Author Archives: Laura Schneider

About Laura Schneider

Retired IT consultant (disabled), musician and animal lover. I support the constitutional concept of Right of Privacy and no discrimination against any person based on race, religion, ideology, gender, sexual preference or disability. I am very concerned about the erosion of our constitutional rights and protections under GWB (and even this administration). I strongly oppose torture, rendition or illegal search and/or seizure (without a warrant) and warrantless wiretapping. I believe that education is our best hope of a bright future for our children. Knowledge is power, and that's the kind of authority (Biblically speaking) that our children must have in order to be successful in a 21st century world.

Why social conservatives have it wrong when it comes to marriage equality…..

I agree that the owner of Chik-Fil-A has the right to express his opinion, but he does not have the right to discriminate against LGTB individuals in his business or require them to practice a certain lifestyle or attend a certain church. … Continue reading

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Defining the New Republican Party and understanding its ideological basis.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/special-editorial-bain-main_616568.html?nopager=1:

…the description of what Romney is in that passage is the realistic description of what corporatist, capitalist, Darwinian Republican ideology holds, and the article is absolutely true in regards to the fact that being a capitalist in the private sector that is entirely focused on profit (over people) and serving its corporate masters — capitalists, corporatists and profiteers — is in absolute contrast to a government servant that understands that government’s “customers” are the same as government’s “bosses” — the taxpayers and citizens of this country, and that the government is not supposed to operate on a profit with it’s CEO (the president) only focused on maximizing profit, regardless of who it hurts.

The Tea Party Republicans are an anomaly in that the “movement” is comprised primarily of middle-class voters — even though it has its roots and primary financial backing from elitist Koch Brothers foundations. These middle-class voters are voting against their own best interests when they support the policies that benefit the wealthy elite, not themselves, and it at first seems mystifying, but when you view it as a process of redefinition and rewriting history that has taken place over decades, you see how we got where we are now.

Republicans now think of and use interchangeably capitalism and democracy as if they meant the same thing, and they do not. First, capitalism is an economic system, not a political one. Second, Anmerica is not a democracy: we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic.

And this is the core difference between Republicans/Libertarians and Democrats in terms of their core constituency and policies. Never in my lifetime has the class division been so sharp. And it is due, in large part to the Republican redefinition of what defines our country. Continue reading

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Posted in Barack Obama, campaign finance reform, change, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, civic responsibility, Constitution, corporate personhood, corporatism, democracy, deregulation, economy, election reform, government corruption, healthcare, incompetence in government, journalistic ethics, leadership, media, media corruption, philosophy, political corruption, presidential debates, unemployment, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why it is important not to “check out” during the next campaign season….

On one of the discussion blogs, there was mention of a movement to not participate in the next campaign because of the disgust with our elected officials, specifically, not to contribute to any campaigns. There is a problem with this: … Continue reading

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Posted in change, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, civic responsibility, civil liberties, Constitution, corporate personhood, democracy, election fraud, election reform, government corruption, incompetence in government, individualism, journalistic ethics, leadership, philosophy, political corruption, separation of Church and State | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Countries ranked by unemployment, healthcare, taxes, national debt

https://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidExcelEmbed?su=6689243096185879178&Fi=SD5CD4F727A464BA8A!104&kip=1&Item='Sheet1'!A1%3AK12&wdDownloadButton=True I compiled a spreadsheet from three sources plus the “AAA” list provided earlier and included the U.S. in the chart to show unemployment, healthcare, taxes and national debt as a percentage of GDP (I hope you can get to … Continue reading

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The SCOTUS decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/10-238.pdf Page 7 begins Chief Justice John Robert’s majority opinion (ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which SCALIA, KENNEDY, THOMAS, and ALITO, JJ., joined). Page 37 begins Kagan’s dissenting (minority) opinion (JUSTICE KAGAN, with whom JUSTICE … Continue reading

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Why corporate personhood is unconstitutional….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission: The Court overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which had previously held that a Michigan campaign finance act that prohibited corporations from using treasury money to support or oppose candidates in elections did not violate the First and … Continue reading

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Attack on teachers: Using reporting of rumors to misdirect attention!

State officials back off Capitol damage claim e-mail print By Jason Stein and Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel March 4, 2011 11:36 a.m. Madison — State officials charged with overseeing the state Capitol are now backing away from their … Continue reading

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From journalism to “infotainment”….

ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper wrote the following article (March 02, 2011 5:36 PM), wherein he quotes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera is ‘Real News’, U.S. Losing ‘Information War’ …Viewership … Continue reading

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About Egypt and spreading democracy…

We need to see the “big picture” here…. The problem with the U.S. supporting Mubarak is that, as of late, his human rights record is atrocious. I realize that we support many other oppressive/suppressive regimes around the world, but we … Continue reading

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Posted in change, civil liberties, civil rights, democracy, economy, election fraud, election reform, freedom of speech, government corruption, green economy, Israeli-palestinian conflict, leadership, Middle East, Oil, oil-based economy, political corruption, separation of Church and State, terrorism, women's rights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reflections on Naomi Wolf’s piece: Blueprint for shutting down a democracy…

I was rereading some of my old mail in order to clean out my inbox when I came across this.  Seeing what has transpired in the Middle East (Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, etc.) over the past few weeks brings these concerns … Continue reading

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Posted in censorship, civil liberties, civil rights, COG, Constitution, domestic intelligence, election reform, FISA, freedom of speech, Gitmo, government corruption, imperialism, Middle East, National Security, philosophy, political corruption, Presidential Signing Statements, state of emergency, terrorism, Uncategorized, war, writ of habeas corpus | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment