An Important Observation c/o Ashley-Madison

The following post was published on the Daily Kos by SemDem. The article is great and I recommend you read the entire article at the Daily Kos website.

On Rightwing Christians: Have you noticed something odd about this Ashley Madison scandal?

Ashley-MadisonSince the Ashley Madison scandal broke, I have noticed a distinct lack of condemnation from you rightwing christians.

Where are all the youtube hate videos against the subscribers practicing adultery?

Where are the droves of protestors picketing like Planned Parenthood?

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If I Don’t Cheat You, Someone Else Will

Wage SlaveryReading a passage from The Jungle I suddenly realized what the real problem with this country and its beloved capitalism actually is. In the passage a saloonkeeper admits to seeding the clientele with needy looking street people who encouraged the more affluent customers to buy them a few drinks: shades of dancehall girls. The saloonkeeper posited that if he didn’t do it, someone else would.

Then the narrator expands the thought to manufacturers who adulterate or otherwise cheat on the ingredients in their products (a good example being canned meat … don’t ask what’s in it … ever). Hey, if one huge agribusiness corporation doesn’t do it, another big agribusiness corporation will.

That’s the rationale behind our greedy corporations: if they don’t cheat you, someone else will … so they are justified in cheating you.

It’s so simple and conveniently avoids moral considerations. Where can I get the bumper-sticker?

Makes you proud to be an American

I ran across this article from TruthOut (actually, I only read the teaser which follows):

Three Ways Romney Can Still Win the Election
Art Levine, Truthout:

Romney may be shooting himself in the foot at every turn, but the race could still be very close thanks to a GOP trifecta of lies, dark money and vote suppression.

Does this seem to suggest that “lies, dark money and vote suppression” are legitimate tactics to use in an election campaign? Was it so long ago that the mere suspicion of corruption such as this was enough for the United States to consider an election in any other country as being flawed and illegitimate? But here in American these are common tactics used by one of the major political parties and even progressive political writers seem to accept them as challenges to overcome rather than activities to reject and condemn.

This clearly speaks of the illegitimacy of the Republican Party but perhaps more importantly it further reduces the respect the United States receives from the rest of the world. How can we comment on or send observers to monitor elections in other countries when we clearly have shown our own elections to be open to corruption and blatant cheating.

One bright spot is that it is only one side that intends to win at any cost. It’s a good thing I don’t believe in God or the Devil lest I worry about the GOP making a deal with the Prince of Darkness. Yet there are rumors that Lucifer is a Republican and living in Wyoming … maybe I should worry?


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