Did you go to a church that failed to recall what happened not more than 75 years ago on the 6th and 9th of August in Japan?


Shane Claiborne gives us August 9th: A Day of Repentance?  

August 9th is a tragic day in history.

August 9, 2014, Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson.

August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands of people.

Yesterday, Donald Trump threatened N. Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The day before Nagasaki Day.

August 9th is a good day to pause. And pray. And repent.

August 9th is a good day to remember that the United States stands alone in the fire and fury we have brought to the world. There is only one nation that has used a nuclear bomb on people – the United States.  And we did it twice, in one week. The United States dropped the “Little Boy” bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later we dropped the “Fat Man” bomb on Nagasaki, history’s largest bomb. Over 100,000 died instantly that week, and tens of thousands more in the weeks to follow.

August 9th is a good time to remember that the United States has an addiction, and an affliction, of violence. Of the roughly 15,000 nuclear bombs in the world, about half of them are owned by the U.S. We have bombs now that are 80 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb. Cumulatively, the firepower of our nuclear arsenal is equivalent to 50,000 Hiroshima bombs. It only takes 100 nuclear bombs to make the world uninhabitable… and we have about 7,000.

Zooming in a little bit. August 9th is also the day Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. And his body was left in the street for four hours.

His death is a reminder today, a wakeup call, to the epidemic of violence, police brutality, and racism that plagues our country like a cancer. We also stand alone in the world when it comes to police violence and the proliferation of gun violence. Since Michael Brown’s death, police have killed nearly 3,000 other people in the U.S.

Guns claim the lives of 30,000 people a year in our country, over 90 a day. Not only do we have the largest military in the world, but we also have the most guns in the world. With 4% of the global population, the United States owns almost half (42%) of the world’s guns. We have 90 guns for every 100 people, almost 1 per person. The second record holder for most guns is India, where they have 4 guns per 100 people. We have a problem.

We are addicted to violence.

What we did to Nagasaki and Hiroshima was wrong. What the Ferguson police did to Michael Brown was wrong. August 9th is a good day to repent and to turn from death to LIFE.

So let me conclude by telling a story of another man who died on August 9. His name is Franz Jägerstätter. He was executed at the age of 36 by the Nazis. In 2007, he was beatified by the Catholic Church, declared a martyr.

Franz Jägerstätter was a humble Catholic peasant born to a poor German farm maid in the small town of Radegund, Upper Austria.

Franz, a husband and the father of three children, refused to serve in the military when he was drafted by the Nazi regime. Although advised by his parish priest and local bishop that his duty was to serve his country and care for his family, Jägerstätter firmly believed that to participate in the war was to cooperate with evil, and he held that belief as a voice in the wilderness, even after the Nazis put him in jail.

He felt deeply that his Christian faith could not permit him to fight in Hitler’s army. Even under pressure by local priests and bishops to conform and serve in the military, Franz refused.

After a military trial, he was beheaded on August 9, 1943. His government considered him an “enemy of the state,” but the Church considers him a saint. He’s a hero for all of us who hope to have a church of conscientious objectors to war and all forms of violence, racism, and hatred.

I’ll leave you with the words of Brother Franz: “Through His bitter suffering and death, Christ freed us only from eternal death, not from temporal suffering and mortal death. But Christ, too, demands a public confession of our faith, just as the Führer, Adolf Hitler does from his followers.”

Today we must choose. Will we confess our allegiance to guns and bombs… or to the cross of Jesus, the Prince of Peace?

May August 9th be a day of remembrance, a day of repentance, and a day to confess that violence is evil.

Let’s declare the end of violence… in the name of Michael Brown… in the name of those who died at Nagasaki and Hiroshima… in the name of Franz Jägerstätter… and in the name of the executed and risen Christ.

Amen.

Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments

When and Why Did Some Americans Worship Their Way to Trump?


