Where’s a Good Rapture When You Need One?

10 Oct

It’s almost time for New Jersey’s big fat state election, coming this Wednesday October 16th!

Yes, I know…a major United States Senate election… on a Wednesday… in October is unheard of. It’s never been done before but can now be proudly counted as another New Jersey first!…to go along with the pork roll sandwich, Snookie and fuhgettaboutit. It was our very own governor’s idea and is costing the state only about 12 and a half million dollars to hold 20 days before…now what was that called? Oh yeah…ELECTION DAY!

Some say our governor shouldn’t be held accountable for recklessly making such a fiscally irresponsible decision because he was most likely in a diabetic haze when he made it , while many Democrats believe he did it just so he wouldn’t have to face popular Newark mayor Corey Booker on the same ballot in November (Even though they aren’t even running for the same political office) However most state Republicans simply say, ” It’s only 12 and a half million dollars being wasted, Fuhgettaboutit!”

Which brings me to my next point. Our New Jersey Senate race is between Democratic Newark mayor Cory Booker and Republican and former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan. Mr Lonegan is a Tea Party supporter and as such is in favor of the current government shutdown.

He is also opposed to legal abortion, against gay marriage, and in support of a rollback in all environmental regulations. And when in their last debate it came to a discussion of the Delaware River and the potential impact that natural gas fracking, if allowed, may have on this most precious of New Jersey’s natural resources he said to Mayor Booker, “You may not be able to swim in that river, but it’s probably, I think, because of all the bodies floating around from shooting victims in your city,” …he also proved that manners and people were not high on the list of things that Tea Party members are in favor of.

Which begs asking the question: What exactly is the Tea Party in favor of? And do we really need more of their members in our government?

We know what they are against. The Tea in Tea Party is supposed to stand for. “Taxed Enough Already”.

So they are against taxes. And we know they don’t like government…they’d like to see it “drowned in a bathtub.”

They don’t like nor do they believe in science…they believe the Earth is a little more than 5,000 years old and not in any climate danger at all and they believe that more fossil fuels need to be found…and burned.

They are against healthcare for all citizens unless they can pay for it themselves in the “free market”…no matter how much the bad government subsidizes insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare device manufacturers within that “free market.”

They are against food stamps and welfare programs that help children, the aged and others in need.

In fact they are against a lot of things.

But what are they for?

It seems to me that they are for whatever it is that they believe in whether they are in the majority or not and whether or not the majority of American citizens agree with them…

Because I assume…they know what’s best…Because they are good Christians who believe in a good Christian god…Because unlike you and me, they were brought up properly and were taught the proper things to believe in…so there!

And they appear to be against rules too! Because rules are for wrong people…not right people. Right?

So can we please have the Rapture now?

Can they please just disappear and get their wish and go to heaven where they really belong?

And when they get there and meet with God and discover that there may be people in heaven that they don’t like, they can hold heaven hostage until God agrees to let them in on deciding who gets into heaven and who doesn’t…

Because after all, who does God think she is anyway?

13 Responses to “Where’s a Good Rapture When You Need One?”

  1. TreeHugginVamp October 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on TreeHugginVamp and commented:
    Mayor Booker has done an amazing job in Newark and I hope he can make a difference in the Senate as well.

  2. Jae October 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Interesting, but understandable considering the hatchet job the media loves to do on the Tea Party. As one being a fan of Tea Party principles and libertarian leaning, I’ll share what a Tea Party person wants for American sans the lens of liberal translation.

    The Tea Party, contrary to popular liberalistic belief is not in favor of anarchy, but small government. Far smaller than the bloated monstrosity we have now. Death of centralization is probably closer to the mark. The Fed should be out of pretty much all business. Gay marriage wouldn’t even play into it if government were out of marriage completely. You could have churches that supported it and churches that didn’t.

    As for a disbelief in science, well there are fringe people in all groups. But I don’t know anyone personally who disbelieves in science. Some may not accept evolution as the end all be all (because as far as I’ve been able to read, it requires just as much faith if not more so than religion to believe in), but nowhere in the Bible does it actually say that the earth is 5,000 years old (technically 7,000 if we’re going by that accounting). Having studied geology, I’ve seen measurable evidence that certain geological processes take time. My personal belief is God’s “days” are periods, but let’s not digress into point by point debates. I’ll try and keep this more succinct.

