mrs flams on politics

As a general rule, I don’t get too involved in politics, I look at party politics, make myself aware and then choose who I’m going to vote for.  Unfortunately most (if not all) politicians are lying sacks of flaming poo and can’t be trusted to carry out their party promises for one reason or another.  After all, I voted for Mr Clegg in the last election and he screwed over his voting constituents. I’m pretty sure that David Cameron has his hand wiggling up Mr Cleggs backside and is using him as a puppet. Maybe one day Mr Clegg will become a “real boy”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American politics is a whole other ball game; it’s much more interesting than British politics. In the last UK general election we (the UK) had televised political debates and the most interesting part was Gordon Browns mouth breathing, it was however also disgusting, but something that you just could not stop watching. In the US, politics are dynamic and exciting and everybody gets riled up, not just in the US of A, but in other countries across the globe. It also brings out the bigots, the hypocrites, the radicals, the fundamentalists, and it gets pretty dirty. So dirty and underhand on occasion, that it’d probably be a real money spinner to have each presidential candidate mud wrestling whilst wearing teeny tiny mankinis. I bet that would bring in the party donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There has been a lot of talk about the Republican and Democratic Party policy. I’ve looked at each and I’ve read each parties manifesto (which can be found online) and I find myself firmly rooting for Obama.  I’m not an American, and I can’t vote, but I can still express my opinion.  I can’t support a party that wants to send women’s rights back to the 1950’s. I can’t support a party where men and women can’t have equal rights when it comes to marriage. I can’t support a party who will make sick and vulnerable people bankrupt and destitute because they’re struggling to pay for treatment.

Recently I made a comment on a family member’s Facebook status. The basic gist of the Facebook status was that if Americans didn’t vote for Romney and his Republican party then the rest of the world will continue to be in recession for another 4 years.

I commend both parties for looking at the economy and trying to save money to bring America out of the recession, but I hardly doubt that it will be done in 4 years, and I don’t think it will make a huge impact on the rest of the world. It is unlikely that America will solve its deficit in the next 4 years and improve the world’s economy, not when countries like Greece, Ireland and Spain are practically bankrupt.  After all, it’s not like America will suddenly be miles in the black (financially) and will be sending out cheques to other countries.  Fixing the debt problem will take a lot longer than 4 years. I’m not an economist or a politician, but I’m not stupid either.

I made my points clear about what part of the policies I couldn’t support, and was met by Republican friends of my family member stating they were “glad I was not an American” and “glad I cannot vote” and basically being very “un-Christian” for supposedly Christian people. Yes, I get it; you don’t like Obama or his policies, but calling him derogatory names? That’s such a great Christian trait you have going there. Don’t forget to ask God for forgiveness though, otherwise he won’t let you into Heaven, and I’m pretty sure that some of the stuff you’ve come out with can be classed as a sin; after all, there are almost 700 of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you read on any further, Yes, I am about to go “there”.

Again, I’m entitled to my opinion, and this is my blog and if you don’t like it, then it’s just tough.

Based on some of the comments directed at me, it seems that quite a lot of people care more about Mitt Romney being the next POTUS because he is a Mormon, funnily enough, that’s because all the people have made these comments are all Mormons.  So far I have seen no one make a comment about the policies I raised concerns about (except the gay marriage one). Whilst I have no qualms with any persons choice of religion or faith, I really feel that politics and religion should not mix. America is a country with approximately 314 million inhabitants. America does not have 314 million Christians. Pushing government policy based on your religious beliefs is not fair to the entire population, and in many of the Republican policies, that it exactly what is happening.

Government policies affect every single citizen and therefore should be made with the very best interests, in mind of the people you plan to subject those policies on. They should not be made to satisfy your own opinion that everyone is doing what YOU as an INDIVIDUAL think is right.

No Gays Allowed

Flicking through the news online, I came across a story about the Boy Scouts of America.  The headline? “Boy Scouts of America keep gay ban

I thought that perhaps it was just a sensationalised headline, you know how the media can be sometimes, but it wasn’t. Holy batman. What a stupid ban.

Why on earth would you ban gay people from joining your organisation BSoA? Are you aware that being gay isn’t actually contagious?  Worried that if you have a gay man as a scout leader he is going to encourage these young boys to all become gays so that he can spread his gayness and contaminate your entire organisation and make it one big gay event?

It’s rather unbelivable that in this day and age, things like this are still happening.  Although I am pleased to see that “some” board members support internal change and gay members members should be allowed to join.

Boy Scouts chief executive Bob Mazzuca said. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.” – wait, what?!?  What about a policy that states we welcome any person to join the scouts regardless of their race, religion or sexuality?  I’m pretty sure a policy that treats every person equally is something that can accomodate the many “diverse” views among your membership or society. Or wait, do you mean “homophobic” views.  I can see how you could get those two things confused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found the Boy Scouts of Americas 12 core values (see photo below).  Not quite sure how these values that Scouts should live by go hand in hand with the organisations decision to ban gay people from joining.

Take value #2 for example “Compassion: being kind and considerate and showing concern for the well-being of others” – how is banning gay people from joining teaching your scouts “compassion”. You’re basically saying “hey, you’re gay, we don’t want you or your gay family to interact with us in our non-gay ways”, I can’t totally see how that is being “kind” and “considerate” and “showing concern for the well-being of others”.

Then there is number #11, Respect: showing regard for the worth of something or someone. Personally I think it is pretty disrespectful to discriminate against someone because of their sexuality.

Boy Scouts of America, if you’re going to ban gay people, then you need to update your core values.  I think #13 should read “Awareness : Make sure that your group is free of gays and report anyone who is gay or doing gay things to your leader so we can kick them out and ban them”

 

I sincerely hope that the Boy Scouts of America rethink their decision to ban gays from joining. In a world where we are fighting for the right for gays to have the same rights as straight people and be allowed to marry, to be treated equally, this decision is disgusting.

I’m glad I don’t live in the US, because if I did, then my kids wouldn’t be allowed to join the Boy Scouts of America and I wouldn’t donate to them either.

Shame on you Boy Scouts of America. Shame. On. You.