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Social conservatives are electable. They just aren’t reliable after election.

Undoubtedly, power and the pursuit of it is a transformative process. During election season we watch candidates ideologically shift and mutate, twist and contort to demonstrate themselves during stump messages. This is part of a democratic courting ritual to gain the approval of voters who are once needed in order for them to attain power.

One of the most tragic of courtships is that of the soughtafter social conservative.  Social conservatives have a reputation of being both rigid and gullible; which makes them prime predatory pickings for campaigning leaders to “demagogue” their vote.  Many volley that a conservative Republican will twist many ideological compromises so they can continue the black art of war at any and all costs.  This makes them less than ideal to many conservative communities of faith.

The challenge of all wagging candidates is to convince the most devout and religious that a secular office is simply God’s divine right of management and they are the best one for the job.  What is “the moral choice” or the correct political candidate for a social or religious conservative?

Morality, to a politician is subjectively narrowed down to “whatever gets me elected and more power”.  You do not have to be a cynic to see there is a longstanding history where some issues take front & center stage for reform while other issues get absolutely no place to debate. For the majority of 30 years, social conservatives are often left with little representation from elected officials but have consistently and repeatedly been used to gain office.

Religious steerage can be whipped into a streamlined frenzy during an election towards the voting both from well agitated congregations. Priests and community faith leaders claim the secular offices in government should be made “God’s job”.  The operating logic is mortal man being qualified enough to execute duties of God in proxy. If God were to be an elected official, it would change the mode of government from a democracy to a theocracy. (What would be the point of an election at that point?)  Religious conservatives have instead settled for the person they believe they can reign in to do their bidding in office.

Religious fellowships operate on a social construct of religious authority administered by faith leaders over a volunteer congregation. Modern anthropology shows us this consistently in every human society.  There have been many power struggles over the critical mass driven by both government and priesthoods. Over human history, political leaders have declared themselves God so there is no higher earthly authority required to attain. Today, the closest a US politician can get to priesthood status is the endorsement of the faith communities.

There are a series of unique conflicts which erode the relevance of an elected social conservative in a secular house of power.

1) Inability to cope with life outside their scope of influence

The Catholic Church itself has struggled through the ages to top or demote the authority of government to the general public, believing its political heirarchy is far superior to that of a man by adoption or election. The lack of choice, free will and personal freedoms drove the Christian reformation. There was a need to be liberated from papal fascism. Over time, this leadership also became corrupt and sough absolute dominance as government.  Self-exiled protestants, like the Quakers and the Puritans left their countries in search of religious liberty in the New World.

In each of these instances, religion was institutionalised in society and each society endured personal repression leading many to flee, to become harmed or die. The American evangelical-political conglomeration known as social conservatism would also cause the general public to suffer under repressive conditions if their policies were comprehensively adopted.  Women, particularly, would be refused more rights purely based on gender: wages, property ownership, personhood & personal control over individual reproduction. Non-Christian constituencies would lose equal right of representation in secular government if discriminating reforms were to take anchor on domestic religious practices.

Religious conservatives are not reasonable when it comes to life outside of the hive. They want all constituencies’ conformity to their block of belief. They can be just as autocratic as any totalitarian democracy in politics today.  That is why they feel the power of Christ compelling them to dominate secular houses of governance and not merely coexist in a live and let live environment.

Manage your expectations. They will continue to rail against anyone who will not toe their line of religious policy.

For most of American history, the argument against having a Catholic POTUS was that the president would make single issue decisions for the country based on a dogmatic faith and that papal authority would dominate the Presidential office to the exclusion of a national constituency.  This complaint came from the secular profession of government after witnessing long histories of the Catholic faith indirectly driving wars, mass human deprivation for entire Western societies, women and controlling the poor. The base of the complaint was an affliction to the practice of religious freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

President John F. Kennedy managed to identify with the Catholic voter by being Catholic himself but sustaining the national vote for being moderate-to-progressive in his politics.  He wasn’t a social conservative. Much of the public lost their fear of religious demagoguery.

2) Inability to accept certain realities about their society

Here is a short list of legal residents in America today who do not require civil or human rights or political representation, according to many social conservatives: unmarried women, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender identified people, indigenous peoples, immigrants based on their faiths and places of origin (particularly those from Palestine, Pakistan, India, the middle east, Asia and Africa) or citizens openly practicing faith outside of Judeo-Christian religion.

