personal religion by greeting me only with my personal preference during the holiday season. Human life and dignity? Meh. What’s the big deal? They probably deserved it and even if they didn’t, doesn’t mean anything to me personally. Why do I care if some criminal is dead? Someone wished me a Happy Hanukah! That’s what matters! Why do I care if some mooslim from…

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Guns and Life: A Tater Rant

So, apparently, Trump called the NRA today to tell them there would be no movement on background checks.  This should be no surprise to anyone.  The Republican party sold their souls to the gun lobby years ago. All we will ever get from them are “thoughts and prayers.” I don’t doubt they gave cursory thought to the tragedies of gun violence. I don’t doubt that they uttered a prayer. Thoughts and prayers without action mean nothing. I’m done with “thoughts and prayers.” I’m done with people claiming to be pro-life but then showing they care more about their guns than actual lives. As I wrote before, pro-life for them seems to end at birth. If someone is really pro-life they won’t care more about guns than people. If someone is really pro-life they won’t refuse to even consider reasonable gun control. If someone was really pro-life they would see no reason a reasonable human being needs to own weapons of war. I have no problem with hunting. I have no problem owning a gun for security. You don’t need the weapons used in the mass shootings for hunting and home security unless you are really bad at it. In that case, you probably shouldn’t own a gun anyway.  I’m tired of people posting about how life is precious and then posting “DON’T TAKE MY GUNS!” when we propose sensible measures to save lives. You aren’t pro-life. You are pro-birth.

I’m also tired of the same old “Something else is the problem” game.

It’s mental illness!

It’s video games!

It’s violent movies!

 

It’s anything but guns!

Other countries have mental illness. Other countries have video games. Other countries have violent movies. You know they don’t have? THEY DON’T FUCKING HAVE MASS SHOOTINGS!

So, spare me you holier than thou, pro-life, Jesus posts until you show me you care about humans once they are born.

I’m Done: A Tater Rant

I had a nice long rant in my head in my car today. It won’t be nearly as good now that I’ve had time to decompress. I still feel the need for the rant.

There will be profanity so I will start there. I’m sick and fucking tired of people clutching their pearls over the language people use. Kids are in cages, people are being killed on a daily basis, things are terrible and people are worried about the people saying fuck? The worst case of this? When Marco Rubio tweeted about how terrible it was that they didn’t bleep the word fuck on TV in a story about a mass shooting. Apparently, using the word fuck is more of a sign of the loss of decency than mass murder. Gotcha. If this offends you then go the fuck away. I’m fucking done with pretending I’m not going to say fuck. A lot.

I’m also done with self-centered assholes who are either oblivious or apathetic to how their actions affect other people. I’m tired of pretending it’s not a problem and dealing with the fallout. I’m done with the pretending and being miserable. If you are an asshole and doing asshole things that make life hard on others I will call you out. I don’t care about the consequences. I’m done with letting the fucking assholes rule the world. I would rather suffer whatever consequences there are than stand quietly by while people walk all over others.

I’m done with people who post racist shit on Facebook and get mad when people don’t like it. I’ve already unfriended a few people and that will continue. I don’t care who you are. I’m not going to be connected to you if you are a racist asshole. I’m especially done with the people who alternate between the “I’m such a good Christian” posts and “Racist shit” posts. You can’t be both. It doesn’t work that way. At least not the way I read it in the Bible. The sad thing is that these racists probably think they are a better person than me because I used the word fuck multiple times. See above re Marco Rubio.

I’m tired of mass shooting after mass shooting followed by assholes who care more about guns than they do about people crying about the 2nd amendment. Amazingly, many of these same people claim to be pro-life. Apparently, that only applies until you are born and then no one cares anymore. Once you are born your life is less important than gun ownership. It’s also less important than people’s hate for people who don’t look like them. Pro-life is not really pro-life. It’s pro-birth and then you are on your own. I’m fucking done with people like this.

I’m done with people who say they are Christians and fully support a president who foments hate against others. A president who has cheated on wives multiple times. A president who bragged about sexual assault. A president who encourages racism because it excites his base. You might worship power, not God.

I’m done with pretending to be something I’m not because it’s easier than dealing with how people feel about the real me. If you can’t deal with this leave now. Unfriend me on Facebook. Unfollow me on Twitter. Stay away from me in real life. Brace yourselves. Tater’s mad and he’s not going to take it anymore.

Mueller Report Release Day in Trump GIFS

Me when you say you have an opinion on the report

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When you say you know what’s in the report without reading it.

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When you say we can trust the AG’s opinion on the report.

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When you claim you are going to read the entire report

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What I know you will look like when “reading” the report.

