I received this email from the folks at Oxfam. We all know that the easy transfer of guns to evil people causes much misery in the world, particularly in regions with out strong governments to protect them from warlords and criminals. Now, I am not a master at foreign policy analysis, but the Arms Trade Treaty, if held to that is, seems to have many benefits besides saving innocent lives. This seems like a no brainer for President Obama to sign to promote more stability in the worlds war-torn regions.
And unlike some Nervous Nellies, I am not worried about Obama coming to take my guns.
Last month, 154 nations voted to adopt the first-ever international Arms Trade Treaty to help control the flow of arms and ammunition across borders – saving lives, preventing armed conflicts and protecting human rights.
Right now, we need to turn the promise of the agreement into a reality – to fundamentally change how the global arms trade works, the Arms Trade Treaty needs signatures.
The Obama administration will decide very soon whether or not to sign. Make no mistake, this moment is critical. A signature from the United States is vital to ensuring a strong treaty. Continue reading →
You see and hear about them all the time. They have nicknames like gun nuts, weapons collectors, firearms hobbyists. The ones passionately proclaiming their willingness to kill anyone who attempts to take their guns away. The National Rifle Association claims to have 4.5 million members, and even that number is in dispute. And their desires count for more than the majority of Americans, numbered at well over 308 million in 2010. Think about it for a moment. This is a fact, one confirmed for us every time a massacre of gun violence moves the nation to even consider stronger regulation of firearms.
Let us examine the gun enthusiast for a moment. We really should, since this small contingent of the United States population is loudly and vociferously holding back the overwhelming majority’s will on the issues of regulation of firearms in this country. We know they love the some of the Constitution, but are especially fond of the Second Amendment. Continue reading →
Too Big To Fail came first with the bailout laid out on a silver platter for the big banks a few years ago. They have many advantages because of fear that their failure would tank our economy: Cheaper loans, more leeway in investigations, hardly any regulation or oversight. Large Financial institutions continue to make record profits, and continue engage in bloating up with the express help of our government.
Criminal behavior in the same industry has often been forgiven without criminal trials, just promises made to not do it again, and payment of fines. No one even loses their job in most cases! Recently, even though HSBC and its subsidiaries have been providing access to cash for enemies of the United States, caught laundering money for killers and terrorists, they only pay a stinking fine. No prison time for anyone. No revocation of banking charter. After doing it again and again over the years. Continue reading →
I have noted quite a bit of upset and dismay on social media from our more “conservative” and gun-toting American friends after the President’s press conference. He outlined common sense reasonable plans of action to curb the tragic results of gun violence, particularly mass shootings of innocent citizens. After noting the day’s inter-web crazy talk quotient nearing epic proportions, I noticed that folks freaking out the most vociferously did not take the time to listen to what President Barack Obama actually said.
Now I know that is hard to believe, Americans getting aggravated at what the President said, without actually knowing what he stated. Continue reading →
I don’t know how much of the fear of losing their next election the outcry of the public will put into our do nothing politicians, but we can put in the calls, yes? Heck, they even included the phone numbers I need!
Dear MoveOn member, It’s almost hard to believe after such a lopsided defeat in the election, but Republicans in Congress are pushing for a “fiscal deal” that would extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich and slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits before the end of the year—and they might win.
They’ve fabricated a story that, somehow, our economy will fall apart if they don’t get what they want. It’s not true, but negotiations are underway and a “deal” could come together at any time.
This is a crucial moment—before a deal emerges—when we need our leaders to stand strong. Can you call your members of Congress and tell them:
“Don’t back any fiscal deal unless it lets the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% expire, as scheduled, on December 31 and doesn’t cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.” Continue reading →
Once again, the country is held hostage, all because of a pledge given to a humorless minion of the super rich. Which is exactly the reason to not stop applying pressure, even if the election is over! Not as fun as the “kick Grover Norquist in the dick” petition, but I think its well worth signing! Had to share with you, Kids!
Grover Norquist’s iron grip on Republicans in Congress is so strong that they’re afraid to raise taxes on billionaires even one red cent.
But now some Republicans claim they’re coming to their senses about Grover and his anti-tax pledge.If you agree that it’s time to stop protecting tax cuts for the rich, then sign our petition to Boehner, Cantor and the Republicans.
I had to share some of the celebratory emails with you. The good and ground breaking news from the 2012 election cycle just gets better! I bet I wasn’t the only one having a DemDance Party at home in the weeks since November 6th! Enjoy
Cecelia — if you’re reading this email, you were probably pretty darn happy watching this:
President Obama has another shot at leading us, Whipsaw Willard will hopefully retire from public life, Donald Trump will get his meds stabilized, and we will all get solar panels and hybrid cars!!! Whoa. Sorry, got carried away for a moment.
Even though the election excitement is almost over, we can still enjoy the afterglow, and emails I receive from one of my more progressive correspondents. Sharing this message from Matt Segal at OurTime seemed very appropriate right now, however, I don’t know if I qualify as a young voter anymore at almost forty years of age. But hey, let’s just go with it shall we?