Politics can be perceived as a game of favorites. The question that I often ask, is even though we agree with a particular politician, are we bold enough to stand up when we disagree with them?
We all know that you know is if nothing else, a slick salesman who knows what to say and how to say it to seal the deal. There is a certain similarity between sales and politics. The difference, however, is that politics has real world and possibly long term consequences while a bad sale is normally just that.
Randy Rainbow’s latest video is entitled SUCKERS – Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Spoofing the Jonas Brothers song, Sucker, this video perfectly illustrates how blinded you know who’s followers are.
In watching this video, it makes me question if this experiment that is the American democracy will exist in the future. A country in which one person rules without question is not a democracy. My fear that there are too many people who for whatever reason are blinded by pretty sales pitch instead of seeing him for the huckster salesman that he is.
I have to admit that I got a little teary eyed while watching the trailer. Adulthood can bring on cynicism, disbelief in magic and the idea that childhood is just that. My hope is that this film reminds audiences of the wonderment that is childhood and the feelings that only Fred Rogers could bring out in his young viewers.
The story of the Holocaust and the millions who perished needlessly sometimes feels too big to swallow or believe. Sometimes it takes the story of one person to remind us that it was not so long ago and far way that it happened.
Tara Lynn Masih’s new novel, My Real Name Is Hanna, is set in a rural Ukrainian village during World War II. Hanna Slivka is an ordinary fourteen year old girl living with her family. She is also a Jew in a time and place when being Jewish meant having a target on your back. As the noose tightens around them, Hanna’s family makes the choice to go into hiding in the forest.
While in hiding, they deal with hunger, disease and the fear that they will be discovered by the Ukrainian peasants who are more than willing to go along with the Nazis. Then Hanna’s father disappears and Hanna does what she must to keep her mother and younger siblings alive.
Based on a true story, this book is powerful and hit’s home like a bolt of lightning. I loved the first person POV, the universality of being in your early teens and the hard truth that this story is as relevant now as it ever was.