|Posted by Michael on November 7, 2019 at 8:05 PM||comments (1)|
Background on the Politics of AIDS
Posted on June 16, 2018 by Ken Mejia-Beal in The GOP Con
HIV/AIDS AND THE RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN AGENDA
The first AIDS cases became a national epidemic in 1981. Those infected with the disease were all gay men. At the time, the President was Ronald Reagan, who was a part of the religious and conservative right-wing party. He associated himself with people like Rev. Jerry Falwall, who once said, “AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals.” Reagan’s communications director Pat Buchanan stated that AIDS was “nature’s revenge on gay men.” President Reagan and his administration remained silent on the subject of AIDS while thousands were either dying or already dead.
The Democratic Party noticed that there was a problem and also noticed that the administration was ignoring it, so in 1984 they held the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. This was done in the hopes that it would focus attention on AIDS research, education, and treatment. President Reagan did not publicly address AIDS until May 31, 1987. By the time he began to take action, 36,058 Americans had AIDS and over 20,000 in America were already dead. Doctor C. Everett Koop, Reagan’s Surgeon General, stated the lack of action was for the following reason: that “because transmission of AIDS was understood to be primarily in the homosexual population and in those who abused intravenous drugs, they (the administration) took the stand that they (AIDS patients) are only getting what they justly deserve.”
If this is what he truly believed, why in 1987 would President Reagan begin to take action? In 1987, news began to spread that heterosexuals (in particular, heterosexual white men) could also contract AIDS. When this was determined, Surgeon General Koop called it “the biggest threat to health this nation has ever faced.”
President H.W. Bush also did little to ramp up AIDS education and medicine during his four years in the White House. In 1995, under President Clinton, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS was created. This was a major step. Following President Clinton, President George Bush started PEPFAR (Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). This plan saved thousands of lives, not just in the U.S., but across Africa. President Obama maintained both programs throughout his presidency, and, under his term, a medicine called PREP (Truvada) was approved by the FDA. This drug prevents the spread of HIV from HIV-positive patients to HIV-negative ones.
Now We Have Donald Trump and Mike Pence
Forty percent of people living with HIV rely on Medicaid. In May of 2017, with the basic function of health care dangling by a string, Trump was seen doing a victory lap at the White House. The very day of Trump’s inauguration, the White House’s policy on AIDS was removed from the website. To this date, there is STILL no head of the HIV/AIDS council and all six members resigned, which means the ENTIRE AIDS COUNCIL is vacant. Where there used to be a blank AIDS Council page at the following link, there is now nothing at all: https://www.whitehouse.gov/onap. In fact, there isn’t a single page on www.whitehouse.gov that mentions AIDS or HIV and how they plan to help the citizens who are affected. Because they don’t plan to help.
People with HIV/AIDS today are gay men, people of color, and the poor. This is why the Trump administration, and the Republican Party at large, doesn’t want to fix it. The Republican Party benefits from the catastrophic effects of AIDS. It reminds their base that queers are getting their just dues. It also reminds their base that colored people are unimportant. If this seems like political rhetoric to you, I kindly ask you to remember the attempts to repeal the ACA. Initially, Republicans were immediately ready to remove it, until they found out that the majority of people who benefited from the ACA were white Americans. After that was determined, the fight dragged on.
The Republican agenda is to disenfranchise marginalized people in whatever way they can. The war on drugs, the war on women, and, yes, even the complete silence and indifference on HIV/AIDS is enacted to cripple marginalized communities. In 2016, 10,223 black men; 7,425 Latino men; and 4,189 black heterosexual women who have had sex with men were diagnosed with HIV. All three of these groups are overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican Agenda is to win, at all costs, even at the expense of the lives of American citizens.
At this time in the 1980's & 90's many people who died of AIDS-related causes did not receive funerals, due to both the social stigma of AIDS felt by surviving family members and the outright refusal by many funeral homes and cemeteries to handle the deceased's remains. Lacking a memorial service or grave site, The Quilt was often the only opportunity survivors had to remember and celebrate their loved ones' lives. The first showing of The Quilt was 1987 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Quilt was last displayed in full on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1996, a display that included a visit by President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, but it returned in July 2012 to coincide with the start of the XIX International AIDS Conference, 2012.
|Posted by Michael on November 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
What does 'holier-than-thou' mean?
