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POMEROY’S RANT

April 26, 2010

A good friend to the rescue.

A little over a year ago, this blog started out as a political blog with some other subjects injected from time to time. Since the election of our 44th President, I’ve watched the rhetoric become hate-filled and even violent by the extreme elements in both parties, but mostly the far, far radical right of the Republican Party. This is troubling to me and as a result, I find myself wanting to disengage. My goal with this blog is to provoke thoughtful, respectful and intellectual discussion of the issues facing our country. I have no desire to engage in the cynicism of today’s political dialogue.

It’s one thing to disagree with our President on the issues. It is by far, another “thing” entirely when you simply say, “I don’t think he’s American” because he doesn’t look like you or his name doesn’t “sound” American.

I could go “into the weeds” on all that has happened since the Healthcare legislation was signed into law, but why bother? Where would I start? The lies from the opposition party about the contents of this legislation? The “come armed and dangerous” statements from the extremists who use code words in a very poor attempt to hide their true feelings about our African-American President? The “we’re loosing our country” and “we want our country back” statements from these same groups? Just asking the questions, I’ve spent more time than any of this blather warrants. And I’m saddened to see how much attention is given to all of this by media.

So why did I call this post, “Pomeroy’s Rant?”

A very good friend for many years noticed that I had not written a post in quite some time. (This is mostly due to my far more hectic work and music schedule. Things are currently moving at a rapid pace in my life and unfortunately, blogging is not a top priority. But I digress.)

He sent me a rant in an e-mail and it brought a huge smile to my face. (BTW – He’s a Republican/Conservative, in the truest sense of what that means, not what we’ve seen lately from the party and the movement.) Here’s nearly all of what he had to say – I added the graphics:

Hi Mike,

Since I haven’t seen a rant from you lately, I thought I’d give some cannon fodder. 

I am sick and tired of:

     1) “Send this on to all your email contacts and you’ll have a blessing  from God at 1:01 AM this morning…”

     2) “President Obama’s birth certificate is false… verified evidence!” 

     3) “The new Health Plan establishes death panels for the aged!”

     4) “Abortions will be paid for by our taxes!” 

     5) “Sarah Palin is a qualified air-head!”

And the one this morning that just set me off, for no good reason… 

     6) “Cell phone numbers are about to made public – Register your cell phone number in a do-not-call registry or you will be charged for each telemarketing call!” 

Excuse my French: this “sh*t” is unsubstantiated rhetoric by (a) manipulative few attempting to dissuade others’ emotions by use of nothing less than basic, contrived propaganda. People that pass this stuff on are ignorant and irresponsible. 

At minimum, it’s clogging internet bandwidth with drivel. In the middle, it’s occupying people’s minds and emotions with unimportant things. At maximum, it distracts the public mind (collective) of our country in the wrong directions.

Mike, I’m basically Republican based and therefore we have some political differences BUT you substantiate your views and I respect them even though I may disagree with some of them. That makes us good friends because we can share differing points of view without beating each other senseless. I wish our Congress had the good sense (to) behave similarly and constructively but it seems they don’t. 

As one that believes in Christ’s death on the cross in payment for my sins (note that I don’t use the term “Christian” because that now draws wrath due to vast numbers of “Christians” that show little to no understanding of scripture and/or twist it to their own perverse purposes – a whole ‘nother rant by itself) …I have had it with the tripe that friends send me that is emotionally conceived and totally inaccurate.

As a believer in Christ, I accept… my responsibility to further truth, not mindless, creative, fictional crap. There’s enough dissention in the world without creating more out of thin air. I check the validity of anything I pass on or state that I have not been able to verify the “source.”  Remember when quality journalism required proof of the source before publication?

Would I sound ridiculously “religious” if I say that Satan works predominately through minor deceptions, falsehoods and little white lies to draw otherwise good, intelligent people away from real truth and occupy their minds with emotional drivel instead of God and His will in their lives? Maybe so, but that’s how I see it. Right now, I don’t see much truth, anywhere! All I see is money paths and deception. 

Mike, this has nothing to do with anything you’ve written. As I’ve said, I may disagree with a couple of your points but I respect the difference and you. Supported points are well taken. I just got another one of these mindless emails (and it) put me over (the) edge. You’ve got the front-site for good “rants” and I give this one to you. Elaborate/edit as you wish, please. I trust you.

Have fun with it, Geoff

Now that’s what I call speaking “truth-to-power.”

Amen, brother.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

PS – Hey Geoff: want to start a radio talk show? I think we’d make a pretty good team. The concept would be totally new – an independent conservative and an independent progressive in the same room, live, communicating without the threat of violence. Wouldn’t that be refreshing? Actually, it would probably be too boring for today’s ADD audiences. 🙂

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ANIMAL INSTINCT

November 18, 2009

“I firmly believe she will say or do something that will completely eliminate her from even considering a Presidential bid – ever.” 

