The purpose of democracy is to ensure that the voice of the average citizen is heard. There is no aristocratic type hierarchy in which a ruler and the wealthy classes are more important than the average person on the street.
At least that is the idea.
The latest news from Washington D.C. is that the traditional Congressional August recess has left a few unresolved issues on the table. One of these is whether or not to continue to send an additional $600 a week in unemployment to those who are still jobless due to Covid-19. I have a few opinions on the topic, but I will let Vic DiBitetto (Ticked Off Vic) share his perspective. The nail has been hit on the head.
As usual, his videos contain language that might be offensive to some people.
These days, one would have to be living under a rock to not see the heavily partisan politics that exist within the United States. Add in Covid-19 to the mix and the partisan politics creates a crisis of it’s own.
“I would certainly be in favor of allowing states to use the bankruptcy route. It saves some cities. And there’s no good reason for it not to be available. My guess is their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it down to them now so they don’t have to do that. That’s not something I’m going to be in favor of.”
Though he did not refer to any specific states in this initial statement, the subtle message is clear. He would rather let certain East Coast and West Coast states who normally vote blue (my home state of New York included) go bankrupt rather than provide badly needed financial support. Comedian Vic DiBitetto has a few things to say on this subject.
*Warning: the video below contains language that might be offensive to some viewers.
In an ideal world, politics would be about compromise and doing what is best for the nation. But we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world in which some politicians look out for number one and/or only look out for their base. They don’t give two sh*ts about the rest of the country.
What Senator McConnell chooses to conveniently forget is that we are in a national crisis. If we are to stop Covid-19 and return to some semblance of normalcy, we need to work together. But we cannot work together if those in the halls of power choose partisan politics over the welfare of the nation.
When one goes into politics, the hope is that it is for altruistic reasons. But sometimes, the altruism can secede into doing what needs to be done (even if it means cross over moral or legal boundaries) to retain one’s position.
Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) apologized about his previous statement that President Barack Obama did not provide a pandemic playbook for the current administration.
“I was wrong. They did leave behind a plan, so I clearly made a mistake in that regard,”
What bothers me about this apology is that it does not feel genuine at all. It feels forced. He conceded that he made a mistake because he had to, not because he knew he was wrong. Anyone who was paying even the smallest amount of attention to Washington, D.C. over the past few years could easily see that Senator McConnell had it out for the former President from the start.
We need political leaders who remember why they went into office and who they represent. It seems to be that Senator McConnell has forgotten both. Which from my perspective, is a good reason for his constituents to vote him out in November.
A democracy does not become a dictatorship overnight. That process entails a series of steps in which democracy is slowly squeezed out and replaced by a dictatorship.
One of the first crucial steps is the removal or adjournment of the governing body that represents the voting public. Yesterday, you know who made the following statement:
“If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” Trump declared. “The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam what they do.”
To completely understand his statement, it has to be put in context. Due to Covid-19, Congress has adjourned until May. While it is true that the Constitution does give the President this power, it is only “in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment.”
The problem is that he is take advantage of this time to force the approval of judges and political appointees who would benefit his administration. This is straight out of a dictators playbook. Once a governing body, like Congress, is dissolved and a political leader is only surrounded by yes men and women, there is no stopping them.
I have to wonder when the Republicans are finally going to get their heads out of the sand? Where is Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership who have spent the last three years kissing you know who’s behind? This man is a threat to our democracy and our country.
To say that the Presidential administration of you know who has been controversial is an understatement.
In the history of the United States, there has never been a President like this man. Granted, there will always be a debate as to whether or not a President has done their job. However, there is a difference between the debate between citizens and a President who has put his needs above the needs of the country.
Granted, tonight was half the battle. The decision to remove you know who goes to the Senate. The problem lies with Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who has stated that he will “take my cues from the president’s lawyers.”
Party loyalty is one thing. I respect a politician who is loyal to his or her political party. But I don’t respect a politician who puts his or her job and party loyalty over the good of the country. As I see it, the good of the country is to impeach and remove from office a President who is only looking out for number one. He has neither the capacity or the ability to lead. He does not listen to advisors who are knowledgable in certain areas. Nor does he know when to stop.