How did we get here? No, not just how did Americans manage to elect to the presidency someone so astonishingly arrogant, persistently dishonest, brashly ignorant, fundamentally disrespectful, proudly profligate, clearly hateful, and altogether incompetent? Rather, how did American Christians – particularly white Christians – come to the point where they could support such a person?

Without the Christian vote, Trump would never have made it into the Oval Office. I suspect worship has a lot to do with it.

The patterns of worship in American churches helped pave the way for Christians to offer him their vote. Clearly, there is not just one reason Trump took more than 80% of the white evangelical vote and the majority of the white Catholic and mainline Protestant vote. But it comes down to this: many American Christians worship the same god as Trump.

No, I’m not talking about the God revealed in Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about the God of the Christian story who is rightly praised and re-presented in songs, symbols, and rituals like baptism and communion. Instead, I’m talking about the god who wants the American flag displayed alongside the cross, the god who is praised as churches sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” “America the Beautiful, “or “God Bless the U.S.A.” as they celebrate America.

And when I say Trump and many American Christians worship the same god, I’m not talking about the Creator of all things who loved the world and sent Jesus for the sake of every race and nation. Instead, I’m talking about the god who is addressed in prayers that ask for protection for American soldiers but never mention non-American victims of war. I’m talking about the god that has a special covenant with America as a light to the world. I’m talking about the god of American exceptionalism.

A 2016 LifeWay Research poll revealed that two-thirds of U.S. churches occasionally have services with music that give special honor to America. Nearly that many churches also incorporate into worship a time of recognition for families with a member serving in the military and veterans of military service. A third of the churches include other ceremonies to honor America. Disturbingly, the poll found that the majority of pastors believe their congregation’s love for America sometimes seems greater than its love for God.

Many members of those congregations likely have a difficult time clearly distinguishing God and America. And the pastors should partly blame themselves for this state of affairs, given that 74% of them believe the American flag should be displayed in worship throughout the year. This helps Americanize God so that loving America and loving God seem very similar.

The symbols we use in worship matter. They make an important statement about our faith and the God we worship. They generate affections within us. The same can be said of the hymns we sing and the gestures we enact during worship. They help deepen our love and loyalty. Worship shapes our vision, not only of God, but of ourselves and the world as well.

We rehearse the story of God’s work through Israel and ultimately in Jesus as we sing about this peculiar story. We hear words that remind us of the acts of healing, compassion, inclusion, and truthfulness that culminate in Christ. We share in the bread and cup of communion remembering the radical, all-encompassing love shown in Jesus Christ for all the world. We come to the table knowing others are equally welcome no matter their nationality, race, or class, and we are bound to them as brother and sisters.

In genuine Christian worship, we are shaped into a certain kind of people: disciples of Jesus. But when the Christian story is blended with the American story, the distinctiveness of discipleship is compromised.

When words, symbols, and gestures of Christian faith are merged with those that extol America, another kind of character is shaped, other affections are reinforced, and other loyalties deepened. And the result is a direct contradiction to the declaration of Jesus, “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

Consequently, many Christians are untroubled by Trump’s insistence, “America first!” Some find wearing a t-shirt that proclaims, “JESUS DIES FOR YOU/ TRUMP LIVES FOR YOU” perfectly compatible with their faith.

An online Christian magazine can even declare, “It’s time to go to war—spiritual war, that is—for the president of the United States.” All of this shows a complete lack of spiritual discernment. Indeed, it smacks of idolatry.

Christian churches in America need to clean up their worship and rid it of all nationalism. Symbols, songs, and gestures in worship that elevate the nation don’t foster the spiritual formation needed for whole-hearted disciples of Jesus. Instead, it will incline them to offer loyalty where it should never be offered and practice exclusion that should not be practiced.

The God revealed in Christ must be celebrated without being mingled with Americanism and militarism so God will truly be honored. If we fail to do this, it is unlikely we will be shaped into the kind of people who love others as our Lord has loved us (John 13:34; 15:13). Instead, when we love, it will be in an America-centric way with the harsh and narrow exclusiveness of someone like Trump.

