Jared Marr The House Resolutions that affect our lives? Forgive me for not painstakingly looking up the actual bill numbers, but here are a few for starters: Republican attempts to outlaw birth control, the outlawing of hemp which was determined by government research to be less damaging than alcohol, making "In God We Trust" the national motto over E Pluribus Unum in 1957, "Under God" added to the Pledge in 1954 and the list goes on.......
Jared Marr Thomas, It is intriguing that you pose that Jesus would be a Socialist. I think there is an intriguing parallel to be drawn between a Christian justification for social welfare programs and a need to be our "brother's keeper".
Jared Marr "Under God" was added in 1954 during the tenure of Dwight D. Eisenhower. This was a move to separate ourselves from the heathen Communists of the USSR during the height of the Red Scare. This was also why "In God We Trust" was made the official motto in 1957. In regards to "In God We Trust" it first appeared on coinage during the Civil War after a prominent religious leader wrote Lincoln asking him to do so. Blatant violation of church and state
Jared Marr Douglas, You make a good point. I continue to find extreme irony throughout the Republican party which claims foul play when "big brother" provides opportunities for vertical socio-economic mobility are the same people that want the government to tell you who you can marry and what you can put into your body. People need to start realizing that there is a vertical as well as a horizontal dimension to political identity. The parties are the same.
Jared Marr I don't know that the internet is necessarily to blame. Long before "clicktivism" was as big as it is today many of us may remember similar campaigns that just fizzled out. Anyone remember the campaign to ban Grand Theft Auto because of alleged connection to criminal activity? What about UNICEF boxes at Halloween? I think it is that in many cases people don't have a true stake in the issue. If it gets solved or not their lives don't change.
Jared Marr I'm wondering what basis the author would provide for keeping "capital punishment" on this list of human rights offenses. I think it is a bit radical to say that someone being killed as a form of punishment is categorically a violation of rights. Was it wrong to use capital punishment on Osama Bin Laden? What about James Earl Ray? I agree the United States has many flaws in this area, but why this and not drone strikes, civilian casualties etc?
Jared Marr David, You make an excellent point. After all, conservative thought historically has not had this negative stance toward towards the youth's engagement in the political process. After all, one of the initial leading thinkers of classical conservatism was Henry David Thoreau who wrote his famous Essay on Civil Disobedience as a young man in prison for refusing to pay a tax which was to fund a war. Sounds a bit like an Occupier doesn't it?
Jared Marr The extreme stance taken against millennials is completely inaccurate, but I do understand some of its justification. I get really tired of people from my generation that play the blame game with Social Security, etc., but in reality this matters little for as FDR once said, "To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected." Millennials are becoming increasingly aware and engaged at this critical time in history.
Jared Marr Ethan, One of the main problems I see with this line of rhetoric is that you assume that all that have wealth or have accumulated wealth have worked for it. While this may often be the case school zoning, glass ceilings, and racial tracking are just a few of the reasons why minorities in this country have faced barriers to attainment which in turn hurts the following generation's chances. In the mean time, whites were skyrocketing.
Jared Marr That is an excellent point. There is definitely something to be said for the lack of congruity in that variety of thought pattern. I can't figure out why. Most blame religion because of the pro-life movement and then the same our conservative and hate welfare etc. However, Christianity speaks of being your brother's keeper and if you come across a man with no shirt and you have two "give him one". It's sad to me when ideology overcomes values.
Jared Marr I echo Kathleen's comments, but that doesn't even take into account the religious angle. Ahmed, I am sure your anti-abortion stance has a foundation in religion which is great, but since it is grounded in religion that means we should all have the freedom to choose what we wish. Your religion may not allow it, but my personal practices do. I don't subscribe to your religion so why should I have to follow its practices?
Jared Marr It is ridiculous that in the United States there is even a slight possibility that one person may be able to tell another what do with their bodies based on a religious belief. Since, when does religion apply to anyone other than the participants? Let's not forget several of the colonists came here to escape the British government's over involvement with the Church. Freedom of religion means not just freedom of religion, but also freedom from it.
Jared Marr The U.S. gave Qaddafi power because the U.S. for many years support an old dynastic monarch named King Idris who's rule began in the 1950's. The U.S. constructed a military base in Libya this time and thus, were engaging in "saber rattling" in favor of a disconnected, old, tyrant because during that period of time the U.S. was making vast sums of money of the oil production in the country, but today our presence there is almost nill we meddle.
Jared Marr I'm glad she is having a beer. A cabinet position is incredibly stressful and known to take years of one's life so I think she is entitled to relax with vodka, beer, whiskey, or even hemp for that matter.
Jared Marr As a former member of the Christian faith I find it ludicrous that you equate religion with "objectivity". Religion is entirely subjective. For instance, many religious folks claim to have been "touched by the holy spirit". There is no way to prove this, yet hardly ever questioned. The relation of that experience to another and that person's interpretation of the way the bearer of the experience chose to explain it is the DEFINITION of subjective
Jared Marr It seems to me that there is a bit of a quagmire on our hands for me when it comes to shortening the length in regards to the quality of the average consumers education about important issues which you highlight. America currently has a problem with oversimplification of policy and the plague of the "uninformed voter". So what effect would you anticipate shortening the campaign season would have on the average voter? You for instance are not avg.
Jared Marr This would also go a long way in mitigating the possibility of career politicians as campaign "war chests" would become a non-issue making it easier for fresh thoughts to enter the market place of ideas.
Jared Marr I think a better answer to this problem is to go to publicly funded elections. If you cut the length in half I think there will be a tendency, at least initially, to just buy twice as many campaign ads and there is still the matter of funding as a barrier to 3rd party emergence. If there were publicly funded campaigns the length wouldn't matter and it would be much easier for 3rd party candidates to enter the system without pulling a Ron Paul.
Jared Marr I think the thing at play that most people really miss out on is that Gadhafi was put in power by the U.S. about 30 years ago. This is simply a result of another failed U.S. foreign entanglement like the Bay of Pigs, the Iranian Revolution, Nasser in Egypt, Guevara and Batista in Central America, etc. The U.S. needs to remember Washington's words when he warned us about "foreign entanglements". We only need to clean up because we made the mess.
Jared Marr I would agree, but I would maintain that most of the wrong doing was on the part of Israel and those who aided in its creation. Palestine controlled that entire area and the international community stepped in and denied them their own land to form a new country. That would be like France taking over South Carolina to create a place for all of the gypsies. The U.S. would respond violently so I don't see Palestine as being at fault.
Jared Marr I agree that a more politically literate in Israel is a necessity for the country's longevity as tensions rise in the region and the Western world is becoming increasingly aware of this Genocide of Palestine. I'm glad a U.S. President finally had the moral fiber to say that stealing land is wrong.
Jared Marr It's definitely true that you can be happy with something lower than your number one choice I ended up going to the school that was 5th on my list due to financial reasons, yet while their I've re-founded the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network chapter at USC and I'm the Southern Policy Coordinator.
Jared Marr Not to mention the fact that be it a company or a regime the rule would be of an involuntary nature. After all, a manager isn't allowed to tell corporate he won't downsize the branch anymore than someone can decide they aren't going to pay taxes. Except for the rich, but that's another story.
Jared Marr Interesting. In that case it is a bit ironic that you are on a site called "policy"mic since policy infers a structure to implement said policy which would require power with an organized structure to do so efficiently and that organized power structure be it a company or regime would have a gov't.