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Christian Communism – the Church Fathers on Poverty and Oppression

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. – Acts 2:42-47, KJV


And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. – Acts 4:31, 32, KJV
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CHRISTIAN COMMUNISM

Property is theft.

– St. Basil the Great

“When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.”
– St. Gregory the Great

We who share one mind and soul obviously have no misgivings about community in property.

– Tertullian

All things belong to God, who is our Father and the father of all things. We are all of the same family; all of us are brothers. And among brothers it is best and most equal that all inherit equal portions.

– St. Gregory of Nyssa

Share everything with your brother. Do not say “it is private property.” If you share what is everlasting, you should be willing to share that much more the things that do not last.

– the Didache

Give a loaf of bread yourself; someone else can give a cup of wine, and another clothes. In this way one man’s property is relieved by your joint effort.

– St. Gregory of Nyssa

The rich take what belongs to everyone, and claim that they have the right to own it, to monopolize it.

– St. Basil the Great

AGAINST THE OPPRESSORS OF THE POOR

I am criticized often for my continual attacks on the rich. Yes: because the rich continually attack the poor.
– St. John Chrysostom

You a have thousand excuse for robbing your brother. “His house stands in my light,” you say; or “Only tramps go there.” You force them to move…
– St. John Chrysostom

It isn’t because the affluent are unable to provide food easily that men go hungry; it is because the affluent are cruel and inhuman…Every day the Church here feeds 3,000 people. Besides this, the Church daily helps provide food and clothes for prisoners, the hospitalized, pilgrims, cripples, churchmen, and others. If only ten people were willing to do this, there wouldn’t be a single poor man left in town.
– St. John Chrysostom

Those who oppress the poor must know that there sentence is heavier because of those they try to hurt. The more they press their power over these wretched lives, the more terrible their future condemnation and punishment will be.
– St. Isidore

Some think that the Old Testament is stricter than the New, but they judge wrongly; they are fooling themselves. The Old Law did not punish the desire to hold on to wealth; it punished theft. But now the rich man is not condemned for taking the property of others; rather, he is condemned for not giving his property away.
– St. Gregory the Great

You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich.
– St. Ambrose

God has ordered all things to be produced so that there should be food in common for all, and that the earth should be the common possession of all. Nature, therefore, has produced a common right for all, but greed has made it a right for few.
– St. Ambrose

What keeps you from giving now? Isn’t the poor man there? Aren’t your own warehouses full? Isn’t the reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry man is dying now, the naked man is freezing now, the man in debt is beaten now- and you want him to wait until tomorrow? “I am not doing any harm,” you say. “I just want to keep what I own, that’s all.” Your own! … You are like someone who sits down in a theater and keeps every one else away, saying what is there for everyone’s use is his own. … If everyone took only what he needed and gave the rest to those in need, there would be no such thing a rich and poor. After all, didn’t you come into this life naked? And won’t you return to the earth naked?
– St. Basil the Great

Who is the greedy man? One for whom plenty does not suffice. Who defrauds others? One who keeps for himself what belongs to everyone. Aren’t you greedy, don’t you defraud, when you keep for yourself what was given to give away? When someone steals a man’s clothes, we call him a thief. Shouldn’t we give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?
– St. Basil the Great

The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry person; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the person who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the person with no shoes; the money which you put in the bank belongs to the poor. You do wrong to everyone you could help, but fail to help.
– St. Basil the Great

REBUKE THE OPPRESSOR (Isaiah 1:17, NKJV)
You may say “words are alright; but gold is better.” Talking to you is like talking to a lustful man about chastity: when one says something against him keeping a mistress, the mention of her name only goes to heat up his lust. How can I make you realize the misery of the poor? How can I make you understand that your wealth comes from their weeping?
– St. Basil the Great