That is a lot of people.

These are not just citizens but fellow human beings.  Those previously listed in this account will be busy supporting the local economy and raising families.

As a fact of life, social conservatives will just continue to deny that it is happening without their effect or permission.

 3) Weathering divisions shifts focus of all demagogues

Politics, like human nature change and shift.  Social conservatives are divided on issues like immigration, civil rights and contraception.  The Catholic Church has their policy.  The Southern Baptist convention has their policy.  Unions of protestant evangelicals have their policy.  Mormons – newer players on the political scene – have their policy and how they want the country run.

Then there are other religious constituencies who are not considered social conservatives at all because they stand outside of the Judeo-Christian faith.  Pro-peace Interfaith communities are considered Liberal because they will work together for a common cause with other religions. Their views of chastity and monogamy in marriage are still consistent with traditional beliefs.

Modern churches who cannot be as easily steered by demagoguery observe more moderate approaches to civic participation. There is little  focus on political messaging at the pulpit and promotion of diversity in church attendance.  These are mostly Episcopal, Methodist, reformed Jewish and Catholic congregations along with various churches working in the inner city or come-as-you-are communities.

Social conservatives eschew pluralistic world views as an immorality in and of itself. So they will throw out a good number of  people who participate in the same religious belief system.  This suits a certain tactical advantage to those who seek to narrow the numbers of people who are “elect” and those who are not  by way of socio-political convention.

4) Elected leaders conveniently forget social conservatives after the election

Ask any social conservative about their moral wins in government and you will hear stories about civil libertarian wins for the practice of their faith.  You will not hear how contraceptives have been banned in medical practice or how raped women were forced to bring an incestuous pregnancy to term because the State refused private right of abortion.  There are countless examples of how political leaders forgot the people who got them where they are, but none so glaringly obvious than the empty hands of the social conservative.

5) A mandate of hate

Social conservatives have an unreasonable cocktail of public policy which denies the rights of some while promoting the interest of their constituencies.

Self-appointed groups, like “The Moral Majority”,  earned a reputation for absorbing the interests of post-civil rights politics of the Southeast.  While political reforms changed the customs and laws of secular society after the 1960s, it had not yet transformed the communities of faith which continued to reinforce attitudes and beliefs of southern settlers who profited from slavery.  Civil rights recognition flowered late amid the Southern Baptist convention who finally condemned racist practices in the 1980s.

In 2012, Calvinism remains an entrenched belief amid social conservatives. Calvin suggested materially poor and indigenous populations are inherently lazy, immoral human beings who should make themselves worthy to God and society through hard laboring and servitude. The “better” men prove their worth in society and to God by demonstrating wealth and should rule over these lesser, unworthy men.  Historically wealth would then equate moral acceptability in provincial European society and guarantee political leadership. This line of thinking gained steam in the mid 1500’s after the Lutherans sought to make a cleaner break from the autocratic controls of Catholicism.  It was a system of faith which posed no conflicts to Europe’s political aims to colonize nations abroad and enslave outsiders.

In this system, the only way to absolve yourself of societal degradation is to make enough cash to post recognition among todays Protestant reconstructionist caste masters. You can hear notes of Calvinism in an American conservative as they suggest that minorities and the poor are lazy, and undeserving of power or representation. Money makes the leader blessed by God says the Calvinist.   If this angers you, don’t blame God or Money – blame Calvin.

The glowing light of any faith community is their ability to retain their integrity. Politicians will continue to lie, cheat and manipulate to maintain power – including the use of religious critical mass for electorate steerage.

Governments and economic systems rise and fall. It always has been and always will be up to the individual to keep the faith.

Zombie’s shuffle in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. 

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People are turning on their computers to seek out Occupy Together gatherings to help represent their own interests in the economic breakdown. #OccupyTogether, organized by GlobalRevolution.es, is helping many find ways to talk back to Wall St and the US government by inviting the voices of those harmed by the economic downturn.  They are not happy with D.C. They are not happy with Wall Street’s financial institutions.

In this report, many gievances are cited for too much corporate involvement with the government sector and too much government involved with the private sector.

