The Rev. Rob Times - Politics
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 20 September 2013 14:17
In 1791 the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, went into effect, having been ratified by two thirds of states. One of the original articles in the Bill of Rights, the first one, was not ratified. It is this article that can save America.
It is a little known fact that there were originally twelve amendments proposed. What we know today as the First Amendment was really the third proposed.
Had all twelve been passed the NRA would be an ardent lobby for Fourth Amendment rights. There would be rallies to â€śRestore the Sixth.â€ť The Third Amendment would grant freedom of religion.
The first two articles, however, were not passed. One of them, having to do with congressional raises, would be ratified in 1992, a full 203 years after its 1789 proposal. What was at the time the second proposed amendment is now the Twenty Seventh Amendment.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 27 January 2013 08:04
In modern society, the term â€ścultâ€ť typically brings with it a negative connotation. Some cults easily recalled in recent history are Jonestown, the Manson family, Heavenâ€™s Gate, and most recently Westboro Baptist Church. Not all cults are alike. For example, Heavenâ€™s Gate was more of a doomsday cult whereas Charles Mansonâ€™s cult was about people worshiping himself.
However, all have one thing in common, which is that they are harmful to both their members and to society. They seek to control and brainwash their members in order to further the cultâ€™s agenda.
There are specific characteristics that qualify a group or organization as a cult. Weâ€™ll examine those characteristics in relation to the modern conservative movement in the United States and demonstrate the parallels between cult and Americaâ€™s right-wing.
Written by Amanda Tate-Johnson Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:09
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 14 January 2013 04:56
Amendment is one of the most controversial amendments in the Constitution,
if not the most controversial. It wasnâ€™t always so, it has only been in the
last several years that the meaning of the amendment was changed by the courts
to grant citizens a broad right to firearms. However, this is not what the
founders had in mind. So, what were they thinking?
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Thursday, 04 October 2012 22:06
The first presidential debate of the 2012 season was bizarre to say the least. It had a moderator who threw out topics, asked few questions, and didnâ€™t do much in the way of moderating.
President Obama seemed more like Clint Eastwoodâ€™s empty chair than the fierce debater he had shown himself to be in 2008.
And Mitt Romney, in an effort to close the $901 billion budget deficit for fiscal year 2013 would refuse to trim the $1.4 trillion dollar defense budget, would cut all federal funding for PBS, which receives $26.65 million from Congress.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, and host of the PBS program NOVA ScienceNOW had this to say:
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 06 August 2012 17:04
In 2008 a strange fluke in American politics happened that turned out to be one of the most bizarre events of that election cycle. Of course Iâ€™m talking about Alvin Greene, the inarticulate, mentally-deficient Air Force flunkey who won a statewide primary without even campaigning and became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from South Carolina.
That watershed moment shouldâ€™ve been a wakeup call to the democratic establishment. Now history has repeated itself and a true lunatic has become the Democratic nominee for Senate in Tennessee in the form of Mark Clayton. Heâ€™s not just dumb, heâ€™s deranged. He believes in the existence of FEMA prison camps, the existence of plans for a NAFTA superhighway, and opposes abortion rights for women and equality for gays.
Obviously Mr. Clayton is a real winner
who embodies the values of Tennessee Democrats. Oh wait; except for he doesnâ€™t,
as the Tennessee Democratic Party lambasted him, saying that heâ€™s a member of a
hate group. Of course, this could have been prevented.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 31 July 2012 23:13
Whatâ€™s a URL? Simply put, itâ€™s the address to a web page. It contains a and domain and the page name. For example, the domain here is revrob.com, and the page name is typically the title of the article. Thatâ€™s important for something called SEO (search engine optimization). We want people searching for something that one of our articles is about to be able to find it on Google. We want you to read our work.
Fox News, however, though it officially masquerades as a nonpartisan source for news and information, it is a well-known pusher of, and this is putting it delicately, a center right agenda.
But weâ€™ve found that the go one step further in their partisanship.
Theyâ€™ve been giving their webpages misleading URLs in addition to reporting
news, in many cases, that is blatantly one-sided and poorly fact-checked.
Written by Alex Karr Friday, 16 December 2011 22:55
On December 15th Fred Karger and governorâ€™s Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer participated in a debate on Wepolls.com, a social polling network. This was the first ever debate to take place on a social polling site, and only the second social media debate in history.
The candidates answered poll questions posed to them by
Republican primary voters from a wide variety of topics.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:44
Polling taken over the past several months shows an interesting trend. More voters overall are willing to vote for â€śGeneric Republicanâ€ť than for specific GOP candidates.
From July to August 2011 if the general election were held today and President Obama was running against an imaginary republican candidate, then he might lose. The average of major polls show that â€śGeneric Republicanâ€ť has a 0.2 percent advantage.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Wednesday, 23 February 2011 06:34
Workers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio are showing their outrage at bills introduced to strip public sector workers of their right to collective bargaining.
