It was nineteen-eighty something and as he lay unconscious on the bed, the EMTs entered the apartment and were greeted by his rather distraught significant other who explained that in spite of taking his meds, his systems seemed to be breaking down. He had never been that unresponsive before.
The EMTs set up their equipment and were preparing to treat the patient, but when my friend brought out his prescribed meds, in case that would be of importance, they immediately realized that the person unconscious on the bed was suffering with AIDS, put their equipment away, collapsed the gurney, and left.
The AIDS epidemic was in full swing, and by this time medical personnel, especially EMTs, had been trained well enough to take the necessary precautions, but the ill man had to be taken to the hospital in the back seat of a car, but even then, he was left alone in a side room of the emergency room until they could get around to him. Not having received the emergency care he should have at home, in the ambulance, and in the emergency room, he was dead within hours.
The EMTs had said nothing as they left. They offered no explanation for their decision to leave. They just packed things up, which to those present seemed to be part of their preparation for the care it was assumed they were about to administer.
It was the 80s, so the decision to leave could have been based on their fear of AIDS, their not wanting to deal with Gay people, or their belief that AIDS was a punishment from God, and for religious reasons,chose not to cross the deity.
Regardless, a person died.
For those who have ever called EMTs or brought someone to the Emergency Room for whatever reason, imagine your feelings and horror if someone refused to do their job because they did not like something about the person needing the care, especially if that person is powerless at that moment.
If you go into a career that deals with saving injured people, making sick people well, and keeping people safe, it would appear to be the wrong career choice if you find ways to avoid doing that,
The Trump White House this week has changed the focus of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) by having it protect the “religious freedom” of health care providers with the institution of the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” (CRFD) whose job will be to ensure providers are allowed to opt out of providing care when they have objections based on personally held religious beliefs.
The obvious victims of this religious preference over civil law are GLBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and women who seek to have an abortion, but, considering religions have rejected Black people because their skin color is the Mark of Cain, Jews killed Jesus, Catholics were papists and the church the Whore of Babylon, the Church of England splintered into sects including Puritans and Separatist, the Protestant Reformation split the Catholic Church into many offshoots all of which hated the others and when given the chance persecuted whoever was not in charge at any given time, Special Needs kids are evidence that their parents have sinned, and politics and religion now have fuzzy borders, they are not the only ones who can be left to die or be refused needed care.
The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience and religious freedom program, including enforcement of and compliance with laws protecting conscience and the free exercise of religion and prohibiting coercion and religious discrimination.”
Religion will be free to exercise various forms of discrimination.
Last spring, Trump appointed the Heritage Foundation’s Roger Severino to serve as the head of Health and Human Service’s civil rights department. Servino was the Director of the DeVos Center of Religion and Civil Society at the Foundation where he spoke against civil rights protections for GLBT people, especially Transgender individuals, and authored a report opposing the implementation of those parts of the Affordable Care Act that prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex when it comes to federally funded health programs.
Present at the announcement of this new department were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy who helped kill a GLBT rights bill in 2016, Vicky Hartzler who led the fight to keep Transgender people out of the military, James Lankford who believes it should be legal to fire GLBT people just for that regardless of their job performance, Everett Piper who made it known that Oklahoma Wesleyan University sought a religious exemption so it could discriminate against Transgender people, and Montse Alvarado, head of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an anti-GLBT group.
Add this latest move by Trump to his earlier ones:
trying to ban Transgender people from serving in the military, ending protections for Transgender students in school and transgender employees in the workplace, supporting a court case defending firing people for being GLBT, signing an executive order allowing people to discriminate against GLBT people as long as they say it is because of their religion, lashing funding for HIV research and care, and nominating many anti-GLBT prople to positions where they can exercise their prejudices.
He obviously forgets he is the president of all citizens, not just those who voted for him, and has no problem with the idea that some people will be denied basic medical treatment.
He will soon have the blood of the victims of discrimination on his hands.
After a meeting to present the president with a bipartisan proposal to deal with Immigration and DACA where Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham were blindsided by the president having asked others who have consistently spoken about their objection to immigrants and anyone who could be considered “other”, a meeting that was thought to be intended as a friendly presentation and exchange of ideas on the proposal, Dick Durbin let it be known that President Donald Trump called certain African nations “shithole countries”.
