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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2017 at 7:17pm

Grinning Cat, excellent cartoons! As usual!

Bertold, Donald has a way of lying about other when he is the one committing the offensive lie. He just keeps doing it, even when proven that he is projecting onto others his own crimes.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2017 at 6:29pm

In case anyone was thinking it can't get more surreal

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 1:25pm

I rarely watch TV news, and was with a friend when ABC fawned over 45* for his "moderate", "presidential" tone before the joint session of Congress. Not one word about his lies. I was quite annoyed!

Some relevant cartoons:

Donald Trump at his speech before Congress: “I’m terrific at reading the teleprompter... the best there ever was... believe me... Even my hateful, xenophobic, totalitarian rhetoric sounds kinds of presidential!”

Man watching Trump's speech to Congress, intently studying the polygraph (lie detector) his TV is hooked up to

Trump speaking before Congress, with dozens of people on the floor and in the gallery shouting “You lie!” Trump responds, “Who invited fact checkers?!”

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 3, 2017 at 12:45am
The Keppler cartoon describes our times too, Joan.

The corrupt and the anti-corrupt become more skilled at what they do.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2017 at 2:58pm

"The Bosses of the Senate

"This cartoon by Joseph Keppler, who was the, both the editor and main cartoonist for Puck, which became one of, a very popular satirical weeklies in the post-Civil War period, expresses a general public discontent and concern about the growing impact and power of large businesses in the United States in the Gilded Age, particularly as this indicates, by businesses that have become monopolies in one way or another, and their control over the political process. 

"This is the period of time when the Senate is beginning to be conceived of as a millionaire’s club, it’s not quite called that yet, but it’s getting there, and certainly the sort of power and influence of business has become palatable.

"And this is a wonderful snapshot, if you will, of the relationship between the two, with the bloated figures, having squeezed their way through the door saying, 'Entrance for Monopolists,' and surrounding the Senate with the Lilliputian figures of the different senators, all of whom would be recognized by, by viewers because their faces are, you know, are quite realistic, and the influence is quite clear between the monopolists and their impact on the legislators who are either going to be manipulated by or intimidated by these figures. 

"The quote from the Gettysburg Address referred to the democracy, 'the government by the people and for the people' as opposed to, in this case, the corruption of it, which is, 'by the monopolists and for the monopolists.'"

~ Josh Brown, American Social History Project, City University of New York

"No limits on political campaign contributions and the direct appointment of Senators by State Legislatures, which was ended by the 17th amendment, created a climate of political corruption during the 'Gilded Age.'   

"Large corporate combines called 'Trusts' created monopolies using predatory pricing, anti-competitive mergers, and exclusive dealings and business arrangements.  They used the power of their enormous profits to buy key State legislatures and thereby control the Senators appointed by them.

"The progessives were able to promote both the 17th Amendment in 1913 and the Clayton Anti-Trust Act in 1914, which made great strides to break up the power of the 'Trusts' and put more political power back in the hands of ordinary voters."
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

Trump will continue his losing streak if he keeps Bannon at his side, WSJ says in blistering editorial

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 8:57am

On Godwin's Law, I've tread there by looking into Nazi propagandist practices and comparing to those of our Executive Branch elite and their actions.  The parallels are just too clear - especially in comparing Spicer and Conway to Goebbels.  It's almost like they are inspired by Goebbels' words.  Orwell's works could also be considered as a guidebook,  Which is weird, since those are precautionary tales.

GC that's a great letter!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 26, 2017 at 8:24am

Grinning Cat, all I got to say is:

Just.
Plain.
BRILLIANT.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 26, 2017 at 7:08am

From today's NYT:

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of a woman I know about. She is an immigrant, and she is from a country in which there has been much terrorism recently. I am worried that she may be sent back. Perhaps she is “undocumented.” I don’t know what that term means.

She has no documents saying she belongs here, and she has no relatives living in the United States. She is dressed strangely, wearing only a robe. She lives in New York City, where there have been raids looking for undocumented immigrants. She probably has no criminal record.

But if the authorities want to charge her with something, they probably can. She constantly stands in one location, so she could possibly be charged with vagrancy. Her only possessions seem to be a torch and a tablet. Her name is Liberty. I fear for the future of Liberty.

KEITH EDMONSON

Mount Prospect, Ill.

(h/t Stewart Dean)

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:32am

GC, that take on #45 may apply well to #46 too, Acting Pres. Mike Pence.

 
 
 

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