Are Spiritual people more loving than Religious people?
This phrase comes from Isaiah 65:5: ‘Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou’.
From a person as a receiver of a holier-than-thou point of expression: having or showing the annoying attitude of people who believe that they are morally better than other people. A holier-than-thou attitude some feel as a judgemental expression and a mind your own business attitude is returned.
The 'Holier-than-thou' person may ask the receiver a few questions. Do you understand that you are more than this human physical body?
So if you feel you are more than this human physical body it must include your spiritual body. Does it feel logical to you then, that you have been before this physical personality of your spiritual body and it's guiding you? And you will begin following this spiritual physical personality while on earth?
Knowing now that you are eternal and ongoing with a sense of what love is. Can you feel some logic in all this?
That you are on a journey with a God for the experience of knowing what true love is, and what it is not. Your connection to this Intelligent Being is allowing experiences for this God to experience as it resides within you. Now God doesn't have to imagine what true love is. God has us to experience it through.
So instead of my reacting to other peoples politics that harms me. I'm going to focus on the experience of this God within me, and me allowing love to be experienced.
I'm sorry to my Republicans supporter friends and family for offending you.
Can you feel that there is no wall or barrier between your earthly human side and your spiritual physical personality side of you? You're both one being.
Can you stretch your imagination to include the whole of you. The whole of you is the spiritual vibrational energy of this Eternal Source known also as God who resides within all of us and is a part of you. If you allowed God to experience in real time our 'now' through you, the now moment of what true love is, or what it isn't is our 'Holier-than-thou' experience.
Anyone can join us at any time.
I support the discussions of Esther Hicks. My intent is of educating and inspiring others through Esther Hicks teachings which are often credited as Abraham Hicks, She's an American inspirational speaker and author. She has co-written nine books with her late husband Jerry Hicks, presented numerous workshops on the Law of Attraction with Abraham Hicks Publications and appeared in the original version of the 2006 film The Secret.
As Abraham explained more fully about our oneness with God. My perspective and faith grew a little bit each day.
This non-physical spiritual part of you. Is fully, keenly aware of this human physical part of you. Can you find that knowledge and connect with it? It's worth finding.
Can you understand other people's concept of an Unconditional loving God. A love before any condition happens. A love where there's No need for a hell. "A love as it is on earth it is in heaven." Is that Religious Liberty?
With this knowledge you now know. You go in and out of this vortex of God's true love while here on earth, purposefully designed to bring us clarity, an understanding of God's true love. Why? To evolve. Because when you are within the presence of God you're finding yourself living a spiritual loving life on earth.
When we're going in and out of this vortex, it's to gain a love meant to be shared on earth. You're to gain more clarity of who we are with your Oneness with God.Therefore, as it is on earth. It is in heaven. How much love do you want to experience in heaven is dependent upon the love shown on earth.
Our human experiences who some people call sin, will bring us a number of contrasting experiences as it was designed to do, to create a asking. It's in our asking that we find our eternal beingness of who we are spiritually. Ask and you shall receive.
You can sorta figure that out can't you?
What level of love and understanding are you at? I have a good idea where I'm at. Do we have to lose what we have to understand our true beingness with God?
Or can we sorta figure it out?
|Posted by Michael on November 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Definitions and clarifications about the law of attraction and how it manifests:
This law is a manifestation of the creative power of the Universe.
It is through this law that everything is created: galaxies, planets, metals, rocks and even plants, animals and people.
Like attracts like.
Thoughts attract corresponding situations and circumstances.
You get what you think about.
You attract into your life whatever you focus on.
Positive thoughts attract positive events. Negative thoughts attract negative events.
If you entertain feelings and thoughts about hardships and obstacles, then this is what you get.
If you keep thinking and expecting success, and don't allow doubts enter your mind, you will eventually achieve success.
It is not enough just to wish for something, you need strong desire and faith to manifest what you want.
In order for your thoughts to manifest, you have to repeat them often, and add feelings, desire and interest.
The mind acts like a magnet.
Similar energy attracts similar energy.
Your thoughts determine the way you live.
This law is used by everyone, though mostly unconsciously.
Filling the mind with worries and anxieties brings stress and unhappiness.
Filling the mind with happy thoughts will attract happiness into your life.
