Accuracy in Media

The real one percent, as opposed to the fake one percent touted by Bernie Sanders (I-VT), raised its ugly head in Georgia on Monday, when “conservative” Republican Governor Nathan Deal collapsed under pressure. He vetoed a bill respecting the freedom and rights of Christians and other religious believers who oppose the gay-rights agenda. Big media, Hollywood and other big businesses threatened to pull their operations out of the state if Deal signed the common-sense piece of legislation that reaffirmed First Amendment rights of freedom-of-religion expression.

The legislation would have ensured that pastors could not be forced to perform homosexual marriages.

The media blackmailing the cowardly governor included Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBS, Starz, AMC Networks, Netflix, Time Warner, CBS, The Weinstein Company, Sony, Comcast NBCUniversal, MGM, STX Entertainment and Open Road Films.

It turns out the “corporate media,” which are usually demonized as conservative right-wing businesses, are in the back pockets of the homosexual lobby.

Major Hollywood personalities sent a letter on the letterhead of the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign also threatening to take their work out of the state.

“Georgia has become a hotbed of Hollywood activity due to particularly generous tax credits the state extends to film studios,” noted Fortune magazine. So the taxpayers provide benefits for the special interests which then exercise influence over the political establishment elected by those taxpayers in the first place. The city of Atlanta became known as “the Hollywood of the South” because of the taxpayer benefits given to the already overpaid and rich Hollywood stars and their production companies.

Deal was the second Republican governor in a year to buckle to the homosexual lobby. Last year, it was Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence who double-talked his way out of signing a similar bill.

We noted at the time that the 1.6 percent of the population which identifies itself as gay or lesbian had emerged as “power brokers” with enormous economic power over elected officials. These special interests in positions of power in the corporate world simply don’t care whether the rights of Christians are violated in the pursuit of providing special rights for homosexuals.

Deal insisted the bill he vetoed would somehow discriminate against homosexuals. But the Faith & Freedom Coalition countered: “This bill does not, and in fact includes an explicit provision prohibiting discrimination. HB 757 simply protects pastors, churches, and faith-based organizations from being forced to violate their religious beliefs. It also codifies into state law the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which Governor Deal voted for as a member of Congress. The Governor’s veto subverts the will of the people of Georgia, who overwhelmingly supported this bill.”

In an article titled “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said Deal had “capitulated to big business and decided to give the government a blank check to punish Georgia’s men and women of faith.” He added, “Days after a watered-down religious liberty bill sailed through both houses of the legislature, Governor Deal has decided that even the flimsiest of protections for churches are too much for Georgia’s Christians. Like Hollywood and Big Business, he thinks the state should be able to dictate what people believe—and torment those who don’t conform.”

Perkins warned that Deal’s “gutless capitulation” would come back to haunt him because the state’s conservatives “hold the keys to the next three years of Deal’s agenda.”

“Although the legislative session ended Friday,” Perkins added, “Republicans are already floating the possibility of a special session to override Deal’s veto. Contact your leaders in Georgia and urge them to do exactly that. If the governor won’t protect churches, the legislature must.”

Indeed, Georgia State Senator Mike Crane (R) called on his fellow lawmakers to overturn the governor’s veto. “The announcement by Governor Deal is another example of how the political class is bought and paid for by corporations and lobbyists,” he said. “Rather than standing up and protecting the First Amendment, the political class would rather sacrifice those rights to keep the money flowing…Today I am calling for a special session to override the Governor’s veto and protect the First Amendment rights of law abiding and hardworking voters throughout this state.”

In an article accusing Deal of bowing to “elites,” Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said, “If Gov. Deal were honest, he would say that the pressure coming from the corporate elite was overwhelming and that it threatened to cause economic ruin to his state. Even men and women of faith could understand why he would veto the bill. Instead, he justified his veto saying, ‘I do not respond very well to insults or threats.’ That is a lie—he responds very well to threats. Indeed, it is precisely the kinds of threats issued by the NFL, Disney, and Marvel Studios that made him cave: the NFL threatened to deny Atlanta a future Super Bowl, and Disney and Marvel threatened to relocate.”

A CNN article on the veto mentioned in passing that Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, also opposed the legislation.

“At Time Warner,” the company said, “diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our business. We strongly oppose the discriminatory language and intent of Georgia’s pending religious liberty bill, which clearly violates the values and principles of inclusion and the ability of all people to live and work free from discrimination.”

