How the Parties Switched sides – a bit of Politics for your Day

July 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm (Uncategorized)

First – there were TWO Democratic parties – the Northern and the Southern. The Northern was pro slavery, pro fugitive slavery act, pro all citizens – foreign born or native born.
 
The Southern Democrats were more focused on things like trade, farm and agricultural interests, and were very much PRO slavery, even more than their Northern party members.
 
Both North and South Democrats were pro slavery, and anti government.
 
The Republicans were PRO federal expansion of powers – more legislation, not less. Pro transcontinental railroad, pro universities. pro education, pro federal programs to help the needy. Pro social justice, they were ANTI slavery.
 
William Jennings Bryan was the one who started the change over. He wanted a social justice with expanded governmental powers. Best of both worlds? Or combining his two favorite parts – who knows besides him. In case you don’t know who he was, he was Secretary of State 1913- 1915. In a position to be influential.
 
So by the time we hit the Great Depression, thanks to Bryan’s influence politically – before and after is tenure in office – BOTH parties are advocating the EXACT SAME THINGS.
 
So why? Both parties wanted control over the expanding post Civil War West. Whomever controlled the West, won the world, so to speak. And the folks in the west? They wanted social justice, but they also wanted the government to back up off of their business. They wanted NEITHER party.
 
So to win, the Republican party started advocating for LESS governmental interference in daily lives, less government in general. Which meant, by the Great Depression, LESS social support.
 
By then, Roosevelt was running as a Democrat, vowing all sorts of social support systems, formerly done by church or charity groups only, as part of the national federal government.
 
So all the things conservative leaning folks now claim to hate – Food stamps, welfare, medicare, medicaid, social security, the national parks system, came about during that time. And with it, a great deal more governmental agencies and interference. The Democrats also created the 40 hour work week, child labor laws, etc – all things to protect the people.
 
And then throw in the influence of the big names and big money – who of course were all for LESS government, because that meant they could run their businesses as they wanted, and not as the federal laws said.
 
So, that’s where we are today – Republicans, who used to be ALL about as much government as possible, switched tracks, and now want to do away with all these programs and limit government, because their big money backers would love to take thing back to the turn of the 20th century. They have become the conservatives when they were literally the liberals, looking to free all people.
 
And Democrats, who used to be all about free enterprise, slavery, do what you can to get rich and who cares about the people on the bottom. are now the group that advocate for the working class – and advocate for more and more governmental control. And the Democrats have become the liberals.
 
This is not saying either side is right – it’s saying – THIS is how the change over happened, and that they are NOT the parties they were in Lincoln’s time.
 
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It’s been a while…

July 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s been a while since we’ve been here, so we’re going to brag.

We did real well at the County Fair this year.
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A Little Eloquence for the Day

September 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm (Random Thoughts, Uncategorized)

The question-
I get the impression that a lot of people can live normal lives without being witches. So why one would actually choose to be a witch and practice witchcraft is a puzzle. Especially if they are agnostic!

The answer –
Why not? If my little push of energy directed toward my flock, let’s say, helps keep them healthy, productive and safe from predators as they range the back field, shouldn’t I do that? Shouldn’t I use all the means available to me to have the best farm/homestead i can have?

If it helps keep the seams solid on the quilt, the tomato plant yielding an especially good crop, the creek clear, the animals and the humans healthy, why not? A bit of energy – magic, if you will – into the food in the pot, the thread on my needle, the wool on my spindle- it’s just another tool to use, as much as a farmer’s almanac, that needle, a shovel, a fence, physically walking in the creek and picking out trash.

Being able to walk out in the field and know and feel that all around you is at peace, and that everything that lives there – seen and unseen, is contented with your human intrusion – that’s a peace most people don’t know. And that they long for.

And if you want to take a religious angle – the gods are all out there in that field, the woods beyond, in the depth and darkness of the kudzu draped trees. The green man is there – his abundance shows. the gods are there in the contented cluck of the hen foraging in the grass, the burble of that creek, the very small ancient dog dozing in the sun, the grapes ripening on the vine, and now, in the juice of those grapes in jars on my counter. They are in that same old small dog currently asleep on my lap, the man sleeping in the other room, the wood of this table, the words I write.

It’s not my place to say if gods exist or not. I do believe if they do, that they get the worship they need out of my care for the land, the animals, other people, my handwork.

But if you’re given a tool that works – why ignore it for something less effective? That’s just foolish.

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Charlottesville was my Fault

August 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm (Uncategorized)

Source: Charlottesville was my Fault

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I’m Tired

February 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m tired.  Not physically, but socially, and emotionally. I’m tired of people – not all people – just some people.  I’m not tired of social media, though likely I should be.

OK Then, No More Compliments For You

I’m tired of people telling others what kind of compliments they won’t accept from others and trying to expand their personal issues with it to cover a whole group of people because of the “For a” status.  I’m sorry, when did compliments become a back thing? If I think you’re good at what you do, I tell you.  I’ll probably get specific, like “I really liked how you handled that unruly class today”, or “I really like your style of writing, especially in _____” .  I put no “for a” in there.  Hell, folks, I don’t even usually know your skin color, your age, and in some forums, your sex or your name, because I deal with you in a social media setting and I don’t profile stalk you – I take you at face value for what you present and nothing more.

