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The Birther Movement Cannot Hide From it’s Racist Ideals

In the United States, we like to believe that race is an issue of the past. We like to believe that we judge others based on who they are, not by their skin color or family background. But the reality is that race is a potent and highly emotional issue that is far from being resolved.

Back in 2008, when Barack Obama was running for his first Presidential term, the Birther movement claimed that he was ineligible to run because he was not born in this country. They claimed that he was born in his father‘s home country of Kenya, not in Hawaii as is stated on his birth certificate. It surprised no one that these claims are simply based on the fact that he is the first African-American President in American history.

The latest target of these claims is 2020 Presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-California). After her surge following last week’s Democratic debate, there are some who claim that because of her Jamaican and Indian heritage, she is not an “American black”. Of course, you know who’s idiot son retweeted the lie, just as his father spread the lie about his predecessor a decade ago.

This claim is nothing but bullsh*t racism. Up to this point, Senator Harris has proven herself to be up to the challenge of possibly running this country. She is not being denigrated because a voter disagrees with her beliefs and potential policies, she is being denigrated because of where her parents came from.

Elections are messy, complicated and full of potholes. The last thing we need coming into this next Presidential election cycle are lies based on something as superficial as race.

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Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward Book Review

As pie in the sky as it sounds, one of the greatest aspects of America is that who one is at birth does not define what they may or may not accomplish during their lifetimes.

Valerie Jarrett, who worked under President Obama as a senior adviser is living proof of that concept.

In her new auto-biography, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, Ms. Jarrett tells the story of her life.

Born in 1956 to African-American parents, she spent her early years in Iran because her father was unable to find a job as a doctor in the United States. After the family re-settled in Chicago, Ms. Jarrett came of age during the turbulent 1960’s and 1970’s. In the early 1990’s, she interviewed a young lawyer named Michelle Robinson who was then engaged to the future 44th President of the United States. That interview was the start of a personal and professional relationship that has led her straight to the White House and to become of the most prominent African-Americans in the country.

As auto-biographies go, this book is pretty good. Ms. Jarrett tells her story in a way that it readable, enjoyable and uplifting without being too bogged down with the facts.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On Joe Biden’s Run For the 2020 Presidential Election

For months, former Vice President Joe Biden was on the top of the leader board as the Democrat who had the best chance to defeat you know who come next fall. But he had yet to confirm or deny that he was running for President. Today, he confirmed that he is running for President.

I have to be honest. I have mixed feelings about this announcement.

One could argue that among the Democratic candidates, he is politically one of the most qualified to run the country. He has been in government for nearly fifty years, eight of those  years were as Vice President under Barack Obama. As a liberal Democrat, Biden checks off many of the boxes that liberal/Democratic voters look for in a Presidential nominee.

But still, there a few things that bother me.

His actions during the Anita Hill hearing don’t sit well with me. Granted, it was decades ago, the hope is that he has changed and learned from his mistakes. But it still bothers me that instead of giving this woman a chance to tell her story, she was treated like dirt.

The accusations of being too touchy with certain women. Granted, he did not go as far as Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer, but the fact that did not recognize the boundaries of personal space by these women sends alarm bells off in my head.

Do we really want another old White man serving the highest office in the land? It’s 2019, it’s time to give a woman or a person of color the opportunity to run this country. My fear is that many voters will default to Biden because he is the standard political leader instead of giving another candidate a shot at becoming President.

It’s only April, we won’t know for at least a year as to whom will win the nomination. But whoever they are, they had better be in for a fight, because you know who never backs down from a fight.

 

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Another One Bites The Dust: John Kelly Resigning At The End Of The Year

In the business world, when employees are leaving a company en masse, there are usually two reasons. The first reason is that the company is having financial issues and either whole departments are being eliminated or individual employees are seeing the writing on the wall and leaving before they are let go. The second reason is that there is an issue with management. An employee’s relationship with their direct manager can and will make or break their time with that specific company.

One of the tidbit of news coming from Washington D.C. over the past few days is that John Kelly will be resigning from his post as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year. The hope was that when he took over from Reince Priebus last year, that he would be the adult in the room. That hope faded as soon as the tax cuts negotiations ended.

Though a few names were suggested to replace John Kelly, the most prominent one belongs to Nick Ayers, who has been Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff since last summer. Not only did he turn down the job, but he too announced that he would be leaving his job at the end of the year.

I find it ironic that while you know who mocked his predecessor for having three Chiefs of Staff during his tenure, he will soon be on his third Chief of Staff, whoever he or she maybe. While Barack Obama had three people in the position during his 8 years in office, you know who is halfway through his first term.

He think he can do it all himself, that he knows it all. He doesn’t need anyone’s advice or input. He is right and anyone who disagrees with him is wrong. That is, in my experience, the worst management style and the reason why many people change jobs.

Another one bites the dust. I wonder who is next.

 

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Becoming Book Review

When we admire someone, we forget that they are fellow human beings who go through the same ups and downs that we  all do.

When Michelle Obama became America’s FLOTUS (First Lady Of The United States) in 2009, she was more than the first African-American First Lady. She was intelligent, educated, warm, loving and a devoted wife and mother.

Her autobiography, Becoming, was published recently.

