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Healthcare Is A Right, Not A Priviledge

If I were to compile a list of the important things in life, my health and the health of my family would be high on that list.

When Jimmy Kimmel’s son was born a few months ago with a congenital heart defect, he spoke to the audience not as a comedian and talk show host, but as a father who not only realized how lucky he was to have health insurance for him and his family, but also how precarious the health insurance system in America is.

Last night, during his monologue, he spoke of the bill being drafted by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Regardless of our income or employment status, we all have the right to not just healthcare, but quality healthcare.

The bill proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham is wrong on many levels. And of course, the irony is that while they are proposing to remove millions of Americans from the healthcare system, they will get healthcare for life because of their position.

I urge every one of my American readers to call their senators and urge them to vote no on this bill. We have a right to a voice in our government, it’s about time we used it.

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RIP Edith Windsor

For many of us, our greatest wish is not to love and be loved in return, but also be able to share the one we love with the world. Unfortunately, for many gay and lesbian couples, they had to live and love in the shadows, unable to share themselves and their love with their neighbors, family and friends.

Then came Edith Windsor. Her partner of several decades was Thea Spyer. They married 10 years ago in Canada. After Dr. Spyer passed away in 2009, her wife inherited her estate. The problem was that in 2009, gay marriage was not yet recognized as an acceptable legal partnership and the IRS send Ms. Windsor a bill for nearly $400,000. She sued, paving the way for the lesbian and gay couples to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Edith Windsor passed away today. She was 88.

All she wanted to do was to have her love recognized, to be seen as if she was married to a man instead of a woman. In doing so, she not only opened the door for other couples in her situation to have rights, but to also open people’s minds that love is love and marriage is between two people (regardless of sex) who love each other and are willing to make lifelong commitment.

RIP Edith Windsor.

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Climate Change What?????

Climate change, whether we like it or not, is a reality. The ice caps are melting, the weather is becoming more extreme and in case anyone is living under a rock, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas not even two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma has left a path of destruction through the Caribbean on her way to the American southeast and Hurricane Jose is on the tail of Hurricane Irma.

The man sitting in the Oval Office not only took the US out of the Paris Climate Accord earlier this year, but he also signed an executive order not too long ago (i.e. just before Harvey made landfall in Texas) that undid the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard signed into law by the Obama Administration.

Did anyone else see The Day After Tomorrow from 2004? While the film makers did not exactly adhere to the facts that scientists agree on regarding climate change, the message of the film is as real today as it was 13 years ago.

When we bite Mother Nature, she bites back, twice as hard.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-“DACA Shame”

There is nothing like a new Randy Rainbow video to provide a satirical light in the darkness that is the Trump Presidency.

His new video “DACA Shame” is sheer perfection.

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Reaction To The DACA Withdrawl

The sins of the parent should never be forced on the child. While some parents also have good intentions, those good intentions may not turn out as planned.

Today it was announced that DACA will soon be no more. Young adults who have grown up in this country and have become responsible, upright citizens will be labelled as no better that criminals.

As I stated in a previous post, I agree that illegal immigration is wrong. But it is also wrong to punish a young adult who came to this country as a child has grown up to think themselves as an American.

BTW, did anyone else see the stories about Alonso Guillen and Jesus Contreras, two dreamers who put their lives on the line to save others during Hurricane Harvey? Mr. Guillen lost his life in the process.

I think these men not deserve our respect, our gratitude and a welcoming hand instead of being sent back to countries that are ultimately foreign to them.

If you agree, sign the petition. We need to send a message to Washington that DACA deserves to be saved.

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Protect DACA

For untold generations of immigrants, America has been the “golden medina” or the golden land. America represented the freedom, the security and the opportunities that did not exist in other countries.

Under President Obama, DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was codified into law. DACA protects illegal immigrants who came to America with their families when they were minors. Basically if the now former minor is living a normal life without making trouble (going to school, working, paying taxes, etc), they receive a renewable two-year permit that allows them to stay in the country without fear of deportation.

President Trump is considering doing away with DACA.