The bread which the rich eat belongs to others more than them. They live on stolen goods. What they pay comes from what they have seized….You have gold dug up from mines, only to re-bury it. And how many lives are buried with it! And this wealth is kept for whom? For your heir, who waits idly to receive it….it is not the poor who are cursed, but the rich. Scripture says of the rich, not of the poor, that the man who increases the price of corn will be cursed….who is the wise man? The one who shows compassion on the poor, who sees the poor as natural members of his family.
– St. Ambrose

It is the poor who mine gold, though they are denied gold; they are forced to work for what they cannot keep.
– St. Ambrose

You have the power to save so many from death, but you do not care to do so- and the price of the ring on your hand could save the lives of a multitude!
– St. Ambrose

Wealth, which lead the men the wrong way so often, is seen less for its own qualities than for the human misery it stands for. The large rooms of which you are so proud are in fact your shame. They are big enough to hold crowds- and also big enough to shut out the voice of the poor. True, even if the voice were heard it would be ignored….the poor man cries before your house, and you pay no attention. There is your brother naked and crying! And you stand confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.
– St. Ambrose

THE CHURCH IS THE CHURCH OF THE POOR
The Lord ate from a common bowl, and asked his disciples to sit on the grass. He washed their feet with a towel wrapped around his waist- He, who is the Lord of the universe! He drank water from a jar of earthenware, with the Samaritan woman. Christ made use his aim, not extravagance.
– St. Clement

When the Son of Man comes in majesty, when he sits on the throne of glory, when all people are gathered and he divides the good from the bad, what praise will he give those on his right hand? He will praise them only for works of kindness and charity; he will hold them as done for himself. For the One who made our nature his own did not hold himself back in any way from the most simple human thing. And what curse will there be for those on his left hand? Only that they neglected love; that they were inhumanly harsh and denied mercy to the oppressed. It is though there were no other virtues with the first group, and as though there were no other sins than those of the other.
– Pope St. Leo the Great

Let us abandon luxury, we will not regret it.
– Tertullian

The price of the Kingdom is the food you give to those who need it.
– Pope St. Leo the Great

Feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.
– St. John Chrysostom

We are not to throw away things that can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good. They are instruments of good in the hands of those who use them properly.
– St. Clement

Houses of hospitality must be built for the poor in every city of every diocese.
– The Council of Nicea

Every family should have a room where Christ is welcome in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger.
– St. John Chrysostom

The Bible is full of Communistic sharing and Socialistic giving which results in helping people.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Inspired by Lance Goldsberry’s page on his blog, I am also compiling a list of quotes on property, wealth, and economics from the biblical church and church tradition. My goal is not to make people be communists, communalists, communitarians, or whatever other word you would like to use for it, but to get people thinking. A lot of people associate economic individualism and greed with Christianity, and I want to show how different it should be.

Also, a number of these quotes will come from my previous blog post, The Bible On Poverty and Oppression, and from the out of print book Quotations From Chairman Jesus by Fr. David Kirk, who was a Catholic Worker and civil rights activist, but some of these also come from books and articles that I have come across here and there.

Apostolic Communism and Care For the Poor

While Jesus was alive, he and his disciples practiced communal ownership of money, and it was Judas who was the caretaker of their communal pot, or as the NRSV puts it, common purse (John 12:6, 13:29). Later, the apostles continued Jesus’ communal practice after his death.

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” – Acts 2:44-45

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.” – Acts 4:32

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Many other parts of the New Testament, while they may not reflect a specifically communist outlook, do show a strong emphasis on caring for the poor and the rejection of money and property.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:3-12

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:24-25

“Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”” – Matthew 19:21

“Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” — Matthew 21:12–17, see also  Mark 11:15–19,  Luke 19:45–48, and John 2:13–16

“Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’” – Matthew 25:31-46

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” — Luke 1:46-55

“In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”” – Luke 3:11

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” — Luke 4:18

“Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.” — Luke 6:20-22

“And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.” — Luke 7:22

“Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” — Luke 12:33

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” — Luke 14:13

“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”” — Luke 18:22

“love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” – Romans 12:10-13

“We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints—and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us,” – 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something. . .

