Tea Party Assault: How Extreme Candidates Put In Jeopardy All Our Rights

Tea Party Assault

I can no longer be silent from taking a clear stand regarding this November’s General Election.  While I refuse to turn human rights into a partisan issue on the World Human Rights blog and be overtly partisan when speaking of them; I will not hesitate to stand up for the principles on which those rights are based.  The principles that transcend politics and speak directly about the rights of human beings.  When those rights are at very real risk of being undermined by particular candidates or ideology then I will not hesitate to speak out even though some could see it as political in nature.  This is not about politics to me, politics is a game I no longer like to play much.  This is about principles related to human rights, human dignity, human liberty, a basic degree of fairness, and equality.

There is some candidates in this November’s race that if elected would very much put those principles in very real jeopardy.  They support policies which are in direct opposition to the principles I mentioned.  If they were to be elected they would have a chance to enact those policies and that is not a chance we should award them.  That is not a risk that we should dare gamble.  Being disappointed over the current state of affairs and upset over the lack of progress in the last two years should not cause one to turn to candidates who will cause even more disappointment, regression, and stonewalling of the important issues of the day.  There is no need to cut off your nose to spite your face.

I have had enough of their extreme rhetoric and positions they have.  They can try to mask it by claiming moderation and willing to work across party lines but one needs to only look at their words and positions in the primaries and prior to see where their loyalties really lie and what they really believe.  Many are supporting positions that are hostile to the poor, children, women, minorities, LGBT, and immigrant populations among others.  They are supporting, policies that would roll back rights many fought so hard to obtain.  They are supporting, reversing policies that have been very helpful to these populations.  They are supporting, a policy of obstructionism and stonewalling any advancements that would be helpful to those populations.  Worse yet they are supporting policies that would harm people who are part of those populations.  Not just those populations but the Nation as a whole.

Take a look at someone like Jody Hice who is running in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District to see what we in the rights community are up against.  He has compared public school teachers educating kids to Nazis educating Hitler Youth.  Saying that children are being indoctrinated in the public school system, told to freely experiment with all forms of sexuality, and teaching them to forcefully defend abortion and homosexuality.  He says public schools are hotbeds of moral relativism and radicalism.  These type of comments shows how out of touch with reality Mr. Hice and those like him are.

Jody Hice Georgia CD10

Jody Hice Georgia CD10 – Credit SALON http://www.salon.com/

Jody Hice goes unfortunately much further in his extremism.  He sees the “homosexual movement” as destroying America and compares children raised by two dads or two moms as losing their parents to a car accident.  He believes wives should obtain their husband’s “permission” before entering politics and does not believe Islam is a religion but a “totalitarian way of life with a religious component”.  He goes yet further in these extreme beliefs and maintains Muslims don’t even deserve first amendment protections.  Recently he has blamed the separation of church and state, secularism, and removing the bible and prayer from public schools as being the cause for pedophilia and child molestation.  He has blamed mass shootings on the teaching of evolution and abortion rights.  If only Jody Hice were the only Tea Party extremist running this election year.  Unfortunately he has many right-wing Tea Party extremist to join him this election year.

This is the kind of candidates we could be seeing in Washington soon if we do not act and expose their extremism.  If we do not help strengthen their challengers who are defenders of rights and progress instead.  If we who believe in progress and the equal rights of every American do not come out on election day and vote, If we throw our hands up in the air and give up, or sit on our hands failing to act; we will have only ourselves to blame.  Inaction of the voters in this Country could easily allow extremist like this to come to power.  Do you want Congressman like Jody Hice being in charge of law effecting policies in the Department of Education, civil rights, women’s rights, lgbt rights, and immigration?