    Even the IPCC has recently admitted there hasn’t been any global warming since the ’90s. As for healthcare, what they’re against is being forced to pay for another individual’s healthcare and that that responsibility should be up to that individual. As for welfare, all we’ve done is proven a multi-generational dependency by giving free stuff to people simply for existing. But this is an oversimplification of complex things.

    What they do believe in, to answer that more specifically. Small, limited government. Government that doesn’t try to dictate and tax every aspect of your life. Road, bridges and schools? Yes. Bureaucracy, excessive regulations and substantial amounts of red tape? No. A government that does not take by force your money and use it to fund things you don’t support. A government that does not punish your success by taxing you more. Equal tax for everyone (often referred to as a flat tax). No loop holes, just an equal amount applied equally to all, be they Joe Cashier or Dave CEO.

    Leave the responsibility of taking care of the poor to the people, not a bureaucracy. Churches, organizations, and if a state’s people so choose, a welfare program of the State’s making, no Fed hands involved. The right to be selfish with your own money or generous as you choose.

    Basically when it comes down to it, Tea Party people are pro-choice in the sense that the Fed stays out of it and lets the people and their respective states choose their own destinies. (As to abortion, it all depends on whether or not you believe the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness applies to the unborn, something I also think the Fed should stay out of on BOTH sides).

    Maximum freedom and personal responsibility is what the Tea Party embraces.

    And I still think it’s silly to waste so much money on this odd election, and if Tea Party people are being hypocritical about wasteful spending that’s a shame.

    • gpicone October 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      But how do you or anyone else propose to make the federal government smaller when it has been completely usurped by the lobbyists and corporations. Without the Koch brothers and their billions where would even the Tea Party be? How is punishing the electorate going to make government smaller? In one week this government shutdown will put my family out of business because my wife is a nurse for the V.A. As of the 16th they will stop getting paid. Please point me to the bank, corporation or private agency that will accept a voucher from my family in lieu of payment? And what makes state governments better than federal governments? They are still government entities are they not? The states started the Civil War not the federal government. And many people don’t really have the social mobility to move out of states that may be less likely to help them than others. And why do churches have all of the responsibility when it comes to helping the poor and the indigent? Just because we associate churches with god does not mean that they know anything about love or people or caring etc. The last church I belonged to had everyone praying for the “miracle” of raising money for a new parking lot…and the one before that thought that their own binging on spaghetti was a good way to raise money for the hungry. Whatever churches believe in they do not believe in “other” people and ever since President Reagan led us in the direction of “faith based” care it has been a complete disaster. We have more hunger in the country now than we did in the late 70’s when it was all but eradicated. I don’t see how we’re going to ever get better government when the members of government can shut down the government they work for and still claim that they are doing their jobs. Talk about WELFARE?!?!?!?!?!??!?! They couldn’t get away with that shit if they weren’t backed by big monied individuals who hate “government” because it may represent people who aren’t rich like they are.

      • Jae October 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

        Continuing benefits for the VA has been passed by both the House and the Senate and is just waiting on Obama’s approval. So if benefits are denied, it’s on Obama now.

        And sorry if my comment was unclear, but I did not just outline churches as the only option. Any charitable organizations and should a state’s people so choose, they can enact their own policy on welfare. The idea is to keep governmental authority localized so if you don’t like what’s happening your power to change it is closer to home.

        As for lobbyists, I think we should do an e-Congress. From a security standpoint it makes sense, because if our Congress were all working from their states it would be very hard for any acts of terrorism to take a significant portion of leadership out. It saves the taxpayers money with less travel and it means our Congressmen/women would be more local and have to face their constituents instead of hiding in Washington and partying it up with lobbyists.

        Again, the Tea Party isn’t against all government. They want the most minimum amount of government possible. And the more localized the better.

        And since you brought up the topic of dodgy funders, like the Koch brothers, does it not bother you that George Soros is a major funder of the majority of liberal media sources and Obama?

        There is absolutely no reason for this alleged “government shutdown” other than as scare tactics, which I’m certain establishment Republicans would try if they were in charge and if the media would let them get away with it. We can’t keep increasing the debt, no matter whether there’s an R or a D in the presidency. Obama was against it when Bush was in office, but now he’s for it? Seems a bit hypocritical.

        I just think there are better solutions than borrowing ourselves into oblivion, don’t you? Can’t we agree substantial amounts of government needs to be cut? I certainly agree with bringing our troops home and minding our own business. I think there are plenty other departments of the government we could do without as well.

