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To the Party of Christian Values…”Who Am I To Judge Them?” Pope Francis

Pope FrancisSt. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis On Gays: Who Am I To Judge Them?

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush posted: 07/29/2013 8:01 am EDT  |  Updated: 07/29/2013 11:34 am EDT Huffington Post

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked.

His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

Francis’ remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

He was funny and candid during a news conference that lasted almost an hour and a half. He didn’t dodge a single question, even thanking the journalist who raised allegations reported by an Italian newsmagazine that one of his trusted monsignors was involved in a scandalous gay tryst.

Francis said he investigated and found nothing to back up the allegations.

Francis was asked about Italian media reports suggesting that a group within the church tried to blackmail fellow church officials with evidence of their homosexual activities. Italian media reported this year that the allegations contributed to Benedict’s decision to resign

While stressing Catholic social teaching that calls for homosexuals to be treated with dignity and not marginalized, Francis said it was something else entirely to conspire to use private information for blackmail or to exert pressure.

Francis was responding to reports that a trusted aide was involved in an alleged gay tryst a decade ago. He said he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up. But he took journalists to task for reporting on the matter, saying the allegations concerned matters of sin, not crimes like sexually abusing children.

And when someone sins and confesses, he said, God not only forgives but forgets.

“We don’t have the right to not forget,” he said.

Life Liberty and Justice for All

“Who am I too judge them” a great question for Christians.  For the past 30 years the Republicans have used “homosexuality” as a wedge issue and the Catholic Church was complicit in the persecution of the gay community.  Today Pope Francis took the first step in pivoting the Holy Roman Catholic Church back to focusing on social issues, income inequality, hunger, healthcare and the plight of the poor.   The comments from the Pope are Biblically rooted and for years have been ignored and overlooked by conservative Christian religions around the world.

Jesus Christ spoke for the poor, sick and disenfranchised.  As Christians we are asked to be Christ-like and the Holy Scriptures are clear, we are not to judge each other:

Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

Romans 14:1-23 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

Corinthians 4:1-21 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. ..

John 8:7 “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

Matthew 5:22  “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire”

Romans 2:1 “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”

 John 3:16By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”


One more “wedge” issue has fallen.  Again I urge “ALL” atheist, agnostics, progressives, liberals and Democrats to hold the “Party of Christian Values, the GOP” to the tenets of the Holy Scriptures.  Take the judgmental wedge issues from them and use the Bible to do it!  The Republican time of division is over…

“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him…”

“Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat to Justice Everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr.




Our African American Brothers and Sister Cannot Carry this Burden Alone! Share Your Stories America!

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Obama Speaks On Zimmerman Verdict: Black Americans Feel Pain In Trayvon Martin Case

AP/The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 07/19/2013 1:41 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/19/2013 2:44 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a “history that doesn’t go away.”

Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday.

“Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Obama said.

Obama says African Americans view the case through “a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” He says black men in particular are used to being feared and blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.

He says he also has heard drivers lock their doors and has seen women clutch their purses tighter when he walked by, before he was elected to public office.


Huffington Post Comment Yahoo Thom:

“All minority groups should tell their stories, Women, African Americans, LGBT, Latinos, Muslim, Asians, American Indians…this conversation has to happen “Liberty and Justice for All” is an American Value…as uncomfortable as the conversation maybe.”

Lilly LedbetterEdith Windsor

Sometimes we have to share personal stories, give of ourselves to make a situation real.  Personal stories carry weight and have inherent credibility to peers.  All of us suffer injustice, we all have to speak out.  Whether you are a Women like Lilly Ledbetter denied equal pay; or Edith Windsor, the 84-year-old woman who brought the case against DOMA; the Muslim American that is treated like a terrorist at the airport; the Latino stopped and asked for papers to prove Citizenship in Arizona; the Asian whose names are mocked and made fun of in a tragic airline accident; American Indians insulted by disparaging their culture in the name of sports teams; and an African American boy who was killed for being mistaken as a criminal simply because he was Black.  We have to share what is happening to us.  “We” are better educated, we have a voice now.  Use that education, speak out, tell your stories, use media, and make your personal stories heard.  America must listen, we must have this conversation, no matter how uncomfortable it is for America!