That being said, if you know who is removed from office, then Mike Pence is President. Though in a certain sense, he is the lesser of two evils, he still sends a chill down my spine.
We will know soon enough about the fate of this current administration. I just hope that our long national nightmare will be over soon.
It seems these days that mass shootings have become just another headline.
While some politicians (I’m still looking at you, Mitch McConnell) refuse to do anything, the decision makers at Walmart have made an important step in the right direction.
As of yesterday, Walmart will be drastically reducing the ammunition for assault style rifles that in the past, customers have been able to purchase freely.
If I am to be honest here, I would prefer if they stopped selling guns and ammunition all together. However, the fact that they will be reducing their ammunition sales is not to be overlooked.
I have nothing against guns or the Second Amendment. If someone wants to buy guns because they hunt as a hobby or let off steam by going to a gun range, that is their business. But what is my business (and the business of every American) is the fact that too many of our citizens have been killed by mass shootings.
Back in 1989, the late President Ronald Reagan (R-California) made a statement about guns which I believe still rings true today.
If only the current Republican party would heed his words.
For many of us, Labor Day is the lovely, but unwanted reminder that Fall is coming. It’s the last opportunity to go to the beach, to go to the ballpark and to barbecue. In short, it is the last hurrah of the summer.
But for the people of Texas, this Labor Day weekend is just another cycle of mass shootings. Over the past 48 hours, there were two mass shootings in Texas. In Midland, 7 people are dead. In Odessa, 5 people are dead and 21 are injured. Among the injured is a little girl under the age of two.
At this point in time, the motives of the shooters are not known.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I am becoming desensitized to this headline. It is becoming too commonplace, just another day in America and another mass shooting.
I don’t want to be desensitized. I want to be angry and frustrated that some of our politicians (I am looking at you, Mitch McConnell) continue to put their head in the sand or look the other way.
At some point, this madness has to stop. At some point, we must enact common sense gun legislation that protects innocent civilians while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Frankly, I don’t know when we will reach that point.
Last weekend, Americans were shocked and horrified by two mass shootings within a 24 hour period. Once again, this nation is confronted with the difficult question of how to keep the average citizen safe while respecting the rights of lawful gun owners.
Many (myself included) believe that the only way to decrease the number of mass shootings and save lives is to tighten gun control laws and enforce background checks as national law. Even you know who has stated (though I don’t quite believe that he would follow through on his statement) that he believes that background checks are necessary.
I get it. The members of the Senate deserve a vacation like the rest of us. However, they are not Jane or John Doe office worker. They have the power to potentially save lives, if they have the political willpower and the balls to do so.
Those of us in the United States have become sadly conditioned to seeing the headlines telling us of another mass shooting. Granted, tightening gun control laws will not completely prevent mass shootings, but they could decrease the number of shootings and the lives taken unnecessarily.
That is, if Senator McConnell does the job that the voters of Kentucky hired him to do.
If you can, please imagine the following scenario. You are one half of an interracial or inter-religious couple. Someone whom you work with and are in frequent company with makes what can only be described as a racist comment. Do you let the comment slide and make excuses for this person? Or do you stand up for your spouse/significant other and your relationship?
It is my opinion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has sold his soul to you know who in order to retain his position. After the blatantly racist comments that you know who made via twitter over the weekend, Senator McConnell made the following statement to the press:
“The president’s not a racist,” McConnell said. “And I think the tone of all of this is not good for the country. But it’s coming from all ideological points of view. To single out any segment of this I think is a mistake.”
The sad irony of his statement is that his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was born in China and immigrated to the United States as a child. She became a United States citizen at the age of 19. She is an example of the immigrant that you know who would, if he had his way, prevent from entering this country.
Politics aside, I would hope that Senator McConnell would defend his wife and his marriage. He may have done so in private, but these days, that conversation is worth nothing. It is the public statement condemning racism in all it’s forms that matters. But given his vague and slap on the wrist comment, I doubt that the Senator would actually defend this country if it came to it.