Friday, December 22, 2017

Poverty is Immoral

I mean that in the true Christian ethos, that by enabling poverty we are immoral, we are failing our obligation as Humanists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, pick a faith, be not of one but the concept means

not conforming to accepted standards of morality:
"an immoral and unwinnable war"
synonyms: unethical · bad · morally wrong · wrongful · wicked · evil · foul · unprincipled · unscrupulous · dishonorable · dishonest · unconscionable
So morality as we define it:
principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
synonyms: ethics · rights and wrongs · ethicality · virtue · goodness · good behavior · righteousness · rectitude · uprightness · morals · principles · honesty ·
  • a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society:   "a bourgeois morality"

    I could multi layer this all day in which to find the appropriate definition and shared understanding of what comprises morality and ethics that are secular in nature but clearly rooted in anything but. 

    We have had the Moral Majority that gave way to the Tea Party and the Evangelical movement that perceives themselves as the arbiter of all things just and of course all rooted in Christian ethos.  And no doubt that all law is in fact strongly based in those principles of religious dogma.   And that seems to cross all religions.  We have the Ten Commandments, the Five Pillars of Islam, The Four Noble Paths of Buddhism, the Dharma of Hinduism, the 13 Principles of Faith of Judaism and any other faith that provides and dictates a code of morality and beliefs.  So are they all wrong or which is right?  That may explain some of conflicts doesn't it.  My faith is better than your faith! No mine is!  And so it goes throughout history.

    But in America we are just as obsessed with Christianity as they were in the Middle Ages only without Dragons or Rings.

    And that is why poverty and race are so entwined and in turn explain the odd co-dependency by the poor on faith.  The belief that redemption, the equality, the parity and justice so elusive in the physical world will be found in the spiritual one.  Hey Gabriel is guarding those pearly gates for a reason and we all know the poor/black/immigrant/gay/anyone not white nor a member of the 'right' Christianity are thieves so they can head around to the back door.

    If you truly believed the words from that book written by unknown authors and with unknown credentials saying some variation of the same, then those who believe together would worship together would.  But they don't and that is regardless of faith. There are divisions and clear divides in almost every faith with their own hierarchy, system of beliefs and in turn codes of morality.  This religion thing is way to complex so I will pass thanks!

    So we have this system that all believes in a single God; however how they do that and the reasoning behind it seems to be an issue.  And in turn that belief is used to systemically judge and in turn condemn those who don't share the same belief that is the same belief just expressed in a different manner so again the point is what? I am right and you are not.  And here we go again.   You are with us or against us and that is the Christian Martyr.  Everyone who does not share your belief system in the exact same way with the exact same devotion is a failure and should not be allowed to live/breathe/walk in society.  How does that work again?

    This is all ethnic and cultural based and the idea that one group has the moral superiority or majority in which to make all the decisions based on that morality.  Buy into it or not and if you are not the same Color/Sexual Identity/Gender/etc etc you are undeserving and that is why God put you in the ghetto or whatever shitty place you are in society.   It is God's will.  Good way to pass the buck there to the invisible spirit in the sky.

    This last week I have seen more pleas for charity and kindness than I have in my life. In Tennessee they take all this shit seriously so there are more charity and religious work this time of the year than any other time and of course the needs do not change year round it just is that Christ ordains this excess of charity as you know for a fact Jesus was born on Christmas Day.

    It is disturbing to me to see Police and good White Christians drop their superiority complex for a week and take the so poor, so black kids shopping, hand parents baskets of food and gifts and not see this as a type of race supremacy that is frankly distressing. The reality is that these families need more than a pandering of concern once a year in response to the most consumerist of holidays on the calendar. Sorry but food, heat and income are a year round event and everyone should find celebrations that enable them to indulge in whatever way they choose.    It may have to be some sacrifice and that is acceptable but it should not be a choice between that and homelessness.  But that is what it is.  It seems that this precarious way of living is one being taken by more and more each day and this is what America is doing daily with the crazy fucks in Congress and the White House.  They are the moral superiority and they are making individual decisions that affect many.  That is where I have the problem.  Paul Ryan should not be telling people to have more children in order to keep Medicare and Social Security.  But hey drop em like its hot.  Funny Latino Immigrant families are very family friendly and heavily Catholic, but nope not them, we want Kennedy Catholics.  Lord hear my prayer - there is a family that paid that price so maybe not.

    So poverty is a morality clause.  It is the exception to the ethos and beliefs of Christianity as those who believe believe that the poor are there by choice. They do not work hard enough, do not believe hard enough, do not live and lead good lives that would enable them to climb the ladder to heaven and in turn success.  Poverty is an intrinsic quality and that failure is why you are reliant upon others, be that Churches or Charity to supplement your life, the Government has no business doing so.  That is what is Governmental overreach, giving poor people and especially those of color hard earned money made by good hard working white people.  But taking them to Target for the annual patronizing and condescending shopping spree is the exception to that rule.  That is kindness by choice. What.the.fuck.ever.