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In that spirit, I will tell a personal story that was hurtful to my family to add to what the President said to get the conversation started.  Whether you comment to this article or simply share personally with a friend, it is incumbent on you to no longer be silent.  Our posterity depends on the strength and courage you exhibit today.  We cannot let our African American Brothers and Sisters carry this weight, this burden alone…we must do this as a coalition, a coalition for the good…

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Stop And Frisk Trial

My father served in Army and the Air Force, in the theaters of both Korea and Vietnam.  In 1966 my father became disabled serving his Country in Vietnam.  For the next 47 years, my family had to take care of my father, driving him 60 miles every month, to the Veteran Administration Hospital in La Jolla, California.  I would miss work when I could to accompany my Mother, sometimes she would have to do this on her own.

One summer a friend of mine was visiting from Connecticut. While she was staying with us she offered to drive my parents to the VA hospital for my Dads doctor’s appointment. My parents were already in their early 70’s.  I appreciated the offer, since it did save me a couple of vacation days.  Her first trip with my parents was uneventful, she took them to lunch in Old Town San Diego, the “Spanish” cultural beginning of the city.  As you all know San Diego was once part of Old Mexico and Nueva Espana, so Latino culture is strong in this City not 10 miles from the Mexican border.

The second trip started out like the first, heading south on 15 frwy, clear sailing all the way.  My father went to his appointment.  Again my friend took my parents to lunch, seafood this time I remember.  After lunch they got on the freeway for the ride home.  My friend was driving the car, my Mother was shotgun and my Father was in the back seat of a black late model BMW.  At the 15 freeway in Temecula, California there is a border check point, this check point is nowhere near the Mexican Border, it is 70 miles north far into Southern California in Riverside, County.

When they arrived at the check point a Border Patrolmen asked them to stop.  My friend being from Connecticut was pretty shock by the check point, even more shocked that she, a blue eye blond driving a BMW, was being stopped.  When she recounted the story, she said, that she was pretty annoyed and actually felt angry.  The Patrolmen asked her where she was coming from and where she was going.  She asked him, “Have I done something wrong officer?” he looked at my Mom, then at my Dad, not speaking to them directly and asked my friend “Are they American Citizens?”  He didn’t ask my Mom or my Dad, who are 2nd generation Americans and English is their first language, directly he asked my friend. My friend said, “I felt so bad for your parents, your Mom looked so hurt.” She said she was so shocked she couldn’t answer, she wanted to say yes, but nothing came out.  My Mom finally answered, “Yes we are Americans.” he then asked them to pull to the side and asked them for their ID”.  My Mom presented her driver’s license and my Dad his military ID.  He never asked my friend the driver for her ID or registration.  Only the two Latino American passengers.

My friend said, this would never happen in Connecticut.  I laughed.  Although Latinos are the majority in California, we are the ones stopped at the check point.  We are the ones that must suffer the humiliation of having to prove we are Americans, simply because we are Latinos.  This is my story, it was experienced by my friend a White young lady who could not believe that it had happened in America.

My Dad is an American, he served his Country not once but twice.  I thank God that I don’t have a story to tell that ends in tragedy like so many others in the United States.  When the papers please laws were enacted in Arizona, I felt personally outraged for the Citizens of Arizona, you see my family knew what it was going to feel like when someone they loved, a member of their family was stopped for simply being Latino. 

Border Checkpoint TemeculaMartin Luther King Jr

Those that want to shut the President of the United States down, will call him a race baiter.  That is why it is so important that a COALITION unites to bring the issues of “Justice for All” to the table.  So that African Americans are not fighting the good fight alone. Today on the Cycle MSNBC, I heard Luke Russert share his story about having to call cabs for his African American friends. White males of good will like Luke Russert, must also stand up and be counted.  I challenge all African Americans, Women, Latinos, Asians/Pacific Islanders, LGBT, Muslims, Native Americans, Indians and all those that suffer injustice and racial bias to come forward and share your stories with America! Now is the time!  Not one more mother should have to lose a child…Racism maybe a divisive issue, but INJUSTICE should united us all.

