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Politics, Society, Religion, and All the Stuff We're Not Supposed to Debate in Polite Company: Michael A. Ventrella's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. For his past blog posts http://ventrellaquest.com

Stroudsburg Attorney Michael Ventrella is an author, activist and Attorney at Law at Fisher & Fisher Law Offices


Michael also blogs about Politics, Society, Religion, and All the Stuff We're Not Supposed to Debate in Polite Company: Michael A. Ventrella's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

How to Honor the Founding Fathers with the Electoral College

“The Electoral College was set up with a specific purpose in mind and we should do what the Founding Fathers want,” people say to me whenever I argue for getting rid of it.

Well, fine. If your desire is to do what the Founding Fathers wanted, then we’ll need to change a few things.Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

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The nightmare won’t end on election day

Let’s face it, Hillary Clinton has one person she will need to thank for destroying Donald Trump on November 8th, and that person is Donald Trump. She isn’t winning by a big margin so much as he is losing by a big margin. I still hold that had the Democrats nominated anyone else, the election would be even more of a wipeout.monsters-trump-2-11864-1450133554-22_dblbig

The saddest thing is that after the election is over, the nightmare that we’ve experienced in this campaign will continue.

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It's not about the p----y

 

It’s not about the pussy

I have had clients who grabbed women when they didn’t want to be grabbed.  You can read all about these clients on the Megan’s Law website, listing sexual predators.

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How to Defeat ISIS by Donald Trump

For many years now, ISIS and other similar radical Islamic groups have caused problems for the world. But Donald Trump knows how to deal with them. When asked recently what to do, he made a bold promise:

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“Me have plan. Plan good. Me solve problem.”

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Not all Republicans are racists, but…

 

…it sure seems sometimes that all racists are Republican.

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What does it mean to be a patriot?

Many people claim to love America while hating the vast majority of people in it.  They threaten to commit violence against our government if they don’t get their way.  They moan about how immigrants and minorities are ruining our country and how, when whites become the minority, we will no longer be America.  And they think that these positions make them patriots.

That’s not patriotic.  That’s the opposite of what America is all about.  Remember “all men are created equal”?  Sam_Patriotic_Eagle_American_Flag-02md

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Our Government’s on the side of the Good Guys

 

Attorney General Lynch made it quite clear that not only will she do her duty to serve the United States Constitution, but that our government is on the side of the Good Guys, fighting against those who would take away the rights of others.

Her speech against the bigotry we are seeing in North Carolina and elsewhere was wonderful, and I just have to include a few quotes here:ag

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What “Make America Great Again” really means

Whenever I hear conservative politicians say things like “Make America great again” I have to wonder. The economy is boomingUnemployment is at its lowest rate in ten years. The deficit has been reduced by 2/3rds. The stock market is at its highest ever and gas prices are at their lowest in years.  Foreign policy-wise, ISIS leaders have been killed, Qadaffi was removed, bin Laden is dead, and we have less troops overseas than we did eight years ago.trump

These are all things that, if a Republican were in office, conservatives would be citing to say how wonderful their President is.

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“Political correctness” and freedom of speech

 

The phrase “political correctness” was coined by conservatives who were mad that they could no longer insult minorities, gays, or women without facing criticism in return. When I was a kid, political correctness was called “being polite.”

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What Libertarians don’t understand

There’s lots of things our government does that I disagree with. So I try to elect people who will pass laws that I agree with. Sometimes I lose and a bunch of laws are passed I don’t like.

I don’t claim then that those laws are “forced” against me and that my rights are being violated.all-cats-are-libertarians-mary-fanning

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Fact against you? Just deny them!

Carly Fiorino and the other GOP candidates have railed about for months over a faked video that claimed that Planned Parenthood was harvesting baby parts. It’s been discredited by everyone, and the guy who made it admitted it was fake, but that hasn’t stopped them from repeating the lie.

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cartoon by Rob Tornoe

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Republicans want to kill Aladdin!

Republicans want to kill Aladdin!

According to a new poll from PPP, 30% of Republicans favor bombing Agrabah.

As any Disney fan will tell you, Agrabah is the completely fictional made-up country where Aladdin lives. But hey, it sounds Muslim and if there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s bombing things, even when they don’t have a reason to do so. aladdin

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I can't even

It’s 2015.

And the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President:

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“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

 

“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

Here we go again.

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amazing article, thanks for sharing
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What IS “Democratic Socialism” anyway?

Many people are criticizing Bernie Sanders for being a “democratic socialist” without having the slightest idea what that term means.

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cartoon by Matt Weurker

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If we’re attacked while a Republican is in office, it’s not his fault

 

Obama and Hillary are so responsible for the attack on Benghazi wherein four people died. Pay no attention to the fact that Republicans gutted the budget for security at the embassy — the people at the top are responsible!

