Vote XII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.10.2020

Vote XII

There are twenty-four days to go until election day.

Stay alert, the struggle to preserve our republic and our democratic way of life begins on November 3rd.

Last week Mike Lee, the Senior Senator from Utah said that the goal of the election is not to preserve democracy, but to secure and preserve a certain standard of living.

Mike Lee has forgotten that the United States of America is governed by the people for the people, and that government derives its power from the consent of the governed, and that even if a majority desire to curtail the rights of the citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they do not have the authority to do so, because those rights are inalienable.

As Americans we must face the hard truth that we have never lived up to the idealism set forth in the declaration if independence, the constitution, the bill of rights and many of the later amendments. Out government is imperfect because human beings are inherently flawed, but that does not mean we will acquiesce to our flaws and allow a criminal regime and its sycophants to drag us backward.

We are moving forward, we must stand ready to hold the orange menace accountable for his crimes, and everyone who has committed a crime in furtherance of the tyrant’s objectives.

If you have not voted already, vote now.

Make a plan and vote.

Go to your early voting site and vote early, vote by mail, vote absentee, vote in person on election day but do not abstain from voting.

People of good will, stand by and stand ready, the struggle has begun but it will only intensify in the days and weeks ahead, and the real fight begins after the polls close on November 3rd.

Make a pledge to support the basic commitment that every vote which has been cast will be counted.

Be ready to support the count in person and your county elections offices, and by a general strike if need be.

The time is fast approaching, your voice is needed, the future of America and hope for justice depend on it.

Vote II – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

07.25.2020

 

Vote     II

 

The talk continues about how Donald Trump will refuse to concede the presidency when he loses the election on November 3rd.

 

People are talking about the unconstitutional deployment of federal agents in American cities, like Portland and Seattle, Kansas City and Chicago, and the threat coming from the orange menace that he will send tens of thousands of heavily armed, agents into other cities without insignia, without unique identifiers without a lawful mandate to police those cities as a preemptive move in support of his anticipated refusal to relinquish power.

 

This cannot stand.

 

The courts must intervene, and though a federal court in Oregon has dismissed the lawsuit filed their on the erroneous basis that the city attorney and the State’s Attorney General did not have standing, action in the courts must continue, and those federal agents must be arrested.

 

More importantly, everyone must vote!

 

Do not forget to vote. Do not forget to register. Do not forget to vote.

 

Double check your registration status and vote.

 

Do more, prepare yourself with knowledge; we need a massive public education campaign, we need a crash course in civics. There is an electoral process that must play out, it is different from state to state, but every citizen should take the time to become familiar with the rules, the laws that govern your voting rights in each and every local.

 

Let’s not be confused, Donald Trump will lose the popular vote, and he will lose in the electoral college. Nevertheless, between now and then there will be a massive disinformation campaign trying to scare you into not voting, trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, or that your vote is illegitimate. The orange tyrant and his republican cronies will attempt to invalidate your vote; we cannot let them

 

Wherever republicans have the authority they will purge voter roles, close polling stations, make it more difficult to vote; our duty is to be undeterred, to insist on our rights, to cast our votes, and to have our votes counted.

 

Familiarize yourself with the laws that govern voting where you cast your vote.

 

Last week we discussed the voting rights act of 1965, which was designed to enforce the rights guaranteed in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and the laws that govern elections at the federal level.

 

This week lets discuss the statutes that govern voting in my home state of Minnesota.

 

In the weeks leading up to the election we will look at the statutes that govern voting in key battleground States.

 

Knowledge is power, arm yourself with it.

 

In Minnesota you can find information on voting, the voting process and your voter rights at the Secretary of State website: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

 

The Secretary of State in Minnesota is Steve Simon. At the web address above you can register to vote online, request an absentee ballot online, you can find out where you go to vote if you plan to vote in person based on your address, and what the hours of your polling station will be.

 

You can view a sample ballot, view candidate filings, and volunteer to get involved, participate in non-partisan voter education and even become an election judge. IN addition you can stay up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting the voting process.

 

Participate, protect both your right to vote and the rights of your neighbors.

 

On this Minnesota Secretary of State website you can learn all you need to know about how elections are managed in Minnesota: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/how-elections-work/

 

In Minnesota, the laws governing presidential elections are clear, nevertheless it may be up to the citizenry to keep the election process in good order. It is being reported the Republican National Committee is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars to challenge election results across the country. Their planned obfuscation may result in your vote being invalidated, or your neighbors.