I invite you to browse this website, and read the articles on creative visualization, affirmations and positive thinking. They all are part of the law of attraction.
|Posted by Michael on September 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM||comments (2)|
I took my chill pill. So I'll tell you why I don't support a racist president. I'm happy with who I am and who I am not.
Thoughts turn into words. Words turn into actions. My actions of not supporting a racist president is a demonstration of who I am and who I don't want to be.
It does matter to me with the choices I make in my life.
If I was a bit of a racist it wouldn't bother me to be supportive of a president who doesn't appreciate human life as much as I do.
A fake Christian Republican would still consider themselves as a being a Christian despite the fact they voted for someone to take away from others. Thus, contrary to the Christian teachings of the love of God through us. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc., not seperating children from their parents. Over 12,000 lies this man has used since being president.
Republicans are Republicans for a reason...so you just be you, and I'll be me for my reasons.
I'm very happy with me. We're all on our own journey and are at different level of love. As it is on earth it is in heaven I feel. So please don't ask me to come down to a lower level of love as shown by most Republicans through their support with a vote.
Some family members love their guns more than human life. That's their choice. My choice is understanding with clarity of who I am in my spiritual world with an Intelligent Being who many people call God.
I always thought of myself as beginning at a higher level of love than most others. So did Grandma S. She took me aside one christmas eve in Houston Texas after we opened our gifts. Grandma gave me the crucifix cross her mother gave to her when she was a child. She said she wanted me to have it. There were 20 some other grandchildren she could have given it to at that time. Grandma saw the light of God within me. I'm sorry others don't see that light within me or themselves.
Michael row your boat ashore. God loves all people. You must too. Let them come up to your level of love. You don't need to go down to theirs. Words only guide them. Let them have their own experiences. This too will pass.
|Posted by Michael on August 28, 2019 at 8:30 AM||comments (1)|
In the spirit of love!
From my gay human experiences, accepting the love from friends and family with differing political/religious views can be a trying experience of love. At times it feels like friends and family love their guns and politics more than human life. I sometimes find it difficult to be around them as I try and Behold the God within others and within myself. I know they’re good people and I also know from my understanding of a God, that God loves everyone equally. So how do I love them as God loves them? Do I let them come up to Gods and my standards of love, or do I go down into the ditches with them?
The ditches are where many of us get saved. It’s where we feel and need and the presence of God. This presence of God can be felt through the spirit of Jesus, or through others showing the presence of God through them. It’s an unconditional love. We learn we’re never off our path. We learn it’s easier to love than to hate. For some of us, we have to lose what we have to understand our true self’s.
For many gay people, distancing ourselves from others is a painful but necessary experience. For other gay people it’s ‘freedom’ at last. But still yet…for some families, family is still family and we stick together. There’s always a compromise. Or is there?
Can I, do I have to accept the cruelty of Trump and his supporters? Do I have to stand by and watch others be traitors to America and its American values?
Being acceptance of gay people means questioning your religious faith and teachings. It may mean changing up your politics to extend God’s love to all others, but yet keeping religion out of politics. It would mean judging yourself and actions before other people judge you for them. It would mean walking with the spirit of God that’s within all of us.
The phrase "rainbow family" is also used to describe gay events. Its usage is used in many diverse ways. From an article about Paul Allen's rock-'n'-roll museum in Seattle: "Its name is also a reference to Jimi Hendrix's idea for a metaphorical "sky church," a rainbow gathering of people of all ages and races who would congregate in the name of music.
Imagine that, a “Sky Church.” Just feel the love of God in the sky. It’s as simple as changing a radio station to bring in a new tune. Thanks Jimmy…see you in the “sky church.”
For many people it’s still more important for them to follow their concept of a religion/politics, than to extend/demonstrate that love to others. I was lucky. Love always came first.
Rainbow Gatherings are an open invitation for people from all walks of life. People with different beliefs, to share different experiences, our love. To dance to music, music to the heart. The accepting of different foods, learning different cultures. Seeing the God that’s within us all.
When being spiritual. It may mean being open minded to the religious teachings of others, and being open minded about your own handed down from generation to generation declaring God to be imperfect and we needing saving from the father.
Finding our own understanding of love, as we know love to be. Is this Jimi Hendrix's idea for a metaphorical "sky church," a vibrational energy of love created by music spreading the spiritual energy of the love of God?