This belief in “diversity” allows CNN correspondents such as Jeffrey Toobin, a supposed expert on the Supreme Court, to accept a “gay rights” award from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

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Comments

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Why do you hate the free market so much?

  • Mesa Mike

    The popular way to view such financial-based reciprocity is to call it corporate cronyism, but it seems like pure fascism to me, the same as when the Arizona governor caved to pressure from some of the same sources over a threatened boycott of the Super Bowl. In the case of the Georgia guv, I’d say filth (Hollywood) begets filth (homosexuality). It’s a rainy night in Georgia for the folks.

  • Steven Barrett

    Denying Bernie Sanders contention about the one tenth of one percent crowd … not just the one percenters … getting most of the grease and now Cliff wants to deny the underlying anti-social discrimination, or theological Jim Crow nature of this nonsense vetoed by Gov. Deal; All in one column. Well, I’m neither an academically trained economist or holder of a double degree in both canon and state laws, but it doesn’t take a hell of a lot of commonsense to know Gov. Deal did the right thing. What’s Cliff’s hang up with progress?

  • oat21

    The American People should boycott going to Georgia because of this wimpy “conservative” Republican Governor Nathan Deal collapsing under pressure to Hollywood, the NFL and other big businesses who should also be boycotted. Just remember, boycotting is a two street and true Americans who want to protect their children, the values of their children and the values of American life can and must boycott these Hollywood, NFL and big businesses who would put our children lives at risk. The LGBT wants it all their way, even if it puts our children lives at risk.

  • HikerJohn316

    It is not free market – it is BEING MADE TO CARE. Denmark requires church leaders to conduct same sex weddings. It is not freedom, it is Big Brother.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    We’re not in Denmark and there has never been a pastor forced by the government to conduct a marriage that is against their faith.

    Try again.

  • HikerJohn316

    A couple of years ago no baker had ever been fined $100, 000 for not being a part of a ceremony against his religious beliefs.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Yet every case is based on non-discrimination laws, not marriage laws.

    In fact, almost all of the cases happened prior to Obergefell. It seems that “Christians” decided to throw a hissy fit and start disobeying non-discrimination laws for media attention and lucrative Go Fund me grifting.

    They have nobody but themselves to blame for facing the financial consequences of their illegal actions.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    “The American People” are on his side and are glad he vetoed the bill.

  • Jerry

    This is Bull Crap, for 1.6 of the demented population, I’m calling Mike Crane in Georgia

  • oat21

    Then the American people in Georgia must all be members of the LGBT because any sane parent would not want not to want a man in the same restroom with their 7 or 8 year old daughter or granddaughter, or a strange woman in the same restroom with their little son or grandson. I’m certain there’s a lot of good people in Georgia who would agree with not allowing a male in a woman’s or a woman in a males bathroom except members of the LGBT like you and your wimpy Governor..

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Your insane parents are easily duped by irrational scare stories (that have never happened).

    Besides, why are you looking over/under the bathroom stalls in the ladies room to see what gender the person in it is?

    We should be more afraid of your freaky self.

  • oat21

    I presume your a transgender who wants the right to visit woman’s restrooms, who the freak, you are.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Nope. Not at all. I like my penis right where it is thanks. I am a rational person who actually looks at the evidence.

    I’m not intellectually lazy and repeat the talking points the preacher man tells me to.

    Now then. Tell us all about why you and your family like to look over/under the bathroom stall doors in the ladies room.

  • oat21

    Because of transgenders like you.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    So please explain what you’re doing in a ladies’ room so that you can peek at people in the stall.

  • john robel

    Another “tranny” with blown bearings, stripped gears, and a wasted main case. way beyond SCRAP..

  • john robel

    THERE HAS FOR GODDAMN SURE, BEEN BAKERS AND FLORISTS AND OTHERS FORCED TO SUBMIT TO THE PERVERTED MINORITY. ARE WE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE NO HOMOSEXUAL BAKERIES OR FLORISTS? GODDAMNED RIGHT THERE ARE. THIS ISN’T ABOUT BEING A QUEER, IT’S ABOUT RAMMING IT UP UNWILLING ASSES. I have a farm and allow PRIVATE WEDDINGS, guess which ARE NOT ALLOWED?

  • john robel

    IT IS ABOUT CHOICE, FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, WE CHOOSE NO QUEERS, MILITIA FRIENDS, AND A GUN COLLECTION> FUCK YOU.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Well Professor Caps Lock, these bakers and florists are not churches and must abide by a state’s non-discrimination law in order to maintain their business license.

