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Second Amendment: Hidden History

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

June 21, 2016

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Last week america had an incident,the worst mass shooting in its history and the worst terrorist attack since September 11, 2001. In Orlando Florida,  in a LGBT night club. Naturally people blame the second amendment and america’s lacks gun laws in this incident. In todays blog we are talking about the hidden history of the gun amendment also known as the second amendment.

I did not know this I just heard this on Kyle Kulinski’s show Secular Talk a radio show on the internet last week. He mention that the second amendment is use to preserve slavery. Wow. I can not get that out of my mind. Obviously I rush to the internet and research the history of this amendment, to my surprise Kyle is right.

So why is it that they put “a well regulated  militia necessary for a free state” instead of for a free country, the founders are aware of that though. (Please check out the 10th amendment) because the needed to preserve slavery to get Virginia to join the union, America needed to compromise, because Virginia is a slave state.

The line where there is the right of the people to keep and bare arms is use, to the people of the militia or slave patrol, it did not say individual. In the these states their’s slave patrol so you need guns. The slave owner wants to make sure that that there slaves are in check. Do not tell me that it says individual because it does not.

What the supreme court on the case District of Columbia vs Heller is wrong, because people do not have a right to buy guns. The justices give the gun lobby namely the NRA more power than it deserves. You have no right according to James Madison to a weapon of mass distraction.

Lastly, people died in an elementary school,  in a high school, in universities, in a movie theatre, a church, in a work place, now the latest is in a night club. Is this added to Americas great traditions.

Finally, What the heck! america. Please stop with all the shootings. Let us think of people that died, guys. To the senators who voted NO to basically stoping a shooting like this from ever happening again: YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS.`

My source:The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

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America: Stop with all the shootings

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

June 14, 2016

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When something like this happened, I am become completely numb about shootings like this, it’s just another shooting in america. This one is no deferent at first, Sunday morning I was checking my twitter. I saw there have been another shooting in orlando. Not again I said to my self, This is like deja vu because there is one Friday night, But as I read the twits, the news: I said to my self WOW this is unbelievable. 50 people are dead Wow, What is unsettling is who the victims are. This is in a gay club. Wow

The question always when this happen is Why? This is a hate crime, this person wants to bring fear to the gay community. His father said he hated gays kissing. This is one of the effects of radical religious believe, even if its not direct. People need to stop defending islam.

I hate when people say: Oh its there culture blah blah blah. You mean it’s there culture to kill innocent people because they do not agree with their “LIFESTYLE”. I hate this so much, this well meaning people, this are liberal progressive people. I know muslims have a bad wrap in america, but duh….

Do not get me started on the gun issue, Here we go again, America, after the Sandy Hook shootings which killed young kids, I thought the lesson had been learned. We need it, but as we all know the NRA will not be happy. What we need is what Bernie Sanders advocates for, A POLITICAL REVOLUTION. To people who say the we can not do it because gun control, Republicans do not want it, excuse me, people who identify as Republicans, I mean your run of a mill republicans want gun control.

The problem is the Democratic Party, Who does not know how to promote shit (sorry for the vulgar language). I can not believe  after Sandy Hook and 90 percent of Americans support gun control. After only one try they gave up. What the heck! If I were the democrats I would say to the electorate look at the republicans, they do not represent you, and I will start from there.

Finally, This is very sad because first this month is LGBT pride month and it should be a fun occasion but secondly this hits so close to home,  I never had spoken about this before on this blog but I am Bisexual. People need to come out because if they do it will help the send a message that we are who we and are no one can stop us.

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LGBT History: Proposition 8

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

April 13, 2016

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In 2007 when California first legalize marriage equality and after only a year in one of the biggest campaign of against human rights, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints successfully undo the success of the LGBT community in  California. The mormon church and other religious organization successfully put marriage in the ballot in the 2008 elections and won by a short margin.

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A little background for you, as soon as 2004 San Fransisco mayor Gavin Newsom for valentine’s day he decided to gave out marriage licenses to people of the same sex. Partly because he grew up in San Fransisco and knew a lot of gay people saw the humanity in them.

