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IDIOCRACY

I’m back. Yes, I’ve away a while but unfortunately, life sometimes takes precedence over my ranting. Not enough time to study and rant about the usual bullshit that is the state of American politics. I am aware of the idiots and the lack of compromise on the debt ceiling, the teapublicans dying wish of financially destroying the country, the continuing union busting efforts, the overreaching abortion laws, the crazy evangelicals acting like the Christian Taliban, perry’s prayer meeting to help him solve our nation’s problems, the disappointing employment numbers. Still, it all seems par for the course in the today’s political atmosphere. The teapublicans act like petulant, spoilt children & the democrats need a backbone. Nobody will win and the biggest losers will be the middle class & the poor.

But what got me rankled was this idiotic post making the rounds on Facebook AGAIN:

Florida is the first State that will require drug testing when applying for welfare (effective July 1st)! Some people are crying this is unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional? It’s OK to drug test the people who work for their money but not those who don’t? Re-post if you want all states to do the same!”
Last time I touched on the religious right’s lack of compassion and their bigoted rationale for liking this truly fucked law. Today, it’s classic example of the idiocracy we are becoming. What happened to basic civics classes? I’m sure even a grade schooler could point the glaring violation of our basic constitutional rights in the above FB post but then again maybe not. Since NCLB, I don’t think we teach civics in schools anymore.  I would post the screen shot of the response, but too much work for such a simple and asinine sentence: “ Ken: It is not a violation if you are getting aid .Take it or leave it.”

Listen up idiots, a basic search on Google will lead you to several cites that have the US Constitution. This is the first hit, look at that, a transcript of the Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html  Now, if we look for the 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights, we get the text regarding search & seizures. To save you some time, here’s the actual text: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. “ As you can see, you must have CAUSE for search & seizure, drug testing is a type of search. And,  last time I checked, applying for public assistance is NOT cause for a search warrant. Furthermore, in 2003, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Marchwinski v. Howard (Michigan) ruled the drug testing of welfare recipients unconstitutional. [Marchwinski v. Howard, 113 F. Supp. 2d 1134, 1142 (E.D. Mich. 2000), aff’d, 2003 WL 1870916 (6th Cir. Apr. 7, 2003).] So as you can see, we already have precedent stating it’s unconstitutional as well as the 4th Amendment saying it’s unconstitutional.

Now for all you teapublicans out there that like to quote the Constitution & our Founding Fathers’  intent, I think they are pretty clear on this one. Read it again, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  Crystal clear, no legal search & seizure without a warrant for cause.

Finally for your silly little arguments that we must stop the fraud & abuse in the welfare system, show me  how this does that? Show me how this fixes the budget and unemployment crisis we have in FL. Show me how this law will bring in revenues we so desperately need. Show me how this isn’t just another unfair burden on the backs on the poorest, neediest in our society. Show me how this isn’t just another scheme for Judge Doom to get rich off the taxpayers. Show me the constitutionality of such a law.

“In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.” Marlene Dietrich

Just  few words on Weirnergate…really? Really, are we that obsessed with this man’s penis, really? It just seems that for the last week or so, everyone wants to know if the infamous crotch shot is Anthony Weiner. Aren’t just we just little suspicious of Breitbart’s role in this scandal? And, haven’t we got more important things to be concerned with?

More important things such as,  the gop/ baggers holding the debt ceiling debate hostage to their insane wish to turn Medicare into a voucher system, among other drastic cuts to other social programs. They are not serious in their call for cuts to balance the budget.  If the gop/baggers were, then they would have a serious discussion regarding subsidies to oil & gas and to agriculture which would bring in BILLIONS in revenues. They would have a debate about cutting defense spending & ending the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, which have cost us billions. But no, they focus on destroying Medicare, while we run the risk of defaulting on our loans.

Here’s something else we should be concerned with, the gop/baggers continue their war on women. This year alone we have seen  serious restrictions on a woman’s right choose. They call for smaller government but not when it comes to my uterus. They just want to crawl right in & make decisions for me, decisions that should be left to me & my doctor. The gop/baggers continue to make cuts to social services that will affect the quality of life for women & children.

But the most important thing we should all be concerned with is the economy. The economy continues to recover in fits & starts but the gop/baggers are much more concerned with abortion, NPR, PBS, medicare, welfare, the unions, public sector employees, denying climate change, gun rights, re-writing history, and stifling anything President Obama needs and/or wants to do. Did the gop/baggers not campaign in 2010 on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS?  Well, where are those JOBS??? All I see in a continuation of the culture & religious wars.

So again, really? We care about Weiner’s dick for what reason? At most he’s embarrassed himself & humiliated his wife. It’s not like he’s allegedly committed a crime  a la Edwards or Ensign. So get over it and start focusing on the real issues we are facing.