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How I know people will look when they see I posted this.

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Thank you and

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Freedom of Religion

I almost didn’t write this one, but as I said before I’m tired

Once again I saw a post from a friend on Facebook regarding Islam. The last time, it was someone saying the religion should be illegal in the United States. It resulted in me writing about the slippery slope of allowing discrimination against a group with which you disagree. This time, the post was complaining about a tweet from one of our new Muslim Congresspeople. This complaint had multiple people agreeing that people who are Muslim should not be allowed to hold office. People agreed that they should not be allowed in the United States. They all apparently agree that every Muslim should be judged by the actions of other Muslims. There are many, many issues with all of this. I will highlight a few.

The first amendment gives us freedom of religion. Many of the same people who want to take away a Muslim’s first amendment rights also rant quite a bit about their own second amendment rights. Seems to me if the second one is important, the first one, by virtue of being first, should be even more important. People like to scream about how this is a Christian country, but one of the very basic freedoms we have as Americans is the freedom to worship as we want. This includes Muslims. You can’t pick and choose who gets this freedom. We can’t pick and choose which amendments are important.

If we are going to judge all Muslims based on the actions of a few, I guess we can judge all white men who own guns by the actions of the mass shooters? Should we assume all white men with guns will eventually murder multiple people? Should we judge all Christians on the ones who bombed abortion clinics? On the televangelists who take money from gullible old people and spend it on private jets? Again, you can’t pick and choose. You can’t declare all Muslims are terrorists if we can’t declare all white men with guns are mass murderers.

In one post someone said that Islam is not a religion. It is a political ideology. For some, that may be true. It is also true for some Christians. There are plenty of self-proclaimed Christians out there who are political, not religious Christians.  Christians who care about power above all else. Christians who will denounce a Democrat for not being “Christian” enough for office, but will justify electing an adulterer and liar because he promises them political power. Every religion, to some, is more political ideology than a religion.

Generally, I think the problem is the fear of other We don’t like people who aren’t like us. We fear things we don’t understand. It’s easier to want everyone to be just like us, but that’s not America. America is great because we are all free to be who we want to be, worship how we choose to worship, love who we choose to love. I’m tired of people demanding people not like them be declared illegal and unwanted.

In Defense of Independent Candidates

Before I get started I want to make clear that this is not a defense of Schultz nor is this a defense of another billionaire deciding he wants to be president. This is more a response to people telling Schultz to “pick a party” and the stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our country.

Legal requirements for presidential candidates have remained the same since the year Washington accepted the presidency. As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. That’s it. There is no requirement to be a Republican or a Democrat, but rules have been put in place to make it almost impossible to win the election if you do not join one of the two major parties. Since the Commission on Presidential Debates took over the presidential debates in 1987 it has become harder for third-party candidates to participate. Since 2000, CPD has required candidates appear on enough state ballots to win and register at least 15 percent in five national polls. It isn’t easy for the candidates to appear on the ballots and many polls don’t even include the third-party candidates as an option. This makes it pretty much impossible for the third party candidates to appear in a debate where they could increase their profile and get their message out to the voting public. This is exactly how the RNC and DNC like it.  They don’t want to lose control of US politics. Unfortunately, the many people have bought in to the “pick a party” mentality and will get angry if you say you will vote for a third party candidate. At the very least they will tell you you are wasting your vote. Personally, I believe it is a waste of a vote to insist on voting for a candidate you don’t like because they have the “right” party next to their name. Third party and independent candidates are good for the country and might help with the gridlock, “us vs them” game that keeps the government from progressing. We should change the rules to give them a level playing ground.

I get why people are worried about Schultz running. They have legitimate concerns that he might split votes and it will result in re-electing our moron in chief. I get that, but I also strongly believe that it goes against the spirit of America to tell someone that they should pick a party to run for president.

It’s Way Past Time For “Politics”

I’m watching the Today Show report on yet another mass shooting. These events are becoming way too common. Another 12 people dead. College kids trying to have a good time. I already know what the discussion will be today:

“Thoughts and prayers” – Thoughts an prayers are fine, but without any actual action on our part(and in many cases not any actual prayer) they are empty words.

and the big one:

“Let people mourn before we make this political”

It’s not too early to make this political. It’s way too late to make this political.

It’s too late for the 12 people killed last night.

It’s too late for the people killed in the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

It’s too late for all of the kids who were killed in school.

It’s too late for all of the victims.

It’s time to force people to make this political. We have to have real talk about reasonable gun control. It’s time to have real talk about mental health in this country. It’s time to put real money into studies to find what drives people to do this and how we can stop it. It’s time to move past thoughts and prayers and on to real action.