One thing is certain, Christians worshiped their way to Trump. Only single-minded devotion to the Jesus of the gospels would have kept Trump out of the White House.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lies from Pits of Hell–and some of America’s most Dangerous and Misguiding Theologians Today


Any preacher who sanctions the use of nuclear weapons is from the pit of hell.

This isn’t a time to be subtle about it. Saying that God has empowered a national leader to use weapons of mass destruction to kill enemies — and many others who would likewise die — for any cause is evidence that the minister is taking his guidance from a very dark source. Nothing of the light of Christ is in the words of one who would say, “God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil.” Yes, I’m naming Rev. Robert Jeffress.

His claim is the polar opposite of the words of the apostle Paul who echoed Jesus when he wrote, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all” (Romans 12:17). No, “whatever means possible” is not what God permits. That is what hell permits. “Whatever means possible” is what levels entire cities, annihilates civilizations, burns the flesh off children. “Whatever means possible” is not the way to defeat evil; it is the very nature of evil itself.

The words of Jeffress, a Baptist megachurch pastor from Dallas, are especially repugnant because they were a show of support for the dangerously unwise threat from President Donald Trump directed at North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Trump boisterously declared that North Korea would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if its leader continued to threaten the United States. Clearly, such unprecedented “fire and fury” could only come from nuclear weapons. In response, the North Korean leader immediately made another threat.

Instead of following the Prince of Peace by calling for calm, reason, and further attempts at reconciliation, Jeffress threw gasoline on the hot exchange between Trump and Kim Jong-un. He offered unqualified support for a president who has shown himself to be rash, uninformed, and excessively confrontational. And Jeffress went further by assuring the president that God supported him in whatever he might choose to do, including raining down unspeakable violence upon the peninsula.

READ: Did We Worship Our Way to Trump?

Jeffress anticipated the objections that would come from Christians such as me. He claimed the passage I cited above refers to Christians, not to the government. In other words, Christians must not respond to evil with evil — but governments should. But that begs the question: Aren’t Christians called to follow Jesus in every domain of life? Jesus says, “Love your enemies” He doesn’t tell us, “Love and bless your enemies, unless the government tells you to kill them.”

Our Lord makes no distinction between personal enemies and international enemies. That is a distinction fabricated by those who want to minimize the radical teachings of Jesus. We are never citizens of the United States first. Our discipleship must not be tailored to fit American interests. It is always wrong for disciples to promote practices at odds with the words and life of Jesus. There is no right time for Christians to howl with the wolves, regardless of what national leaders choose to do.

Jeffress lifts up Romans 13:1-8 to bolster his claim that God is on the side of Trump. This has always been a favorite text of the clergy who are friends of tyrants and dictators. It justifies a multitude of sins: “There is no authority except from God …for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:1,4).

Jeffress fails to note that his ham-handed interpretation of this passage would suggest that Kim Jong-un is no less “the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.” As such, he reads the passage through the eyes of an American nationalist with all the self-righteousness that entails. He uses it to support American dominance and American definitions of “wrongdoers.” Yet, Jeffress would  certainly object to others using his simple-minded appropriation of Romans 13:1-8 to justify actions by leaders of other nations to undercut American interests and power by deciding to “execute wrath on the wrongdoer” in Saudi Arabia or some other nation with a dubious human rights record that has U.S. support.

Jeffress boldly declared, “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.” But he doesn’t mention the countless innocent people who would be “taken out” as well and the horrific suffering that would follow if Trump carried out his threat to inflict “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Any God that has given Trump the authority to unleash vast devastation to “protect America” is not the God revealed in Jesus Christ but an idol wrapped in red, white, and blue.

RELATED: What Will It Take to Ban the Bomb?