He said a few days later
“To think that the President of the United States would refer to any country on Earth as an S-House country, for goodness’ sakes, what does that say?”
Meanwhile Republican Senator Tom Cotton and David Purdue, two of the surprise attendees at the meeting at first said they could not recall that language, but then changed that to President not saying “shithole.”
A further rebuttal to Durbin’s claim was offered by a senior GOP source familiar with the matter who claimed that the president had not said “shithole”, but, instead had said “shithouse”, as if that makes it all right.
Obviously, whichever term he used is unacceptable, it didn’t help that the president expressed his opinion that he preferred immigrants from places like Norway over places like Haiti, Central America, and Africa.
As far as the “shithole” reference, Lindsey Graham had pushed back against it use by the president,
“My family was from one of those s-hole countries. They came here with limited training, limited experience. They made a life, they started a business and they gave me a chance. That’s what America is all about.”
The term, while not being denied by many of those bothering to comment on it, has now been rebranded as merely “strong language, and excused as the language that would be used by people in a bar, which the Oval Office is not.
But to me, the most bizarre attempt to make an excuse for what the president said came from Senator Rand Paul,
He suggested that rewording the offensive terminology and the words used by the president to something more neutral would make the president’s sentiment acceptable.
“Let’s take the whole scenario and put different words in there and let’s say, ‘We’d rather have people from economically-prosperous countries than economically-deprived countries.’ Or, ‘We realize that there are more problems in economically-deprived countries, therefore there’s a bigger impetus for them to want to come.’ Then it wouldn’t have been so controversial.
There still might have been some controversy, but it wouldn’t have been so much. What I can say is, is that if you do a poll, and one of the worldwide polling companies did this, and they asked people in 50 countries, ‘Would you like to come to America,’ it’s about 700 million would come next year. We would double our population.
So practically, we’re a great place, and practically, we do have to eliminate. And if you look at where they’d rather come from, if you live in a very, very poor, economically-distressed country, you’re more likely to want to come than if you live in England or Norway.”
In this case, a Trump defender not only explains what he meant to say, but rewrote the dialog to express something completely different than what the president who knows words, good words, said.
If that is what the president meant, then, why didn’t the president say that?
Why is it Paul’s responsibility, or anyone else’s to pick up after the president.
The GOP has become the guy with the shovel in the parade who walks behind the elephant.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the GOP stood up to him and did that?
“Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
At a cost of approximately $18 Billion that the American taxpayer will have to fork over for The Wall because Mexico refuses to pay for it in spite of Trump’ promises, it seems those with the plan haven’t noticed that people will be able to fly over it, or go around it in boats as it will terminate at the Pacific on one end and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
But, still, it will be quite the impressive sight to those who go around it.
And the world suffers because his childhood upbringing protected a flawed individual from the world as it really is
Apparently part of Trump’s method of making America great again is to alienate it from the other countries.
Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff, was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court in July 2017 because he defied a court order to stop illegally detaining people he suspected of being undocumented immigrants based on their race. Trump pardoned him one month later.
Don Blankenship, the former head of the coal mining company Massey Energy, served one year in prison on a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to evade safety laws after the deaths of 29 miners at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010.
Former Representative Michael Grimm, who is also a former FBI agent, pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2014.
Representative Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter days before winning a 2017 special election in his state.
Besides the four of them being criminals, they share something else in common besides also being Republicans.
All four are running for congressional seats in DC.
Three of them claim that their convictions are proof that they were persecuted by the Obama administration for their political beliefs.
Arpaio says his conviction was a “political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department”, Blankenship calls himself a “political prisoner” of the Obama administration, and Grimm claims that he had “the entire Obama Justice Department weaponized against” him.
The three are playing the victim card by saying they have been persecuted by the liberal establishment, and hope any residual animosity toward the Black President will work in their favor.
So while the party of Jesus turned away from Him and went big time for an irreligious man who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, and promoted racism to get votes, it will be interesting to see if the Republican party chooses to endorse and elect four people who obviously do not go along with the party of law and order claim.