We mustn’t forget State and local elections as both can have a big effect on the lives and rights of Americans.  Rather it is the brownbackers in Kansas or the Doug Ducey fanatics in Arizona endorsed by the likes of  Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee their supporters will come out in full force on election day.  They would effectively hand over the economy to corporate America free to do with it as they will, while cutting social spending on the poor and vulnerable in society.  Getting their economic philosophies from the likes of Ayn Rand and the Koch Brothers.  Social and economic justice is absolutely and unequivalently forever tied to human rights, human dignity, and human liberty.  Their policies and several others with a similar ultra-capitalist policy will do untold harm to the poor and vulnerable ie. children, seniors, unemployed in their states and communities.  The ones running at the federal level could do the same harm to the Nation as a whole.

Doug Ducey and Jan Brewer

Arizona Governor Brewer and Doug Ducey – Credit KTAR http://ktar.com/

It should not surprise us that corporate backed campaigns are producing some of the most vile and vicious attack ads seen yet.  Just when you think they have fallen straight into the gutter in their attacks they go to new lows scraping the sludge off of the bottom of the sewers.  The ads are pervasive too, appearing on nearly every commercial on broadcast television.  Both sides of the political divide have attack ads of course, but the worst of the worst happen to be coming from the most conservative and extreme candidates.  Frankly I find many of them just insulting to my intelligence, condescending, and sometimes blatantly sexist and racist.  Some of their attacks for their opponent make me like their opponent even more.  A “Obama supporter”, a “liberal”, “Obamacare”, “raising taxes to pay for Obama’s policies”, “abortion”, “homosexual agenda”, “too liberal for Arizona”; good sign me up, where do I vote?

I mean really do these extreme Tea Party candidates think the vast majority of we the voters are stupid enough to base our votes on a 30 second or 1 minute sound bite?  It is just all sophistry and propaganda, that’s all.  Past statements, positions they took, voting record, research into the candidate tells you a lot if you know the full truth behind it.  You can’t get that from a commercial.  You have to consider the entire candidate not just a 30 second to 1 minute commercial about the candidate.  Just being mad at Obama or congress is not a good enough reason to vote for a certain candidate.  Throw the bums out may sound good but if your just going to throw them out and replace them with worse bums, what have you gained?

Voting based on anger and fear without reason is irrational and will often ensure you vote for the wrong candidate.  Politicians thrive on the public’s fear and anger.  The more fearful and angry we are, the more they can manipulate our emotions.  The more they can convince us to accept things that go against our best interest.  It is no wonder the Tea Party does best among the 65+ crowd as fear and anger is what their selling.  Being senior citizens makes many feel more vulnerable and some become angry of changes happening around them which they feel they have no control to stop from happening.  Many also tend to get more conservative as they age.  Without anger and fear, extremist candidates would likely hardly ever win.  When people get angry and afraid though, they often times get stupid at the same time.  They make irrational decisions that goes against their own best interest.  Not to mention against the interest of their community, county, state, and nation.  Once a ballot is cast though, there is no do overs.

When you vote this November, if you have not already done so, remember this election will decide the next 2 to 6 years depending on the office.  This isn’t just sending some “message”, this is the future of this Country at stake.  This is who will control the debate in the next few years.  This is deciding which policies will be enacted on the American people.  This is deciding what rights will be protected and what rights will be undermined.  This is not a game damn it, this is people’s lives that will effected.  Real people; people in your community, County, State, Nation, and world!  This is not just playing politics, this is deciding the future course and direction of this Country.  I can not state enough the importance of this election.  The next few years will be critical in several areas; including nationally and internationally.  There is the Veto power the President has and the Filibuster in the Senate but those can only stop bad legislation, they can not pass needed and good legislation.  They can not fund the government and keep it open.  Sure there is Executive powers but those are wisely limited in our Constitution; so there is checks and balances and limits on the Executive power.  Our founders did not want to allow for another King George III to come to power and seize absolute power.  This means who controls the Senate and House of Representatives, will decide the future of this Nation and to some extent even the world.  Vote knowing, your vote is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life.

