If I were a betting woman, I would say that if any American child were asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, they would be able to do so by heart.
It seems that many adults in this country, specifically some in the Republican party, have forgotten these words. I could go on, but instead I will let the new Lincoln Project video do the talking. If a picture is worth 10,000 words, then this clip is worth its weight in gold.
We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. We are also entitled to express those opinions and beliefs without fear of being thrown in jail or killed by the government. That being said, there is a line between saying what we believe and encouraging violence.
It is as if these people are playing the game of top that, of who can be the “best” Republican and the biggest brownnoser of you know who. There is no logic or method to the madness, with the exception of grabbing as much power as they can and not letting go it.
I don’t know about you, but I am hoping they get their asses handed to them during the 2022 midterm elections.
A general election for any major role in government is akin to a horse race. Many will enter, but there can only be one winner.
This fall, New Yorkers will go to the polls to determine who will be our next Mayor. Among the candidates is businessman and former 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
My personal feeling is that he is the wrong person for the job. He has good ideas (universal basic income, for one), but does he have the experience and the ability to follow through on these ideas? I honestly don’t know.
One that makes me question him is the fact that when Covid-19 hit the city last year, Yang and his family moved to the suburbs. While I understand the reasons for the move, it makes me wonder if he can truly handle a major crisis, should he be elected? We need a mayor who will step up, not find an excuse to not do their job.
At this point, I have not decided who I will vote for. But will it be Andrew Yang? Probably not.
Politics is a game of give and take. For a government to function, there must be compromise and the willingness to work with the other side.
The latest news from the capitol is that Representative Liz Cheney may be ousted from a leadership position from within the Republican party due to her open critique of you know who. While some of her colleagues within the party stand with her, there many others are blindly loyal to the former President.
There has always been a division in this country between Republican and Democrat. It is a normal and healthy part of a nation whose laws are based on Democratic principles. However, there is a distinct line between the typical political disagreement and threatening a politician because he or she does not automatically bow down and kiss the behind of “dear leader”.
I am going to end this post with a tweet from Andrea Junker because it is eerily prophetic and a warning for us all.
Have you ever gone to a magic show and closely watched the magician while they were doing card tricks? The real trick is in their left hand, but they are distracting you by making you focus on what is in their right hand.
The latest brouhaha to come out of Fox News revolves around the updates made to the Snow White’s Enchanted Wish ride at Disneyland. Their claim, as ridiculous as it sounds, is that cancel culture is again rearing its ugly head. The target of the moment is Snow White.
These people need to get over themselves. Instead of dealing with the real issues like Covid-19, the economy, the still prevalent race issues, etc., they talk about nonsense. Its as if these people purposefully put their heads in the figurative sand. They hear and see what they want to hear and see. If it doesn’t interest them or directly support their point of view, it is wrong or bad somehow.
No wonder this country is going to Hades in a handbasket.
Sometimes, when the issues we talk about become too emotionally heavy, the best way to bring down the temperature is to have an honest conversation.
The WNYC podcast, The Takeaway, has been on the air since 2008. Hosted by Tanzina Vega, it airs every weekday from 3-4 PM. Bringing on politically and social justice minded guests, the topics center around local and national political news.
I really enjoy this podcast. Though the subjects discussed are the same as other political podcasts, there is a thoughtfulness and an intelligence to the way they are spoken of. It makes me think without making me angry or upset. Which, given the current status of American politics, is sometimes hard to do.
First of all, the fact that there were two women sitting behind him is nothing short of awesome.
If there was one word to describe the speech, it is ambitious. Some might say a little too ambitious, given what Covid-19 has done to us, the only way out maybe to go big or go home. Will it require compromise from both sides of the aisle? Absolutely. Will it be easy? To call the process difficult is an understatement. As corny as it sounds, the path back to some sort of normalcy is working together.
After the President spoke, Senator Tim Scottspoke for the Republicans. If their plan was to use Senator Scott to show how how diverse they are, it fell flat on their face.
The fact that they claimed that Biden and the Democrats are responsible for the political and cultural division in the country is pure bullshit. The cherry on top was the idea that racism is dead in the United States. I have two words for him: Derek Chauvin.
After 4 years of you know who, Biden is a breath of fresh air. Though the work ahead of him and his administration is far from easy, I am confident that America’s future is bright in their hands.
Up until that point, Frost’s reputation is not exactly that of a journalistic heavy hitter. Nixon hopes to use that reputation to revive his public perception and earn a hefty check in the process. For his part, Frost has to overcome the doubts that his team has in his ability to succeed. What neither knows is the game that the other will play and how challenging it will be.
This movie is fantastic. The acting is top notch and the story immediately pulls the audience in. Langella almost disappears into the character of Nixon. Though the makeup and prothesis helps, it is the actor who does the heavy lifting. For his part, Sheen as Frost, has the more difficult job. He has to prove that his character has the chops to take on one of the most infamous men in American history.
If there is one takeaway from this movie, it is that politics never changes. Though the narrative takes place nearly fifty years ago, it is a relevant today as it was then.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely.
Frost/Nixon is available for streaming on Peacock.
The perception of women is that we are caregivers and nurturers. The want or need to kill another person is not in our nature.
Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower, was published in 2014. In the book, Lower puts the spotlight on a group of women who were responsible for the murder of Jews and other minority groups looked upon as “subhuman”. Some of those profiled worked in clerical positions, others took profound glee in being able to say that they had a direct hand in the killings.
I have to admit that I had trouble reading the book. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. It is chilling to think that these women had blood on their hands, but went home to their families and children as if they had ordinary jobs. The reason the Nazis were able to stay in power and do what they did because of ordinary people who supported them. It is a lesson that is as profound today as it was in the 1940’s.
You never think that your community will be affected by a mass shooting. It’s always another town or another city.
Today, that reality came crashing down on me.
This morning, a man walked into the Shop and Stop in West Hempstead on Long Island and started shooting. Three people were shot, one was killed.
I felt my heart stop as I watched the news. I have family in the area. My first thought was that they were in the store. When I heard their voices over the phone, I sent a silent prayer of thanks to the eternal parent upstairs.
What is it going to take to do something? If we cannot stop this madness now, one of two things may happen.
We will never leave our homes for anything.
If we do have to go out, we will be forced to put on protective gear and go through airport style security just to complete the most mundane of tasks.
We need more than a series of executive actions from President Biden. We need Congress to stop brownnosing the NRA and think about the lives that will be saved. Personal freedom is always important, but it is meaningless if your dead.
May the memory of the person killed be a blessing. Z”l.