    This practice has existed since the 1960’s.

    These business owners knew the laws when they broke them and thought they should get some special pass because they were “Christian”.

    No dice. They’ve lost every step of the way.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    You’ll be choosing to pay quite a bit in legal fees then.

    Personally based on your attitude, I’d single you out in a second but since you’re a cowardly keyboard commando, I highly doubt you’d put your business name online.

  • John Taylor

    The Devil not only went down to GA but he walks among us ever day in the form of Government & Politicians. Neither have an interest in “We the People” anymore, we are just the taxpayers who furnish the elite with their way of life. They forget that at some point God is going to provide someone to liberate the slaves as He always has in the past. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I think the elite folks should go back and read the history of the American Revolution. I believe that the ride of Paul Revere had something to do with the Old North Church Tower, did it not. Perhaps God watched the start of that Revolution from the tower. God seems to watch over us poor folks & sinners. Perhaps He has a place in his heart for the Warriors of this land who have fought America’s battles so the elite may govern as suits them and damn “We the People”.

  • terry1956

    I like to listen to Moody Radio but more than one of the legal commentators seems to think like far to many people in the US including far to many Constitutional conservatives that the civil rights act of 1964 legally gave an exemption to the freedom of religion part of the 1st amendment but did away with the freedom of association ( assembly) part but the illegal act passed by congress and LBJ did neither and that illegal act did not even say anything about gays.
    Goldwater was right in voting against the act although he had promoted other acts that did not violate freedom of association and private property rights.
    Freedom of faith is important, freedom of the press is important, freedom of speech is important, freedom of petition is important but also freedom of association is important.
    If a person does not like who a business refuses to do business with then they are free not to do business with that business.

  • terry1956

    Deal got it partly right that those of faith should not have a special right but other wise he got it wrong.
    If a business, a professional does not want to do business with a gay person that is their right anyway.
    If a black person does not want to do business with a white person that is their right anyway.
    If a white person does not want to do business with a black person then they have that right anyway.
    The exception is a government official or government employee acting in an official role which by the way would also include government clerks issuing marriage licenses but of course marriage license requirements should be done away with anyway and legally as long as a person is 18 or over and each party is willing they should legally be able to get married but others outside of government should not be required to accept that marriage.

  • terry1956

    Private business can legally set their only restroom polices as long as it does not encourage child molesting but government restrooms and locker rooms should respect the privacy of all so that a person does not have to use the restroom, lockerroom or shower room while exposing themselves or being exposed to by others.
    The exception can be in the military but the company commander should respect as much as possible the wishes of those under his or her command for unit cohesion case.

  • terry1956

    Give it time and we will be worse than Denmark.

  • terry1956

    Those state edicts ( can’t call them law when they are illegal) violate basic freedom of association and good common sense.
    Yes Christians should not be giving a special pass because a business should not have to legally give a reason for refusing to serve someone.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Yeah. “Christians” lost that fight in the 60’s. See Newman v. Piggy Park.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Yes and ring tailed lemurs could possibly take over the world. The US court system doesn’t do well with “what if” scenarios.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    So you’re going to go with “oogah boogah” as a legal argument then? Good luck defending that in court.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    You lost these legal battles in the 60’s. Why are you trying to fight them again now?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “The legislation would have ensured that pastors could not be forced to perform homosexual marriages.”

    What total nonsense. Pastors ALREADY don’t have to perform homosexual marriages…and YOU KNOW THAT. You’re lying, pure and simple.

    If you have to lie to make your points, maybe your points aren’t worth having?

  • GKBH

    Governor Nathan Deal is a TRAITOR to WE THE PEOPLE … he should’ve said to the homosexuals and their supporters to pull up stakes and get out of Georgia…the graveyard is the law for traitors.
    Hey, Deal ! Your name is now added to the national registry of traitors!

    TRUMP 2016!

  • GKBH

    WRONG commie … your name is now added to the national registry of traitors!

  • GKBH

    YOU are Satan’s offspring !

  • GKBH

    Pollos is yet another faggot whose feet hover over the lake of fire … no loss !

  • GKBH

    expect to be punt-kicked for your warped values and beliefs…wager on it.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Meanwhile, in the real world, we’ll win in court and corporate America will continue to do our bidding.

    You may want to stock up on Xanax.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I’m terrified of you. No really, you totally seem convincing.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Ooogah Booga muther f*cker.