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UN warns Syrian refugee situation poses ‘most dramatic humanitarian crisis’ | GlobalPost

Syrian Kurdish children stand outside a tent in the Rojava refugee camp

Syrian Kurdish children stand on Oct. 22, 2014 outside a tent in the Rojava refugee camp in Suruc in Sanliurfa province. BULENT KILIC AFP/Getty Images

More than three million Syrians have fled their country since the uprising that began in March 2011, with most taking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

The United Nations issued a clarion call Tuesday for more funding to help countries such as Lebanon and Jordan host millions of Syrian refugees, warning it posed the world’s “most dramatic humanitarian crisis.”

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told an international conference in Berlin that the impact of three million Syrians having fled the long and bloody conflict was “enormous” on its neighbours.

“Economics, public services, the social fabric of communities and the welfare of families are all affected, not to mention the security impact of the Syrian conflict in the whole region,” he told the gathering.

More than three million Syrians have fled their country since the uprising that began in March 2011, with most taking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

Germany has convened the one-day conference to focus not only on the refugees’ humanitarian needs but on the wider necessity to shore up the stability of host countries struggling to cope with the exodus.

Several foreign ministers and other representatives from around 40 countries and international bodies are attending the talks.

“The host countries need and deserve much stronger financial support to their budgets to allow them to address the structural gaps,” Guterres said, pointing to education, health care and adequate infrastructure.

He described the Syrian situation as “the most dramatic humanitarian crisis the world has faced in a very long time”, as ministers from Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq outlined their struggles.

‘Beyond absorption capacities’ 

“Lebanon, as it has been recognised by all, is beyond its absorption capacities and urgently needs other countries to share its burden,” Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said.

Lebanon last week said it would ask the UN to stop registering refugees who enter the country from war-torn Syria, formalising a decision to all but close its borders to them.

It already hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees, an enormous strain for a country with a population of just four million.

The influx has…

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9 Events That Created the Environment for America’s Emerging Police State | Alternet

Police State

 The August 19 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the protests that followed have focused attention on the militarization of police in the United States. Police overreach, especially in African-American neighborhoods, is nothing new: it was Marquette Frye’s confrontation with California Highway Patrol officers on Aug. 11, 1965, that sparked the Watts Riots in Los Angeles almost half a century ago. But much has changed since the 1960s and 1970s: American police are a lot more militarized than they were back then, and many of the checks and balances that made the U.S. a democratic republic have been eroded by both courts and politicians. Here are 10 events of recent decades that have encouraged the growth of a police state in the U.S. and promoted the type of toxic environment in which unarmed Brown was shot six times.

1. Ronald Reagan Escalates the War on Drugs

Although the war on drugs started under President Richard Nixon and continued under the administrations of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, it was expanded considerably during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as president. Reagan proved to be much more draconian than Nixon, aggressively promoting militarized no-knock drug raids, asset forfeiture laws and mandatory minimum sentences, especially for crack cocaine. The drug war has greatly increased the prison population and placed a heavy burden on taxpayers, as well as imperiled many innocent Americans. Since the 1980s, there have been countless examples of…

2. Rodney King Beating of 1991

History repeats itself, and in 1992, 27 years after the Watts Riots, the acquittal of four white police officers who had viciously beaten Rodney King (an African-American motorist who led them on a high-speed chase) was followed by rioting that brought more deaths than the 1965 riots. King, by his own admission, was no saint, but a video of the March 3, 1991 beating clearly demonstrated that the officers crossed the line from legitimately subduing him (which they had every right to do) to being downright sadistic and acting in a spirit of revenge. Said then LA mayor Tom Bradley (a former LAPD lieutenant), “The men who beat Rodney King do not…

3. 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

With the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda was hoping to destabilize the U.S. and weaken its standing in the world. And the George W. Bush administration played right into al-Qaeda’s hands, promoting a climate of fear and intimidation with the blessing of a Republican-dominated Congress. The Bush years brought a variety of authoritarian, anti-Fourth Amendment measures, from the Patriot Act of 2001 to no-fly lists to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security. Instead of defying al-Qaeda by celebrating…

