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People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door Book Review

For most of American history, those in power (especially in politics) were a homogeneous bunch: male, Christian, mostly wealthy, white and heterosexual.

Thankfully, there is change coming to this country. Women, citizens of colors and members of the LGBTQ community are breaking barriers are stepping into the corridors of power at a rate that is unprecedented.

The new book, People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door, by Sayu Bhojwani tells the stories of a diverse group of local and state politicians who are breaking the political status quo and ensuring that those in power look like those who they are representing. One of those profiled is a formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Another came to this country as child refugee. Others are citizens of color or those whose financial means are limited.

This book is amazing. It reminds me that America is better than the racist, homophobic and prejudiced views that come out of the mouths of some our fellow citizens. We can be better, we enfranchise everyone and give them an opportunity to lead us into the future. The question is, are we willing to do what it takes to create that future?

I recommend it.

 

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80 Years After Kristallnacht, Nothing Has Changed

Attacks like the massacre in the Tree Of Life Synagogue nearly two weeks ago do not happen in a vacuum. They start with words, lies and stereotypes that lead to destruction and murder.

80 years ago tonight, Jewish businesses, home and Synagogues in Germany were ransacked and destroyed during what would later be known as Kristallnacht. 30,000 Jewish men were forced into concentration camps and 91 men were killed.

The excuse for Kristallnacht and the shooting in Pittsburgh two weeks ago is the same. It is hatred of the other, of someone who is different, that leads to events like The Holocaust. It feels like nothing has changed. We have learned nothing in 80 years. We allow hate and prejudice to fester until it becomes mass murder. We allow our politicians to twist the facts until they become lies.

A wise person once said the following:

‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”

I guess history will continue to repeat itself until we learn from it.

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Victims Of The Trump Temper Tantrum: Jeff Sessions And Jim Acosta

When one takes the mantle of political leadership, there are certain qualities that we expect this person to have. He or she is expected to be mature, level-headed, thoughtful, introspective and basically act like an adult.

After the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections were announced, you know who took an adult temper tantrum. As a result of this temper tantrum, Jeff Sessions is out of a job and CNN reporter Jim Acosta has lost his White House press credentials.

Since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, his former boss put on a target on his back. Truth be told, I had a feeling that Jeff Sessions would be fired at some point, it was just a question of when rather than if. That point came last night.

For the most part, you know who has had it out for most media outlets since nearly the beginning of his time in office, if not sooner during the campaign. Jim Acosta was doing what every journalist does, making sure that those in power remember who is truly in charge. But he who shall not be named does not like those who do not kiss his feet and proclaim him to be the G-d he thinks he is.

We have two years until the 2020 Presidential election. In the next two years, I hope this country remembers what it stands for and why it was founded. Otherwise, the America that I know and love may turn into a thing of the past.

 

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Thoughts On The Midterm Election Results

After months of polling, pundits, ads, campaign rallies and debates, American voters went to the polls last night to vote for their chosen candidates for the 2018 Midterm elections.

While the Blue Wave was not as powerful as some had predicted, the Democrats did not walk away from the election empty-handed. While the Senate remains firmly in the hands of the Republicans, the Democrats gained control of the House Of Representatives and some districts that turned red in 2016.

Any Midterm election is partially a referendum on the President, regardless of who the title belongs to during that specific election cycle. As I was watching the results last night, I was cautiously optimistic. While I was hoping for the Blue Wave, I also understand that you know who holds a certain portion of the voting public in his sway. If nothing else, he knows how to sell, whether it a luxury apartment or a candidate who is running for political office.

From my perspective, the results of the election was not all doom and gloom. Come next year, there will be a balance of power in Washington D.C. The yes men and women in the Republican controlled Senate who automatically kowtow to you know who will have to work with the Democratic controlled House to keep this country moving forward. There was also a major uptick of voters who for whatever reason, had chosen to sit out during previous elections. Many of those who were elected into office last night represent who we are as a country. Instead of electing various versions of the white Christian heterosexual male, many of those who will be sworn in next year are people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ Community.

My hope is that this election reminds us all that we are all Americans and that we have to work together. But in this current political climate, hope often springs eternal.

 

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I Voted Today And It Felt Good

Voting is not just the right and privilege of every American citizen, but their responsibility.

I voted this morning before going to work.

When I left my local polling station, I couldn’t help but think of the multiple generations of Americans who had to fight for the very simple and powerful right to vote. What they fought for, I did as if it was an everyday task.

There are not enough ways in the universe to say thank to the men and women who understand how powerful the right to vote is and how vitally important it is to this nation.