What these states have in common is that in 2010 they voted in Republican governors and state legislatures.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 19 September 2010 00:05
The 2010 election cycle has been a strange one. In early 2009 it seemed like the Democrats couldnâ€™t lose. Obamaâ€™s approval numbers were untouchable, the liberal agenda was going to be easily passed thanks to vast majorities in both the House and the Senate, it seemed as if Democrats would pick up three to four seats in the Senate, and the idea of losing the House was unthinkable.
It only took Republicans and their allies a few months to regroup. Through their largest PR firm, Fox News, they organized Tea Parties, cast hatred towards the President by spreading rumors that heâ€™s not an American, that heâ€™s a Muslim, and that heâ€™s the black offspring of Stalin, Hitler, and Marx.
But the GOP may have pushed too hard, and got too many crazy people fired up. The extreme fanatic right have bucked the Republican Partyâ€™s control over a number of elections, and in the place of party favorites, theyâ€™ve installed their own candidates.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 11 September 2010 19:50
A Gallup poll released on August 30th showed that the Republican Party had a lead over Democrats in the Generic Congressional Ballot poll by ten points. A percentage so wide hasnâ€™t occurred since 1942â€¦ At least not in Gallupâ€™s tracking.
Observers from both the blogosphere and respected media outlets immediately lauded the results as â€śhistoricâ€ť and made speculations about the Democrats impending electoral doom in the upcoming November midterms.
Was the poll really historic? Was the news handled appropriately by the national media? The short answer to both questions is a resounding no.
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Written by Jessica Moccio Thursday, 19 August 2010 23:53
Sarah Palin is reaching out via Twitter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger and telling her not to retreat.
Dr. Schlessinger announced she is ending her radio show after the infamous call where she used the N-word repeatedly in a five minute span while talking to an African America woman.
So, of course Sarah Palin decided to reach out a cyber hand to Dr. Schlessinger and let her know she supports her.Add a comment
Sarah Palin Admits Muslims Have Right To Build Mosque Two Blocks From Ground Zero, Yet Hate-Filled Rhetoric Continues
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 16 August 2010 06:56
I am not a fan of long headlines, but given the recent controversy surrounding the Cordoba House building a Muslim cultural center and Mosque near the World Trade Center site I consider the responsible thing in this situation is to completely and accurately frame the issue in the headline before the article begins.
Headlines from esteemed journalistic institutions, including CNN, The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and, of course, Fox News, use the phrase â€śGround Zero Mosque.â€ť That terminology is misleading, as the facility is neither just a mosque nor is it right at â€śGround Zero.â€ť
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 09 August 2010 04:44
Thought by some conservatives to have been lost forever, and regarded by others as a myth, Republicans and Tea Party activists have recently rediscovered the United States Constitution. The document, which is housed at the National Archives, was accidentally found by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-GA).
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 04 July 2009 01:26
America is facing a crisis, though unlike the crisis she faced when the Quaker pamphleteer wrote "The Crisis" in 1776, the United States born out of that crisis faces ones of poverty, inequality, debt, under-education education, and tyrannical opposition to personal freedoms. Once again, these are the times that try men's souls.
First, the author of this article would like to underscore that he is aware of conservative movements to garner Paine as their own hero; recalling a forgotten American revolutionary and conjuring up the great man as a bastion of conservative ideals.
I say nay to the those who would paint the great Thomas Paine as a sympathizer with the cause of modern conservatism, and specifically I cast shame unto one Bob Basso, a man who is not a great pamphleteer who writes for the benefit of all mankind, but one who is a horrid jester, a propagator of lies, and performs for the musings of those who purposely contort Paine's spirit like so many decrepit whores.
I extend this condemnation also to Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and all other similar manner of infinite intellectuals whose goal it is to willfully pervert the message and sprit of Paine through willful and calculated deception.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 06 June 2008 02:22
When it comes to the Republicans, speculation about the Veepstakes has been much more toned down than it has when the media ponders who Barack Obama will pick to run by his side, but itâ€™s hardly any less wildly speculative.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Wednesday, 04 June 2008 22:27
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 31 May 2008 03:55
Itâ€™s been a long campaign with a lot of ups, downs, and surprises. The biggest surprise for Hillary Clinton is that she is not the presumptive nominee for her party. The biggest surprise for observers: That sheâ€™s still in the race.
Many people, including notable politicians, celebrities, and members of the media have publically questioned why the former First Lady is still campaigning, charging that a win is impossible. Some have even condemned her for it. However, Senator Clinton might see a way that she can win.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 25 March 2008 00:52
For nearly three months now, New Mexico governor and former Democratic Presidential candidate, Bill Richardson, has been saying publicly that he hadn't made an endorsement because he felt that his endorsement would be insignificant.
"I don't think that endorsements are really all that important," Richardson told Chris Matthews, just prior to February 5th's Super Tuesday. "I may endorse, I may not. I don't think that anything I have to say will actually make a difference."
Recently, Richardson did make an endorsement, announcing that his support is now behind Barack Obama.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 27 January 2008 17:52
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