After the circus that was the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, you know who made the following comments:
“It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,”
I could lecture from here to eternity about the reality of the world we live in when it comes to who has the power in this world and who does not have the power. But instead of getting on my soapbox, I will let Lynzy Lab sing about it instead.
The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. We have a problem in our culture. Women are undervalued and often seen as sexual objects without brains, ambitions or abilities. This brilliant song shines a light on the problem and allows all of us to start on the difficult journey of fixing the problem.
There is nothing so important to a legit democracy than the ability to openly satirize and mock those in power.
Donald Trump has been an easy target for satire since he announced he was running for election. Now that he is unfortunately sitting in the most powerful office in the country, the target has become larger and easier for satire.
That being said, I give you Trumped, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, reprising their roles of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom from The Producers.
I will caution that one does need to know the overall plot from The Producers to get some of the jokes, but the skit also stands alone as a moment of political satire that is absolutely needed during this time in our country’s history.
Last night, talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel spoke to America about gun violence and the unnecessary loss of life that occurred in Las Vegas 48 hours ago.
The man was visibly crying and pleading with not just the ordinary citizen, but our leaders in Washington D.C. It was as if he was speaking for everyone who was watching the news and felt angry and powerless at the same time. We need sensible gun laws, now. We need to talk about this openly, we need to make sure that this epidemic of mass shooting ends with our generation. If it doesn’t, our children maybe asking us tough questions one day that we wish we had the guts to answer here and now.
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.
There is nothing more heart wrenching to hear the pain in the voice of parent who is helpless to ease the suffering of their child. Last week Jimmy Kimmel’s wife gave birth to a baby boy. Within hours of the birth, a very astute nurse noticed that something was wrong with the baby. To make a long story short, his son was born with a heart defect and surgery saved his life.
We all know that Jimmy Kimmel is extremely funny and he, like his colleagues, have had plenty of material to work with, especially with the current administration in Washington DC. Instead using jokes and comedy to mock what is going on in The White House, he used his face and his name to speak up for the ACA (the Affordable Care Act).
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all,” he said. “You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
It’s no secret that the ACA is flawed and needs some serious overhaul. But there is no point in throwing out the baby with the bath water. The ACA works, it just needs to be fixed.
If nothing else tears at the heart of our political leaders, it is the story of a parent who watched their child suffer and was powerless to relieve the suffering.