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A Sincere Thank You to the Progressive White American-from your Latino Brother…

They are all around us, the heroes and heroines of the “GOOD FIGHT”.  They have been there from the beginning, they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that gave “We the People” our voice. They championed the values of Liberty, Freedom and Equality.  They have come from all walks of life and from “BOTH” Political Parties. Champions of Democracy, guardians of the poor, the disenfranchised and the minority.  They march in every movement, loyal, selfless, protecting and noble risk-takers they defend the rights of others as the other’s cause becomes their own. They are not only tolerant, but embrace the cultures of the world. Secure, righteous and always on the right side of history…history rewards them with success and legacy. Who are they? They are the progressive liberal White Males and Females of history and these United States.

They defended the defenseless Colonist against taxation without representation; championed the pursuit of Happiness, Liberty and Freedom that we all cherish today.  Our Founding Father’s set the tone for the next 237 years.  These White Males defined the “GOOD FIGHT” risking life and position for the sake of a new Nation and a new way of life. They wrote the mission statement that defines America.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”

Amazing words from amazing men.  The “Good Fight” is continuous, never ending, ad infinitum, many have sacrificed to move this Country forward.  From the American Revolution to the striking down of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) progressive White Males and Females have been the key to moving us closer to a more perfect Union. I am a Latino, I understand the arithmetic.  Without these selfless White champions of “MY” freedoms, I would simply be invisible.

White men and Women in the abolitionist movement tirelessly campaigned for the immediate emancipation of all slaves and the end of racial discrimination and segregation. By the early 1830s, Theodore D. Weld, William Lloyd Garrison, Arthur and Lewis Tappan, and Elizur Wright, Jr., had taken up the cause of “immediate emancipation.”  Fighting the times, there was no question in their mind, the morality of their cause. White Quaker women and female slaves, together took a strong moral stand against slavery. Some of these White women educated Blacks, both free and enslaved, and some of them joined the American Anti-Slavery Society and founded their own biracial organization, the Philadelphia Women’s Anti-Slavery Society. Hand in hand Black and White working together for an end to a grave injustice forward to a more perfect Union.

The Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott, was instrumental in organizing what would be the first gathering to fight for Women’s rights in the United States at Seneca Falls. Lucretia Mott and about 100 people attended the convention; two-thirds were women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted a “Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions,” that echoed the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” Among the 13 resolutions set forth in Stanton’s “Declaration” was the goal of achieving the “sacred right of franchise.” With a progressive eye toward equality Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and 100 Americans with “liberal” intention did begin the arduous journey toward Women’s Suffrage and the fight for civil rights.

Will D. Campbell, a towering figure of the U.S. civil rights movement who was the only white person present at the meeting that led to the creation of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A minister, Campbell was a larger than life figure who broke with his own Baptist Church to champion civil rights beginning in the 1950s. His colorful speeches and writings angered many white Southerners. But his commitment to the “Good Fight” was unassailable and undeterred. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Said of Campbell “He was a gift to America who never received the recognition he truly deserved. He will be deeply missed.”  Campbell was a key player in most of the important events of the civil rights movement:

  • He was one of the four White Americans who escorted the black students who integrated the Little Rock, Ark., public schools in 1957.
  • He was the only White minister among about 60 pastors invited to attend the meeting in Atlanta that same year where King laid the foundations for the SCLC.
  • He joined the Freedom Riders who worked to integrate buses in Alabama in 1961.
  • He walked with Martin Luther King on the “March on Birmingham” in 1963.
  • He was also with King for the “March on Selma”, Ala., in 1965.

Michael Schwerner was one of the White CORE field workers killed in Mississippi, by the Ku Klux Klan in response to the civil-rights work he coordinated, which included promoting registration to vote among Mississippi African Americans.  Andy Goodman was only 20 when he died on Rock Cut Road on June 21, 1964, near the end of his first full day in Mississippi.  Both of these men were killed alongside a Black associate, James Cheney, working on the Mississippi Summer Project.  Taking on the cause and paying the ultimate sacrifice to help bring voting/civil rights to the Black Citizens of Mississippi.