We attended Occupy Seattle to hear the stories and the voices of those in attendance.  We also asked a few people right around the corner their opinion of current events and the protests.
UPDATES:

10/5 –  A breakthrough report in Bankster accountability from Steve Vogel at the Washington Post:
“Suit alleges banks and mortgage companies cheated veterans and U.S. taxpayers”

Kevin Zeese, a man not afraid to name names, reports from October 2011 event, when unions *officially*join the #OccupyTogether movement.

Internet patriarch, Lawrence Lessig, comments on the American Spring:

“The arrest of hundreds of tired and unwashed kids, denied the freedom of a bullhorn, and the right to protest on public streets, may well be the first real green-shoots of this, the American spring. And if nurtured right, it could well begin real change.”

Counter weights:

Anonymous call to action: Some refute claims to erase NYSE on October 10th as a “fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies.”

“Occupy the Fed,” says conservative alt-media talk host, Alex Jones on 11-22-2011. Federal Reserve chair, Ben Bernanke says, “I can’t blame them.”


According to privacy advocate and former Congressman Bob Barr:

“Originally, the most troubling aspect of this legislation — supposed to protect the American economy against illegal immigrants being employed by U.S. businesses — was its requirement that businesses run names of job applicants through the government-run E-Verify database to ensure new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. Although its supporters said that the bill was not a “National ID,” it clearly incorporated the potential to become just that. It even included a mandate that the government sign off on any persons hired by companies.

Now, we have learned that mission creep has already infected the legislation and dramatically broadened its reach. For example, language that purported to prohibit use of the database for purposes other than citizenship verification suddenly has been dropped. In its place, the legislation would now authorize E-Verify to be used to “protect critical infrastructure,” whatever that means.”

INDEED, MR. BARR– WHATEVER THE HELL THAT MEANS. WE MIGHT HAVE AN IDEA.

Borf's got your infrastructure, right here!

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SAN FRANCISCO TRANSIT POLICE THREATENED WITH CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES IN OSCAR GRANT MURDER

Activists up the anti with Change.org campaign calling on the Justice Department to charge the Bay Area Rapid Transit police with civil rights violations over the killing of an unarmed African American man in 2009

LOS ANGELES – California activists have launched a national campaign calling on the Justice Department to charge Bay Area transit police with civil rights violations over the murder of an unarmed African American man in 2009.

Johannes Mehserle, a former police officer for the Bay Area Rapid Transit police (BART), fatally shot Oscar Grant as the 22-year-old African-American father lay face down and unarmed on a train platform in Oakland, Calif on New Years Day, 2009.

Mehserle claims that he shot Grant accidentally after confusing his pistol for his stun gun. Last summer, a jury with no African Americans convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. Due to “good time” credits, the former police officer was released from Los Angeles County Jail on June 13, 2011, after spending less than a year behind bars. Activists believe that Mehserle should have been charged with murder for killing Grant and served significantly more time.

The campaign calls on the U.S. Justice Department to charge Mehserle and colleagues—such as Tony Pirone, who spewed racial slurs during the incident—with violating Grant’s civil rights. Hundreds of supporters from across the country have joined the campaign since it was launched two weeks ago on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change.

Last year, Justice Department officials announced that they would investigate the events that led to Grant’s killing, but so far have made none of their findings public.

Activists have held several protests outside of the federal Justice Department building in Los Angeles and sit-down meetings with Justice Department officials in Oakland to encourage action.

“The Justice Department has reported that they’re investigating, but that’s as far as they’re committing themselves,” said Jubilee Shine, a representative of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant. “The legal system has given Mehserle every soft landing they technically can. It falls on us to organize and enact justice.”

Change.org campaigner Nadra Kareem Nittle said that the call for the Justice Department to take action against BART police has reached a fever pitch since Mehserle’s release from jail.
“The fact that a police officer can serve less than a year in jail for taking the life of a young black man has galvanized the communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond,” said Nittle. “The primary avenue for justice now is for the federal government to take action against Mehserle, his colleagues and the Bay Area Rapid Transit police department overall. We are eagerly anticipating how the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department responds to the hundreds of human rights activists who’ve demanded its officials to act against those who played a role in Oscar Grant’s death.”

View the Change.org petition targeting the Justice Department:
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-justice-department-to-hold-bart-police-accountable-for-oscar-grants-death