4. Waterboarding and Torture at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base

After 9/11, the U.S. crossed a dangerous line when the CIA, with the blessing of the George W. Bush administration, openly supported the use of waterboarding on detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. During the Cold War, the U.S. allied itself with a long list of fascist regimes that practiced torture. But it wasn’t until the post-9/11 era that …

5. Growth and Expansion of Asset Forfeiture Laws

During the Ronald Reagan years, asset forfeiture laws were aggressively promoted as part of the war on drugs. But abuses in the name of asset forfeiture have become much more widespread since the 1980s, and there have been countless examples of police seizing property under the pretense that some type of crime might have been committed. If a motorist pulled over by police for having a broken taillight is carrying $600 in cash, the officer can…

6. National Defense Authorization Act and Erosion of Habeas Corpus

Historically, one of the many positive things about the U.S. was its recognition of habeas corpus, the right to be spared indefinite detention without a trial. But the National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011, gives the U.S. military the right to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without trial. If a U.S. citizen is declared an enemy combatant,…

7. Department of Homeland Security Promoting Militarization of Local Police Departments

The militarization of American police departments escalated after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Department of Homeland Security launched a program that provides military surplus equipment to American police departments (including the type of weapons used by the U.S. soldiers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). Police departments in Des Moines, Iowa or Fargo, North Dakota now have the type of military weapons they…

8. Growth of the Prison/Industrial Complex

Anti-drug laws and prosecutions became much more draconian in the 1980s and ’90s, turning imprisonment into a huge industry. From manufacturers of prison uniforms to companies that sell food to prisons, the prison-industrial complex has an interest in locking up as many people as possible. The U.S. incarcerates, per capita, more adults than any another country in the world (716 per 100,000 people in 2012 compared to only 79 per 100,000 in Germany or 82 per 100,000 in the Netherlands, according to the Center for Prison Studies in London). Especially disturbing are the growth of privately owned prisons, which…

9. NYPD Assault On Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street was (and still is) a peaceful movement that used nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to protest against the bailouts of large banks and the financial sector’s assault on the American middle class. But the response of the New York Police Department to the Occupy protests of 2011 and 2012 was far from nonviolent, and the NYPD’s heavy-handed treatment of the protestors sent out a message that challenging corporate power can be dangerous. Gerald Celente spoke the truth when he said that the NYPD had become, in effect, “enforcers for the crime bosses” (the crime bosses being the banksters and Wall Street). And the banksters enjoyed a major victory when Occupy activist…

Read Full Article Here 9 Events That Created the Environment for America’s Emerging Police State | Alternet.

Handicap International: Giving Disabled People Hope In Conflict and Disaster Zones

 A new leg for a 4-year-old victim of war

Sri Lanka: A new leg for a 4-year-old victim of war

In 2008, fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamils in the north of the Sri Lanka reached its peak. No one in the tiny village of Pokkanai could escape the fighting, including nine-month-old Sathiyakumar, who was hit by shellfire. After having his leg amputated and spending six months in intensive care, his life was finally out of danger.

Peace returned, but Sathiyakumar’s broken family found it hard to get back on its feet. His mother and older sister were killed in the conflict. During the first few years of his life, Sathiyakumar received no care for his disability, as the family lived 40 miles away from the nearest town with health facilities.

In 2012, Handicap International’s mobile rehabilitation team began visiting the region in a specially-equipped truck, providing physical therapy and prostheses to people who lost limbs in the war and couldn’t who access care. Eventually the team arrived in Pokkanai and found Sathiyakumar.