William Lewis Moore, a White postman from Baltimore, was shot and killed during a one-man march against segregation. Moore had planned to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi urging an end to intolerance.

Rev. Bruce Klunder was among civil rights activists who protested the building of a segregated school by placing their bodies in the way of construction equipment. Klunder was crushed to death when a bulldozer backed over him.

Rev. James Reeb, a White Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a White housewife and mother from Detroit, drove alone to Alabama to help with the Selma march after seeing televised reports of the attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She was driving marchers back to Selma from Montgomery when she was shot and killed by a Klansmen in a passing car.

Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a White Episcopal Seminary student in Boston, had come to Alabama to help with black voter registration in Lowndes County. He was arrested at a demonstration, jailed in Hayneville and then suddenly released. Moments after his release, he was shot to death by a deputy sheriff.

We must never forget the sacrifices made by these brave and heroic White progressives in the name of the “Good Fight” all men are created equal.

Many new activists consider the Stonewall uprising the birth of the gay liberation movement and it sparked the formation of many gay’s rights groups. The gay rights movement is complex, emotional and on-going as are the fights for equality among Women and African Americans.

The Stonewall is a bar in Manhattan’s West Village that has become a true landmark in gay history. Forty years ago, the New York gay community rose up there in a riot that sparked the modern gay rights movement. In the 1960’s gay bars were regularly raided by the police. But on June 27, 1969, the patrons of The Stonewall Inn had had enough. A crowd 2000 strong chanted “Gay Power” and a new civil rights struggle was born.

The gay rights movement has faced challenges on many fronts, but none as tragic, demoralizing or devastating to the movement as the AIDS crisis.

As an intern in New York City during the early 1980s, Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH walked into the exploding HIV epidemic. Since then, he has devoted his career to HIV/AIDS prevention, research, and treatment. As a recognized leader in this field, Greenberg’s early studies and research have had an enormous impact in preventing HIV transmission and reducing the morbidity and mortality rates of HIV-infected adults.

C. Everett Koop, the Ronald Reagan-appointed surgeon general who would go on to become a hero to AIDS activists. Koop, who was both a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian, part of his legacy the one that I trust will last the longest is his efforts to draw attention to the then-emerging AIDS epidemic. Koop said he realized later that the Reagan administration had been slow to address the disease because the election had brought to power people who were antithetical to gay people, then thought to be its only victims. As the epidemic worsened, reaching drug addicts infected with contaminated needles and hemophiliacs who had received a contaminated blood-clotting factor, Reagan, in 1986, asked Dr. Koop to prepare a special report. Dr. Koop proceeded cautiously, knowing the report would be unpopular with many in the administration, with conservatives in Congress and with church groups opposed to homosexuality. He wrote 17 drafts. In that 1986 report Koop didn’t mince words, promoting the use of condoms for safe sex and calling for sex education to begin in school as early as third grade. Koops statement, “Americans, especially young people, must not die because they were deprived of explicit information about how HIV was transmitted.” This statement especially noteworthy, because at the time the Reagan Administration would rarely even utter the word AIDS.  C. Everett Koop, was a portrait in courage fighting the “Good Fight” the progressive fight from the right.

One of the country’s most visible and admired physicians and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., has led the fight against AIDS and, in the process, won the trust and respect of his one-time opponents. Dr. Fauci accepted criticism, and he accepted that someone must absorb the anger and terror that AIDS had spawned.  “I was on a C-SPAN program a couple of months ago with Tony, and I attacked him for the entire hour,” said Larry Kramer one of the earliest ACT UP AIDS activists. “He called me up afterwards and said he thought the program went very well. I said, ‘How can you say that? I did nothing but yell at you.’ He said, ‘You don’t realize that you can say things I can’t. It doesn’t mean I don’t agree with you.’” Fauci’s calm and less than hysterical thoughtful steering of HIV policy, was instrumental in moving gay rights and health privacy forward.

