I prefer to compartmentalize politics away from my writing. However, the current president and his supporting Republican Party is in the process of moving this country so far away from anything resembling a humanitarian nation that it seems a failure on my part for not speaking out.
I recently posted this on my Facebook page:
November 9, 2016, I made the first, and until now, only comment here about our government. My focus in life has always been on spiritual progression. Thinking my Facebook friends share that objective, it seems that politics are best left to other forums.
Still, I think it is important to comment in terms of how I might write about politics in an essay. I promise not to turn this into a page for political commentary.
Naturally, I have my opinions, but they do not come with the necessary wisdom to know if my point of view is best for the country. It takes a collective for that. The one thing I am sure of, though, is that we are ultimately spiritual beings. Everything done by a government of and for the people must in some way enable that spirituality.
My guidance in life comes from Jane Roberts’ Seth, which I paraphrase as “I must not impose my will on others.” As a litmus test, I ask if my actions interfere with another person’s self-determination.
The question each of us must ask ourselves is whether or not our government is deciding in ways that will serve the greatest good by protecting citizen’s self-determination, now and in the future. If not, it is our duty as citizens to find a way to promote change that will lead to a government that better serves humanity.
The exciting and most unexpected outcome of our present government is that so many citizens have taken up the challenge to help guide the government toward spiritually wiser decision making. Would we be as united had we not been faced with such extremes?
If you want your country to be a mean spirited, for the profit of the few corporate feudal system, then you will really love this:
Posted 8-25-2017 on
This will probably make you sick and angry, as it made me really sick and angry….however, it is important to know and be informed about what Trump has managed to do (or, in these cases “undo”) since taking office…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!
“What Trump has undone”
Excerpt from article….however, this is the full listing as found in this referenced article…it is an enormous and shocking listing of everything Trump has…WITHDRAWN, REVERSED, ENDED, REPEALED, KILLLED A RULE, RECINDED, REVIEWED, BLOCKED, DELAYED, REMOVED, SLOWED DOWN, ETC.
Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.
Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.
Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.
Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.
Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.
Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.
The justice system:
Rescinded an Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.
Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal court threw out the law.
Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.
Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.
Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.
Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.
Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.
Reviewed the status of national monuments for possible reversal. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside would have that status revoked.
Withdrew a rule regulating fracking on public land.
Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.
Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.
Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.
Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.
Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.
Repealed a rule that would have centralized federal land management.
Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.
Foreign policy and immigration:
Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.
Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.
Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.
Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.
Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.
Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.
Other policy areas:
Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.
Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.
Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.
Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.
Repealed a rule mandating consolidation of transit planning authorities.
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