In 1962 a book Warriors of the Rainbow by William Willoya and Vinson Brown, which compares prophecies of major religious sects throughout the world with tales of visions from various Indigenous cultures. Niman claims the fake prophecy was written by non-Natives as part of an Evangelical Christian agenda; Niman describes the source as purveying "a covert anti-Semitism throughout, while evangelizing against traditional Native American spirituality."
This has been a longstanding Rainbow rumor that the group is recognized by the elders of the Hopi people, or other Indigenous peoples of the Americas, as the fulfillment of a Native American prophecy, and that this excuses the cultural appropriation that is common in the group. This rumor was debunked as fakelore by Michael I. Niman in his 1997 People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia. Niman traced the supposed Hopi prophecies.
Conspirators of another Evangelical Christian group are helping Trump spread his hate. Not me, I’m better than that.
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|Posted by Michael on August 18, 2019 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Blog #2 – We are more than our religions
Having been raised a catholic. Growing up through the 1960’s and 70’s and graduating from High School in 1977. I know with certainty that we are more than our religions. We are all a Spiritual Being of an unconditional loving God. A love from this God before any condition happens.
When you know more about love then what your preacher knows. It’s time to move on.
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
Religions are conditional. Many people have good intensions with words. But the road to hell is paved with good intensions. (If you believe in a hell. I do not.)
Being Spiritual is allowing God to experience life through you. The best way to describe it is through a song.
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace - Susan Boyle
A spiritual person knows through experiences the love of God.
Extreme - More Than Words
You’re never off your path. We’re always finding our own way home to a loving God. God just doesn’t join you in the ditches of hate. We come up to God’s level of love, or not.
Phil Collins - In the air tonight
We all can love un-conditionally if we chose. “I’m only human” is an excuse for not wanting to be spiritual. You can take the long way home.
Supertramp, Take The Long Way Home
You can live life on love or fear. Republican’s live life on fear as shown through their words and examples they demonstrate. Why else would Republicans seperate children from parents, lie, support a racist President? Republicans love their gun's more than human life itself, etc., It's a lower level of love. Dems do better. We try to live life on love. As shown through our experiences. Maybe it’s time for a change in your politics if you want to live a spiritual life. You can't support President Trump and be a loving spiritual person at the same time. What would love do?
Cool Change, Little River Band
As it is on earth it is in heaven. We’re all at different levels of love.
|Posted by Michael on August 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
I read a statement, and in short it read, “…audiences don't think.”
I had to think about that. So here’s another thought.
Ranbir Kapoor said “I think, for a love story, the most important element is the music, since you don’t have action sequences or item numbers. It really draws in the audience and adds to at least 70 percent of the opening of the movie.”
I started this blogging stuff with hopes of bringing in new thought to those who welcome it. New thoughts of letting God experience life through you.
The Beatles - Let it be
I want my audience to think and to know that my words, anyone’s words, won’t do nothing but to help guide you. It’s our experiences in life that we learn from.
I also want to entertain your imagination with a new concept of God joining with the old concept of God to bring in more clarity in the knowing of who we are with this 'Intelligent Being' that creates universes.
Sting - Every Breath you Take
This Intelligent Being is a Source of Energy, a Vibrational Energy of love. Why love? Because before us when all there was, was this Intelligent Being. It could only imagine what true love was. It could not experience it. So God took a handful of self and placed it over here or there. That smaller piece of God is us. We still knew the whole of God as all love. So God had to create love’s opposite which is fear.
Whitney Houston - performing "I Will Always Love You
All of our decisions in life are made from either love or fear. How do you live your life?
U.S.A. For Africa - We Are the World
So to know this Source of Energy is like changing the frequency on a radio station. If you want to hear a new song, you change the radio station. Knowing, you can always go back to your favorite station.
That’s what I’m offering to my audience, a new way to jam.
Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is
Many of my thoughts come from various modern day teachers along with the teachings of Jesus.
One thing I do know is that God doesn’t need a hell or a dumping grounds for Gods mistakes. Anyone who has ever had a relationship with God would know that anytime away from God would be hell enough.
REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling
Ask and you shall receive!
Journey – Faithfully
Heaven’s Joy to all.