The LGBT Movements newest and most recent Straight White progressive Heroes, pushing for marriage equality, have been California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies.

California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom knew back in 2004 that marrying same-sex couples as Mayor of San Francisco, would lead to litigation, but he said, “Discrimination and inequality is as much about people as it is the law…” After the Court decision on Prop. 8, Newsom said he “took a moment to savor this final step in the long march towards justice. It is truly an emotionally staggering day.” This Straight White male, feeling pride and joy for a cause in which he has no horse in the race. That is the progressive heart.

Ted Olson a Republican and David Boies a Democrat, one time Courtroom adversaries in Bush v. Gore, teamed up to forward civil rights.  Again with no horse in the race, these two men from opposite political spectrums took a progressive stand for marriage equality.

How could a politically active, lifelong Republican, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, challenge the “traditional” definition of marriage and press for an “activist” interpretation of the Constitution to create another “new” constitutional right? Ted Olson explains it this way, “My answer to this seeming conundrum rests on a lifetime of exposure to persons of different backgrounds, histories, viewpoints, and intrinsic characteristics, and on my rejection of what I see as superficially appealing but ultimately false perceptions about our Constitution and its protection of equality and fundamental rights. Olson goes on to say, “Americans who believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence, in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, in the 14th Amendment, and in the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and equal dignity before the law cannot sit by while this wrong continues. This is not a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American one, and it is time that we, as Americans, embraced it.”  Ted Olson, proves my point, even a conservative can be progressive.

David Boies said, “”Our collective journey tells of a crucial and historical civil rights movement that brings us closer to the ideals on which our country was founded,”  Surprisingly, Boies has not been a lifelong liberal. In the 1960’s he was the President of the Young Republicans, but says he realized he “was on the wrong side” of the battle for civil rights. Later becoming a Democrat, he honed his skills on civil-rights litigation and defending civil-rights. Boies says on marriage equality “I think this is the most important civil-rights issue in the country now,”.

As the House of Representative embarks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (CIR), one can only hope that Conservative Republicans with progressive ideas and honorable ethics will fairly and justly follow the examples of those White Americans that have sacrificed everything to move this Great Nations ideals forward, to expand rights, not exclude humanity from enjoying the fruits of Liberty.  In the Senate Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Michael Bennett (D-Colorado) have personally made the decision to put their reputations on the line for the greater good of this Country, following in the footstep of “GREAT” men that have made their mark in history. Some may say that these men are not being selfless, but self-serving. I say their decision has risk, their calculation not sure, but their efforts will not be forgotten and do not go unappreciated.

No one will build monuments, to bigotry, greed, intolerance. Great men are honored for the “GOOD” they do, the great societies they create and nurture. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, JFK Eternal Flame, Mount Rushmore and the Jefferson Memorial honor men of honor and integrity.

History has not been kind to Benedict Arnold, Joe McCarthy, George Wallace, Ayne Rand, Tom Metzger or Timothy McVeigh.  I dare say that no Statues or Monument will be erected on the Washington Mall for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Laura Ingraham, Tom Tancredo, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Steve King, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, John Cornyn or Jim DeMint. What “Good” have they done?  What great deed can be attributed to them?

There is a great good to advance, men of honor are all around us. I want to dedicate this piece to my best friend of 30 years Scott Waldon, a progressive White Male, tolerant, secure, engaged and supportive. He is a good man. I heard that the GOP feels that “the bottom has not been reached on White resentment, and that will be their new strategy for the elections of 2014 and 2016. How cynical it that?  How disrespectful to White America is it to assume the worst of them?  I want to thank EVERY progressive White Male and Female in America, Democrat, Independent and Republican alike, for bravely standing up for what it right; for turning away from actions and thought that would divide us; for taking on the causes of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native American, LGBT Americans and Women’s Rights; for fighting the good fight; for standing up and not being silent to the destructive voices of intolerance, greed and exclusion; and for moving this Country “FORWARD” in to the 21st Century and leaving no one behind.  You are the spirit of America…I am a Latino American, and I thank you.

Conservatives & Progressives should always be mindful of “The Good” fight!