Yes,  I’ve dealt with those kind of backhanded compliments all my life – ALL of us have. “You run fast – for a girl”,  “you’re very understanding of your students – for a teacher”,  “you sure know a lot about social issues – for a white person”, “You’re pretty knowledgeable about current events – for a museum docent”.  I’m sure we could all make this kind of list.  There’s always some insecure fuck out there who makes themselves feel better by giving out backhanded compliments.  The best way to deal with people like that? Treat their compliments as if you’re totally social cue clueless and as if they were the most sincere thing you’ve heard in months.  Pisses them right the fuck off.

And I’ve also been uncomfortable when people gush compliments all over you, especially for something you did for someone else.  I get that.  That’s cool.  Take it gracefully, try to back out of the situation where the person keeps gushing all over you  (cellphones have been great for this – you can now fake an incoming phone call). I’ve used the “thanks, I have to go pick up my kids now” excuse in the past- no longer works when people know they are full grown- so I’ve used the “I’ve got to go pick up my husband” excuse as well. Unless, of course, he’s standing right with me.  he’s rescued me from this a time or two, thankfully. But at the end of the day, not being able to take that gushing of compliments is from my OWN insecurities, and is MY own problem to deal with. It’s not for me to dictate to others their ability to pay me a compliment. STFU and deal with this problem yourself.  If you see a “For A” in every compliment given you, then that is on YOU and is NOT EVER going to become my burden.

Also at issue is the people who say things like this because of their insecurities, but then when they don’t get compliments, they throw huge old hissy fits any self respecting toddler would be proud of. They liken it to people having no respect for them.  Umm, excuse me, people WERE showing respect for you by not giving compliments as you asked for earlier, and now your insecurities have you acting the part of attention whore.  Get on your drama llama and ride!

Wait a Minute, How Did I Become The Bad Guy?

Goes right along with the last section, and I’ve been looking for the right term for it.  I’m not finding it. I’m tired of being the bad guy when I wasn’t the bad guy to start.  I’ve had this happen all my life as well, even when other people – and the majority of other people agreed with me- that asking someone else to stop a behavior, or asking someone – sincerely – why they believe that way or wanting some form of reasonable explanation, I suddenly get someone jumping my shit as a bad guy for asking.  If we tie it back to that last thing, I asked if this person meant any compliments to a certain group of people, and she prevaricated. I pointed out that any kind of comment can be seen as backhanded.  And then I got told that no, this person gets a pass on being offended because she belongs to that certain group.

Wait a minute – I thought the main goal of all groups, ethnic, sexual, disabled, etc was to be treated the same as any other person – which leaves you accountable for everything that everyone else does.  It doesn’t mean you get to be a an asshole just because you’re in a wheelchair. It doesn’t mean I get to be a jerk to people because I’m an older woman.  It doesn’t mean any of that.  If you want to be treated equally, that means in ALL things – socially, mentally, financially – all of it.  It means there’s no free pass based on the group you count yourself as part of. But I was the bad guy for asking this person about it, trying to get a logical reason for the issue.  If they had said “Please don’t give me these kind of compliments because it makes ME feel as if there is a “for a” at the end, and that bothers me.” Cool. I can deal with that.  But don’t come compliment begging later, OK?

Or when a situation is out of hand – or whatever reason – and you step in when no one else will.  The original perpetrators end up coming off as innocents, and you are the bad buy because you stepped in – verbally, physically, or in writing on social media. Usually by someone who has no dog in the race, so to speak, but finds you and singles you out as treating the poor bully badly – by asking them to stop.  Wow.

But this happens every day in every school across the country.  Kids are bullied and picked on, and when they stand up for themselves, often they are the ones punished. Or if they stand up for a friend, they are the bad guy, the criminal, and the true problem folk get off scott free.  Happens online hourly.

Guess I’m good at attracting attention, eh?  I have a feeling I could be in a room of 100 people, all saying the exact same things, same tone, same words, and I’d still be singled out. But that’s my issue, isn’t it? 😉

Why Did You Move Here Then?

I’m tired of the people who move to a small town, a rural community, a mountain area  because it’s so much better than living in the city, and within a month, they’re bored living there.  They want to change street names, build yet another community center (because driving for half an hour is SUCH an inconvenience, yet they’d not blink twice at doing it in the city), want to bring store like Crate and Barrel into a small town where it wouldn’t thrive, and they complain about how they can’t find enough to fill their days, and they don’t know how to meet people.

Once again, personal issues that are not my problem, buy you suddenly make them my problem by insisting on changes to the community.  These are the folks that go to community meeting, petition, all this stuff to bring things to the rural areas that really don’t belong there and most of the people don’t want.  But they have tenacity, they keep being the squeaky wheel, and most often, they have a lot of money to make things happen.  And then when those things happen, and changes are made, they move.  Why? Because this place is to citified now.  And then the businesses fail, and locals are left with empty eyesores that need to be torn down, but no one can afford to do so.  Do us a favor, stay in the city in the first place. Please.

There Is No Such Thing as Libtards or Repubtards

I’m tired of people blaming everything on political parties without realizing it’s much much bigger than a few union reps or school teachers.  If you’re still blaming individuals, or party lines, or best of all- blaming the president and his “black agenda” and focused on a birth certificate from overseas that doesn’t exist, congratulations. You are EXACTLY where the ruling elite of the country wants you to be, not actually paying attention to the REAL issues, the real state of the economy, the real state of the world.  If they can keep baffling enough of you with bullshit, they won’t get a reenactment of the French Revolution in their lifetimes.

But seriously – do some damn research and stop blaming this side or that side for stuff. Stop taking the easy excuse, the easy lay of the blame, the lack of responsibility on your own part and learn something.

I have more, but now I really am physically tired. Time for some lunch.

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