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   Jun 28

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Ruth asks…

Did I make a mistake when i became a Tea Party activist?

here’s the deal why I feel I made a mistake. For years I been a Libertarian which in short means maximum freedom and minimum government. The Tea party once reflected Libertarian ideas but now they have been hijack mostly by Reagan conservatives and God. I don’t like the pressure conservatives and God people put on social issues.

I grew up in poverty and see the excessive abuse of fed and state aid. Even now I can think of more people receiving welfare that are drug addicts, lazy, trying to sponge off people every chance they get with no plans of ever doing anything better with their lives. Although despite all the leeches there are many people that sincerely need help and are unable to do it on their own. Government welfare has never seem able to separate the two types of people collecting which I see as being very problematic on our society.

BUT there are people out there that need help, there’s no doubt about it. I became one of these people with a severe back injury with no health insurance. The same Tea Party people that preach that a person’s community should help the needy were no where to be found as I suffered for over a year and I still suffer from the injury. I worked hard for the local Tea Party and the best they can do was tell me they’ll keep me informed and encouraged me to get back out there when I am better.

I know Senior citizens who have worked hard throughout their lives with absolutely nothing to lean on but maybe a 1100 dollar monthly check from SS. You can’t live off of that kind of money. Many kids go through hard times, broken homes, poverty etc.. Just a few of many reasons why people need to be looked after and not left to face the elements of the world alone. Tea Party members would say something like “God helps those who helps themselves” I mean really? what the heck? That’s such a cop-out and mean spirited and completely okay in their eyes because it’s in the bible. NOT everyone can help themselves and don’t have families or a community to lean on. :-/

The Tea Party reasoning for this is that the community a person belongs too should have the decency to help out those deserving of help and that government should leave it to private charities to aid the needy. It seems good when I heard it and in writing but the reality is that private charities can’t solve the problems of the needy or they would have done it by now and neither can the government do it but maybe together? Also does the free market and capitalism make it even more difficult for people that just don’t fit in and are unable to care for themselves? Should they be outcast and disregarded as useless or should society help find a way for them to fit in and be productive?

Sorry for the text wall just many things weighing my mind and heart down these days and I’m wondering if I need to change my political views (if that’s even possible)

thanks for your time!
Edit- Gaby I’m not an atheist, to be honest when it comes to my beliefs of what happens when we die I don’t adhere to any form of certainly but rather highly doubt any religion or that anyone knows for sure what happens. The only problem I have with the religious people in the Tea Party is that they are constantly shoving their views down everyone’s fault. Also I don’t think text from first to fourth century snake oil salesmen has the answers and solution to fix the problems this country has.
edit- err not fault “throat”

GardenersCardiff answers:

That is the reason I did not become an activist for them. You are correct; they were hijacked by the crazies on the right. I am also a Libertarian, and I agree with you on most of your points. I would like to also point out my belief that the welfare system has created a new class of slaves, only this one doesn’t care about your race or beliefs. It simply creates a large class of people who are completely dependent on the system to provide everything for them. It tells them that if they try to make a better life for themselves by getting a job, they will lose all assistance. It tells them that it is better to sponge off society than become a productive member of it.

I believe the only way to fix the problems which you have pointed out to us is to completely overhaul the system. For example, if you cannot afford to eat, why should I have to pay taxes that go to feeding your fifth child? I didn’t make you pregnant. I didn’t force you to be irresponsible. So why do we allow this? I see nothing wrong with drug testing welfare recipients. You don’t get to use my money for whatever you want; you should have to show me you are trying. This is America. We used to believe hard work was the way to get ahead; now, we just turn to the government to solve all of problems. The funny thing is, every time they “fix” one thing, ten worse things crop up as a result.

The only real answer is to reduce federal spending, overhaul the system so that the right people receive help, and force people to take personal responsibility. For those who are unwilling to do so, let them perish. Greatness is not achieved by lowering standards to the least common denominator. If that sounds too cruel, so be it.

Carol asks…

Can any Mormons out there clear up some rumors about your faith for me?

First off, I would like to say that I do not think Mormonism is a cult. And I think that anybody who says that are idiots. So I don’t want to hear anybody come one here bashing mormons. To those people I would like to say to them “GROW UP”.

That being said, I do have some questions about the LDS faith. My friend and I are really close. She is really cool, and we are always together, and you cannot separate us. Some say were a couple, but out of respect for her, I just say were friends only cause she is a mormon, and I am not. She cannot date me, which I totally respect. Her and I have Been talking about her church and if I was ever willing to convert to LDS, but….I do have some concerns. You are probably asking why don’t I just ask her, and simply because first of all she is extremely busy with school, and second of all I want to do my own research. I have not contacted a “missionary” or anything. I will soon. Okay now for my questions.

1) I understand that in the “words of wisdom”" And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.”
So if that’s the word of God then you have to take that literally and that means you are not allowed to drink hot cocoa? correct?

2) All Mormons are virgins until marriage? My “friend” is a virgin I honestly believe her and I Absolutely have no problem with it. But really though? All mormons are virgins? ha ha I mean I watch some BYU football games and not to sound like jerk but you telling me your cheer leading squad are a bunch of virgins lol?

3) No caffeine? So that means no mountain dew, no tea, no pepsi, and no hershey chocolate bars right? No smores? Cause chocolate has caffeine in it. And if you can justify eating chocolate then how the heck can’t you justify drinking mountain dew? red bull? or tea? (by the way tea is actually pretty good for you)

4)Joseph Smith was a prophet? Didn’t the bible warn us of false prophets? and also the book of mormon. Again didn’t the bible say ” Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”Deuteronomy 4:2. also
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book” Revelation 22:18-19
That’s pretty clear isn’t?