I can’t force someone else to vote if they don’t want to or care to. That is their decision. That being said, this person then has no right to complain if they disagree with the decisions made by those who were hired by those who were voted into power.

I voted today and it felt good.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-VOTING! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The lynch pin of Democracy is the right to vote, regardless of where one stands on the political spectrum.

Tomorrow, November 6th is the day when the American voting public gets to speak their mind. It is vitally important that every adult citizen goes to the polls and tells those in power what they are thinking.

To this end, Randy Rainbow has released a new video. It is entitled VOTING! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody, using the song “What Is This Feeling” from the musical Wicked, as the basis of the song.

Every time a major election rolls around, we say that this is the most important election. But this time around, the 2018 midterm elections feel like it is the most important election. As a country, we have a choice to make. We can choose intolerance, hate and a snake oil, two-bit used car salesman with a Cheetos complexion and the maturity of a ten-year old school yard bully. Or, we can choose to elect leaders who believe in the Democratic process, Democratic norms and will do everything in their power to ensure that both remain as they have for years to come.

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American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives Book Review

It is a Presidential tradition that every former President develops his own archives for future generations after he leaves office.

American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, by Anthony Atamanuik and Neil Casey, is based on the Comedy Central program, The President Show.

The premise of the book is that the fictionalized version of you know who has decided to put his Presidential Archive together while he is still in office. The premise of the book is a series of satirical and fictional interviews and recordings taking the reader from his early days in Queens to his current position as President Of The United States.

 

Written in the same voice that Anthony Atamanuik uses on The President Show, this book is hilarious. It also helps the reader, at least from my perspective, to release any tension or anxiety they may have about you know who.

I recommend it.

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Will & Grace And The #MeToo Movement

Men using their power to use women for sex has existed for a millennia, if not longer.

Last week’s episode of Will & Grace addressed the #Metoo movement as only Will & Grace can.

In the episode, Grace (Debra Messing), is spending the day with her father, Martin (Robert Klein). While stopping at a restaurant, Grace reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a friend of her father’s whom she worked for in high school.

I loved this episode. Kudos to the writing team, Debra Messing and Robert Klein for addressing the issue of sexual assault in a way that hits home. The man who assaulted Grace is not a powerful politician or a movie mogul. He is simply an older man who thought that he had the right to sexually assault a teenage girl.

In the pantheon of Will & Grace episodes, this one is for the books. The writers could have hit the viewer over the head. But instead, they told the story of a young girl’s assault and how after it still affected her years after it happened.

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Trump Cannot Rewrite The Constution Because He Feels Like It

The 14th Amendment opens with the following statement:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Donald Trump thinks that this clause in the amendment can be removed by an executive order.

At this point, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when it comes to this man.

I don’t know who is advising him or if he even listens, but he cannot rewrite the laws of this country, especially the Constitution because he feels like it. When a political leader rewrites laws, especially constitutional law with the flick of his or her pen, they are more likely to be dictator or an autocrat. This is not the action of a democratically elected President.

Even if he wanted to re-write the law, there is a process that takes some time to complete, and even then, there is no guarantee that the amendment will be ratified.

Either he doesn’t get it, or doesn’t care. My feeling is that both are applicable. He doesn’t get or care that there are certain political norms, both written and unwritten that must be followed. He wants it now and expects it now. It’s akin to a toddler demanding something from their parent and then taking a tantrum because Mom and Dad are not going to just say yes automatically.

The irony in all of this is that Trump’s mother was not born in America. She was born in Scotland and emigrated as a young woman. If Trump had his way, he would be nullifying his own citizenship status and his Presidency. The President Of The United States must be a natural-born citizen. The other irony is that Trump’s first wife, Ivana married him in 1977, but did not become a citizen until 1988. By making this statement, Trump was stating that he would be nullifying the citizenship status of his three eldest children.

No matter which way the cookie crumbles, this man is bad for this country. Which is why we must vote next Tuesday and remind him who is in charge.

 

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Fear: Trump in the White House Book Review

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward knows a thing or two about corruption in politics and corrupt politicians.

His new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is an intimate, first hand account of what it was like to work under you know who during his first year as President. Utilizing interviews, personal sources, notes, documents and other materials, Mr. Woodward draws a picture of a President who is a political neophyte, prone to adult tantrums and unwilling to listen to those around him who have experience.

This book is nothing short of memorizing. It is also, from my perspective, a little terrifying that the man who current bears the label of President Of The United States has an ego the size of Texas, the temperament/emotional maturity of a fifth grade schoolyard bully and the inability to understand when to follow the advise of those who understand the game of politics.

I absolutely recommend it.

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