  • GKBH

    YOU will be one of 60 million primitives punt-kicked back to YOUR UNCIVILIZED MOTHERLAND where you came from … run primitive, run, back over the border!

  • GKBH

    YOU keep on dreaming criminal … YOU will be punt-kicked out of the USA or starved to the graveyard, whichever comes first.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Yeah okay tough guy. Come and get me.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Palm Springs?

  • GKBH

    whether you’re an anchor baby or interloper, punt-kicking is suitable.

  • GKBH

    ha, ha, ha…no need…plenty in your backyard neighborhood.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Racists like you are so fun to play with.

    I can trace my family back to the 1800’s in North Carolina. How many trailer parks do you go back?

  • GKBH

    Hey a*s wiper, my aristocratic ancestors entered 1640 and 1720 and were related to the Founding Fathers and Civil War Generals that made this WHITE nation great until interlopers like YOU began tearing down the Republic … you criminal puke!

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Longing for the 1600’s are we?

  • AndRebecca

    Progress is a backwards deal. The Marxist idea of progress, which we have coming out of Washington today, takes us back to pre-Christian Reformation days. Read your Leftie writers.

  • Steven Barrett

    “Pre-Christian Reformation days.” Interesting choice of words you have there, Rebecca. Having belonged to an Evangelical church for a while before I returned to Catholicism and eventually to Anglicanism, I’m pretty familiar with a common tendency of some Evangelical Protestants to treat all of Christian history, going all the way back to when St. Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah, hence the Lord’s bestowing the former with the Keys of the Church He came to found, almost a good three centuries before Constantine ended persecution of Christians once and for all and eventually established Christianity as the official Roman state religion. Sigh, yes, Constantine was a bit rough around the edges and as Evangelicals are wont to put it, established Catholicism with an iron fist. But I sincerely doubt you’d prefer the former pagan way of handling its dissenters on religious questions. (LOL, I’m reminded of it every night I’m late in feeding our four felines.)
    Capitalism was alive during most of the Roman Republic-cum-Empire, just as it was very much alive in classical Greek and ancient Babylonian imperial times. Of course, it’s not what it later became, but Christianity can hardly be credited with its birth close to the present way most of us recognize.
    Farmers sold their goods in the cities, artisans their crafts, etc. and that’s how the ancient societies grew. Admittedly, this is a gross simplification only because I want to speed along to the Reformation. But I’m curious to know if you were at all referring to a common perception held by many Evangelicals that the original founders of Christianity, especially those referred to in Acts for their mandated sharing of goods, esp. foodstuffs, if for no other reason than to provide for their respective communities. Sure, St. Paul referred to only one, but we can safely surmise what he described occurred elsewhere. It was only a commonsense step for a marked out group of people whose very step out into even their local market forums was to invite an accusation, followed by a trial of faith and eventually, martyrdom. Martyrdom got you into Heaven, but the Church needed live saints to survive. It was hardly inspired by some ancient form of “Marxist” thinking. They just wanted to survive, much like their Pilgrim descendants in Massachusetts fearful of running out of food during their first perilous months.
    Had it not been for the welcoming Wampanoags they would’ve likely met a fate similar to the “Lost Colony” in North Carolina. And how well did the ever so enterprising English Puritans, the most radical of all English Reformers treat the Wampanoags in return as the years passed? Pretty much like the way they treated the Catholics in Ireland for centuries (there and here, too.)
    The Reform did little to introduce capitalism to Europe since it already existed (albeit in a limited form) alongside feudalism, which, by the way, never left European society, especially the British Empire until the Roarin’ Twenties. For the moment, and let’s say the angle I think you’re taking from the cue-phrase of “Pre-Christian Reformation days,” implies that had it not been for Calvinism and even Henry VIII’s “reforms” in the wake of his violent break with Rome over his selfish desires to rewrite English and practically all Church rules regarding the permanence of marriage . . . capitalism might never have succeeded in growing. I’m surprised at this kind of short-shrifting a basic human impulse, trading, buying, making some profit in order to survive and enable everybody to have “some skin” in the system in order to make it continue and thrive.
    Protestantism, and even Calvin’s notions gets more credit than it deserves in post-Reformation history books. It’s not that the Catholics were all that pure back then, either. They owned slaves and turned a blind eye in some parts of the world. But they never condoned it to the point where the Protestant Reformers, whose religious stridency had begun to fade over the centuries to the point wherein the post-baroque period, PROPERTY had damn near been given the status of a near-deity. Men were esteemed by the amount of property, including chained human property. (Women, as usual weren’t regarded much higher than their mostly African chattel slaves.)
    Let me go back to Henry VIII. Do you remember how England’s early imperial dreams were first financed? Plunder. Not that that plunder was especially novel for its time, but when it came to top-down to the Crown’s and it’s high council’s clever misreading of the times calling for “reforming the Church” especially in England where most of the crown subjects were actually loyal practicing Catholics at heart, a key distinction, Henry and his merrie band of blue-blooded brigands’ wholesale destruction of the monasteries was the biggest display of forced wealth redistribution in English history and one of the most shameful in all recorded history. At least when the poor of Paris and St. Petersburg overthrew their Bourbon and Romanov masters, plus all the lesser aristocrats standing between them, they did so because they were starving. Henry and his buddies on the other hand, destroyed one of the greatest systems for the average Englishman living in his time to feed his family, pay his tithes/taxes and live in an orderly society that was truly governed more by God’s higher laws than the diktats of England’s Tudorian era elite; it’s one percenter crowd, so to speak.
    Come to think about it, when I think back on all those tax breaks given by the greedy Tea Party GOP when it took over Congress in 2011, tax breaks that could’ve only been paid for by taking from food programs, etc. for the poor, not to mention all the shennanigans pulled off by one of its most shameless practitioners of this greedy behavior, Rep. Stephen Fincher, (R-Frog Jump, TN) … it just seems like history’s being rewritten all over again. And almost just as shamelessly. At least the GOP House hasn’t stooped so low to give tax breaks to businesses seeking to squeeze out churches and church-run food distribution programs. They can do it just by packing local zoning boards and from there, it’s a matter of passing the rest of the dirty neo-Tudorian form of reverse wealth redistribution upwards all over again.
    Isn’t (fuller) Church history more interesting when it intersects with economics?