 

By 2007 the Californian house and senate passes a marriage equality law. The Republican governor, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has no problem signing it to law.

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By the next year, there is a challenge to the marriage law brought by conservatives that said the usual anti-LGBT arguments, they have been saying for decades. The LGBT rights groups assumes that the measure will not pass in liberal California, but they were wrong.

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The measure was called proposition 8, backers of prop 8 are churches,  including the Mormon Church who pour in a lot of money into this hateful cause. They run advertisements on Television telling Californians awful gay people are. The Church put up countless lies about gay relationships.

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The pro LGBT groups some how lost sight of what they fighting for. They run advertisement, about how the law is and how unfair it is for them. They made a mistake though they never put LGBT people on their ads. People will not mind hurting you if they do not who they are hurting.

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Election Day 2008 came, the LGBT groups, are very confident that they are going to win. But the better marketing of the opponent worked. They market it as if their is something wrong with gay people. They lied to Californians by their ads.

Gay Marriage advocates cheer during a rally moments before hearing the news of the Proposition 8 over-ruling outside the Ninth Circuit Courthouse in San Francisco

The LGBT groups learn their lessons after prop 8 they filled a lawsuit and won in 2013, they also won in the court of public opinion. they run good advertisement that ultimately change hearts and minds.

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Talking about Obama’s Legacy

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte January 15, 2016

  
Let us flashback for a little bit in 2008, a young senators from Illinois Senator Barack Obama was running for president of the United States. He was up against the political juggernaut Senator Hillary Clinton from New York, he beat her, in the democratic primary, like David beats Goliath. In due of his last year of presidency I want to write about his legacy.

  
His biggest legacy perhaps is ObamaCare, a health care law that gave Americans the choice to buy Cheep on the private market. It is a step on the right direction and is definitely not perfect, because their are millions of people that are uninsured. I think that America is over due for universal healthcare. 

  
One of the most controversial things that Obama did is his executive action on immigration. As an effort to give relief to undocumented young people in 2012, signing the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals. And in 2014 he sign a expanded version that gave relief to their parents and to people who are not legible back in 2012.

  
The most disappointing things about Obama is the wars in the Middle East. He said while campaigning in 2008 that he will end the wars that was started by his predecessor President Bush, specially Iraq. Six years later America is still fighting in Iraq. In my opinion the president should discharge from Iraq in 2010.

  
One of the most amazing things that happened during his presidency is the legalization of Marriage equality. Obama is the first president to ever support marriage equality. He did it whIle campaigning in 2012 for his second term.

  
Lastly, Obama is not a perfect president. He have some issues, for me issues of economics, he is like a republican. He is still corrupt. Finally, he is still better than his predecessor by a mile.

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How liberals and conservatives thinks of morality 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

   
January 4, 2016

  
If you have been reading this blog you will notice that I am a big liberal, at least socially. I had been asking my self why am I liberal. And what are the difference between a conservative and a liberal in their morals. So that I can better understand people who are conservative. 

  
Conservatives are more traditional in their nature. They are more sex negative. They are more concerned with tradition than actual people’s lives. Conservative people are least open minded, specially for people who are different and weird, like LGBT people, they are not very much for drug legalization. They are more likely to be uber religious. 

  
There is this thing called Libertarians, a libertarian is pretty much a high breed between a conservative and a liberal. They are mostly conservatives but in some issues like drug legalizations. For me a libertarian person is better than a conservative person. Just because they a libertarian believes in the principle of do what ever you want to do, unless you are hurting some buddy else.

  
A liberal values fairness over tradition. They are more likely to believe in people’s right. People who are liberals believe in gay rights in abortion, in drug legalization. They tend to be more giving and less judging to the poor and the needy. Liberals tend to believe in the truth, in the issue of climate change they believe that climate change is a real thing and evolution is a thing. There is a value on being liberal, because liberals tends to be more honest.

   
Lastly, people are so hung up with the labels that they are using. Humans are humans. Get over with the labels and we should be humans. Labels are dumb if we are generalizing, like Conservatives are dumb, because there are conservatives who are intelligent and liberals that are dumb.