      • gpicone October 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

        Of course government cuts could and should be made. But we have to rely on government to make those cuts, so you are dreaming if you think that Congressmen are going to close down Washington and stay home on the internet, Tea Party included. And do you really think that wars are going to be ended and troops brought home by the lawmakers who are paid by Military contractors to keep them going? Let’s cut subsidies to corn and oil and pharmaceuticals and everyone else who pays our lawmakers to keep big government chugging along, while we’re at it. Do you really think that’s going to happen????? Who lobbies for the people??? The Tea Party??? That’s the real problem. Americans no longer have a voice in America. And if you say we have the vote…one word…gerrymandering! And what if your state decides to bring back slavery? Or eliminate all rights for women? Or decides to take away all guns? So what if those things are against your Constitutional rights…we’re drowning the Federal Gov. in a bath tub aren’t we? And what strength will the Constitution have if we weaken the Federal Government? And as for benefits. My wife is not a veteran. She works as a nurse for the veterans and as of Oct. 16th she will NOT be paid nor will the doctors. Those are not Veteran’s benefits even though the veterans benefit from their work. PLEASE don’t tell me what I know…when these tantrum throwing babies in Washington come to take away your pay over a pouting contest you might very well sing a different tune. President Bush started 2 wars, passed a humongous drug prescription bill and oversaw the pillaging of American’s investments and life savings. What would you have big government do in his aftermath? Let’s say a white republican president took over after he did what he did…Should that person have not paid for the war expenses that were already incurred? Not honored the prescription drug promises that were made to millions of Americans? And let the entire economy of the United States collapse in a big stinking heap of “I’m not gonna clean up that mess?” President Bush has retired to a nice life of smirking in front of whatever camera is put in front of him. You may hate President Obama but he will never be able to achieve status as the WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. That title will forever belong to Dubya, the man who pretended to be a cowboy, and spoke with an imitation Texan accent, while setting America ablaze with a debt that has divided this country to its great detriment.

      • Jae October 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

        I’m sorry, I thought I’d read your wife was a veteran. I’d honestly figured you hadn’t known as the news was still pretty new. My mistake for misreading that part.

        I don’t disagree that Bush was a terrible president. Amen, brother. And sorry, but my disagreement with Obama’s policies have everything to do with the policies, not the color of his skin. Harry Reid has much the same philosophies and I don’t like him either.

        “Dubya” is the whole reason I became disillusioned with politics. The R’s and the D’s are playing the exact same game, they just use the rivalry to keep up blind to the fact that they’re flushing our country down the toilet. “We have to destroy free market principles to save them?” Yeah, thanks a lot Bush. If you’re looking for me to defend that idiot, you’re looking to the wrong person. I suppose I’m just puzzled as to why you’re defending Obama for doing exactly the same things.

        I also agree gerrymandering is a bunch of crap. Lines should be drawn based on the common needs of a grouping of people (aka say, for example Manhattan people probably have different ideas about how they want their area run vs. Brooklyn people, not so we can keep one area Democrat and one area Republican, etc.).

        That’s why I respect the Tea Party movement. It’s not perfect by any means, but they’re at least trying to address the debt BOTH Bush and Obama. You may dislike Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, but they are doing what they were elected to do. If only all politicians would do what the platform they ran on said they would.

        Don’t you find it interesting that the things Obama chooses to not have the money for are things that will make it hurt for Americans? Close the national parks which hurts the economy, but leave the Andrews Air Force Base golf course open (it’s in close proximity to the White House, he’s played there over 60 times since he took office). Amber Alert doesn’t have the money to stay open, but Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’ site does? And let’s close the WWII vet’s open air monument, but we have to spend the money we supposedly don’t have to erect barricades and have guards there to keep people out? If Bush were doing this, the media would be outraged, but because it’s “their guy” they’re largely silent.

        If you really hated all the awful things Bush did during his presidency, can you really say Obama is that much better? He’s doing much the same. Worst president ever? Well, I think that title belongs to FDR who prolonged the Great Depression and imprisoned Americans for no other reason than their ancestry was German or Japanese.

        I don’t care if a person prefers a Democrat way or a Republican way, but since Bush I’ve been trying not to fall prey to the rivalry game both parties play. Obama is continuing the work Bush started and I’m just hoping people can wake up to what both parties have been doing to our country.

    • TamrahJo October 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      As with any religious or political group, rarely does the ‘stereotypical labels of what they ‘all’ believe’ fit everyone in the group. I admire your willingness to speak of your own stances in a measured way, but I do feel compelled to point out, from my perspective, that everyone does pay for those who are uninsured/under insured, eventually, in one way or another.