I get it, illegal immigration is a problem. I also get that the process to legally immigrate and follow the rules to become a citizen is time-consuming and difficult. But at the same time, these kids did not have a choice in the matter. They came with their families and grew up as any normal American child. They should not be punished because their parents wanted a better life for them.

America is a country of immigrants. Most, if not all of us (including President Trump) can trace their family histories back to at least one person who left their birth place for the potential future of living in America. While lawful immigration is preferable, we need to understand why people immigrate illegally and show some compassion for them, especially for their children.

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New Randy Rainbow Video- “Yes, We Have No Steve Bannon”

Randy Rainbow (the genius that he is) has done it again.

In the wake of Steve Bannon‘s ouster from the White House last weekend, Randy Rainbow has created the perfect musical satire.

Enjoy!

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What President Trump Should Have Said

A President, regardless of his or her party or beliefs is the moral authority and should be leading the nation, especially during a crisis.

President Trump has failed in both areas (no surprise there). His remarks after last weekend’s rally in Charlottesville proved that he is neither the moral authority nor is he far from qualified to lead the nation, especially during this crisis.

What President Trump should have said is in the video above. Thank you Arnold Schwarzenegger for standing up for what is right and speaking truth to power.

It’s not uncommon knowledge that Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. It is also common knowledge Jared’s grandparents survived the Holocaust. Their children are being raised Jewish. I would think (and hope) that Trump’s reaction, not a President, but as a father and grandfather would be of outrage and anger.

I know this has been said many times since last weekend, but my grandfathers, like millions of their brothers in arms, fought against fascism in World War II. The sons of Jewish immigrants, they put their lives on the line to protect America and her values. The fact that Trump has subtly given the alt-right the go ahead to slither out of the rocks they came from speak to his incompetence and how ill prepared he is to lead this country.

P.S. Did anyone else do a happy dance when Steve Bannon was fired?

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You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

I’m not a huge fan of the classic musicals, but sometimes, one of them resonates so deeply that it is as relevant in 2017 as it was when it was initially introduced to audiences.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical, South Pacific is set on an unnamed island in the South Pacific during World War II. The underlying message of the narrative is basically that racism of any kind is wrong. The story focuses on the will they or won’t they relationship between two couples: an American nurse and a French expatriate plantation owner with mixed race children and a soldier and a native girl.

While the show has it’s lighter moments, one the best remembered songs (in my opinion at least), is “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”.

The rally in Charlottesville yesterday proved that America has a long way to go in achieving the ideals of the Founding Fathers.

It did not help, of course, that President Trump’s statement was vague and he did not outright condemn the hate filled marchers, but honestly who is surprised by that?

We were warned, btw by Hillary Clinton last year.

Heather Heyer lost her life to this hate.  I hope this is a wake up call for all Americans. The progress we have made as Americans in reaching the ideals set forth by the Founding Fathers represents the work of multiple generations. But for as much work as we have done, this weekend proves that we still have a long way to go.

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Trump’s New Immigration Policy

America, despite its lofty ideals of freedom and diversity, can sometimes be described as “do as I say, not as I do”.

Our immigration policy history is not as welcoming as we might think. Added to the list of these policies is President Trump’s new immigration policy, if Congress agrees to codify it into law, will be one more blemish on the lofty ideals that we claim to be proud of.

Unless someone can say that they have Native American ancestry (and even their ancestors had to come from somewhere else), we are all immigrants. Most Americans can trace their family back to someone who chose to leave their family and their homeland for a new life in America. That is the first issue that I have with the proposed amendment to the immigration policy. The second is a reply to the b*llsh*t excuse that has been used for generations to prevent new immigrants from coming into the country: they will take our jobs. While some new immigrants may have a professional background and a degree, many others have to start from scratch. Find me an American citizen who wants to spend their days picking vegetables under a hot sun or washing dishes in a restaurant and earning minimum wage. That person is unlikely to be found.

I could go on, but I think Stephen Colbert’s response and satirical revision of Emma Lazarus’s The New Colossus in response to the new proposed policy says it all.

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