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My interview with Kyle Kulinski 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

January 1, 2016

  
On February of last year I interviewed Kyle Kulinski for my first blog, American P&P. He is a radio host from New York City who has a YouTube channel Secular Talk. A liberal radio show that is a part of The Young Turks Network. Kyle said in his podcast Kyle and Corin that he will do interviews with people I jump in and said that I want to do an interview about News and politics and he agreed. I love this man, I hope you enjoy my very first interview.

1. I know you are opposed to US involvement in Iraq, but as a Filipino they are such great help , what do you think of the US involvement in the Philippines?
As far as worldwide military intervention goes, my standard is basically non-intervenion. I fully reject all offensive wars, and would only use the military to defend against imminent attack against the U.S. homeland. The only exception to this standard is to stop a genocide. In the case of a genocide, I would go through the UN, NATO, and the US Congress for approval, and after getting it would only act with the international community also aiding in the fight. For any other humanitarian intervention or aid to other countries, I would be in favor, but to a minimal degree. these issues would have to go through the congress though, and they would have to determine how much aid we give, and where we give it to.

2. What do you want on immigration reform in America? 
I prefer full amnesty for all undocumented immigrants currently in the country and assimilated. However, after granting blanket amnesty I’d be in favor of fairly strict rules and regulations and border protection to prevent increased flow.

3. What do you think of pope Francis?
Pope Francis is basically as good as it’s gonna get in terms of a religious figure who advocates for peace. He’s done great things to help the poor, the homeless, the hungry etc. I think he means well and he’s trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. As far as disagreements, he supports exorcisms and wasn’t very strong on the issue of free speech. But like I said I don’t think I’ll ever 100% agree with a religious figure so he’s likely as close as it’ll get.
4. Who is your favorite US politician and why?

My favorite U.S. politician is probably either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren… As far as I can tell they’re basically 80-90% in agreement with my politics. Bernie is great because he’s really passionate about fighting for the middle class and ending the pseud-oligarchy in the U.S. and Liz is great because she has mainstream appeal and she’s still very progressive.
5. I know you love the NBA, who do you think will win the NBA championship this year?

Tough question. The Warriors are great but their style of play may not lead to playoff victories. I’ll say either the Hawks or the Mavericks. This is the most up in the air year though for the NBA because so many teams are great, there’s no clear favorite.
Thanks, Kyle 
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Donald Trump and Muslims

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

December 16, 2015
Last Monday, on the campaign trail republican front runner Donald Trump said the most offensive thing that he said, that if he is elected president he will ban all Muslims from entering the US. It is among a stream of offensive comments. It was so disgusting to say the least and is potentially dangerous, here is why.

  
Not all Muslims are Islamist. Unlike Trump’s rhetoric there, he is generalizing all Muslims. Muslims are a group of people, Islam is a religion. There are liberal Muslims and conservative Muslims, there are atheist Muslims In short muslims are a group of people. Islam on the other hand is a religion. AKA (the religion of Islam). People should not compare all Muslims to ISIL  
Donald Trump is putting Americans in danger in the Middle East. Because of what he said, as one politician said Donald Trump is the best friend of Isis. And he is not aware of what he is doing. Conservatives do not even realize what they are putting themselves in by supporting Trump. America wake up, please. 

  
Even conservative dingbats, Vice President Dick Cheney condemned Trump for what he said. Saying that it is un-American even Dick Cheney the orchestrator of the Iraq War. Wow. All the republican candidates for president condemned what he said, but one, Ted Cruz, wow. Also even regular Americans said he went to far. It is so incredible that he is not out of the race yet, with what he said. 

  
Lastly, this is just what I want to say to people who supports a candidate like Donald Trump, You all know this that he is just your candidate because you are also like him. Racist!!! Finally, People like him should not be president. He is racist and full of hate.

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The France theater Attacks

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte November 16, 2015

  
You guys probably know that I talk about the LGBT community on this blog on Mondays. Today, I will be changing things up. I will do my reaction to the France theater attack, that killed 100 plus people and it’s aftermath. I would admit that I don’t know a ton regarding what happened, the details, the specifics, so bear with me. 