5)Did Brigham Young really ambush and slaughter a bunch of men and pregnant women on a trail out in Utah? If so why?

6) You have church services on Saturdays? And that your not allowed to do anything On sundays? Not even go to the store?

Finally If My friend and I do decide to maybe take it above the next level and move in with each other, get engaged, and get married, how do I go about converting?

Thank you very much. Again please no atheist, or Agnostic, or any anti-mormons out there answer my question. I’m not interested what you have to say, so don’t bother.

GardenersCardiff answers:

I’m a believer that Joseph Smith was instrumental in restoring the Priesthood on 4/6/1830 ; But , I am not a Utah Mormon . They still believe in Bringham Young’s statement that Joseph supported polygamy , etc. But , Joseph’s only wife , Emma swore till her death that he never supported those things . Joseph only wanted to bring the first century Christianity back ; And the B of M is a good story about Jesus’ dealings with some mid-easterners who came to Central America long ago for freedom . And you have to admit that the similarities between Jesus and the Mayan God , Quetzalcoatl is too great to be dismissed . But , you can’t say that a religion who supports the belief that , scripturally , polygamy is ok is a genuine Christian Church . She is probably more in love with her Traditional Church Family than you . Click on my answers for good info .

Thomas asks…

God Questionnaire!…..? God would like to thank you for your belief and patronage…..?

God would like to thank you for your belief and patronage. In order to better serve your needs, He asks that you take a few moments to answer the following questions. Please keep in mind that your responses will be kept completely confidential, and that you need not disclose your name or address unless you prefer a direct response to comments or suggestions.

1. How did you find out about God?
__ Newspaper
__ Television
__ Word of mouth
__ Tabloid
__ Bible
__ Torah
__ Other Book
__ Divine Inspiration
__ Near Death Experience
__ Burning Shrubbery

2. Which model God did you acquire?
__ Father, Son & Holy Ghost Triplet
__ Yoweh
__ Jehova
__ Jesus
__ Alah
__ Satan
__ God
__ G-d
__ None of the above, I was taken in by a false god

3. Did your God come to you undamaged, with all parts in good working
order and with no obvious breakage or missing attributes?
__ Yes
__ No
If no, please describe the problems you initially encountered here:
______________________________________…

4. What factors were relevent in your decision to acquire a god?
Please check all that apply.
__ Indoctrinated by parents
__ Indoctrinated by society
__ Needed a reason to live
__ Needed focus in who to despise
__ Imaginary friend grew up
__ Hate to think for myself
__ Fear of death
__ Wanted to meet girls/boys
__ Wanted to **** off parents
__ Needed a day away from work
__ Desperate need for certainty
__ Like Organ Music
__ Need to feel Morally Superior
__ My shrubbery caught fire and told me to do it

5. Have you ever worshipped a God before?
__ Yes
__ No
If Yes, which false god were you fooled by? Please check all that apply.
__ Odin
__ Cthulhu
__ Zeus
__ Appolo
__ Ra
__ Barney T.B.P.D.
__ The great Spirit
__ The Great Pumpkin
__ The Sun
__ The Moon
__ The Bomb
__ The Almighty Dollar
__ A burning cabbage
__ Left Wing Liberalism
__ Bill Clinton
__ Other: ________________

6. Are you currently using any other source of inspiration in addition to God? Please check all that apply.
__ Tarot
__ Astrology
__ Fortune cookies
__ Psychic Friends Network
__ Television
__ Palmistry
__ Self-help books
__ Dianetics
__ Biorythms
__ Tea Leaves
__ ESP
__ Mantras
__ Crystals
__ Pyramids
__ Wandering around a desert
__ Lottery
__ Insurance policies
__ Barney T.B.P.D.
__ Barney Fife
__ Playboy and/or Playgirl
__ Jimmy Swaggert
__ Human Sacrifice
__ Burning Shrubbery
__ Ann Landers
__ Bill Clinton
__ Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
__ Obama
__ None
__ Other: _______________

7. God employs a limited degree of Divine Intervention to preserve the balanced level of felt presence and blind faith. Which would you prefer (circle one)?

a. More Divine Intervention
b. Less Divine Intervention
c. Current level of Divine Intervention is just right
d. Don’t know…what’s Divine Intervention?

8. God also attempts to maintain a balanced level of disasters and miracles. Please rate on a scale of 1 – 5 his handling of the following (1=unsatisfactory, 5=excellent):

A. Disasters
flood 1 2 3 4 5
famine 1 2 3 4 5
earthquake 1 2 3 4 5
war 1 2 3 4 5
pestilence 1 2 3 4 5
plague 1 2 3 4 5
SPAM 1 2 3 4 5
AOL 1 2 3 4 5
George Bush 1 2 3 4 5

B. Miracles
rescues 1 2 3 4 5
spontaneous remissions 1 2 3 4 5
stars hovering over towns 1 2 3 4 5
crying statues 1 2 3 4 5
water changing to wine 1 2 3 4 5
walking on water (other than the Hudson) 1 2 3 4 5
talking flaming shrubbery 1 2 3 4 5
VCRs that set their own clocks 1 2 3 4 5
Obama’s election 1 2 3 4 5

Good Luck!

GardenersCardiff answers:

Funny. Would have worked better if you’d kept the sarcasm out of this as it shows confirmation bias, but it was amusing all the same.

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