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The First Amendment — Your Protection from Government

SINCE I do not believe in reinventing the wheel., but do recognize when something bears repeating.

Bob Aronson's Viewpoint

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

cartoonThere is no more precious freedom we have than that of free expression. The first amendment to the constitution isn’t telling you what you can do, it is telling the government what they can’t do. The founding fathers believed that the rights in the first amendment were inherent or understood to be true. Those 45 words about twice as long as a standard tweet were written to make sure they could not be taken from you.

The first amendment guarantees five rights.rights

  1. Freedom from a state run religion
  2. Freedom to practice a religion of your choosing or…

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Don’t Be Silent. Don’t Be invisible.

Don’t Be Silent. Don’t Be invisible.

20170113_marchon2640I’m marching and so is Sylvia Boorstein

I’ve visited her blog and she states exactly what I have been saying for months now.  We CANNOT be silent.  One voice combined with many can make a difference!

She and I read the same news media the NY Time and Charles M. Blow

“Public pressure has a very real impact on political power. Don’t be silent. Don’t be invisible.” –Charles M. Blow, NY Times

New York Times opinion piece by Charles M. Blow

“Characteristics of a #Sociopath”

Karmic Reaction Blog

BY STANLEY C LOEWEN
In the BBC series Sherlock Holmes, Holmes pronounces to Watson that he is a ‘I’m not a psychopath, I’m a high functioning sociopath, do your research’, and this fascinating self assessment is one that gets many viewers questioning what precisely a sociopath is.

Sherlock’s proclaiming himself a sociopath makes the term seem almost romantic and interesting rather than immediately disturbing when usually we would think of the traits of a sociopath as belonging to a villain, not a protagonist. Here we will look at what the term sociopath entails, whether it is indeed distinct from psychopathy, and whether Holmes was right to diagnose himself as one.

Qualities of a Sociopath
Someone who is described as a sociopath will have several traits that set them apart from those with no personality disorders. These traits include the following…


• Lack of empathy – Inability to feel sympathy for…

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Courage to Speak, Humility to Listen

I have to agree with this blog on learning to speak – especially women, learn to speak and speak your own mind.

Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky

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No valuing of humility in evidence in the September 26 debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  I think of Mohandas Gandhi  and Desmond Tutu, and  I weep.

Here’s a passage from the writings of Parker Palmer, and a poem by Marge Piercy. These appeared on the podcast “On Being.”

“If we value things like friendship, family, community, education, workplaces that work, and democracy, there’s a minimum requirement. We must learn to talk with each other, even when we disagree. Not “at” each other, or even “to” each other, but “with” each other!

So, how’s that going for us? The answer varies from one person to another, from one setting to the next. But when it comes to American democracy, it’s not going very well.

The problem goes much deeper than the infamous dysfunction in Washington, D.C. The problem goes all the way down to us, to “We the People.”

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