Born in Chicago in 1964, Mrs. Obama came from a normal working class family. She met her future husband (and future POTUS or President Of The United States) Barack Obama when he was hired to be summer associate at the law firm where she worked at the time; she was assigned to him as his mentor. They married in 1992 and have two daughters. As the future POTUS and FLOTUS, Barack and Michelle did their best to balance their marriage, parenting their children and work. Then politics came calling and their status as an average middle class family in America forever changed.

I absolutely loved this book. I felt like I was having a one on one conversation with her. The book is personal, deep and makes the reader feel like they have a connection to her. Unlike other autobiographies where the writer is full of it and bragging, Mrs. Obama is humble and open.

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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A Democratic Mob? Let’s Talk About The Bombs Mailed To CNN, The Clintons, Obama And George Soros

In an effort to encourage Republican voters to vote in two weeks, the current resident of The White House described Democrats as a mob.

History tells us that there is a correlation between words and deeds, especially in politics.

The major headline of the day is that bombs were mailed to the New York City office of CNN, to the suburban New York homes of the Clinton’s and George Soros, and to the Washington DC home of Barack Obama.

Thankfully, no one was hurt or killed. The authorities were able to intercept the bombs before they could do any real damage.

We have a tradition in this country that allows different points of view (especially when it comes to politics) to be heard and respected with equal measure. That being said, it’s fine to disagree with someone when it comes to politics, it’s not acceptable to kill or destroy because of those political beliefs. What happened today speaks volumes about the current state of American politics and more importantly, it points to the person who is encouraging such acts.

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I Think You Know Who Is Jealous

By every measure, the late Senator John McCain was a true American hero and patriot. His loss will be felt for years to come.

While most remember Senator McCain as a giant of American politics who represented the ideals of America, you know who is taking an adult temper tantrum.

When a sitting Senator dies while still in office, it is tradition that the flags around Washington D.C. are lowered to half mast and remain so until this person is buried. The flags were lowered on Saturday, raised yesterday and then lowered again.

 

News reports have also stated that you know who is barred from Senator McCain’s funeral as per the late Senator’s direct instructions. Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who defeated Senator McCain in 2008 and 2000 Presidential campaigns respectively are not only invited to the funeral, but they will also be eulogizing their former Presidential opponent.

The thing about you know who is that it’s all about him.  If he doesn’t like what he is hearing or he doesn’t get exactly what he wants, he takes a twitter temper tantrum. He plays schoolyard bully style politics with those around him. When something goes his way, he brags to anyone and everyone who will listen. When something does not go his way, he will place the blame on everyone else but himself.

The fact is that the man or woman who takes any leadership position, there is an expectation of how they will behave. We, as the voting public, expect the President Of The United States to be mature, rational, composed and represent the United States as a beacon of democracy and freedom to the rest of the world. Instead, our current President is an orange-colored man-child who has the emotional temperament of a spoiled toddler and represents everything America is not.

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RIP John McCain

To give one’s life to serve one’s country is the most selfless thing any man or woman can do.

Today, America lost Senator John McCain. As both a politician and a member of the Armed Services, he gave his life to ensure that America lives up to her ideals.

Born 1936, he followed his father and grandfather into the US Navy. Shot down while serving in the Vietnam War, he was a prisoner of war from 1967-1973. After finishing his service in the military, he became a politician. Many Americans of a certain generation remember him for running on the Republican ticket against Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. Known as a maverick, he was not the type of politician to just go along with the rest of his party.  He was a politician who did what was right for the country, instead of what was right for the party.

While I did not share some of Senator McCain’s political beliefs, I respected him for standing up for what was right instead of meekly following in the footsteps of his fellow Republicans.

My heart goes out to those who knew him and loved him. May his memory be a blessing and may we remember, as Americans, what he did for this country.

Wherever you are Senator, RIP.

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Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump Book Review

In the history of humanity, the game of politics has never been clean. It has been dirtied by ego, money, greed, etc. But even among the dirt, there still a bit of clean optimism that exists.

Dan Pfeiffer was the White House Communications Director under President Barack Obama from 2013-2015. Having an insider’s view of the game of American politics in our modern era gave him a unique perspective. He chronicles his experiences and observations about his boss and you know who into the new book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump.

Pulling no punches, Mr. Pfeiffer gives the reader not only the first person experience of working in The White House, but also gives those who still believe in the American democracy hope that it will survive beyond the orange snake oil salesman who is President.

I recommend it.

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Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World Book Review

In the fall of 2016, the feeling of change was palpable. Not just because Barack Obama would soon be finishing his second term as President Of The United States, but also because the possibility of America’s first female President was within our grasp. Hillary Clinton was running on the Democratic and it looked like it would be an easy win. But, as we all know, the results of the election was a shock to everyone, especially Jennifer Palmieri.

Ms. Palmieri, who had previously worked in the Obama administration before joining the Clinton campaign, is the author of a new book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World. Framed by her experience in our current political climate, it is a series of letters to the future female leaders of America, and specifically to the women who will one day become President herself.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it because not only does Ms. Palmieri write about the pitfalls of women in positions of political power, but she also encourages women to get involved in politics. If nothing else, the book is empowering its readers to become leaders in whatever walk of life they are in and not be afraid of the challenges that go along with being in a leadership role.

I recommend it.

 

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