Truth Against The World #11

If this presidential election cycle has taught us anything, it is that we need section reforms in the worst way. Let me be clear, the voting process is fine. Its the campaigning that needs to be revised.
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As it stands today, the modern election campaign is roughly a year and a half to two years long. During this time, presidential hopefuls try dig up as much dirt on the competition and pigeon hole their values and beliefs and their voting records. All of their voting records, for and against, are available on the internet. Roughly everybody has internet access in their house today. whether it be on a smart phone, tablet device or a home computer. If they do not have either of these, internet access is a (relatively) free service at your local library. You may need to pay for membership in the library.
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The campaign season needs to be shortened from a year and a half to two years, to six months. Will the politicians find this unacceptable? Absolutely! And I am fine with that.
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But the real problem is that the Democrats and the Republicans ( including the Tea Party Republicans ) hold all the power. This was not intended by the Founding Fathers. We are taught in school that America is for the people, by the people. In the current political climate this is no longer true. It is an illusion we are taught to pacify us. To indoctrinate us so we won’t challenge their claim to the power they hold dear.
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By now you might be wondering what power I’m referring to. Political clout. Influence. Affluence. Power. If the current election process were to be changed or reformed in any way that allows to a third or fourth party  to participate, the Democrats and the Republicans would team up and do everything  to get them to drop out of the race.
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The two majority parties mentioned above do not want to share the power with a member of the Socialist Party or the Green Party. This is because if they share this power, the most likely have the insane fear that either The Socialist Party or the Green Party would do what they did. That they would steal [ all ] the power for themselves. But would they really keep the power for themselves? Or would they return the power to the people where it belongs?
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In closing I leave you with this. Both Bernie Sanders and Jesse Ventura were independents. Bernie is/was a  political independent with democratic leanings. And Jesse Ventura who was in politics as a independent at first switched affiliation to the democratic party. And that presently there are no Green Party members in either the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Now. Ask yourselves why that is.

Truth Against The World #10

It is October 2016. Election Day is but a few scant weeks away. It has been one hell of an election year!!!! My favorite (read: chosen) candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has had the election stolen from him by Democrat. The Democrat in question is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And she did this as a fulfilled promise to the Former Senator of New York and Fmr. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary also happens to be a former First Lady.
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Interestingly enough, somewhere between 2014 and 2016 Hillary dropped her middle name Rodham. Rodham happens to be not only her middle name, but her MAIDEN name as well. She dropped her middle/maiden name at the suggestion or behest of her advisors and/or husband. She did this to capitalize on the on the Clinton name. And what is in this name? What connections does it have?
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A family name is supposed to mean honor, integrity and be a sign of pride. The Clinton name in recent times has come to mean lying, deceit, thievery and infidelity. Our forty-second president is known for sexual relations with a member of the White House Staff. And the Clinton name is attached to a foundation who has received dubious donations in exchange for political favors from Hillary Rodham Clinton.  This is the Clinton legacy so far….
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As of today Hillary Rodham Clinton has won all three debates. And yes, this means we may soon have our first female president in the history of the United States of America.
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But the unasked question(s) remains. Will she be a beacon of hope like our current president, Barack Obama? Or will she be no better than (president) George W. Bush and (vice-president) Dick Cheney? Or will she be worse than the two of them combined? Time will tell. And what it tells might be distorted, out-of-focus. But it will be telling in hind-sight, in retrospective.
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It might come to light that Hillary Rodham Clinton grabbed Bernie Sanders by the [political] balls and threatened to squeeze hard if he did not support her and denounce Dr. Jill Stein of the political Green Party. Senator Sanders had shown respect, if not admiration for Dr. Stein. Both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen Bernie Sanders within the last six months has said that a vote for Dr. Stein is a vote for Trump.
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Donald Trump is a buffoon. But a dangerous buffoon. His kind of politics we do not need here in the United States of America. He is a racist and a bigot. He is a president this country does not need.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton has been described above. I fear she may prove a greater embarrassment, and a despot, than George W. Bush.
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When it comes to voting for Trump or Clinton, it is akin to choosing the lesser of two evils.
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But choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing an evil.

Alternatives to forgiveness

An interesting read for those of you who are members of CUUPS, ULC or going thru training for priesthood in ADF or any other religious order, Pagan or otherwise.

Druid Life

Forgiveness is often held as a spiritual value, and doing it is supposed to make us better people. There are times when I’d cheerfully go along with that – when what I’m dealing with is just human mess, and the kind of innocent failing that comes from being alive. To learn, we have to risk messing up. To try new things, or engage with new people, we have to risk mistakes. As I commented on recently, second chances are good, and precious things, in the right context.

There are people I won’t forgive. People who crossed lines into deliberate harm, and repeat offenders. Second chances are gifts, but once it’s third, fourth, fifth chances, I stop being cooperative. Sometimes not forgiving people is essential to holding boundaries and maintaining personal safety. Sometimes, there is no excuse, no explanation and no apology that can fix what has been done.

So, what…

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What Druids are supposed to do

Druid Life

Most of the things I’ve done as a Druid, I’ve done in part because someone asked me to. I’ve taught Druidry and meditation, I’ve run ritual groups and undertaken celebrant work. I’ve run workshops and done talks. I’ve written for magazines. There’s also this blog, and the book writing. I need to mention that I never set out to be a Druid author – my ambition was always to write fiction, this is a diversion that happened because the opportunity was there, but it was never part of a grand plan.

These are all the things that you do if you’re going to be a professional Pagan. And if it works, you can add media work, interviews, travelling around the world to events and suchlike to the list. In practice, of the many Pagans I know who are doing all the things, only a handful are jetting off internationally or…

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Accessible Poetry

Sorry for posting anything in a while! Enjoy this shared post by a fellow blogger.

Druid Life

I don’t know the figures, but it’s pretty obvious that far more people don’t read poetry by choice, than do read it. People obliged to read it for school can’t be counted in this. By and large, the people writing poetry are people who read poetry. After all, no one does poetry for the fame and glamour, the only realistic motivations involve love or catharsis, or both. Often (but not always) people who write poetry seem to assume that they are writing only for the small number of people who habitually read poetry, and this tends to make poetry less accessible.

I read a collection recently that had a lot of classical references in it. Now, it’s one thing if you’re a Hellenic Pagan writing about Greek Gods for fellow Pagans – this is not about you! Pagans aside, access to ‘classics’ tends to come with a certain kind of…

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