My quote back in July, from Not in 2012 – Not Ever, seems to have become reality. Sarah Palin’s book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” has eliminated any hopes she might have for a presidential bid. This golden opportunity to show she could possibly have some depth and gravitas as a viable national candidate has been squandered on petty gossip and fabrications about last year’s election and her version of events within the McCain Campaign. At least 18 statements were debunked within hours of the book’s release.

And sales?

NewsMax.com is offering the book for FREE with a subscription to their magazine. This means they had to have purchased thousands of copies at a ridiculously low price for this promotion.

According to MediaMatters.com, the book, which was released November 16, 2009, can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart and Target, among other retailers for $9 and less. It is also being used as a loss leader to attract customers. By comparison, Barack Obama’s two books, which were written in 1996 and 2006 are still selling for over $25.00 each.

Sarah’s quest for fame appears to be far more important to her than seeking elected office. Personally, I think she knows she can’t hold up under any real media scrutiny, and does not intend to be a candidate for any office. For entertainment’s sake, I hope I’m wrong.

And now, it seems that some may be looking beyond the former governor to the “next” Sarah Palin – Carrie Prejean. Lest you think I jest, here’s what Rep. Jason Caffetz (R-UT) has to say about the now infamous, un-holier-than-thou, Ms. Prejean.

I wonder how his wife of 18 years feels about the sex-video beauty queen?

Is the Conservative Movement embracing beauty instead of brains? Is animal instinct now a part of the vetting process? Why would anyone think that either of these women are remotely capable of winning an election for any national office? If you’re anti-gay, you qualify? If you’re Pro-Life, you qualify?

Does it matter that both are clueless on the foreign and domestic issues affecting our country?

Apparently not.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

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IMAGINE THAT

July 5, 2009

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We Americans are an interesting bunch. We’re a combination of different backgrounds, ethnicities and religious beliefs. We like to think we are a generous people. We believe we are the hardest workers in the world with unmatched capabilities to research and develop new industries and technologies.

The above said, it stands to reason that we are a blend of the different labels that are used to categorize us by media and politicians – Republican, Democrat, Independent, Conservative and Liberal.  But national polling would have us believe we fall into only one category with a chance that some also fall slightly into a second.

I disagree.

Surely, you’re not surprised. 🙂

ManFlagTraveling this country over the years, I’ve learned most people are not defined by a single category as the polls would indicate, but instead, by portions of many categories. At our core, we Americans are both individually unique and collectively similar.

Most of us believe we are open-minded and willing to listen to others. We believe we are firm in our faith, following our denomination’s teachings, especially as they relate to accepting those of different cultures. Most of us know that there will be change in our lives – whether we like it or not – and therefore, cannot always be bound by the rules of previous generations. For the most part, we are a peaceful people, co-existing in a very diverse nation.

So, based on the paragraphs above, what “category” do we really fall into? Let’s look at the above traits as a dictionary definition: 

a. Not limited to established views: accepting of new ideas:

b. Tolerant of the cultures of others; broad-minded;

JesusWaterDoveMost of my family members and – on a much broader scale – my friends and acquaintances, would probably agree they fall somewhere within these definitions. If I were to have a heart-to-heart conversation with any of them, we may find some minor differences, but nothing earth-shattering.

That is, until the conversation turns to politics or religion. Then the term “earth-shattering” becomes an understatement. Many of the very same people who would agree with me, or I with them, about most of the general life issues described above, are suddenly miles apart. How does that happen? What causes people who appear to care about each other, about their community, their church, their family and  friends, to be so divided over these two subjects?

I don’t have an answer.

If I were to speculate, I would say that most of what is said during conversations about politics or religion comes from what has been heard, and not from conclusions that were derived through extensive personal research, reflection and experience. As these conversations “heat up,” defensiveness increases, especially when questions requiring real honesty are asked. I don’t know if this is an attempt to hide a lack of knowledge or it is simply discomfort due to a perceived attack on one’s integrity. Either way, when conversations digress to this level, I exit.

However, as a nation, it does seem we’re progressing in our dialogue. There are big shifts occurring and for the first time in a long time (if ever), the change is coming from the grassroots – not from the top. We are slowly but surely – with some discomfort – taking our country back from those who would divide us into separate categories so as to keep us from the basic commonality that binds all Americans.

BTW – Here’s an actual dictionary definition of the traits I discussed at the beginning of this post:

“a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.”

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It’s the definition of liberal

Imagine that.

Sincerely,

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www.MichaelKontras.com