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Just for comparison

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I was wrong about Republicans

I predicted a while ago that the GOP would rally around one of the sane candidates, aware that they would have no chance with the crazies who want to run.  I predicted Scott Walker, and maybe Jeb Bush.

Guess I was wrong. The GOP has become crazier and stupider than even I had imagined.moran-668x501

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Obama’s Right: Anti-Immigration is Anti-American

President Obama hit Republican upside the head with the unAmerican stick yesterday.

They certainly deserved it.

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Guy Who Wants to be President Doesn’t Understand the Constitution

“Dred Scott is still the law of the land,” said Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today, demonstrating his complete lack of understanding of the Constitution he wants to uphold.

Seriously, I had to check to make sure this wasn’t from the Onion when I read it.huck

The Dred Scott case, for those unaware, was the 1857 case which held that blacks, free or slave, could never be American citizens. One of the top five worst Supreme Court decisions ever (probably even the worst), it helped send us off to the Civil War.

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Obama did not rename Mt. McKinley

Let’s get that straight now. Obama did not “re-name” the mountain. He removed the fake name that had been placed on top of the mountain’s real name.

The mountain had been called “Denali” (“the Great One”) by the natives for centuries until someone decided to name it after a President who had never even been to Alaska. This was done against the wishes on those in Alaska at the time. The move to make the official name “Denali” began back in 1975, when the Alaska legislature asked the President to change the name. And currently, the change has the support of the majority of Alaskans — most of whom are die-hard Republicans. In fact, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, supported the change, and was happy for Obama’s decision, saying this a few days ago:

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Living in gun-lovers’ fantasy land

It’s bad enough that some conservatives are trying to pretend this latest attack had nothing to do with racism when the shooter himself told everyone before and during the attack that it was all about racism. It’s bad enough that people in South Carolina are pretending like this has nothing to do with a culture that rewards racism while flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol.

But we are once again getting the asinine argument that this all could have been stopped if only everyone had a gun.

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Demonizing Your Enemy

One of the reasons we can’t have nice things these days is because too many people refuse to see gray areas. You either agree with them or you’re the enemy. Moderation and compromise are not virtues to these people.

There are many people who disagree with gay marriage and gay rights who are decent, honest, and well-meaning people. They are not evil. homosexualdemonsThey are just ignorant — ignorant of the harm they are causing, ignorant of what it means to be gay or lesbian. They have been misled by their religion and their leaders. I suspect that these people, like many, just haven’t yet realized that society has changed; that their views are not acceptable; that they need to re-examine what their religion is telling them. This does not come easy.

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Brian Williams and the Double Standard

Brian Williams’s story about what happened to a helicopter  he was on changed over the years, and become more exciting each time.  He finally admitted that he had exaggerated and apologized, and has taken a leave of absence from his job as host of the NBC Nightly News.  As he should.Brian-Williams-cc-565x318

His job requires him to be believable.  It’s a requirement.  We expect our news to be true, and if we cannot believe the newscaster, it puts all of the rest of the news in question.

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Preaching to the Choir

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Meh. 

Not too many conservatives read this blog - That doesn’t surprise me — I don’t read too many conservative blogs, either.And that might be the problem.

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Wolf won the Governor’s Race by Being a Democrat

 A murder of Tea Party governors was elected four years ago and they immediately went about destroying their states’ economies.  (I wasn’t sure what word to use to describe a group of Tea Party governors, and a “murder of crows” came to mind for some reason.)  In Maine, Michigan, Kansas and Pennsylvania, these governors went on to become the most unpopular governors in the country.

Governor Wolf (artist's approximation)

Governor Wolf (artist’s approximation)

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Merry War on Christmas, Everybody!

Last year I gave a challenge to which no one could meet.  So let’s try again: Find me one example of anyone trying to prevent people from celebrating Christmas.  Just one.

grinch1What you’ll find are a bunch of whiners complaining that they don’t get to force their religion on everyone else.

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If only we had a Surgeon General!

Why isn’t the Surgeon General doing something about this whole ebola mess?  Fox News wants to know!

Oh, right — the Republicans have been refusing to confirm Obama’s nominee for half a year or so now, because he had the nerve to say that maybe we should have background checks for guns and then we might not have as many people dying from gunshot wounds.

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A test for my conservative friends

Seriously.  Forget that Obama is President for a minute.  Or pretend there is a Republican in there.

And then look at the economic numbers.

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Why I can no longer vote for Republicans

 

Why I can no longer vote for Republicans

I’ve voted for Republicans in the past, mostly in local elections. I’ve voted for Republican judges and Republican Clerks of Court and so on, partially because I knew the people personally and partially because in elections like that, ideology doesn’t really matter.elephant-donkey

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