Quote of the day…
Understand your worth. Value your life. Appreciate your blessings. – Anonymous
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Remarks by President Biden
- U.S. Church Membership
- Tester in Great Falls
- One More Thing
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BIDEN:
I happened to catch the remarks from President Joe Biden on Monday. He talked about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations.
After he was done, my first thoughts were that I wished people would not let their guard down, not make it political, and think about their fellow citizens.
That’s not happening.
Biden spoke about the need to still wear masks:
…I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And business should require masks as well. The failure to take this virus seriously — precisely what got us in this mess in the first place — risks more cases and more dests [sic] — deaths.
I already know that Montana’s governor won’t listen to Biden, Dr. Fauci, or the CDC.
Although I am housed in an underground bunker (the worldwide HQ of The Western Word) I do sneak out every so often to shop for supplies. Some of the stores I have frequented in the last week still require masks for entry. That’s good – they will get my business. I have been attending church online since last March because they don’t require people to wear masks, which is BS. I have attended that church for almost 30 years.
So wear a mask faithful readers – and get the vaccine!
Read the full transcript from the President HERE.
U.S. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:
They say you should not talk about politics and religion. Here at The Western Word, these are frequent subjects.
Gallup Polling reported this week that Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.
Gallup says that the decline in church membership is primarily a function of the increasing number of Americans who express no religious preference. With that being the case, they are not members.
I think in the past several years, politics has seeped into churches and it has turned people off. I know it has angered me. I go to church to worship God and learn about the Bible and not about politics.
I want churches to promote voting. Do not pick sides. I want churches to pray for our elected leaders no matter the political party. I want churches to help the needy – even if they are different looking or have different views.
Read the whole report from Gallup HERE.
TESTER IN GREAT FALLS:
The Great Falls Tribune reported late Monday about U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) being in Great Falls for a press conference.
Guess I missed the memo.
The Tribune reported that Tester spoke out against the Montana Legislature’s attempt to eliminate same-day voter registration and said he was still in favor of keeping the Senate filibuster.
Good for him. I’ll bet they stand up and take notice. 🙂
In two small sentences, Tester explained it so simply that even a right-wing wacko could understand it:
I think we ought to make it so that voting is accessible to everybody. I think it makes our democracy work better.
As for the filibuster, the Tribune reported:
“I’m going to uphold the filibuster because I think it makes for better legislation,” Tester said. “But I didn’t go to Washington, D.C. to get nothing done.”
I don’t think they will get a lot done with the filibuster rules the way they are. The question I would ask Tester is how long will the Senate Democrats “get nothing done” until they decide to revamp the filibuster or kill it altogether? The next election is in 2022, and the very slim majority could go down the drain for the Democrats in Washington.
Read the full story from the Tribune HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
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