  • Steven Barrett

    It used to be said in ancient Rome that you could tell Christians apart from the rest of Roman society by the way they loved, treated each other and did their best to live up to Jesus’ teachings. Two thousand years later, we have a bunch of zealots bleating and bellowing how we should all do whatever necessary to restore our “Christian nationhood.”
    We’ve come a long way (southward) from the standards that ancient Roman described the early Christians setting and following. And by the way, read up on your early American history, especially what the Founding Fathers had to say and not say about the US and whether or not it is or was a “Christian nation.”
    Take a close look at what John Adams had to say in the Treaty of Tripoli. Remember also, he was a very devout (Congregationalist-Unitarian) Christian who in later years manage to overcome his earlier mistaught and ingrained prejudices that were commonly accepted by Protestants of his time. He knew something about what it took to make a “Christian nation,” and it began by not making our religious preferences matters of state to enforce on others.

  • AndRebecca

    They had mercantilism in Europe before capitalism. Yes, many capitalistic ideas existed before the Protestant Reformation. The Old Testament is full of capitalism and private property. But, I mentioned Marx because Bernie is a Marxist. Sanders wants to increase the debt by some outrageous number, like 17 trillion dollars. Now, please tell me about all your ten kids and how they will prosper down the road under Bernie. The Left believes everyone is to do with less because the pie is shrinking (climate change and all) and horrible industrialism is still a problem. And, there are only enough goodies for the ruling class. And, the pre-Reformation folks in Europe, in England especially were doing O.K., and had enough stuff . We’re to do with less, like them. Engels wrote his masterpiece regarding the greatness of primitive societies, going far, far back before the Reformation. I’m sure Bernie thinks Engels was on to something. P.S., in 1453 the Muslim Turks cut off all the (ancient) trade routes to the Orient and that caused Europeans, like Columbus to look for alternate ways to the Orient. Thanks to him, the Protestants in Europe had a place to escape to, and they started the greatest nation in the world. And they and their cousins in Europe invented about everything we have today.