“I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.” – 2 Corinthians 8:9-10, 13-14

“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.” — Galatians 2:10

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

“In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” – Colossians 3:11

“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”” — Hebrews 13:1-5

“For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” – James 2:2-7

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.” – James 5:1-6

“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” — 1 John 3:17-18

Christian Communism Throughout History

“We who share one mind and soul obviously have no misgivings about community in property.” — Tertullian

“All things belong to God, who is our Father and the Father of all things. We are all of the same family; all of us are brothers. And among brothers it is best and most equal that all inherit equal portions.” — St. Gregory of Nyssa

“Share everything with your brother. Do not say, “It is private property.” If you share what is everlasting, you should be that much more willing to share things which do not last.” — The Didache

“Give a loaf of bread yourself; someone else can give a cup of wine, and another can give clothes. In this way one man’s property is relieved by your joint effort.” — St. Gregory of Nyssa

“The rich take what belongs to everyone, and claim they have the right to own it, to monopolize it. — St. Basil the Great

“I am criticized often for my continual attacks upon the rich. Yes: because the rich continually attack the poor.” — St. John Chrysostom

“Tell me then, how is it that you are rich? From whom did you receive it, and from whom did he transmit it to you? From his father and his grandfather. But can you, ascending through many generations, show the acquisition just? It cannot be. The root and origin of it must have been injustice. Why? Because God in the beginning did not make one person rich and another poor. He left the earth free to all alike. Why then if it is common, have you so many acres of land, while your neighbor has not a portion of it?” – St. John Chrysostom

“You have a thousand excuses for robbing your brother. ‘His house stands in my light,’ you say; or, ‘Only tramps go there.” You force them to move.” — St. John Chrysostom

“It is not because the affluent are unable to provide food easily that men go hungry; it is because the affluent are cruel and inhuman. . . Every day the church here feeds 3000 people. Besides this, the church daily helps provide food and clothes for prisoners, the hospitalized, pilgrims, cripples, churchmen, and others. If only ten people were willing to do this, there would not be a single poor man left in town.” — St. John Chrysostom

“Those who oppress the poor must know that their sentence is heavier because of those they try to hurt. The more they press their power over these wretched lives, the more terrible their future condemnation and punishment will be.” — St. Isidore

“Some think that the Old Testament is stricter than the New, but they judge wrongly; they are fooling themselves. The old law did not punish the desire to hold on to wealth; it punished theft. But now the rich man is not condemned for taking the property of others; rather, he is condemned for not giving his own property away.” — St. Gregory the Great

“What keeps you from giving now? Is not the poor man there? Are not your own warehouses full? Is not reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry man is dying now, the naked man is freezing now, the man in debt is beaten now — and you want to wait until tomorrow? ‘I am now doing any harm,’ you say. “I just want to keep what I own, that is all.’ Your own! . . . You are like someone who sits down in a theater and keeps everyone else away, saying that what is there for everyone’s use is his own. . . if everyone took only what he needed and gave the rest to those in need, there would be no such thing as rich or poor. After all, did not you come into life naked; and will not you return naked to the earth?” — St. Basil the Great

“The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor. The acts of charity you do not perform are the injustices you commit.” – St. Basil the Great

“Give a loaf of bread yourself, someone else can give a cup of wine, and another can give clothes. In this way one man’s poverty is relieved by your joint effort.” – St. Gregory of Nyssa

“Who is the greedy man? One for whom plenty does not suffice. Who defrauds others? One who keeps for himself what belongs to everyone. Are not you greedy, do not you defraud, when you keep for yourself what was given for giving away? When someone steals a man’s clothes we call him a thief. Should not we give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?” — St. Basil the Great

“The bread which the rich eat belongs to others more than to them. They live on stolen goods. What they pay comes from what they have seized. . . You have gold dug up from the mines, only to re-bury it. And how many lives are buried with it! And this wealth is kept for whom? For your heir, who waits idly to receive it . . . It is not the poor who are cursed, but the rich. Scripture says of the rich, not of the poor, that the man who increases the price of corn will be cursed . . . Who is the wise man? The one who shows compassion to the poor, who sees the poor as natural members of his family.” — St. Ambrose of Milan

