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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.

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Judge Doom

Thanks Melissa for the idea a quick google search & I found this.

more facebook stupidity

 

The funny thing is Donna doesn’t even live in FL, I believe she’s in NH. Post like hers just make me so incredibly angry  , it’s not just the ignorance behind it but the mean spiritedness, selfishness and racism. It’s almost as if they don’t even try to educate themselves. Does she even know that unemployment in FL in 12%, that the welfare rolls have increased by 15% since the recession started, that FL is leading the nation in foreclosures.  This is why we have social safety nets,  when people are struggling economically, at least they have something, not much but something to house, feed & clothes their families. This ridiculous & unconstitutional law will only make more difficult for those who are in the greatest need.  And really, who wants to be on welfare these days with all the vilifying of the poor.

This also come from someone who calls themselves a “christian”. This is daily post….

 

I guess she’s forgotten Christ’s teachings such as “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.” Matthew 25:40 or this one: “When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the Poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me.” Luke 18:22 I’m going to have to go with Gandhi on this one, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

It’s so sad to see  people like Donna that think so little of the disadvantage and buying into the Faux news propaganda that all on public assistance are lazy & taking advantage of the system.  But unfortunately, as long as the Faux news propaganda machine is out there, will have to continue fighting such ignorance.

“I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob” Galileo Galilei

Yesterday, I found myself asking “why do you do this? You will never change their hearts & minds.” I asked this of myself in regards to a Facebook (FB) post regarding our “esteemed” governor Rick Scott & his “genius”plan to require drug testing for ALL welfare recipients. Testing that is expensive, testing that the applicants will have to pay for out of pocket and hope to be reimbursed within a reasonable time. A laughable idea, when have you known the government to be timely on anything?!? (http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/06/01/florida.welfare.drug.testing/)
To me the only reason for this inane law is for his holiness, “the people of FL work for me”, asshole in chief to further enrich himself at the tax payers expense. You see Scott owns or should I say, until late last year, owned Solantic urgent care centers. In November he transferred ownership to his wife, you know to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.   Remember this is the same man whose previous company, Columbia/HCA  Hospitals, committed the biggest Medicare fraud in history. (http://www.wusf.usf.edu/news/2010/06/18/whistleblowers_say_rick_scott_knew_about_medicare_fraud)
As usual I digress…As I voiced my dismay over this travesty of a law, I was again amazed by level of ignorance & bigotry out there. What really angered me was this 1980’s Regan myth, throw back attitude of the Cadillac driving welfare queens, the beginning of the attack on the poor. I had naively thought that in the last 30 years we had overcome this sickening & hateful attitude. Not only was this attitude that all welfare recipeints are lazy drug addicts that are milking the system is alive and well but so was the fact that I was just another “bleeding heart liberal” trying to give away our country.

You have to understand I live in South FL, the bastion of Cuban Republicans. How I, myself of Cuban decent, came out an extremely liberal democrat is beyond me. Personally I blame my older brother, but that’s a story for another day. To say it simply, I have to deal with people who believe that Faux News is the gospel of land and it’s beyond maddening. So whenever I see this blatant or willful ignorance from “friends” in the land of FB, it is exasperating. I seem to believe that I can change their thinking by simply presenting a rational, well thought out and, when needed, cited argument. And, every time I am wrong & I cannot believe what I read or the personal attacks. The republican & bagger mentality seem not to know any rational or reasonable thought. They buy into whatever Faux News feeds them. The poor, the unions, the elitist, the liberals are ruining this country and are therefore evil. For example here’s part of the thread:

How to you combat that kind of thinking…”…but for far too long there have been those that milk the system. If you are going to ask for a handout, you should not be strung out while doing so. ” When did we get here?!? Do these people really believe that all welfare recipients are milking the system while strung out on drugs? I have to faith that they are just blindly following the herd.

Here’s another gem:

First off it’s NOT across the board, really Jeff, go read something & educate yourself. And where oh where is the cite for the “Testing for cause is the flawed logic that has been challenged and lost. ” ? But, my favorite is the last sentence “Perhaps if people don’t want to submit to testing they can get off welfare and pull up their boots.” Again there is that attitude of welfare recipients as lazy, living off the government.  I tried to point that we really don’t why they are on welfare, the welfare roles have sky rocketed since the start of the recession and have increased in FL by 15%. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-01-25-welfare-rolls_N.htm). Maybe, just maybe, these people are struggling with unemployment which 12% in FL and/or a foreclosure. And, while some do take advantage, not all take advantage of the system. Additionally, being part of a society, means taking care of those less fortunate than yourself.

here’s my reply:

But as I said earlier, Jeff & Kelli’s “logic” is an attack on the poor. An attack that was started by Regan 30 years ago and is being giddily carried on  by the conservatives in our midst but most importantly by the baggers. And this “logic” is something I firmly believe we must all stand up to, make our voices heard, that it is faulty logic.

Of course all this was met with the usual contempt. You’re just a “bleeding heart liberal”

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I suppose Jeff that when you cannot win the argument with facts and reason, you must resort to name calling and stereo-typing. It is this thinking that is exasperating, this belief that in order to save our country we must do away with “socialist” programs. We must re-claim our country from the big, bad “socialist” President Obama. This is the war we are fighting, brought to you by the misinformation of Faux News & their ilk. A war on the poor, women, children, elderly, immigrants, the middle class, the public sector employee, african americans, everyone but the top 2%of earners and large corporations. We must speak out every chance we get, we must yell from the roof tops, we must not allow the class & social warfare to continue, even in the land of  FB. I guess I just answered my own question “why do you do this? ” Because I can.  Because  I must. Because we must all save this country from the ignorance that comes with complacency.