A momentary bout of the politicals

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who follow my twitter will have noticed that I shared a survey regarding Bernie Sanders‘ notion of running for the US presidency.  That survey, for those interested, can be found here:  http://bit.ly/18cujsk 

This is one point where I feel I must voice my opinion.

Senator Sanders represents certain ideals that this country is long overdue for.

He represents the notions of equality under the law:  I don’t care if you are gay or straight, cisgender or trans, man or woman or eunuch, black or white or green the right to live your own life should be fundamental.  I mean, come on America; England and several other European countries with a state religion have this equality yet with your first amendment protection of religion you don’t?!  Does anyone else see this as something that should have been positively embarrassing and immediately passed the day it happened in the Old World?!

He represents the idea that that health care should be available to all.  This one can probably be argued on the grounds of logic, but I’m too passionate on the subject so will posit a moral argument:  if this is the Christian nation that so many opponents of nationalised health care say it is, then this country should have had national health care from its inception.  Now, this isn’t a Christian nation; freedom of religion and the states shall establish no religion, et al ensures this.  That doesn ‘t mean, however, that moral arguments are invalid here.  Any faith I’ve ever encountered has provisions that say that we should care for our fellow man, therefore it ought to include that a man in need of medical attention should not need to check his pocketbook before deciding if he ought to seek medical attention; and health insurance is not health care of any sort, health insurance must be paid for whether used or not and there is still cost to the user even if it is reduced.

He represents the idea that, if the employers of this country do not wish to pay their employees sufficiently to live, then there ought to be laws to enforce that they do.  It’s a sad enough state of affairs that this is necessary.  Certainly not all peoples are so inconsiderate, there is no minimum wage law in Norway, yet they have one of the lowest disparities between the mailroom and the boardroom of any nation in the civilised world.  Minimum wage came to be in this country because employers would not pay people enough to buy a loaf of bread after a day’s work, the number of employers who fight against raising it or its very existence proves that they’d gladly go back to doing so; again, I don’t care what name you give to God, simple concern for your fellow man should say that this is important.  Again, I’m sure, for those who have no gods, there is a logical argument.  Ah!  Yes, this:  if people have money then they can buy your goods; if they don’t, they can’t!  Simple notions of profit ought to dictate that paying your employees sufficiently to have a home, utilities, and then something left over to buy your products with …

Put succinctly, I support people like Bernie simply because I believe wholeheartedly in every variation I’ve ever seen (some 100+ … I found a list once) of “Love thy neighbour as thyself”.  This means a lot to me.  I shan’t tell my neighbour the name and face of God, if she will give me the same courtesy (even if she doesn’t, I won’t, because I’m none too thrilled when she does it); I would want to know that, should I fall on hard times, I can still seek medicine and buy food, have a home, and other such things just as I want that for my neighbour if he falls on hard times; we all ought to wish one another the happiness found in being married to he/she/other we love.

I often look at my feelings and statements on this and will feel they are preachy and heavy-handed, but then I realise something:  the arguments against these ideas, every last one I’ve seen, are illogical, immoral, selfish, self-serving, short sighted, and often downright cruel.  Needless to say, given that, I do feel inclined to voice my opinions as loudly as I might in the hopes of swaying those people to a more chivalrous and noble point of view — a world of people who love, cherish, and care for one another, one that respects the humanity and lives of each other, is a world I’d far rather live in than the one we currently have.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award (Photo credit: It’s Great To Be Home)

Well, it would appear I’ve been nominated, by Jill of Barefoot Editing, for something called The Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you, Jill!

I, honestly, have never heard of it before, though I’ve been looking into it now that it’s been brought to my attention.

Seems it works thusly:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Well, let’s see, then.  Thank you has been given (do people really have to be told this!?  Oh … wait, internet … yes, they probably do … so sad).  Link to their blog … again not just common curtesy, but common sense; check.

15 blogs to nominate?  Oh.  Well, let’s get to counting shall we?

  1. The Kindness Blog
  2. One Picture a Day – beautifully artistic photography, but probably NSFW in a lot of Western culture.
  3. Photography in Patmos – more photography, but this one is PSFW (perfectly safe for work)
  4. EL3 Imagery – I’m starting to notice that I spend a lot of time looking at beautiful pictures.  Some of this one is NSFW
  5. Matthew Richards Photography
  6. Wide Awake But Dreaming
  7. Eric E Photo
  8. Charlotte Hoather
  9. Author Kristen Hope Mazzola
  10. Sky Watching
  11. Ink Stained
  12. Author Brooklyn Skye
  13. Three Wise Guys
  14. Untold Animal Stories
  15. ImeldaCribbin

Whew!  15!  Turns out I follow fewer blogs than I thought I did.  Much of my RSS list is comics and various sub-sites on I Can Has Cheezburger.

Seven things about me?!

  1. If ever I have the chance to do it I plan to emigrate to Norway.
  2. I have a beautiful, absolute sweetheart of a Black Mouth Cur who will be turning 2 this month.
  3. I have three absolute darlings of cats — a 13 year old avatar of Bast, a year and a half old mighty huntress, and a seven week old cuddly little boy.
  4. I read far more science fiction and fantasy than romance.
  5. I love Apple’s OS and devices.
  6. I used to be a huge Linux fan (Debian, SuSE, Mandrake, and RedHat – I positively cannot stand Ubuntu), but have moved away from it for numerous personal reasons.
  7. My favourite computer and OS is the Amiga.

As a friend pointed out, this isn’t an award so much as a cuter than normal chain meme.  But it’s a benevolent and kind of cute chain meme rather than fear-mongering or insipid, so I’m okay with that.