“It is the poor who mine gold, though they are denied gold; they are forced to work for what they cannot keep.” — St. Ambrose of Milan

“Wealth, which leads men the wrong way so often, is seen less for its own qualities than for the human misery it stands for. The large rooms of which you are so proud are in fact your shame. They are big enough to hold crowds — and also big enough to shut out the voice of the poor. True, even if the voice were heard it would be ignored. . . The poor man cries before your house, and you pay no attention. There is your brother, naked and crying! And you stand confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.” — St. Ambrose of Milan

“You have the power to save so many from death, but you do not care to do so — and the price of the ring on your hand could save the lives of a multitude!” — St. Ambrose of Milan

“Property is theft.” — St. Basil the Great

“The Lord ate from a common bowl, and asked the disciples to sit on the grass. He washed their feet, with a towel wrapped around his waist — He, who is the Lord of the universe! He drank water from a jug of earthenware, with the Samaritan woman. Christ made use his aim, not extravagance.” — St. Clement of Alexandria

“The price of the kingdom is the food you give to those who need it.” — St. Leo the Great

“Feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.” — St. John Chrysostom

“Every family should have a room where Christ is welcomed in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger.” — St. John Chrysostom

“Property, the more common it is, the more holy it is.” — St. Gertrude

“When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty.” — Rev. John Ball

“Yes, they do not bear their sword in vain, they rob and oppress the poor working people.” – Peter Chelcicky

“The estate of the ruling class which conducts defensive warfare, kills, burns, and hangs; the estate of the common and higher priests who pray; and the estate of the common peasants who must slave and feed the two upper-class insatiable Baals.

Behold the first Baal, fat and proliferated: the temporal lords.  Behold the second Baal, also fat and proliferated: the spiritual lords.  Both Baals suck the labor of the earth, the blood, and the sweat of the third class that, drenched with sweat, fills the fleshpots of the two Baals.” — Peter Chelcicky

“the poor man hath title to the rich man’s goods; so that the rich man ought to let the poor man have part of his riches to help and to comfort him withal.” – Hugh Latimer

“England is not a free people, till the poor that have no land, have a free allowance to dig and labor the commons.” — Gerrard Winstanley

“The earth was not made purposely for you, to be Lords of it, and we to be your Slaves, Servants, and Beggers; but it was made to be a common Livelihood to all, without respect of persons: And that your buying and selling of Land, and the Fruits of it, one to another, is The cursed thing, and was brought in by War.” — Gerrard Winstanley

“Wage labour, though it appears to be an inevitable step in the evolution of society, is as little fitted to represent finally or adequately the connection of man with man in the production of wealth as in earlier times slavery or serfdom.” – Bishop B.F. Westcott

“The early church was communist in the broadest sense: Christians did not believe in exclusive ownership of property. They owned all things in common; the poor received what they needed from the common holdings.” – Fr. David Kirk

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Conspiracy Theories are eating the Republican Party alive

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Conspiracy Theory-  Definition is here
 
 
I hope you can watch this video as Jon Stewart tears into FOX News and Conspiracy Theories.  Video is located here
 
And Rachel Maddow does the same but different.  Video is located here
 
Huge list of Benghazi stuff which is quickly turning into the Conspiracy Theory dujour.  Video is located here
 
Guess who debunked several of the big Conspiracy Theories about Benghazi?  A GOP STAR WITNESS FROM TODAY.  Video is located here
 
Was there a Benghazi coverup?  The leader of the investigation says not just NO….but emphatically says NO!  Video is located here
 
Former Presidential Candidate John McCain is in on the Conspiracy Theories too and this is the untruth he has peddled.  Story is located here
 
For more than a FULL YEAR Fast and Furious was the big Conspiracy Theory of the moment.  Story is located here
 
Republicans and Democrats respond to facts in a different way.  Story is located here
 
A very short list of only the craziest Republican Conspiracy Theories.  Story is located here
 
Just a few more Republican Conspiracy Theories.  Story is located here
 
This is who the Conspiracy Theories are selling to.  Story is located here
 
It is insanity.
It is to the bone.
It is the mainstream core of who Republicans are today because what Glenn Beck says is what mainstream Republicans and their elected officials repeat as fact.
We need it to stop because we need them to help America as opposed to hurt America which is what the above does.
 