It is no wonder that Jeffress neglected the words of scriptures immediately before and after his Trump-supporting proof text. Paul issues a whole-hearted call for Christians to be a people of extraordinary love and peace:

Let love be genuine…love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor… extend hospitality to strangers…Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them…live peaceably with all…Beloved, never avenge yourselves… ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink’…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:9-21, NRSV).

Those words cannot in any way be construed to support a president who threatens earth-scorching fire from above. And so, too, do the words that follow Jeffress’ proof text. The people Paul calls Christians to be are a people shaped by the story of the nonviolent, relentlessly loving Jesus: “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments… are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10).

The neighbors we are called to love are not just other Americans but North Koreans as well. And any preacher who suggests God sanctions a president nuking them is from the pit of hell.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sojourners for Christ & You


Understanding the Sojourners: The Apostle Mark and His Mother Mary

Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

Psalm 68:31

The Apostle Mark is known by the Eastern Church as the Apostle to Africa. He was born into a Levite family in Cyrene, North Africa. Many Hebrew people would undergo a reverse Exodus from Israel back to Egypt and other parts of Africa when wars and upheavals occurred in Israel. The Apostle Mark’s family where migrants from Israel to Cyrene and from Cyrene back to Israel. When they returned to Israel they encountered Yahshua and joined his movement. The last supper would be held in the house of The Apostle Mark’s mother and the upper room gathering that would become Pentecost was held in her home as well. The Apostle Mark would go back to Africa to spread the gospel and would die in Egypt. I am grateful that the Apostle Mark and his mother Mary were accepted by Yahshua even though they were migrants. The Apostle Mark and his mother Mary played key role in spreading the gospel not only to Africa and Israel but to the world. Their story shows we should welcome the stranger as our scriptures command because in welcoming the stranger we are blessed.

Onleilove Chika Alston is the Founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, a research ministry dedicated to uncovering the Black foundations of the Bible. She is also a speaker, writer and Executive Director of PICO-Faith in New York a federation of 70 congregations dedicated to Building the Beloved City through organizing for justice. A native of East New York, Brooklyn she currently lives in Harlem and has five brothers and sisters. Her book Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny Volume 1 will be published in late 2017.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good Question: Is Anything the Moral Equivalent of War?


Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Is Anything the Moral Equivalent of War?  

Ever since 2001, when President George W. Bush launched an endless “global war” not on al-Qaeda but on a phenomenon, or perhaps simply a feeling (“terror”) and those who could potentially induce it, America’s all-too-real conflicts have become, as TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon writes today, ever more metaphorical. In a sense, they have come to seem so distant from our shores and lives (unless you happen to be a member of the country’s all-volunteer military or a family member of such a volunteer) as to be little short of fantastical — or nonexistent. Who here even notices when, as in recent weeks, American military personnel again hit the ground in Yemen, or the Pentagon considers loosing its drones on jihadists in the Philippines, or U.S. raids occur in Somalia, or civilians in significant numbers continue to die in a Syrian city under American air strikes? The answer is essentially no one.

Washington’s conflicts in those distant lands couldn’t be more real and yet here in the United States they have largely been replaced by a single fantasy bogeyman: Islamic terrorism. It matters little that the actual danger to Americans at the hands of such terrorists is vanishingly small. Fear of them (and the need to feel “safe” from them) has filled American screens and minds for years, helping fund our national security state at levels that might once have staggered the imagination and prepared the way for the election of a truly strange, even fantastical president.

Think of it this way: as Washington has engaged in a set of disastrous spreading conflicts across the Greater Middle East, the population of this country has been gripped by the strangest of war fevers — a demobilizing set of militarized fantasies largely focused on our own potential destruction that have distorted how we look at our world in dangerous and crippling ways. Rebecca Gordon, who has been writing about America’s “forever wars” and the fantasiesthat accompany them for some time now, considers what happens when war and metaphor become one, when militarized fantasies invade and occupy everyday life. Tom

When All the World’s a War… 
And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers
By Rebecca Gordon

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have been reduced to rubble. In revenge for the deaths of 2,977 civiliansthat day, real people — in the millions — have died and millions more have become refugees. But is the war on terror actually a war at all — or is it only a metaphor?

