Texas Liberal

All People Matter

Republicans Think The United Nations Directs American Public Policy—When Somebody Tells You They Are Crazy You Should Believe Them

Many conservatives and Republicans in our nation operate under the view that the United Nations is directing a number of  public policy priorities in the United States.

(Above–Example of United Nations sponsored bike trial in the radical hotbed of Granbury, Texas.)

From the New York Times

Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities. They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights. The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power… In January, the Republican Party adopted its own resolution against what it called “the destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21. And Newt Gingrich took aim at it during a Republican debate in November.”

Fox News has reported on Agenda 21. Fox says that President Obama and the United Nations want to take over rural America.

Mother Jones magazine wrote about this issue last year.

From Mother Jones-

Tea partiers see Agenda 21 behind everything from a septic tank inspection law in Florida to a plan in Maine to reduce traffic on Route 1. The issue even flared up briefly during the midterms, when Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused his Democratic opponent of using a bike-sharing program to convert Denver into a “United Nations Community.”

Here is the Agenda 21 website of the United Nations.  

You may think that Mitt Romney is some type of moderate or that there remain reasonable people in the  mainstream of the Republican Party.

Yet the Republican National Committee has passed a resolution opposing Agenda 21.

Where are the moderate or reasonable Republican objections to this stuff? There are no liberals or urban planners in this country working or operating under the direction of a United Nations mandate.

These people on the right are paranoid and crazy. They are telling you each day that they are paranoid and crazy.

When somebody tells you who they are–You should believe them.

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Please Fill Out Your Census Form—Some Of You Are Just Crazy

Predictions are that a lower percentage of Americans will fill out Census forms in 2010 than did so in 2000.

From USA Today—“Turbulent political and economic times roiling the nation are expected to diminish initial participation by households in next year’s Census despite a $326 million marketing blitz that far outspends previous Census campaigns….Mounting mistrust of government, rising identity theft and record numbers of foreclosures could discourage people from mailing back Census forms next year, according to the Census Bureau… A Census analysis shows that about 64% of households are likely to mail in their forms without additional prodding from Census workers — down from 67% in 2000. That could mean 4 million more doors to knock on.”

(I’m sorry, but I can’t include the link due to ongoing blog and browser troubles. The story appeared in the October 20 USA Today and was written by Haya El Nassar.)

As for people in hard economic times, please realize that the Census helps areas that are worst hit by the bad economy to get federal aid. It will only help yourself and your family to fill out and return the Census form.

As for you right-wingers, please obey the law and complete the Census. If the government wanted to track you down,they could do so in any case. You folks are so often all about law and order and respect for authority and all that stuff, until it is you that has to follow the law and do what is expected of you.

October 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Nothing Is So Brutal Or Crazy That It Cannot Be True

(Blogger’s Note–This is a repost from April of 2008. I most often offer fresh material, but please permit me this summer rerun of a post I think came out well.)

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently wrote about conspiracy theories many people believe.  

For example, 30% of black people believe it’s possible AIDS was deliberately manufactured to kill black folks.

This is held out as a crazy thing to think.

I don’t believe it myself.

But if you asked me if many white people and white politicians don’t care if poor urban black people live or die, I would say that’s correct.   

And plenty of black politicians don’t care either.  

In my own experience as a city council aide in Cincinnati, Ohio, I read the files of black cancer patients who had intentionally been given extra doses of radiation to see how they would react.

Get this—They suffered.  

Poor black people in cities, blacks and whites in rural areas, our colonized undocumented labor force, and poor people of all kinds, get inferior hospitals and inferior care.

When you ask black folks if AIDS was the work of government, maybe what you’re really asking if the government would do things that would kill people who look like you do.

“Yes” seems to be a logical reply.  

Mr. Kristoff says it is crazy that 36% of Americans believe that government orchestrated 9/11 or knew about it advance.  

Well—I’ve always thought that was a mistaken belief .

George W. Bush was intent on going to war in Iraq before 9/11. He did not need any provocation. 

What people know is that we lied about why we went to war, we did not give our troops the right equipment to save their lives, we sometimes kill innocent civilians, and that the troops sometimes get terrible care upon arriving back home.   

Did the government or President Bush know about 9/11 in advance? No. Is the government as led by President Bush capable of terrible acts that cause people to die? Sure–All the damned time.  

Mr. Kristoff mentions two other conspiracy theories in his column. 

One is that the levees in New Orleans were opened on purpose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This is not so.

Yet it had been known for years that the levees might not hold during a bad hurricane and that much of New Orleans was vulnerable. Then, after it was clear the disaster response was poor, President Bush said his FEMA director was doing a “heckuva job.”    

So why not figure that levees were opened by design? Is that much worse than the truth of the matter? 

Another view held by many is that crack cocaine was deliberately introduced into poor neighborhoods.

Now that one is crazy

These communities were already so flooded with alcohol, cigarettes, overpriced grocery stores offering little or no produce, bad schools and a host of other urban afflictions, why would you have to introduce something new to harm people?  

The history books tell us that we won our land in good part by exterminating the native population, and that we built up the land with the frequent and longtime use of slave labor.  

Our own experiences in life show us that our cities are left to rot year after year. And the poor are getting more poor even as the rich get richer.

