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Hillary Documentary Review

To be a woman in the public eye (especially in the political world) is akin to walking a tight rope. You must appear to be feminine and live within the confines of what is acceptably “female”. But, if you are emotional, critics will make the accusation that your emotions are taking over. On the other hand, if you are are so called “bossy”, you are labelled as aggressive and a b*tch.

Hillary premiered on Hulu earlier this year. This four part documentary series followed the lives and career of former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Telling Mrs. Clinton’s story, the creative team wove in interviews, news clips and images to give the viewer a perspective on it’s subject that few have had up this point.

I enjoyed the documentary. In pulling back the curtain, the viewer is introduced the whole person, not just the image presented in the media. If there is one thing I admire about Mrs. Clinton is that she keeps going. Given the number of times that she has been knocked down, it would have been easier to stay down. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes, she has become an icon, a hero, and a role model for women for generations to come.

I absolutely recommend it.

Hillary is available for streaming on Hulu.

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So Much For “Draining the Swamp”

On the campaign trail, voters are used to hearing promises that may never come to pass once the election is done.

Back in 2016, you know who promised to drain the swamp. Instead of draining the swamp, it was refilled to benefit him and those around him.

Last week, Roger Stone was found guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. He was facing three years in jail. When you know who pardoned Mr. Stone, it shocked no one.

He is the latest in a long line of associates who have been convicted and/or sentenced for illegal acts.

If one is judged by those who they regularly spend time with, then it would be logical to say that you know who surrounds himself with crooks and sycophants. They are more concerned with their needs than ensuring that the needs of the average citizen are met.

We need and deserve political leaders who recognize that their job is to serve the country, not the other way around.

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Thoughts On the Recent Supreme Court Rulings

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. However, that does not mean that I as an individual citizen has to agree with every ruling.

Though it is not written in stone, it is a tradition that all Presidents release copies of their tax returns and/or financial statements. Since you know who won the election nearly four years ago, he has come up with every excuse in the book as to why the paperwork has not been made public. Today, SCOTUS ruled that the tax returns have to be released to prosecutors in regards to the cases building against him in New York.

On the surface, the decision by SCOTUS (including you know who’s choices to join the court) seem like a 100% victory. It’s not, the fine print says that much. But it is a giant step in the right direction. The big baby is not immune from prosecution and must conform to the laws like anyone else.

The other ruling concerns the constant determination by the right (and the current administration by extension) to deny a woman her right to contraception. Instead of directly denying a female employee access to birth control, they are leaving it up to the prerogative of her employer.

If you can, imagine the following scenario: a pregnant woman goes to her doctor for a routine checkup. She is told that there has been a change to the fetus. It is no longer medically viable. She could carry the pregnancy to term, but there are risks in doing so. She could also end the pregnancy, but her employer does not believe in abortion. If she chooses an abortion, she will have to pay a potentially outrageous sum out of pocket because of her employer’s beliefs.

Does that sound right to you? It doesn’t sound right to me. From my perspective, the only thing my bosses should be worrying about is my ability to do my job. My personal life (medical decisions included) are frankly, none of their dam business.

Happy Thursday.

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Same Hypocrite, Different Day: The Photo Op That Was Just That

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a Jane Austen super fan. If someone were to ask me to describe a character or a scene, I could do so with a reasonable amount of detail. The same could be said for anyone who has regularly the Bible, or any book that is the foundation of a religion.

While on the campaign trail back in 2016, you know was asked to refer to his favorite passage in the Christian Bible. As he often does when asked a direct question, he found a way to not answer the question.

Yesterday, in response the protests in front of the White House and around the country, he did not address the nation as any other President would. Sending police to clear the crowd, he took a walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The church has been a site of Presidential worship for over 200 years.

Instead of speaking of the multiple crises that the United States is experiencing in a meaningful manner, he picked up a Bible and used it as a prop. There was only one reason for this, a photo op and a message to his base.

He is not the first, nor will he be the last to invoke the name and image of G-d (in whatever form G-d takes) for questionable purposes. But given what this nation is going through, the last thing we need is a hypocritical President who says one thing, does another, and only prefers those who blindly support him.

America is at the moment of reckoning. This nation has two choices. We can vote for Joe Biden and move forward. Or, we can vote him in for another term and go down a rabbit hole that I don’t want to think about.

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While You Know Who Hits the Links, Americans Die

Ask anyone above a certain age and they will surely tell you about the stressors in their lives. Whether it is work, school, family, health, or other stressors, they will always be part of our lives in one form or another. It therefore goes without saying that even with the stress that life brings, we all deserve a little bit of downtime.

That includes the President of the United States.

Yesterday, you know who was not found in Washington D.C., doing his job. He was in Virginia, enjoying a round of golf. In ordinary times with another President, a round of golf on a warm Saturday in May would be a non-issue. But this is not, as we all, know, an ordinary time and the man we unfortunately refer to as President isn’t exactly doing the job he was hired to do.

Yesterday, the New York Times printed a partial list of Americans who died from Covid-19. When I see the list, I don’t see the number or a long list of names. I see individual human beings who had were unique in their own way. The only thing that brings them together is that they are no longer here because of Covid-19.

The disgusting irony in that while you know who criticized former President Barack Obama for playing golf, he does the same thing without criticism.