The Sequester is going to hurt friends of mine and it will hurt YOU too.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
 

 Below is a letter a friend of mine wrote concerning his being laid off as a result of The Sequester.  There are countless important jobs that people in the public sector do ranging from police to fire to the FAA and one important job area is definitely the National Weather Service.  Basically the interior 1/3 of the nation is susceptible to tornados or violent weather in a moment’s notice.  The Eastern 1/3 of the nation is liable to see weather ranging from hurricanes to serious storms while the Western 1/3 of the nation is liable to see severe heat.  The whole nation is at the mercy of weather systems.  Because of The Sequester we are being forced to lay off the people that keep a vigilant eye on what is going on above us. 

The money that these community’s economies will miss out on is in the billions as these people will most likely cut back on every type of consumer goods resulting in more layoffs in their town.  The services that these workers provide will be missed as their remaining workers shoulder the rest of the tasks and as a result the remaining workers are more likely to make simple mistakes resulting in big problems for people across the nation. 
Here is my friend Dave explaining very clearly and concisely the seriousness he takes his job and the result that we Americans will see because of his National Weather Service co-workers being laid off.  The Sequester is going to hurt Dave and it will hurt you as well.
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Greetings,

My name is Dave M, and I am the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) member at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pueblo, CO. The employees I represent, along with myself, will be among the 12,000 employees of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who will be furloughed this summer due to sequestration.

Your local weather forecast office cannot afford any staffing shortages this summer. Summertime in Colorado can have very active thunderstorm weather producing severe hazardous weather including, damaging wind gusts, large hail, tornadoes, and heavy rain. Heavy rain is particularly a dangerous hazard in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and produces flash flooding. Wildfire burn scars, especially the Waldo Canyon Wildfire west of Colorado Spring, will produce flash flooding with just minor amounts of rainfall in a short period of time. Another particularly dangerous hazard is wildfi

res in Colorado.
You may not know this, but routine staffing at your National Weather Service Office is “fair weather staffing”, which means only two forecasters are on duty at any given time. When high impact dangerous weather is forecast, we call in up to 6 additional forecasters to complete the mission. National Weather Service Forecasters routinely work extra hours and/or give up their off hours to work high impact hazardous weather events. However, employees who are in furlough status cannot, by law, be called into work on a day designated for furlough. Therefore, if the furlough day just happens to occur when severe thunderstorms, wildfires, flash flooding, etc is in the forecast, your National Weather Service will be unable to provide the same superior warning services that you, the public, deserve. On-duty National Weather Service forecasters will try their hardest to meet the country’s weather needs, but the furloughs will make that a difficult task.

All National Weather Service offices across the United States will be affected by this furlough.

Just to be clear, I am not doing this because I am losing pay due to the furlough. Rather, I am concerned for the safety of the people that live and work in my area of responsibility. These unnecessary furloughs and budget cuts will reduce our ability to maintain a high level of warning services, ultimately putting you and your loved ones in danger.

Help me protect you, by calling your Senators and Congressional Representative and telling them to end the National Weather Service sequestration.

How to contact your Senator:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

How to contact your Congressional Representative:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Thank you, and please share this with everyone you know.

Dave M.

 

Almost 1/3 of Americans see ARMED rebellion coming soon

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a staggering poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

The survey, aimed at measuring public attitudes toward gun issues, found that 29 percent of Americans agree with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” An additional five percent were unsure.

Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans. Support levels were similar among males and females but higher among less educated voters.

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