They took the boy, then four, for a consultation with a physical therapist and an orthopedic technician. They measured him and had a prosthesis made for him, which they delivered a few weeks later. The prosthesis has completely transformed Sathiyakumar’s life. Now at age seven he’s going to school, just like his younger sister. He is growing so fast that Handicap International will revisit him soon to fit him with a larger prosthesis.

A New Wheelchair Ends the Isolation of a Little Girl

Iraq: A New Wheelchair Ends the Isolation of a Little Girl

Four-year-old Sindis and her family were violently uprooted from their home in Iraq in August and sought refuge in a displaced persons’ camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Life in the camp has been difficult for the whole family, but especially for Sindis, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to spina bifida.

“What Sindis enjoys the most is being surrounded by children and playing with them,” said Friad, her mother. However, with no wheelchair, Sindis rarely left the confines of her family’s small tent and was isolated from the community.

A few weeks ago, a Handicap International mobile rehabilitation team found the family, and took measure of their acute needs. Not long after, they returned with a brand new, custom-fit wheelchair for Sindis.

“Sindis is delighted with her new wheelchair,” said Friad. “Now she can sit out in front of the tent with the other children. She loves playing with the neighbors. Her brother and father also push her wheelchair around the camp which is something she really enjoys.”

Sindis’ parents want her to go to school, but she is still too young to attend the camp school. However, a nursery school for younger children may open in the coming months. “If the school opens, there is no reason why she could not attend now that she has a wheelchair,” says Shahla Shamdina, a Handicap International social worker. “She could continue to learn and become a fully-fledged member of the community.”

To see other wonderful and helpful work they are doing for those with disabilities in conflict, disaster zones, in areas where they are excluded or persecuted, and for those living in extreme poverty see http://www.handicap-international.us/

Arizona Agrees to Settlement to Improve Prison Health Care, Limit Use of Solitary Confinement | Solitary Watch

Arizona Department of Corrections

(Photo: Tom Tingle / The Republic)

The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Prison Law Office and their co-counsel on behalf of more than 33,000 people held in state prisons.

Filed in 2012, the landmark case was scheduled to go to trial earlier this month in federal court. The lawsuit asserts that people held in ADC prisons are not provided access to sufficient mental health care, medical care and dental care, resulting in deaths. The suit also alleges excessive use of solitary confinement by the state.

The settlement in Parsons v. Ryan requires the ADC to put in place major measures to rectify extensive inadequacies to its health care program, which a recent press release by the ACLU describes as a “system plagued by long-term and systemic problems that caused numerous deaths and preventable injuries.”

To comply with the settlement, the ADC must meet over 100 health care performance initiatives, including issues like monitoring people “with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions; care for pregnant prisoners; and dental care.”

The settlement also requires the ADC to implement new restrictions on placing people suffering from mental illness in solitary confinement. The ADC must further grant those with mental illnesses who are held in isolation additional access to…

Read More Arizona Agrees to Settlement to Improve Prison Health Care, Limit Use of Solitary Confinement | Solitary Watch.

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‘British Schindler’ Honoured By Czechs

Sir Nicholas Winton is presented with the country's top honour

The 105-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton is presented with the country’s top honour for helping 669 children escape the Nazis.

A British man who rescued hundreds of children from the Nazis has been awarded the Czech Republic’s highest honour.

Sir Nicholas Winton was presented with the Order of the White Lion by Czech President Milos Zerman at a ceremony in the capital, Prague.

The 105-year-old, who has been dubbed the “British Schindler,” helped 669 children, mainly from Jewish families, escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.

Sir Nicholas organised eight trains to carry the children from Prague to London’s Liverpool Street Station, where he met them.

He then helped place them with foster families throughout England.

Most never saw their parents again.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sir Nicholas thanked all those who helped him accomplish the rescue.

“I thank the British people for making room for them, to accept them,” he said.

“And of course the enormous help given by so many of the Czechs who at that time were doing what they could to fight the Germans and to try and get the children out.”

The 105-year-old, from a German Jewish family, was just 29 and…

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