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Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

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GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

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Hannity's Histrionics

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Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

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Government Seeks To Limit Radiation Exposure For Kids!

Mmmm....cake.  And government info.

Mmmm….cake. And government info. (Photo credit: emkeller)

“It is hard for me to accept the fact that The Founding Fathers ever intended to dictate what The Medical Profession can and cannot do.”

That, of course, is not my real opinion, but I will bet a dollar to a doughnut that you could very easily get a  committed Conservative to say something very similar to that.

In my true opinion, I feel like The Founders would have been glad to have taken on any order of business that would contribute to the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness for Americans up to and including intervention in medical practices where necessary in order to assure safety and effectiveness.

I think that if America is the “Christian” nation that some people claim it is, then America would not be adverse to doing things in a Christian manner and that would include making sure that The Government made plenty of provision to help the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked among us.  Those are Christian things and that is what a Christian Nation would be all about.

For those who argue that America could not long afford to sustain the “Entitlement” programs because of their ever growing expense I would say, “If America is a Christian Nation then God is in control. 

If God is in control, then there is a never-ending source of provision for the needs of the nation because God never runs out of anything and He never withholds anything good from the faithful and true.
 
If America is half the Christian nation that some of the Righties claim and if there is any validity to that religion at all, God Himself will see to it that America has what She needs to carry out Her Christian duties toward Her citizens and the World at large.

When our United States Constitution was written, I doubt if any of the framers of that blessed Document were even considering telling doctors how to go about poking holes in patients skulls so that the evil humors causing the diseases could be released more easily.

But I believe they would have taken on this challenge in confronted with it and they would have done it for the good of the People and not necessarily exclusively for the gain and profit of a few.

So here I am, reading this article that says that  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “Taking Steps” (Whatever that is supposed to mean) to protect children from getting too much radiation whenever they receive X-Rays, CAT Scans or any similar tests.

If I were a Republican or a Conservative I think I would read that as a threat to my personal Liberties and Freedoms because I get the impression sometimes that Righties hate any form of government intervention into their affairs—never mind whether it might be good for them or not.

My view is that The Far Right and their friends hate the idea of Big Government up to the point that they need it to get something done that they want done and then Big Government isn’t all that bad anymore. When Rightie wants something done, they are more than willing to invoke all the Big Government power and influence they can find.  That, in my opinion, is where some of the transparent hypocrisy of The purveyors of Radical Conservatism lies—and, in my opinion, there is plenty enough hypocrisy to go around!

I think I can almost hear what one of those on that side of the fence might say about the proposed FDA interventions—It might go something like this:

“I mean, really now—how dare the Government stick their nose into my children’s health care?  Isn’t the well-being and the health care of my own children my responsibility as a self-sufficient and self-reliant Freedom-Loving adult?”

I think if I were a Republican, A Conservative or any kind of Right Winger at all, I think I would probably be seething with anger at the nerve of some government agency telling me how much radiation my kids can have from X-Rays or CAT Scans—wouldn’t I?

Well, folks—I am not a Conservative or a Republican or a Right Winger and I am most happy that we have a dedicated, caring and committed government agency such as The FDA who is concerned about whether or not our kids are getting too much radiation when they go for certain medical tests.

There is a point where The Government has to get into the act as it were because “We The People” have a history of watching out for each other— of “Having Each Other’s Backs” in a manner of speaking.

That, in my view, is what good government is all about—One People, together, helping each other where help is needed and when it is needed and in the quantity needed to get people over their hurdles and difficulties.  That is Union—That is solidarity—that is what being “United” is all about and that is what The United States, at Her best, has always been all about.

What bugs me more than anything is how some of the budget whackers on the side of Conservatism are so eager to take away funding from such vitally important government agencies as The FDA to the point sometimes, when it may become questionable whether or not these agencies can actually perform their needed tasks at the levels required for adequacy.

My true opinion is “Heck yes we need studies on the amount of radiation that is safe for our kids—or for anybody for that matter—and then we definitely need regulation and laws with the teeth to back that research up so that the safety of people is more assured—that is what is needed in my opinion…not more cutting of the funding for the responsible agencies.

I fully support a fully funded FDA so that we can be assured that our food is safe, our medicine is safe, our water is safe and everything that we put into our bodies or that we have anyone else do to us in the name of health or healing is as safe and science and common sense can make it.

There is a limit to the Conservative ideals of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.  There are common sense limits that tell me one cannot take the cure of major illnesses back to the times of “sulfur and molasses in a tablespoon”  home remedies.

But, it looks more and more to me that there are some misguided souls in government and elsewhere who may be wanting to do exactly that.

You know what I say?  I say leave the funding for FDA and all our government agencies alone and give them what they need to do their jobs.  If you want to cut back on something, how about a few cutbacks in those tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% that you keep hearing so much about? 

Just keep in mind—God will provide!

Posted by John Liming (Political Opinions)

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

2 comments to Government Seeks To Limit Radiation Exposure For Kids!

  • This is the most incoherent piece of stupidity I have ever had the privilege to read. For that I thank you, it is always helpful to know just how low human intelligence can sink.

    To my knowledge “Rightie” as you like to refer to Republicans and Conservatives has never advocated “No government”, just smaller government. The current government bureaucracy is a leviathan, with duplication, conflicting regulations, and a budget that is by any measure unsustainable.

    Taking the issue of regulating exposure to x-rays in children and suggesting that because the right sees it as a good thing they are being hypocritical is nonsense and an act of desperation on your part. But it is typical of the left, when the right suggest that Social Security needs to be revised to ensure its survival, the left left accuses the right of putting retiree’s on the streets. When the right suggests that the Catholic church should not be forced to underwrite birth control something totally against their beliefs, the left suggests they are undertaking a “war on women”.

    In a previous comment I suggested that you were akin to the “Amazing Kreskin” with your ability to read minds, I see you are using that talent once again by telling us how the founding fathers would think today…..your powers are truly amazing Great One. Its a good thing you are here to speak for the Founding Fathers,otherwise they might have been forced to put their thoughts on paper, you know create a document as a basis and foundation for this country in generations to come. Wait a minute, haven’t I just described the Constitution?

    As for your suggesting that God will take care of things, I would suggest that he has probably got enough on his plate and expects his creations to take a certain amount of personal responsibility for the running of their lives. As well what makes you think that even the Almighty could straighten out the mess that government has created? Oops almost forgot, you read minds.

  • This is the most incoherent piece of stupidity I have ever had the privilege to read. For that I thank you, it is always helpful to know just how low human intelligence can sink.

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