Back in 2016, you know who made the following promise on the campaign trail:

“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

And yet, he has spent $134,000,000 of tax payer money doing what he promised not to do.

We all know that politicians make promises on the campaign trail that never come to pass once they are in office. But when said politicians makes the promise and then breaks it when lives are stake, it is more than troubling. It is a reason to ensure that they only service one term.

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Joe Biden and the Sexual Assault Accusation: A Double Standard?

As the #Metoo movement forces our society to face our sexual assault and sexual harassment demons, it has revealed how both complicated and simple the subject is.

In 2017, former Democratic Senator Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment. The result of the accusations was swift and decisive. Franken resigned from the Senate after receiving pressure from female colleagues. Back in 2016, as that year’s election was heating up, you know who, who was then the Republican nominee was himself accused multiple acts of a similar nature.

As of today, it looks like former Vice President Joe Biden has all but sewn up that he will be the Democratic nominee come the fall. In an effort to capture the attention and the vote of American women, he has announced that his pick for Vice President would be a woman. Since that announcement, speculation of who he would choose has been rampant.

But now there is a chink in the armor. Tara Reade, a former congressional aide, accused the former Vice President of assaulting her when she worked for him in the early ’90s.

This is not the first time these kinds of accusations have been leveled against him.

The question is now, how will the Democratic leadership and voters respond? And more importantly, how will they deal with the claim of double standard from the right?

The simple answer is that sexual assault and sexual harassment is wrong and should be punished, no matter who is responsible. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. That being said, given how complicated American politics is these days, the answer to how this resolved will not be easy to obtain.

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Bernie Sanders Dropped Out of the 2020 Presidential Race Today

There is something to admire in someone who continues to fight against all odds.

This morning, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) dropped out of the 2020 Presidential race.

Anyone who has read this blog knows that politics wise, I was not a Bernie fan. His politics were a little too left for my taste.

But, I appreciated what he brought to the political arena. He brought to the stage an awareness of those who are usually not seen by the political mainstream. In giving them a voice, he gave them the power and the spotlight that should have been theirs in the first place.

Though he never got past second place in both this year’s election and the 2016 election, his grit, courage, and commitment to what he believed must be nothing but admirable.

Now it’s onto the Presidential election and getting you know out of office.

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It Would Have Been Nice to Say “Madam President” in 2020

If nothing else, America is an idealistic nation. We are dreamers and fighters, we do not give up because we are told no.

We are also a nation that can be hypocritical.

August 18th is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. In the nearly 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, American women (and women across the world) have achieved what our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could have only dreamed of.

But with every battle that we have won, there is still much more work that is required of us if there is to be true equality between the sexes.

I would have liked very much to use the term “Madam President” this year. But there will be no women in either party on the ticket come this fall.

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In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s loss to you know who was heartbreaking. This year, we had brilliant and capable women who might have done a bang up job as President. Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar had all of the qualities one would want in a President.

Of all of the female nominees, Senator Elizabeth Warren came the closest. Some in the press are arguing that it was sexism that ultimately doomed her campaign. I can’t disagree with their arguments, even if she was not my first choice for President.

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Though it is indisputable that these women will forever have a place in American history, it still does not dull the frustration of not being able to say “Madam President” in 2020.

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Thoughts On Rashida Tlaib Booing Hillary Clinton

When it comes to feminism, nothing destroys it more than women knocking down women.

While Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) was spending his week in Washington for the impeachment trial, he sent surrogates to Iowa for this week’s Iowa caucuses. During one of these events, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) booed Hillary Clinton, Senator Sanders rival for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.

I have two issues with her choice to boo Mrs. Clinton. The first issue is that the 2016 Presidential election has come and gone. It’s history. Focusing on what was and cannot be undone is futile. The second issue is that infighting between women, especially in the arena of politics does nothing to help our cause. It sends the message that women are nothing but drama queens and unable to lead this country.

The Presidential election is months away. If we are to get you know who out of the White House, we need to be strong and stand together. We are allowed to disagree on certain points, but at the end of the day, if we are not united, our divisions will destroy us. Which opens the door for you know who to win another four years in office and destroy this country.

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Is Senator Kennedy Loyal to the US or to Putin?

When one is elected to the Senate, he or she takes the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

In short, they promise to do everything they can to protect this country and its citizens. These days, I have to wonder if certain members of the government have forgone this oath to protect their careers?

Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) (not to be confused with JFK) was a guest on this morning’s episode of Meet the Press. When pressed by host Chuck Todd about who was responsible for the hacking of the DNC server in 2016, Senator Kennedy accused Ukraine of meddling in the election.

If Senator Kennedy was someone sitting in their basement with an internet connection and too much time on their hands, that would be one thing. But he is a United States Senator who was hired by the voters to represent them. If I lived in the area that he represents, I would wonder if he truly represents me or is looking to save his own skin? I would also wonder if he is loyal to this country or to Putin, who has not been exactly shy about wanting to mess with the United States.

As far as I am concerned, the evidence is clear. Russia played a hand in the results of the 2016 Presidential election. Whether someone else believes that or not is their right. However, this man took an oath to protect this country. By blindly going along with Russia, he is violating that oath.

It’s not up to me to decide if Senator Kennedy will be re-elected. But if I lived in his area, I would think twice about a Senator who supports another country above his own.

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