Don’t tell me it’s too soon to talk about politics. It got too late a long time ago.

Tater Takes on Power Seeking Christians

I meant to write today’s post last night when the thoughts were fresh in my head and I had more time to work on it. Instead, I watched the Braves lose and then watched two shows we had recorded and went to bed early. Now, I am having trouble getting started with the post. I don’t know that it would have been better had I written it last night, but I can say that this morning’s version is not great.

I was thinking last night about the people who are willing to overlook any issue with the latest Supreme Court nominee as long as they think he will side with them on Roe v Wade. If you want to read a full post on my thoughts on pro-life you can click here. Today’s post is a more general post about the “Christian” people who have stopped caring about anything besides political power. Those represented by Jerry Falwell, Jr who is on record saying he thinks Christians should stop electing nice guys and elect more “street fighters” like Trump. A large number of people who supposedly follow a God who’s two greatest commandments are about love(love God, love people) now only care about power and getting what they want. They say they care about people and that is why they are all about overturning Roe v Wade, but they only care about people until they are born and then they be come the “I don’t care” Christians.

Kids are being put in cages – we don’t care

Families are being ripped apart – we don’t care

Students are being murdered in school – we don’t care(thoughts and prayers)

Unarmed black men are being shot by the police – we don’t care

Women report sexual assault – we don’t care

The president brags about sexual assault – we don’t care

The same president’s Supreme Court nominee is accused of sexual assault – we don’t care

What do they care about? Political power. Willing to overlook all of that in order to have politicians who will vote their way on the issues.  Willing to be OK with guilty until proven innocent in the case of a black man shot by the police, but all about the “American way” of innocent until proven guilty when a rich white Republican is accused of sexual assault.

I am in no way a perfect Christian. I am far from that. I do know that we should not be sacrificing the commands of God’s kingdom in order to gain power in our earthly kingdom.

Living in a Post-Civil World

I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare that people were already comfortable with being rude to others long before Trump was elected president. I will say, though, that having a president who spends his days insulting people on Twitter does go a long way toward empowering people to do the same. But, the lack of civility started way before Trump and extends into every part of life, not just politics. The political side of it just gets all the news.

Anyone who works with the public has to have noticed that people say please and thank you a lot less than they used to. It’s amazing the number of times I’m on the phone and at the end of the transaction, there is complete silence as I’m waiting for the thank you and the other person seems confused as to why I am still on the line. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen the people at Starbucks who won’t end their cell phone call long enough to place an order and act like it’s an imposition to pause for a second to give a drink order and then go back to the call for the duration of the transaction. I was cut off on the road last night because another driver wanted to assert his dominance and not let me merge on to the road. This happens a lot. Kids are no longer taught how to act in public. Kids run wild in inappropriate places and the parents feel insulted if someone calls them on it and asks them to parent their children. Social media is full of people insulting everyone who has a differing opinion. You know this if you’ve ever read the comments. Never read the comments.

Take all of that, add in hatred of people not like you, add empowerment from your leaders and we get the world we are living in now. A world of people who already decided social niceties no longer matter and now are empowered to go further. We are moving from general rudeness to outright hostility.  Every day on Facebook we see friends and family on Facebook empowered to spew hatred towards others based on religion, race, sexual orientation, politics, etc. I guess that is good. I’d rather know who the bigots are than have them hidden under politeness.

We have now reached the point that a call for civility is met with resistance. We have decided that if one side is rude and nasty, then we should be rude and nasty as well. I’m not saying not to protest, not to speak your mind. I’m not saying not to point out when someone is a racist or a homophobe. I’m just saying try being a little nicer in your day-to-day life. Say please. Thank people who help you. Put your phone away while ordering your coffee Smile at people. We can’t fix the fact that our leaders are terrible people, but we can make the rest of the world a little better.

Some Observations About Posts And Comments I Read Yesterday

If you spent your day defending someone who posted racist comments online, I am going to think that you think it is OK to be a racist.

If you are going to boycott a network because they don’t want to employee a racist, see above.

If you think the fate of a racist sitcom star is going to divide our nation to the point of danger, you must not think much of our country.

If you are defending the person who did this, but think football players kneeling during that song should be kicked out if he country, I will question your motives.

If you are OK with Roseanne being fired, but mad about the men who were fired for sexual harassment, I will assume you think men are superior to women.

If you think it’s OK to punch a Nazi or throw water on a conservative personality, I think you need to learn some civility.

I don’t care if the racist is a Republican or a Democrat. I don’t care if the sexual predator is a Republican or a Democrat. I don’t care if the person assaulting someone for their beliefs is a Republican or a Democrat. Actions have consequences so don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.