In a real war, nations or organized non-state actors square off against each other. A metaphorical war is like a real war — after all, that’s what a metaphor is, a way of saying that one thing is like something else — but the enemy isn’t a country or even a single group of Islamic jihadists. It’s some other kind of threat: a disease, a social problem, or in the case of the war on terror, an emotion.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.  

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Was verstehst denn du?


ALLTAGSDEUTSCH – PODCAST
Neue Ideen gegen den Ärztemangel
Junge Mediziner in Deutschland wollen lieber in der Stadt als auf dem Land praktizieren. Eine norddeutsche Gemeinde kam auf eine Idee, etwas dagegen zu tun – mit Vorteilen für die Gemeinde und die Ärzte.
DAS SAGT MAN SO!
Über den eigenen Schatten springen
Nur wenigen gelingt es, sich von ihrem eigenen Schatten zu lösen: Lucky Luke zum Beispiel schießt schneller als er und Peter Pan sucht ihn. Aber wie schafft man es, über seinen eigenen Schatten zu springen?
SPRACHBAR
Sei mein Gast!
Gäste sind wir alle mal. Wir können ein Gastspiel geben oder zu Gast sein – beispielsweise in einem Gasthaus. Doch so manches Gasthaus ist ungastlich, schätzt keine Gastfreundschaft. Mancher Gast bleibt dennoch.
WORT DER WOCHE
Das Pipapo
In beinahe jeder Lebenssituation trifft man auf das Pipapo. Es ist multifunktional einzusetzen. Genug davon kriegt man nie.
BERLIN 24-7
Kolumne: Großes kleines Berlin
Berlins neueste Attraktion heißt “Little Big City” und zeigt Berlin als Miniaturstadt. Doch die Stadt und ihre Geschichte wirken im Modell braver als die Wirklichkeit, meint unser Kolumnist Gero Schließ.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What are the latest news and warnings from POGO to save you and America?


A previously undisclosed report raised concerns that the Navy’s water safety problems were akin to the contamination and damage seen at Camp Lejeune.
U.S. Navy Sailors cleaning a hangar

Watchdog: Significant Concerns Regarding Drinking Water Safety at Navy Bases Overseas

A previously undisclosed report by the Navy Inspector General raised concerns that the Navy’s water safety problems were akin to the contamination and damage seen at Camp Lejeune.

Read more

Attorney General Jeff SessionsPOGO Calls for Recusal of Sessions and Town

POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian sent letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and US Attorney Jay Town calling on them to recuse themselves from any and all involvement in the ongoing investigation related to the public corruption case involving a Birmingham Superfund site.

Read more

Trump VA billCivil Servants Exposed To Retaliation Under Bipartisan VA Bill

Bipartisanship led to a bill that created a new VA whistleblower office, but its language also diminishes due process rights for civil servants.

Read more

GSAPrison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme

Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

Read more

Federal cybersecurity spending toolA New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending

A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.

Read more

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim MattisWhy the U.S. Military Represents Stability in Trump’s Turbulent Washington

The nation’s troops serve as a firebreak against any dubious military moves Trump might contemplate.

Read the op-ed

We’re hiring!

We're hiring!Job Opening: Social Media Manager

POGO is currently hiring for a Social Media Manager to join our communications team — please forward to your lists to spread the word!

Read more

POGO in the News

NPR

DOJ Announces Crackdown On Leaks As Intelligence Agencies’ Calls For Probes Triple

Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, warned that the administration’s approach to cracking down on leaks risks chilling debates about important issues in the public interest.
The Washington Post

Attorney general says Justice Dept. has tripled the number of leak probe

Danielle Brian, executive director at the Project on Government Oversight, said leak investigations might inappropriately target well-intentioned whistleblowers.
Newsweek

Jeff Sessions’s Leak Probe Press Conference Was Misleading

[F]ar from being investigated and punished, whistleblowers should be recognized as playing an important role in a democracy, says Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C. nongovernmental organization. Leak probes, she said, can stumble onto rightful efforts to expose crimes by government officials.
Federal Computer Week

Why tracking government spending on Trump-owned businesses is hard

A June 2017 financial disclosure report listed that Trump holds positions in over 550 non-governmental organizations and has assets in or collects income from over 190 entities, according to a Scott Amey general counsel for Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government watchdog group.