So when you ask if the people in charge of our country are capable of barbaric or even genocidal acts, why would many give any other reply than “yes.”

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Crazy Far-Right South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Set To Reappear From Secret Trip—-Update–The Secret Trip Was An Affair!

Extreme states-rights conservative Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina has been missing. The story excerpted below suggests where he may have been and says that he has decided to reappear.

Update 6/24—It now turns out the Governor was in Argentina instead of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 

Update 6/24—Ohhhh—He was having an affair in Argentina.

Update 6/27–Here is a portion of one of the love letters Governor Sanford sent his mistress in Argentina-

“Do you really comprehend how beautiful your smile is? Have you been told lately how warm your eyes are and how they softly glow with the special nature of your soul.” 

Here is the link to a more complete story about the love letters.

Update 6/30—Governor Sanford talks about other women he has been involved with and says that his mistress is his “soulmate.” Above is a picture of the Governor. He is shown here with the family he skipped out on over Father’s Day weekend.

Maybe he does not love his family.

Governor Sanford has fought the acceptance of federal stimulus funds in South Carolina.  I really don’t care if he loves his family, because it does mean much in relation to the harm he would do the people of South Carolina who need help in these hard times.  Here is a story where Governor Sanford says the stimulus package may lead to slavery

Governor Sanford is so far to the right that the conservative South Carolina legislature recently overturned 10 of the Governor’s vetoes.

Some have suggested that Mr. Sanford may run for President in 2012. Would it not be best if first he could master the obligations of being Governor of South Carolina?

Here is the full story about the Governor disappearing.

From the story—

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday the Republican checked in with his staff and was surprised by the attention given to his secretive vacation and planned to cut it short and return Wednesday…Sanford hadn’t spoken with his staff since last Thursday. He left the state on what Sawyer called a routine post legislative vacation to unwind. His absence left fellow state leaders scratching their heads…

The lieutenant governor couldn’t figure out where Gov. Mark Sanford was. Calls from a state senator and close friend rolled to voice mail. Even his wife said she hadn’t talked to him for several days. The explanation came late Monday night from his spokesman: The second-term chief executive was hiking along the Appalachian Trail “to kind of clear his head after the legislative session.”  The Republican governor left town on Thursday, Sawyer said, with plans to hike the trail, which passes through 14 states but not South Carolina. Sawyer said he didn’t know where exactly Sanford was along the 2,200-mile route and declined to discuss if anyone was hiking with him… 

Some questioned who was in charge of South Carolina if he couldn’t be reached. The National Guard and the state’s top law enforcement agencies report to him, said Senate Minority Leader John Land, D-Manning. Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer said he’d been rebuffed by the governor’s staff when he tried to find out where Sanford was and had not been put in charge in his absence. “I cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with him for more than four days, and that no one, including his own family, knows his whereabouts,” said Bauer….

Jenny Sanford said Monday she had not spoken with her husband for several days, including Father’s Day. The Sanfords have four sons.  “He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids,” she told The Associated Press while vacationing at the family’s Sullivans Island beach house. A message left for her wasn’t returned after the governor’s hiking plans were disclosed. “It’s one thing for the boys to go off by themselves, but on Father’s Day to leave your family behind? That’s erratic,” Land said. “And when those officials can’t get in touch with the commander, it’s really weird. That’s not responsible.”

Continue reading

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

$800K For Streetcar Study In Cincinnati—More Warped Priorities At The Expense Of Average People

Cincinnati City Council has allocated $800,000 for the study of streetcar routes in Cincinnati.

This despite failing schools and failing neighborhoods.

You the blog reader know this racket from what I’ve already told you.

Street cars will revitalize the city and make Cincinnati a fun place to visit!

( Above you see that while Cincinnati is considering streetcars, it is falling behind Tokyo in bullet trains.)

The gains from installing street cars will trickle down from Downtown and the inner-core to the entire city!

We need street cars just as we needed taxpayer subsidized department stores Downtown, and taxpayer subsidized stadiums!    

Sure.

These street cars are proposed to run only Downtown and in a very small number of areas close to Downtown. 

You can bet property owners along possible streetcar lines are excited.

When you oppose these types of projects you’re told you lack vision. 

Yet so often the so-called civic boosters and rah-rah types who advocate this nonsense, urge pragmatism and restraint when it comes to addressing the needs of the poor.       

It is hard not to be angry at the city councilmembers who enable this stuff at the request of their corporate donors and owners.

It is a difficult and life-long lesson to direct your efforts at the right people 

You have to realize it is structural and that in most cases when you get rid of one bad councilmember, he or she is replaced by another one responsive to the same interests. 

These priorities are set by people who have little contact with the day-to-day facts, for both good and ill, of living in Cincinnati.

This kind of thing goes on in cities across the nation.

But you can’t give up.  

Citizens must establish the civic priorities by voting, remaining informed and speaking out.

Citizens must be able to imagine a better and more just future than that offered by the same people who have brought the urban decline of recent years.

Otherwise, what you get are underused streetcar routes to Nero-like stadiums while neighborhoods decline and clear out.     

March 20, 2008 Posted by | Cincinnati, Lousy People, Politics | , , , , , , | 8 Comments