Random Thoughts on Social Issues

There was another mass shooting recently, and following a well established pattern, pundits started debated gun control issues. Here are my thoughts:

  • The solution to gun violence is not more unenforceable gun control regulations. If we can’t enforce the regulations we already have, what makes us thing we can enforce more regulations?
  • But neither is the solution to gun violence more guns on the streets and in our neighborhoods. Somehow we have to change our attitudes about guns, violence, and the sanctity of all human life.
  • Speaking of gun control advocates, it troubles me deeply that some of the biggest supporters of more guns, and some of the biggest purchasers of guns and ammo, are Christians who claim to believe in a sovereign God and a God of grace and mercy. And for clarification, by “guns” I do not mean guns for hunting, but guns for protection. I don’t know what the stats are, but I think it would be surprising how many NRA members are bible loving, Jesus serving, evangelical Christians.
  • The only thing that troubles more (in this issue) is when I see pictures of the American flag, guns, and a Bible all wrapped up together. In my opinion, this is very scary.

There was another terrorist attack. This time at a mall in Kenya, and it is being reported that some of the terrorist were Americans. All were radical muslims.

  • While I personally believe the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, and despise this type of violence, I do wish they would be more vocal in their opposition. Unfortunately, Islam is being defined by the violent minority.
  • The main target of this attack were Christians and non-Muslims.
  • Christians are being persecuted at an alarming rate around the world.

More aspects of the Affordable Care Act are set to begin October 1st. The Republican party wants to defund Obamacare. Thus, we are a week away from a potential government shutdown.

  • It is my understanding if the government did shut down, it would not affect the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
  • In other words, all a shut-down will do is hurt the middle class and working class of our country. It will not hurt our representatives in Congress because they will continue to get their paychecks, and it will not stop the implementation of Obamacare.
  • The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Obamacare is not going anywhere. It is the law of the land. The Republicans need to get over it and figure out a way to make it better.

The House recently voted to cut back on the SNAP (food stamp) program.

  • Fortunately it only represents about a 5% cut.
  • I wish the Republicans would have just as eagerly try to 5% across the board. But as usual, the first place to make cuts is against the most vulnerable. The main reason for this is that the vulnerable do not represent a voting block and so cutting back on them does not affect elections. This is sad.
  • Thankfully, the Senate will not pass these cuts, and or the attempt to defund Obamacare. It is all political theater.
  • Meanwhile, our economy is suffering.

Racial reconciliation in our country has gone backwards since the election of Pres. Obama. This has been my hunch, but I had lunch today with a black pastor that has been on the front lines of civil rights for 32 years. Our conversation confirmed my hunch. I am committed to spending my life fighting all forms of racism in our country.

What are your thoughts on all these issues?


Obama’s Election to Lose

Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted that Obamacare was constitutional so long as the penalty for not purchasing insurance is seen as a tax and not a mandate. Following the announcement I tweeted that Pres. Obama just won reelection. I want to try and explain my reasoning in this post. But first some comments:

Comment #1: My tweet is based on how things stand right now. Things can change. A lot can happen between now and election day. However, I have been telling people for months that I thought Pres. Obama would be reelected. With little to no improvement on the economy it should have been easy for the Republicans to win, but their choice of Mitt Romney was an incredibly weak choice. This is why so many “undecideds” are “undecided” – they don’t want to vote for Obama, but don’t believe Romney is any better.

Comment #2: I have decided instead of being a political activist to be nothing more than a political observer. I am an amateur “people watcher.” I like to study how groups, organizations, and all of society works. I think I can make a greater contribution by commenting on how I see things than on getting overly involved (and overly stressed) in the outcome of elections. I am trying to be as unbiased as possible. My only bias is I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I try to look at all things through the lenses of a Christian worldview. The major force behind my decision to be an observer and not an activist is my belief that I am more a citizen of heaven than a citizen of the United States. This world is not my home. I am an alien in a strange place. Continue reading