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Nuclear Weapons Plant in Kansas City   1 comment

Ground was broken recently in Kansas City, Missouri.   It was the ceremonial event for a nuclear weapons production plant.   The honorable Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond touted the facility and its construction as a job producing endeavor and an economic stimulus to the area.   Never mind that we do not need a nuclear weapons plant.   We already have more “nukes” than any other nation.   We spend twice as much on “defense” than any other nation.   More than 50% of our national resources are consumed by the military-industrial complex of our nation.   Never mind that the production of “nukes”, from the mining, refining/milling, transportation and manufacturing of nuclear weapons, has a negative impact on our environment and is a danger to public safety.   Never mind that Senator Bond stands to benefit personally from the project.

 As we do not need more “nukes” this, and other such projects around the nation, are tantamount to “corporate welfare” at its best, or perhaps better said, at its worse.   We need to reduce the number of “nukes” that we have, not increase it.   I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about the negative impact of nuclear technology (for both peaceful purposes and for nuclear weapons), to read any of Dr Helen Caldicott’s books on the subject.

Those of the conservative stripe continue to beat the drum of “fiscal responsibility”.   How fiscally responsible is this? If we were to take only 30% of what is spend on “defense” we would be able to fully fund all of our current social service programs, end world hunger and provide every man, woman and child in this nation with quality, consistent health care.

If we want to create jobs and provide an economic stimulus to the area, then let’s spend it where it is needed, not where it only benefits special interest. We could spend it on our roads and bridges, on improving our air transportation system and on other types of infrastructure.   The billion dollars that the nuclear weapons facility is projected to cost would go a long way in providing for the much needed improvements in these areas.

 If you feel as I do, outraged, then please contact your elected officials and let them know.  You can bet that I sure will.

Posted September 10, 2010 by terryflowersblog in Politics vs Faith

Political Climate   3 comments

  The Political Climate

 Over the past couple of years I have begun to watch more closely the political scene of our nation.  The catalyst for this has been the health care ills that our citizens face.  As a practicing pharmacist I am well aware of the injustices and inequities that our present health-care system imposes on so many.  As a minister, I also view this as a human rights and a social justice issue.  It’s too bad that health-care reform has had to become so politicized. While I am encouraged that Congress and the White House has been able to make some progress on reform, I am quite concerned that the fundamental causes of the disparity in health-care have not been adequately addressed.  Time will tell.

 As the health-care reform process has drawn me into the political scene, I have become more and more interested in additional areas in which our society lacks in its compassion and care of “the least of these” in our communities.  I have become more interested in issues of human rights in regard to immigration reform, rights of prisoners (foreign and domestic), and many others.

This journey has also brought me to investigate concerns in regard to our environment and humanity’s contribution to its destruction.  We continue to travel down the path to self destruction. Nuclear technologies, for energy or weapons, is dangerous.  We pollute the environment while mining, processing, using and disposing of nuclear material.  Yet we continue to swallow the propaganda of military-industrial complex.  For more on this read Dr Helen Caldicott’s books.

 As I watch the current political ads I am saddened.  I live in Missouri but have been watching the ads of the Kansas candidates.  They make statements that they would oppose “anything” that President Obama would support. And they speak proudly of this.  They are supported by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.  There is not even a pretense for bipartisanship.

Will our nation every get away from the “party line” and seek the best for, not only our nation, but for the world.  I firmly believe that it we do what is best for the world, it will ultimately be the best for us as well.  We need to ”love our enemies” so that over time they are our friends.

 It is my opinion that we need to decrease our spending on nuclear technologies, our war machine, our wars and all that is geared to war.  We need to indeed, “beat our swords into plow-shears”.  If we could develop the courage and will to do this, we could fund all of our current social programs, end world hunger and provide every American with good quality health-care and still spend less that we currently do.  We need to break free from the propaganda that the special interest groups are feeding us and move into clean, renewable and sustainable energy technologies.  This would save our planet and create new jobs.

 Perhaps this is the “new world” that is spoken of in the scriptures.  When humanity embraces love rather than war, God’s will, “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and His peaceable kingdom will at last be realized.

Posted July 20, 2010 by terryflowersblog in Politics vs Faith