 

We cannot let this happen.

 

Below is the process as articulated on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for electing a president. Memorize the applicable statutes, know the process, ensure that it is adhered to.

 

The state canvassing board meets on the third Tuesday after the state general election. (Minnesota Statutes 204C.33) At that meeting the board will open and canvass the returns made to the secretary of state for presidential electors and alternates, prepare a statement of the number of votes cast for the persons receiving votes for these offices, and declare the person or persons receiving the highest number of votes for each office duly elected. (Minnesota Statutes 208.05)

 

“The governor shall transmit to each person declared elected a Certificate of Election, signed by the governor, sealed with the state seal and countersigned by the secretary of state.” (Minnesota Statutes 208.05)

 

On the day before the day fixed by congress for the electors to vote for president and vice president the electors shall notify the governor that they are at the state capitol and ready to fulfill their duties as electors at the proper time.  The governor shall deliver a certificate of the names of all the electors to the electors present. (Minnesota Statutes 208.06) On the day fixed by congress to vote for President and Vice President the electors shall meet at 12:00 PM in the executive chamber of the state capitol and shall perform all the duties imposed upon them as electors by the constitution and laws of the United States and the state of Minnesota. As a condition of having been chosen under the name of the party of a presidential and vice presidential candidate the electors are obligated to vote for those candidates. (Minnesota Statutes 208.46) The day fixed by congress for the electors to vote is the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. (3 U.S.C. 1)

 

This process must be fulfilled, republican interference notwithstanding.

 

Hold your government accountable!

Fenris Wolf

The gathering void
Sophistry and dark whispers
Thought without action

A habit of mind
The echoes of ideas
The essential me

Madness prevailing
A heartless wind is blowing
Law without justice

The relentless chase
Realized, and never fulfilled
The wolf my Id

Ragnorak begins
Roll-up the world like a blanket
Un-roll it, new

Elusive monster
Insane, howling for the kill
Fenris Wolf, demanding

Seeing everything
Your jaws crush complacency
The howl of triumph

 

A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 20.27 – 38 ©

A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 20.27 – 38 ©

 

The Gospel of the Day – 2016.11.06

 

 

The Letter of the Law

 

Some Sadducees – those who say that there is no resurrection – approached him and they put this question to him, ‘Master, we have it from Moses in writing, that if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well then, there were seven brothers. The first, having married a wife, died childless. The second and then the third married the widow. And the same with all seven, they died leaving no children. Finally the woman herself died Now, at the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife since she had been married to all seven?’

 

Jesus replied, ‘The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God. And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive.’

 

 

Legalism Rejoined

 

As Christians, we should never be like the Sadducees depicted here in this narrative.

 

Avoid the trap of legalisms, and the legalistic perspective or approach to faith.

 

Faith should be simple, in the way that Jesus himself expressed it. Faith means trust. Trust in our greatest hopes.

 

Christian hope is founded in the resurrection. It is not merely a belief that we continue in the next world, but that the next world is governed by God, in justice, and love.

 

Marriage today is much the same as it was in the ancient world, it is a contract; sometimes between two people, sometimes between families. It concerns the ownership of property. It is a transaction, it concerns the promise of future transactions, and the disposition of properties; that will have grown or diminished in value according to the circumstances and choices of the individuals.

 

In some cultures marriage has come to have many other meanings. For many, marriage, is more about love and romance, commitment and trust. Nevertheless, the core of marriage remains the same, it is a contract.

 

In the next world, the Christian promise is one in which the need for private property has disappeared. It is one in which there is no want, material needs have altogether vanished. We relate to the personhood of one another on an altogether different level and so there is no need for marriage.

 

The question that the Sadducees put to Jesus is moot.

 

Jesus, however, gets to a deeper point. He takes his interlocuters on a faith journey, and he instructs them from the teaching of Moses, regarding Moses’ own faith in the next life.

 

He takes them on this journey because the Sadducees were a conservative group within the Hebrew tradition. They did not believe in the afterlife, and they considered themselves to be strict interpreters of the books of Moses and the law.

 

Jesus shows them that Moses’ own words suggest that God, the creator of the universe, that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph, expressed in the present tense not the past. Indicating that God is the God of the living, not the dead, concluding this teaching with an expression of the universal faith that all people are alive to God, that there is no death.

 

There is no death, not now, not ever.

 

 

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time