    And if all else fails just bus those lazy asses out of town.  This is the plan that regardless of politics, liberal or conservative seems to be the new plan - a one way ticket to nowhere. How Christian is this?   I see this as a new sci-fi movie staring Matt Damon. Or someone with less of a foot in their mouth but as heroic.  Ryan Gosling anyone?

    This will be my last post for the week. I leave Christmas Eve for New Orleans where I plan on participating in all flavors of the palette.  From Christianity, to Cajun, to French, to Voodoo to  all things we should enjoy all the time of the year.  But when you are poor you only get it once and this nice Police Officer instead of shooting some family member will instead take you to Target to buy toys and doesn't that make it better? No well then club this to your head then.

    If you see any movies this holiday season see Lady Bird and Three Billboards. They are women centric and drag you through all the emotions one can have in a two hour period.  They made me a better woman and for a little while I actually was happy and living in Nashville and seeing it through their damaged broken disturbed children that is a good thing.  So find something good and have at it.  If that is a Church so be it.  If it is food have it.  Toys, same thing. Just find that which brings you peace and good will.   Merry Days good will to women.. and men. 

    The Deserving Rich and the Deserving Poor

    Timothy Egan
    The New York Times
    December 15 2017

    This time of year, you look twice at the sketchy drug addict blocking the sidewalk in front of Starbucks. You give a second thought to the overly bundled elderly woman waiting in line at the food bank. You wonder what life would be like if that palsied kid in the trailer had medical attention.

    Americans are a generous people — so it is always said. But our generosity comes with moral judgments: There’s a thin line, in the minds of many, between the poor who deserve help and those who should get off their butts.

    Similarly with the wealthy. Do entitled rich kids who would otherwise be parking cars without Daddy’s help — think Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric — deserve to inherit a vast estate without paying taxes on their unearned largess?

    These are old arguments, dating to Dickens’s heartless Ebenezer Scrooge and the noble Cratchit family. But once again, these narratives are at the heart of enormous changes about to take place in how we treat the rich and the poor. The assumptions are fraught with fiction.

    Let’s start with the most deserving and least to blame — children. About nine million American kids, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to afford their own coverage, can now see a doctor under the federal Children’s Health Insurance

    Two million of those children have chronic health conditions — epilepsy, asthma and diabetes among the ailments. The program has always had bipartisan support. So why are the working poor now getting notices telling them their kids may soon be cut off?

    Funding for the program technically expired on Sept. 30 and it has yet to be renewed. The politicians running the asylum in Washington say they plan to pay for it, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. They’re busy with other things — an enormous corporate tax cut and breaks for the lobbying class. Priorities.

    It was during a recent discussion of children’s health care that we got a taste of the moral fantasies of the insular political elites. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah — who, to his credit, helped create the children’s health program with Senator Edward Kennedy in 1997 — went on a rant against the poor. He was not specifically talking about children, or the program that he has pledged to renew. He was going after a straw man that has been around since Ronald Reagan’s Cadillac-driving welfare cheat.

    “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves — won’t lift a finger — and expect the federal government to do everything,” he said. Hatch didn’t define this indolent recipient of unmerited trillions, but surely he was not attacking agribusiness owners who get paid not to grow things.

    President Trump claims personal knowledge of the undeserving poor. “I know people that work three jobs and they live next to somebody who doesn’t work at all,” he said in Missouri last month. The sponger “is making more money and doing better than the person that’s working his ass off.”

    Wow. Sounds awful. And almost certainly not true. Trump did not cite the source of his tale of two households. And it’s doubtful, in the friendless circle of clueless rich people with whom he shares Diet Cokes, that he actually “knows people” living next to welfare bums.

    Of the nearly 44 million people getting some help to buy groceries with food stamps — the largest of the nonentitlement federal welfare programs — most of them work, after you deduct for the disabled and those too old or young to hold a job. The benefit amounts to about $1.40 per person per meal. Tough to eat one of Trump’s steaks on that amount of change.

    As we know, truth is as disposable to Trump as one of his junk food wrappers. Better to look at the motive behind the lie. The president used his story of the mooch next door to kick off a campaign to punish the poor. The tax cuts, heralding a $1.5 trillion increase in the deficit, are hugely unpopular and have to be paid for somehow. Shifting attention to those parasitic bums takes pressure off the rich.

    Speaking of which, we now know the real reason, thanks to Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, why Republicans want to repeal the estate tax. All the scare stories about family farms and third-generation businesses going under have been proved to be as mythic as the subsidized slacker.

    Andrew Carnegie, in his famous “Gospel of Wealth” essay, said of the estate tax, “Of all forms of taxation, this seems the wisest.” But in Grassley’s view, the tax hits the virtuous “as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” Well said, Mr. Potter.

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