restlessknights

The knights are restless and for good reason.

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Social is Not a Dirty Word

“Social” is not a dirty word.  But it makes some people restless (I’m not one of them). And judging from the condemnation it receives from those sages on the right, you might as well be yelling, “Damn” at Santorum rally.

Social Security, Social Safety Net and Socially Responsible are terms you are likely to hear quite often during this election year. Thanks to the largess of the Koch Brothers, and their ilk, the airways are already flooded, with no Arc in sight.  Incidentally, Citizens United could not have happened without the help of the Charles and David Koch, whose father was a co-founder of the John Birch Society (I just thought I’d mention that). That anti-social Citizens United ruling, by the most right-wing Supreme Court in U.S. history, enables a few rich folks to exert political influence never before possible in America.

Supreme Court Right Wing

Why are these men smiling?

We already knew the evils of “socialized medicine”, because Presidents Harry Truman (1945), Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were chastised for attempting to saddle the country with this horrible handicap. The very idea! Strangely enough, Carter’s biggest opposition to Universal Healthcare came from none other than Ted Kennedy. You remember him. He was from the state that now has Obromney Care. Despite her husband’s failed attempt, early in his Presidency, Hillary proposed it during her 2007 election campaign.

Why is that word, “Social”, not condemned by European democracies? They don’t seem to have a problem with the concept that health care is a right, and not a privilege. And listen to this terrible idea: When a German or other European citizen loses his or her job, the loss of healthcare does not accompany it. That’s why they call it their social safety net. It prevents their family from being wiped out, while they train for new jobs. It’s actually easier to fire an employee in Germany, because the state ensures that the citizen and his or her family are protected from disaster. The company can rid itself of employees who do not perform satisfactorily, and keep those more productive. Nor are they responsible for employee healthcare insurance.

The idea of universal healthcare is not new to the twentieth and twenty first centuries. It actually began in central Europe in 1883. Source

Germany can also boast of one of the highest pay scales in Europe. Why is this good? Because a robust middle class is the best guarantee against economic depression.  Paying fair wages, instead of seeing how little you can cajole employees to accept, is the socially responsible thing to do. In certain U.S. states, governors and legislatures lure corporations to re-locate to their state because these companies won’t have to worry about polluting the environment or respect the right to unionize. These elected officials are not creating jobs, they are stealing them from states that are more socially responsible. There’s that dirty word again.

If we had Single Payer universal healthcare in America, we wouldn’t have some members of Congress calling the Affordable Healthcare Act, the “job-killing healthcare bill,” as they try anything they can to repeal it. They may be getting some help, shortly, from those aforementioned men in robes, very soon. That’s too bad, because most folks don’t even know about the good things this bill will bring, should it be allowed to come to full fruition in 2014.

“Obama’s the most socialist president in history,” shout his political opponents, whom, by the way, never let facts get in the way of their stated opinions.  I believe FDR has that title locked, because unlike the Fox ditto heads, I’ve actually read some history.

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The Slippery Slope


What could cause a more restless night than knowing that marriage, the way God defines it, could become obsolete?

Mitt Romney believes, as did his grandfather, that marriage is between a man and a woman, and is willing to shave the head of any one who disagrees. Only in the Grandpa version, marriage might be defined as a matrimonial bond between a man the sister wives.

But Mitt finds it hard to believe that a man would move south of the border just to evade those arcane laws forbidding polygamy. More likely, Grandpa’s move was inspired by an opportunity to take Taco Stands De Mexico private, fire most of its employees, and take a handsome fee for his services.  To paraphrase the Governor, “Just because they lived in a polygamist commune in Mexico, it doesn’t mean they engaged in polygamy.” This is as true as the expression, “Just because you work in a cat house, it doesn’t make you a cat.”

President Obama has been evolving in his stance on gay marriage, something that Romney can’t do, because he doesn’t accept evolution as a scientific principle.

The family values right has been warning us all along that gay marriage can be a slippery slope. I’ve known a few gay people, and to them, the slippery slope has a whole different meaning, but I won’t get into that (so to speak). Bill O’Reilly is convinced that sex between members of the same gender can lead to inter-species relationships.

I don’t think that Bill’s conclusion is so absurd. In fact, I believe that inter-species marriage could be a good thing. What could be better than marrying your best friend?

Take this hypothetical scenario:

A crowd begins to gather in the Church of the Latter-day St. Bernards. The groom has agreed, despite his parent’s wishes, to have the service at his bride’s church.

As guests file in to the sanctuary, it’s easy to tell which side is the groom’s and which is the bride’s. If you’re from the Groom’s guest list, just avoid the side of the room where attendees are licking their private parts and smelling their pew-mate’s rear ends.

Within minutes the room is full of wedding guests eagerly awaiting the start of the ceremony.

The groom, resplendent in white tux and cummerbund, stands at the foot of the alter, next to the Best Dog, Foxxy (no relation to the bride). The reverend, Bull Teriay, who is, himself, the product of a mix-species marriage between a woman and an English Bulldog, stands ready, bible in paws, to perform the ritual.

Music fills the room. It is Bach’s “Sheepdogs May Safely Graze.”

All eyes face the rear of the temple as the Flower Puppy begins a lively prance down the aisle, stopping at each row of pews for a little whiff.

Then the moment arrives. The bride appears, dressed, despite several previous litters, in a magnificent white gown (available at Sarasota Bridal and Puppy Wear for $999.99 – no paw me downs for this bride). She strains at her leash, tightly held by the proud father, about to give her away to the waiting groom.

Lady, as she awaits her big moment.

After delivering their touching wedding bow-wows, the Reverend administers the oath. And by the powers vested in him, pronounces them Man and Bitch.

You many now lick the bride, says Reverend Teriay.

The groom’s mom, frowning in the first row, turns to her husband and says, “Couldn’t he at least have married a white dog?”

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