Republican Fuckery Part IV: Ted Cruz in NYC and Lauren Boebert’s Thoughts on Women

Part of the game of politics is working with someone who likely has a different opinion or perspective. That being said, it is impossible to work with another whose views are so extreme that they are on another planet (figuratively speaking).

Last weekend, Lauren Boebert referred to women as “lesser vessels” compared to men.

Her rationale is the following:

“We are created equal, we’re not the same. Women are the lesser vessel and we need masculinity in our lives to balance that, that so-called weakness. Just us being more frail and needing that strength in our lives.”

I have two questions for the Congresswoman: if she is “lesser” than her male opponents, what gave her the idea that she had even a slim chance of winning her election? And then, where did she get the idea that she would be respected by her male colleagues and staffers?

What Boebert does not realize is that she is undermining feminism while taking advantage of the opportunities that the movement created. She can’t have it both ways. Either use it or don’t. Simple as that.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz was in NYC earlier this week to promote his new book (which shall remain nameless on this blog). The highlights of his trip were an appearance on The View and going to a Yankees game.

Upon entering Yankee Stadium, New Yorkers told Cruz exactly what we think of him. If you shit on us, we shit on you right back.

Warning: this video contains language that might be offensive to some viewers.

Just another day of Republican fuckery and another reason to vote them out on November 8th.

P.S. Did you see how Biden reamed out Cruz, MTG, and others on the right for taking PPP loans while deriding his plan to help out with student loan debt? It was beautiful.

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Pandemic, Inc.: Inc Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick Book Review

Alexander Pope once said the following:

“To err is human, to forgive divine”

The new non-fiction book, Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick, by J. David McSwane, was published in April. Since Covid-19 entered the United States in March of 2020, the government has spent billions of dollars to keep the nation economically afloat. Nearly 1 million lives have been lost. While I feel that we have to remember that this virus is new to us and therefore a medical hurdle in its own right, we also have to recognize the chaos, corruption, and incompetence that was created by the previous presidential administration.

Using every tool in his investigative journalism toolbox, McSwane explores that while millions of Americans were getting sick, dying, or an inch away from being broke/homeless, others took advantage of the situation. Traveling to different parts of the country, he tells the story of those who only saw dollar signs. First, there was the con artist who was given a multi-million dollar contract to provide PPEs and failed to provide the promised products. Then there was the Paycheck Protection Program, which was supposed to help small businesses stay open and keep employees on the payroll. But before many of these companies could get their hands on the money, the money was gobbled up by larger businesses whose bottom line was less likely to be affected. Finally, there was the whistleblower who understood that masks were necessary to save lives. Before their message could get to the public, they were muzzled by officials and elements within the right-wing press.

As I got further into this book, I became angry. In our greatest hour of need, when we relied on elected officials and business leaders to step up, they saw an opportunity to enrich themselves. Instead of relying on science, medicine, and logic, they pushed ideas that they knew were lies, took advantage, and thought only of filling their pocketbooks.

This is absolutely one of the best books I have read this year. If there was a list of titles that every American should read, this one would most certainly be on it. It is a reminder of the choices we have when times are tough. Do we only see ourselves and our needs or do we put others first?

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick wherever books are sold.

Congressional Fail: The Hands in the PPP Money-pot

Government is supposed to work for the people. It is not supposed to be the other way around.

When the Paycheck Protection Program was created by Congress, it was enacted to provide financial aid the average American business owner who was affected by Covid-19. It was not enacted to line the pockets of Congressmen and women. And yet, some received loans from the PPP.

Now granted, they did not receive the loans directly. The loans were given to businesses run by their partners/spouses or families. That being said, members of Congress make a healthy annual salary of six figures. I doubt that they would be headed to the poorhouse if these businesses went under.

Some on the left may assume that it was only Republicans who took advantage of the lax rules that gave them access to these loans. The Congressmen and women accused of accepting the money come from both sides of the aisle. Two things bother me about this. The first is that some of the Republicans who voted against the bill received the loans. The second is that it brings up serious moral questions as to how they were able to secure the loans, given that members of Congress are technically barred from even applying in the first place.

*Warning: the video contains adult language that may be offensive to some people.

The fact is that it is our hard earned tax dollars. It does not belong to the government. It belongs to the American people. We give the government our money so they can provide for us. The fact that there is little oversight and too many questions bothers me. It should bother you.

We have an election coming up in less than six months. We need to tell those in the halls of power that we demand answers and transparency. If they are unwilling or unable to provide that information, they will no longer have a job. Period.

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