  • Steven Barrett

    First of all, Bernie Sanders is no Marxist. He never bought into that kind of socialism. The socialism which appealed to Sen. Sanders is the same kind that the post-war miracle economic planners of West Germany and fellow NATO and non-NATO nations (like Austria), the democratic-socialist model. He has never supported the heavy handed (i.e., Marxist-Stalinist) kind of socialism that was imposed by Soviet tanks in the Russian occupied countries of the Warsaw Pact. Never. As a young teen, I twice visited the other side of the original Berlin Wall as a military dependent while living in West Germany during the early Sixties. There were clumps of grass growing on the exterior crowns of hollowed out/bombed out buildings that the East Germans never got around to fixing because having them left like that served in a perverse way as “anti-west/anti-war” symbols to throw back at the few western visitors they would tolerate though the post-war agreements on travel. I can still recall the dullness of East Berlin and other parts of the Soviet-dominated parts of Eastern Germany was we passed through on bus or the special military train. It was a hell of a vastly different kind of scene than what you would’ve found in Burlington, VT. I really wonder where you’re getting your info on Bernie Sanders, especially about his service as Burlington’s mayor. Did you ever read his autobiography “Outsider in the White House” where he described his years in Burlington’s City Hall and what he set in motion to turn a moribund city’s economy around? It’s quite a capitalist city now thanks to Sanders’ influence as its mayor, then Congressman and Senator. Something tells me you’re more interested in looking for the ever slightest ideological pin you can use to bust the bubble of Sanders’ success as a political leader because it’ll make you look better in the eyes of your fellow like-thinking friends and ideologues. What’s more important, being more faithful to giving witness to truth and facts, or ideological talking points? Trust me, you’ll look a hell of a lot smarter by putting your labors into the former.
    Your comments about the Fall of Constantinople and its impact on Columbus’ journey westward in hopes of finding a direct path to China did wonders to expose your overwhelmingly Eurocentric and anti-Catholic biases. True, the Catholic nations of Spain, Portugal and France got in on the act of creating massive colonial and religious empires for their respective earthly and spiritual Kings, but you sure as hell put a Kiplingesque touch to justify your blatant Protestant prejudices. Take up the white Christian man’s burden to save us all from possible Jewish-Marxist-Papist influences and save Capitalism for the ten percenters of the one percent. The Protestants saved Western Civilization from all those Catholics and Jews with their ancient teachings that weren’t meeting the needs and realities of the times during the Reformation, and especially the past two centuries. I guess that’s why Britain could justify its murder of her Irish Catholic population in her oldest-ever overseas colony, Ireland.
    “Too many Irish, especially the Catholic kind” was the mindset of British planners. Why else during the Great Famine, when there also happened to be an excess of corn that could’ve been released to the Catholic starving n’ dying in roadside ditches, especially in Ireland’s westernmost counties, that Her Majesty’s Government saw fit to send the excess corn to Canada to make sure her Royal Canadian Mounted horses wouldn’t go without a night’s feeding? What a royal coincidence, eh?
    I wish I could’ve been as lighthearted in this reply as I was a few days ago. Unfortunately, there are just some things that need addressing and you just happened to make my day by bringing them up to justify your shallow description of Bernie Sanders’ real views.
    Socialism isn’t the big bad S word you should be fearing when it comes to economics. It’s selfishness that reflects the sin of gluttony that feeds into and is also fed by it in a seemingly never-ending cycle that inevitably will pull us all under as it damn near did in ’08 and in ’29. It’s not the people who believe in (small-d) democratic socialism espoused by Bernie Sanders and myself that’s responsible for the most self-centered form of legal looting in our nation’s history. This distinction belongs to those who advocate eliminating all inheritance (so-called “death”) taxes and no regulations even limiting, never mind prohibiting the transfer of mass wealth to off-shore tax-free havens.
    It’s one thing to avoid paying more taxes than a person is legally responsible for; The idea of taking it all, not having to pay a dime … that’s hoarding, plain and simple.

  • AndRebecca

    You are so full of it, it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, Marxism is an umbrella word for all the bull which has come out of the Left since Marx. Get a dictionary. Second of all, any economic improvement out of Germany and the rest of Europe after WWII was due to the bailout by America called the Marshall Plan, foreign aid, OEEC, OECD, ECA, plus all the immigration out of Europe to mainly Anglo countries. We didn’t take ALL the “I won’t work turkeys” from over there. We certainly got enough of them as it is, like the Frankfurt School jerks and their ilk. But since we didn’t get all of them, we’ve now opened our borders per the U.N. for whatever Leftists who can get here from wherever they breed. And, you think the Catholics were in with the Ottoman Turks and helped them block off the trade routes? …. Socialism is something we’ve had in this country since WWII, with some communist overtones, although some of it started before then. And, we’ve really been “changing” the nation since Obama has been in office. Sanders calls himself a Socialist, and yet you can’t bring yourself to call him what he is, but you support him. The ends justify the means for you, hmm?