Hypocritic Oath

So I just heard that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era directive that discourages local enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized pot.

Wait just a doggone minute. Now that California, the nation’s most populous state, has legalized marijuana for recreational use, Jeff Sessions, the avowed segregationist and states’ rights advocate, is pushing to have a federal law supercede a state law. Isn’t it he, along with many other conservatives and southerners, who has claimed that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, but was all about states’ rights?

And wasn’t it John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, who recently said about Robert E. Lee, that he was “an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state”? Kelly added that “150 years ago, fighting for one’s state was more important than supporting one’s country.”

Isn’t it interesting how the term “states’ rights” has become a convenient rallying cry used by conservatives in their opposition to federally mandated programs involving such areas as racial desegregation, same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and even Obamacare? Isn’t it states’ rights that is one of the main arguments to maintain the antiquated Electoral College?

“States’ rights” is the battle cry for the causes conservatives cherish. But when a state passes laws that they don’t agree with, they, like rats on a sinking ship, abandon the their beloved ststes’ rights mantra, claiming that federal law must be enforced. Such hypocrisy can be seen when it comes, for example, to sanctuary cities, environmental protections, and, now, to states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

What is going on? Does the Republican Party now require its congressional representatives to take a hypocritic oath when sworn in? Does Donald Trump demand hypocrisy in order to appoint anyone to his cabinet? Sadly, it seems so.

Seriously?

I read this in my morning paper:

“A little-noticed mandate from the Trump administration has cleared the way for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns.”

It seems that the U.S. Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions issued a memo six months ago that redefined who is a fugitive from justice. As a result of that redefinition, fugitives who were previously unable to purchase guns legally now can. And more than a half a million names have been dropped from a national law enforcement database used to determine who may purchase firearms and/or obtain a carry permit. WTF?

Earlier this year, Trump repealed an Obama administration gun regulation that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms. This enabled those who are unable to work because of severe mental impairment and can’t manage their own Social Security disability benefits, and who were previously considered ineligible to buy guns to be able to buy guns. WTF?

And I previously posted that Republicans in the House of Representatives are considering legislation that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers. WTF?

So, the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress want to enable more fugitives to buy guns, to allow seriously mentally ill people to buy guns, and want to make legal the use of silencers on firearms.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these people?

Where Have All the White Christians Gone?

 

It’s no wonder the KKK, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are up in arms these days. America is no longer a white Christian nation. Oh noooooo!

According to a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute, the share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50%, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion altogether.

Yikes!

Don’t worry too much, America. You haven’t lost the War on Christmas just yet. Christians overall still remain a large majority in the United States, at nearly 70% of Americans. 

However, only 43% of America’s population is made up of white Christians. That’s down from 80% four decades ago.

The survey of 100,000 Americans also found that more than a third of all Republicans say they are white evangelicals, and nearly three-quarter identify as white Christians. 

Contrast that with the Democrats, where white Christians have become a minority, shrinking from 47% a decade ago to only 29% now. Even worse, 40% of Democrats say they have no religious affiliation. Those damn Democratic secularists are all going straight to hell.

This explains why Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, and congressional Republicans want to end DACA and limit even legal immigration, why Trump wants to build his wall that Mexico won’t pay for, and why he tried to ban Muslims from entering the country. 

But hey, you can’t make America great again if it’s not white and Christian, right?