The Good Fight is Eternal, On-Going and Ad Infinitum

The Good Fight is Eternal, On-Going and Ad Infinitum

The “GOOD” is Always Rewarded by history…

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

No American can argue that the intentions of our Founding Fathers was “good and just”. The preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America is a mission statement for “GOOD” written and fought for by “GOOD” men, men of honor and integrity, portraits in courage.

“We the People” of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

To secure the blessings of “LIBERTY” to Ourselves and our Posterity.  The word “Ourselves” referring to the Citizens of these United States; White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Straight, LGBT, agnostic or atheist, “ALL” Citizens, it is “OUR” American Birthright and it fulfills the mission of “GOOD” set forth by our Founding Fathers.

For the past 237 years history has honored the “GOOD” and progress toward a more perfect Union:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • The 13th Amendment to abolish slavery
  • The 14th Amendment equal protection under the law
  • The 15th Amendment to give African Americans voting rights
  • The 19th Amendment the Women’s Right to Vote
  • The 21st Amendment the repeal of prohibition
  • Executive Order 9981, abolishing once and for all racial segregation in the U.S. military
  • Roe vs. Wade gives a Women the right to privacy with regard to abortion
  • Brown vs. The Board of Education in 1954 repealing “separate but equal”
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law was intended to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin
  • The Voting Rights Act 1965 is a landmark piece of national legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.
  • 1964 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race or sex.
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments bans sex discrimination in schools. Enrollment of women in athletics programs and professional schools increases dramatically
  • The Civil Liberties Act of 1988  is a United States federal law that granted reparations to Japanese-Americans who had been interned by the United States government during World War II
  • The lifting of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” allowing Gay & Lesbian Americans the right to serve their Country openly
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Affirmation of ObamaCare’s (Affordable Care Act) as constitutional
  • June 26, 2013 Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  • June 26, 2013 Supreme Court lets stand the decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, effective striking down Proposition 8 in California

It is hard to know what is right, but once we know, it is hard not to do the right thing. The right thing is to always move toward a more perfect Union, to move toward the ideal that “ALL” men are created equal…that is the “GOOD” fight!  Our Country has not always made the right decisions and history is not kind to the Men and Women that have supported these aberrations to the mission of “GOOD”.

  • The Dred Scott decision, Supreme Court says that Blacks were not citizens, and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court. The second ruling was that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in any territory acquired subsequent to the creation of the United States.
  • 18th Amendment to the Constitution the prohibition of alcohol
  • Plessey vs. Ferguson the Supreme Court installs “separate but equal”
  • The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities in Southern states of the former Confederacy, with, starting in 1890, a “separate but equal” status for African Americans. The separation in practice led to conditions for African Americans that tended to be inferior to those provided for white Americans, systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. De jure segregation mainly applied to the Southern United States. Northern segregation was generally de facto, with patterns of segregation in housing enforced by covenants, bank lending practices, and job discrimination, including discriminatory union practices for decades.
  • Executive Order 9066, allowed the internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during WW2
  • Yasui and Hirabayashi the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of curfews based on Japanese ancestry
  • Sodomy laws in the United States, which outlawed a variety of sexual acts, were historically universal. While they often targeted sexual acts between persons of the same sex
  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) was the official United States policy on gays serving in the military from December 21, 1993, to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service.
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
  • June 25, 2013 Supreme Court guts the Voting Rights Act and strikes down pre-approval in States with a history of violating voting rights…shame

As the Supreme Court decides whether California’s Proposition 8 which repeals rights given to Gays and Lesbians to legally marry in the State of California and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman only.  One must wonder where Prop. 8 and DOMA will fall in the eyes of history. It is hard to know what is right, but once you know, it is hard not to do the right thing, the “GOOD” thing.  We are “ALL” God’s creation and “We the People” have inalienable rights given to us by our Creator.  We “ALL” have a right to the “pursuit of happiness”  These are ideals that are uniquely American and make no mistake taking away these inalienable rights of “ANY” American is evil and protecting these rights is a “GOOD”.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.