- Feb 2020
Declaration of Independence
We have the right to petition the government for redress of grievances
That seems impractical these days with our government so big.
We don't even write to our representatives in Congress. Why not? Maybe most of us don't think it would do any good.
But if we don't stand up for our rights, they will gradually be taken away.
Where is our militant faith? We're afraid of it being called hate speech.
"Bigotry disguised as religious liberty is still bigotry"
Republicanism is a country without a king. Protestantism is a church without a Pope.
Protestantism is [religious] racism Well, I don't want to be a racist. I better not speak up. Affects free speech.
Sunday sacredness is the mark of Catholic church's authority.
"Ecumenism is not optional"
The persecution from Catholic Church will return again renewed
- Aug 2019
- Aug 2018
Legislative staff members had finished rewriting AB 375, and a deal seemed imminent. That Friday, as he drank his morning coffee, Mactaggart decided to read the new bill — the fine print — one more time. He noticed a seemingly minor alteration in one section, the kind of thing most people would skip over. Mactaggart realized it would completely gut what remained of the private right of action. Furious, he called Hertzberg and Chau and told them the deal was off. Neither lawmaker could explain who made the change, Mactaggart told me, but Hertzberg scrambled to fix it. “In most negotiations, you are talking to all these different interest groups,” Hertzberg told me recently. “This is a situation where we had to go and reach out to everyone and bring that information to Mr. Mactaggart and ask him what he wanted to do.”
Here's a case where we ought to consider creating our bills and laws via version control, so we can see exactly who, what, and when things changed along the way. It might mean much less gets done, but there'd be a lot more transparency and accountability.