      While I confess to not being an expert regarding vehicle insurance, I will say that here in Colorado (and I suspect, nationwide) there are laws requiring everyone to have a minimum amount of liability insurance on their vehicle and the associated drivers before being ‘legally’ allowed to drive a vehicle on public roads.

      This is the law. It’s been the law for decades now – and yet, I’m also required by law to carry a rider on my policy that covers “Uninsured Drivers” – ??

      By law, insurance is required and IT is also required to pay for insurance to cover those who choose not to (due to stubbornness, Constitutional rights arguments or poverty) This does not make logical sense to me and while I do believe everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food and medical care when preventative measures fail, I cannot help but ponder the rationale of believing not passing health care reform is somehow going to keep individuals and the government from going broke – that doing nothing is going to miraculously fix everything in our spiraling-out-of-control national health crisis.

      I’m not taking a stance/side on whether the Affordable Healthcare Act, is in fact, the very best option, other than my belief that our current medical system is not working, is not available to a large enough portion of the population, that medical costs will continue to rise exponentially if no change occurs, that insurance companies are very good at holding everyone hostage and I’d really like to see all the money being spent/lost during this government shutdown, special elections and Congress paychecks put towards building tools and a team to minutely monitor Healthcare reform (that has been passed, survived numerous votes and emerged victorious from an audience in front of our Supreme Court) and make any tweaks, changes, etc., needed to take us from where we are currently at to a place of what works.

      Ben Franklin said of our constitution:
      “I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others.”….

      “Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.”

      I’m in no doubt the abundance and health of our nation is dependant upon healthcare reform – I do not know if the current Healthcare Reform Act is the perfect solution or not, but I support it, because in an environment of cooperation, dedicated monitoring of it’s strengths and weaknesses and willingness by our nation, collectively, to amend, change and improve, I believe it to be a good starting point.

  3. Harold Knight October 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    One thing is for sure. If they’re in heaven, I don’t want to be there!

  4. cindy knoke October 11, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Funny, very, very funny!! Love this!! Kudos~

  5. makagutu October 11, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    What really does the Tea Party advocate that is of use for the average American? And what a name for a party? They give tea a bad name and I love tea 🙂

  6. RAB October 11, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    As indicated in the current Congressional fiasco, whatever the Tea Party members THINK they believe, they have a profound ignorance of the complexities of good government (of a diverse population and society of nearly four hundred million individuals), a profound contempt for the principles and workings of democracy, and a profound disrespect for any idea or person or group they don’t cotton to.
    Great post, ipledge!

  7. barbarastanley October 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    The Tea Party has been much assigned as a hate group who cares nothing for the poor and down-trodden. This is Obama’s goal. In truth, they just want better representation before being taxed to death. We don’t want to, nor are we, holding anyone hostage. All of the government has been funded. Your President just needs to sign the bill. However, he will withhold until he believes he has convinced all people that Republicans are evil, hateful people. I hate no one; a product of my religious upbringing. Imagine that. I do believe that nothing, not even a government, can exist long with the amount of debt our nation now has. How would you go about fixing this problem? Giving free healthcare to illegals, those who refuse to work and those who rather get everything free because they feel they are owed something, is not the way to balance a budget. Especially since the young, working class families would have to pay for their own insurance and for that of those who don’t pay.

    I have never gotten anything for free. I don’t expect to. I don’t feel anyone owes me any thing. Do you truly believe our young people should pay for millions of illegals to have free health insurance? If so, you are delusional.

    It is also apparent that you rely on stereotypes to describe members of the Tea Party. Each member is diverse, but with one goal. We desire that the majority vote rule. Not that a group of 2 to 4 percent should rule.

    • gpicone October 16, 2013 at 4:05 am #

      Wow! The majority vote ruled that we should have healthcare. It’s the 2 to 4 percent TeaBaggers who want to rule now! Do you really believe that the US owes so much money because it has been funding illegal aliens and freeloaders to the tune of 16 trillion dollars???????????? Really? Really? 2 wars, tax breaks for the rich for 10 years and a bailout of mega-rich banks has cost us the 16 trillion! If poor folks and illegals got all that money there wouldn’t be any poor folks any more! You hate no one but you believe that President Obama wanted to become the president of the United States so he could “convince all people” (your words) how to hate all Republicans?! Wow!!!!!!

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