I was born an activist. I grew up having very strong opinions about the environment. I spent most of my life leaving a small footprint and trying to do the the right and good thing. The more a person looks into environmental issues, the more it becomes obvious that the real root of the problem is greed. Usually corporations will do just about anything to make a buck. They don’t worry about the collateral damage such as worker’s health, worker’s pay, pollution of air and water, letting loose chemicals and poisons, and in general, fouling the nest. In order to keep doing this, they need to own government and regulators. Anybody who notices must be silenced. No taking pictures of bad agricultural practices and no bad-mouthing the mining industry. Fracking? It’s illegal to speak of the chemicals used. Earthquakes, undrinkable water? Must be a coincidence. How about that nice “clean” nuclear power? They love to say the wastes will be properly stored and then the wastes are found in rusted out radioactive barrels and stockpiles.

Utah sucks. The air pollution here in the valley is awful. We have a big company that burns medical wastes. There are petroleum companies making fuels. And these places are near population centers.

The schools here are way underfunded. I wouldn’t send a kid to one! This state has yet to adopt the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Many thousands of Utahns are shut out of medical care because they have just enough money to not be eligible for Medicaid, but they are too poor to be part of the state healthcare exchange. The legislature thinks working folks need more rugged individualism. Funny how that same rugged individualism is not expected of business.

So what is the legislature doing now? They want to spent $53 million of taxpayer money so mining companies can get a deep water port built in California, so the Utah companies can send coal there to be shipped overseas! The rich and influential get bolder by the day…..taking away resources from regular people and giving it to people and corporations that already have plenty of money. Gee, then miners here in Utah can get sick from their job, yet not be able to afford health care. Who’s the sicko here?

It’s Sunday. I love God. I love temples. I want to feel all warm and mushy about my spirituality. The Mormon culture of greed is unbelievable to me. The same guys who act as bishops and priesthood holders are also in government and business….doing exactly what Jesus WOULD NOT DO! This certainly isn’t exclusive to Mormons….I just expected better from them. God is true, but people often suck 😦

I started thinking I had written something similar and I found it in my abandoned posts pile. Here’s what I wrote then….

Utahns have sold their children down the road by spending much less per pupil on education than most states. From my point of view, it is a state more concerned with making and keeping money than in caring about the well-being of its children and most adults. Spending….Vermont ($19,752) per pupil, Utah ($7,223) for the 2012/13 school year. Yikes. I don’t think throwing money at education is the answer, but neither is under funding.

Lots of cronyism, mixing of church and state and trusting idiots just because they are LDS. How the heck did a society based on God and correct principles turn into a bunch of selfish and greedy people? Medicaid expansion is not happening in this state. Even though Utah taxes are paying for Medicaid expansion, the money is just being sent off to Washington, never to come back. It’s all about greed and misguided red neck ideology.

Utah prides itself on being conservative and Republican. What that means is they elect batshit crazy people that consistently vote to keep the air polluted, give unlimited money to wars and corporations, cut back the safety net, etc.

Might as well add that to my rant. Is there anywhere that politicians represent the majority of their constituents? My mind always goes back to Vermont. It has some of the most sane people in Congress. I wish Bernie Sanders could be president 🙂 Why does Vermont have to have such long winters? Sigh……

When it comes to religious “leaders”, some other religions have some doozies. Like the last pope. He must have forgotten to read that Bible story. 19:16 Now someone came up to him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?” 17 He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,and love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws. What do I still lack?” 21Jesus 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.” 22 But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich.

Of all the people in the world, I would want the pope to most take that to heart. Instead, they have traditionally lived in opulence, while much of their flock around the world lives in poverty. I like Pope Francis a lot better.

Then there are the mega-churches. They seem to run more on charisma and showmanship than God’s word. In this case, it looks to me like people are paying for entertainment and the feel-good vibe. Over and over and over again, the excesses of these preachers are exposed….jets, fleets of fancy cars, mansions, over-the-top vacations, wads of spending money and all sorts of sexual perversions. Eeeewwwww…..

Remember Jesus? He walked around in dusty places and on water. He talked to the sickest and most sinful people around….and He helped them. He didn’t buy a speedboat to go across the Sea of Galilee. He didn’t pop out on stage, say a few words and jet off to the next event. He was on the ground, DOING things.

Because of the way my brain is wired, I expect the world to be more into truth, justice, fairness, compassion. On one level, I still don’t understand why it isn’t. And….the more someone beats their chest and proclaims they are a Christian….the more I want to see some sort of proof.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

I am a very imperfect person, trying to muddle through mortal existence and can only do it thanks to the grace of God. Here is a really good talk about the difference between God’s judgments and the sort of judgments we must make for ourselves between right and wrong. Judge Not. It’s a fine line sometimes.