Amey noted that unraveling payments to this complex and often confusing network is difficult and makes financial transparency hard to achieve. “It’s one of the many reasons why divesting and establishing a genuine blind trust were the better options for taxpayers,” he said.

WRBC FOX6 News

Group asks Sessions, U.S. Attorney to recuse themselves from Superfund cases

“He is coming in, this is by far the most important case that he will inherit in his district as soon as he takes over and it would be inappropriate for him to oversee or director or really do anything involving the case given the fact that his political patrons, all three of them, have received large amounts of campaign funds from entities that are apparently under investigation in the matter,” said Adam Zagorin, a POGO senior fellow.
WRBL-CBS

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman speaks

Siegelman also wants the public to see Department of Justice documents that the project on government oversight obtained, showing what he suspects will shine a light on the role politics played in his prosecution.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Many borders of the USA


 

Dear Kevin,

You previously received the invitation to the SOA Watch’s Second Webinar: The Many Borders of the United States. Here is the updated registration link for the event. We hope to see you there!

SOA Watch’s second webinar is on Monday, August 14 at 8:00 pm ET. During this session we will talk about Plan Merida and Plan Frontera Sur, in Mexico, the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras, the Alliance of Prosperity, in Central America, and the consequence for local communities, as well as migrants and refugees, as part of the expansion of the US Border Militarization to the Americas.

Register here

In solidarity,

SOA Watch

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All Progressives need to do what this progressive has done–wipe out the Koch Brother Vampires in your government seats NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

 
 August 13
TOPEKA, Kan. — He won’t even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he’s serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas.

Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option, The Kansas City Star reported . And it doesn’t faze him that he won’t even be old enough to vote in the election.

“Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state’s office. “So there’s seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing.”

When Bergeson, a junior at The Independent School in Wichita, found out about the lack of requirements, he thought, “Oh, I could do that.”

“I thought, you know, let’s give the people of Kansas a chance,” Bergeson said. “Let’s try something new that has never really been tried anywhere else before.”

The teenager said he wants to “radically change” the health care system and would support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while being willing to explore legalization for recreational use. But he is conservative on gun rights and supports laws that allow people to openly carry their weapons.

“I think if you offer the people of Kansas something radical, something new so then that shows that we can move in a new direction, I think that will put the Democratic Party in a good position to win the seat next year,” Bergeson said.

A classmate, 17-year-old Alexander Cline, will be his lieutenant governor. Cline will be able to vote in the election, since he will be 18 by then.

Other Democratic candidates running for the seat include former state Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Arden Andersen, an Olathe doctor.

Bergerson’s announcement Monday garnered national attention, including an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He told Kimmel one of the main reasons for his unusual campaign is to try and spark an interest in politics among his peers.

Michael Smith, a political scientist at Emporia State University, said that could be a positive part of the teenager’s unusual campaign.

“If this guy is at all reasonable, it could be a very good thing,” Smith said. “It’s always such challenge to get young people to politically engage. … I’m not saying he’ll win the nomination or anything, but if he could talk to other, maybe not 16-year-olds but people just turning 18 and get them to engage, I mean it could be a really good thing.”

___

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The War in Afghanistan is Similar to the Meme on the War on Drugs


NO MORE WAR ON DRUGS! VOTE 4 The ONLY ONE THAT SUPPORTS NO WAR ON DRUGS!!! & NO PRIVATE PRISONS! #bernie2016 #women4bernie #FeeltheBERN.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment