Politics, Economics, and Religion


Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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What is the purpose of life?

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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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

Tags: far-right echo-chamber overtakes national voice

Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

Tags: Bill Maher, asshole, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2016 at 2:25pm

The Republicans developed a successful plan in the "Southern Strategy". 

There is no reason we cannot develop a citizens' strategy that is inclusive, democratic, fair, just, and attractive to other voters. 

"This is a party that includes black, white, rich, poor, male, female, GLBTQ, young, old, " or something to that effect. 

"We support democracy, a "Government of the people, by the people, for the people." - Abraham Lincoln  

Focus on job creation, living wages, pro-union, lowering private debt, universal health coverage, ...

Jeez, that sounds like Bernie!

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2016 at 1:34pm

Voter registration deadlines are coming up quickly, as soon as this Sunday in some states (if that applies to you, make sure you and your friends are registered this week!)

According to this graphic, only 11 states offer same-day registration on Election Day, and North Dakota doesn't require voter registration. In the other 38, you have to register in advance:

(click to enlarge)

A couple of the groups helping to get people informed and registered:



Comment by tom sarbeck on October 4, 2016 at 11:18pm

A woman who supports [Pence], ... , is voting against her own interest.

She may be a masochist without a human sadist.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 4, 2016 at 4:56pm
Aren't all trump supporters weasels and liars? My gdaughters orthodontist is not a fan. Which I found strange considering the waiting room is filled with bibles. Dr B told me he couldn't believe how many of his friends were going to vote trump. I can't believe my dentist and his staff are supporters. I wouldnt expect (otherwise) well informed people to fall for this crap. It's scary.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2016 at 8:01am

He's also a weasel who never directly answers hard questions.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 4, 2016 at 8:00am

Let us also note that Pence is an unrepentant pro-lifer who wants to eliminate access to abortion and completely defund Planned Parenthood.  A woman who supports him, never mind Drumpf, is voting against her own interest.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2016 at 7:48am

Per David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, NYT:

Donald Trump has made blatant the party’s current problem with lying. But Trump is more of a reflection of the problem than the cause of it. Remarkably, every Republican presidential candidate this year was untruthful more often than every Democratic candidate, according to the watchdog PolitiFact (which was trying so hard to be neutral that it didn’t point out the pattern!).
Keep an eye out for the truth gap at tonight’s vice-presidential debate. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, is a likeable, often sunny conservative, according to those who know him. He is the kind of politician who could make the real conservative arguments I wish we heard more often.
Instead, he is prone to falsehoods.
He’s called Trump’s back-and-forth immigration positions “completely consistent.” He claimed that raising income taxes reduced federal revenue. He said that President Obama’s health law would “deprive roughly 120 million Americans of their current health care coverage.” And Pence lied about Hillary Clinton’s actions during the Benghazi attacks.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 2, 2016 at 1:42pm

Trump's anger won the support of the people the Republican establishment had been exploiting for decades: their own base.

Sanders' anger won the support of the people the Democratic establishment had been exploiting. Happily there were fewer of them.

And it is about arousing the lizard brain, which is why the GOP and its base want to limit education.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 2, 2016 at 11:35am

Loren, it's all about the amygdala.   There must be 20 news reports about Cheeto Jesus, compared to one about the Hillster.

It doesn't have to make sense.  Just arouse that primordial lizard brain.


Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2016 at 11:34am

That is what charisma does, he attracts the emotive aspect of one's personality, not his qualifications. 

We did a lousy job of teaching our history, political science, life skills. When I taught in Texas, I was carefully supervised as to what I taught and how. The people put into place the books from which I was to teach and monitored us so we wouldn't overstep the boundaries. 

Remember Nixon's "Southern Strategy"?

"In American politics, southern strategy refers to methods the Republican Party used to gain political support in the South by appealing to the racism against African Americans harbored by many southern white voters.[1][2][3]

"As the African American Civil Rights Movement and dismantling of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s and 1960s visibly deepened pre-existing racial tensions in much of the Southern United States, Republican politicians such as presidential candidate Richard Nixon and Senator Barry Goldwater developed strategies that successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South to the Republican Party that had traditionally supported the Democratic Party.[4]"




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