  
I just woke up from a nap, when I checked my Facebook like every other person does. this days. one person that I follow immigration activists Jose Antonio Vargas posted a picture of the Statue of Liberty, to the effect of I stand with France. Wow, what is happening I think to my self, I turn on the TV to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, I was devastated to see that just less than a year since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, here we go again.

  
I am thinking of what will happened to the Millions of Syrian refugees that just landed in Western Europe months ago. That they will certainly be blame for what happen in France as a natural response. Like what happen in America in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. I will reassure people that they have nothing to do with this. 

  
People should not suffer like this in the hands of terrorist. Though I believe that you can not fix terrorism with invading Iraq or Syria. The American government, President Obama should not authorized congress to use force in this situation. Because it will just escalate tensions between the US government and people In the region. Furthermore, let the French deal with this. It’s their war now.

  
Lastly, my deepest condolences and sympathies, goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible attack. The people who died are innocent, they are just watching a concert with their family and friends. Finally We should totally condemned the people who did this senseless attacks

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Special: Why don’t talk about LGBT rights on the democratic debate

Joaquin Tenedora Forte 

October 16, 2015

  

  
I watched the CNN democratic debate Wednesday evening, they talk about many things that I like, gun control, money in politics, the black lives matter movement, immigration, drug legalization and many more to name a few things. But there is one thing that is not touch by the moderator, Anderson Cooper, it is the issue of gay rights, even though he is also gay.

  
As we probably all know by now, the Democratic Party is for gay rights. At least, Five out of five on that stage are for gay marriage, they are now pass the issue. Unlike, in the Republican Party where in they are still arguing among themselves. Because the republicans loss on marriage since 2012, when in the polls shows that a majority of Americans are in favor of gay marriage. plus, the democrats are more substantive.

  
People almost forget that Clinton, Sanders and O’Mally when you ask them at least ten years ago if they support gay rights, the answer will be No. Hillary Clinton’s husband former president Bill Clinton sign the single most homophobic bill in US history, DOMA or the so called Defense of Marriage Act. Which did not give federal recognition to gay relationships, even if they get married in a state that legalize marriage equality.
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 on the other hand although he did not sign DOMA, he did not support marriage equality in Vermont in 2006, As well as governor Martin O’Mally who is only in favor of civil unions , when he become governor of Marryland but he change his position in 2012, sponsoring a marrage equality bill.

 
This shows people that democrats are much better than republicans on this issue alone. That they can reinvent themselves when they see people are for it. That is better politics. I wish though that they will do that with everything else, especially gun control where in 90 percent of Americans are for saner gun control legislation.

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We are all liberals: Because we all believe in Liberty 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

October 14, 2015 

  
In today’s American political arena, you can only be two, conservative or liberal. But calling liberals, liberals is almost a misnomer, because we all believe in liberalism. Even so called conservatives believe in Liberty and being free. We should call democrats progressives, because they are. 

  
Liberty is always ingrained in America for the very foundation of the country. In the Declaration of Independence there is “life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America is also the first official secular state’. Conservatives might not agree but the first amendments said so. That is also the deciding difference between the two parties

  
  
The biggest difference between conservatives and progressives is their beliefs on how the country should operate. Conservatives operate on the idea of traditions. Most but not all conservatives believe they have the right to infringed on other people’s rights, (I.e. Religion) conservatives are more tribalistic, they are also more inclined to think in terms of the us vs. them mentality, they tend to be more nationalistic, they almost always support wars.

    
Progressives on the other hand are more open minded. They tend not to be into traditions. They believe in personal liberty. They support gay marriage and they tend to be more pro-choice. They advocate for giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship. Progressives believe that religion is separate from the state. Most progressives are non interventionist, they only want to fight defensive wars. Also, many progressives are infavor of getting money out of politics.

  
This fondimental difference is why Americas political system is more divided than ever. Lastly America should get over the progressives vs conservatives argument, America should stick to the idea of Rights, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that is what makes America great.

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