Pope Billy??? Love Your Neighbor

Yeah, I knew they wouldn’t pick me. I guess I’m just a little too “love your neighbor” for that organization. Especially since I believe your neighbor includes everyone… even people you may not understand or agree with. You can’t say love your neighbor and keep birth control out of third world countries until the people die of famine. You can’t say love your neighbor and freak out when the two men next door want to get married. You can’t say love your neighbor and insist that they believe everything you do.

I’m not a religious person. I guess I believe in trying to be a decent human to those around me and then letting the chips fall where they may. That’s pretty much it. It bothers me when I see people who don’t agree with me trying to limit what I can and can’t do just because they don’t think it’s right. There’s a lot of that going on now with our current administration. And it’s not enough for them to be in power, but that they have to try to make sure they stay in power… forever. I have a big problem with that.

If you win an election, fine. As long as you didn’t put false information out there in order to put your opponent at a disadvantage because the general public is too lazy to read past the headlines. And don’t stack the deck in your favor by gerrymandering so the minority can never win again. That’s immoral.

The group in power should always remember that they won’t always be that way. Some day they’ll be the minority and if they create a situation when the minority can never win an argument in Congress or in the Judiciary, they’ll get a taste of their own medicine.

And speaking of the Judiciary. It’s working- contrary to what the group in power thinks now. It’s called checks and balances. Unfortunately the current administration and the majority in Congress don’t understand that the three branches of government were designed so that no one of them, or two these days, could get too powerful. Congress, or the Legislative Branch is elected by the people. So is the Executive Branch, but he can veto anything that comes out of Congress. The Executive and Legislative branches nominate and confirm Judges. But the Judiciary, or more specifically the Supreme Court serves for life, so they aren’t beholden to Congress or the President when they consider the constitutionality of what Congress and the President does. Checks and balances.

And consider the Fourth Estate. The media. They’ve been falling down on the job a lot lately. Not digging too deeply. They’re supposed to be watching all three branches of government, but since the news providers are ultimately owned by corporations who rely on Congress to keep laws that affect them in their favor, they don’t want to rock the boat. Frankly, they’re not even in the boat anymore. They just repeat what they’re told by whoever is in power, and well… that’s not much of a watchdog.

So when the Executive and Legislative branches declare open season on the Judiciary because they’re not falling in line, what kind of values are those two branches following? Remember checks and balances?

So back to Pope Billy. Love your neighbor. Even if they’re gay or have a funny accent or choose to use modern science to plan their families so that children don’t have to grow up in crushing poverty. You don’t know everything and neither do I. Be a little curious though. Open your mind. Love your neighbor. You don’t have to agree with them, but at least try to understand where they’re coming from. Love your neighbor. Really. Seriously. Live and let live. Go in peace.

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