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Insulting the Military is Not The Way to Win a Presidential Election

An election, especially a Presidential Election is a unique time in the political history of the United States. It is a time in which we, the people, can hire and/or fire those who we choose to represent our interests.

The 2020 Presidential election is two months away. At this point in time, the pressure on both sides of the campaign is only beginning to ramp up. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are doing everything in their power to win the election. However, there is one way to lose voters. The way is to insult them.

Yesterday, you know who called American soldiers who were captured and/or killed in battle “losers” and “suckers”.

This, from the guy who got out of serving in Vietnam because of “bone spurs”. This man is a coward and a bully. He talks a big game, but is never able to follow up with action. While our military and their families serve and protect our country, he insults them.

When the late Senator John McCain was still alive, he was not shy in verbally attacking the Senator because he was a POW.

I come from military veterans. My grandfathers and uncles fought in World War II. One of my great-uncles on my mother’s paternal line was a veteran of World War I. Having their memories and their years of service spit upon by a man who did everything he could to avoid serving crosses a line that I take personally. It is just another reminder of who this person truly is and why he is unfit for office.

Obviously, his goal is to be President for another four years. Referring to those who gave their lives for the United States as “losers” and “suckers” is not the way to win a Presidential election.

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All in the Family Character Review: Archie Bunker

The new characters I will be reviewing are from…All in the Family.

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series All in the FamilyRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

From a writer’s perspective, it would be too easy to create a one note character that is entirely predictable. It is much harder to create a fully rounded character who the audience can relate to in-spite of that person’s flaws and imperfect humanity.

Archie Bunker (the late Carroll O’Connor) is very much an every man. A veteran of World War II and a blue collar worker, Archie lives in Queens with his wife Edith (the late Jean Stapleton), his daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and his son-in-law Mike “Meathead” Stivic (Rob Reiner).

The world around Archie is changing. When change happens, there are two ways to respond. You can either accept it or entirely reject it. Archie is not shy in admitting that he would prefer that life went back to the way it was. He also is not shy about using not so politically correct terms that some might refer to as racist or sexist.

Archie is a dyed in the wool supporter of the Republican Party and then President Richard Nixon. Which often leads to clashes with Mike and Gloria, who politics are on the more liberal spectrum. He also refers to Edith as “dingbat” and loves to sit in his favorite chair while sharing his opinions about the world around him.

But underneath that gruff and bravado is a man who loves his family and at the end of the day, would do anything for them.

To sum it up: No one is just all good or all bad. It is that in between of good and bad that makes us human. Though Archie Bunker may appear to be a racist and sexist hard-ass, he is in reality a man trying to process the transformation of everything that is in front of him.

That is why he is a memorable character.

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Thoughts On The Calls for Ralph Northam to Step Down

Doing and saying stupid sh*t is part of life. Especially when we are young. The goal is to learn from that stupid sh*t we did so that we do not repeat the same actions or statements. These days, it’s not uncommon to relive the stupid sh*t we said and did via social media.

The most recent political scandal comes from Virginia and her current governor, Ralph Northam. Pictures from his medical school days in the early 1980’s have surfaced. In the pictures, two men are dressed up in costume. One man is in blackface, the other is wearing KKK robes.

When the accusations became public last week, Governor Northam initially admitted that he is one of the men in the pictures. As of earlier today, he has changed his statement, denying that he is in the picture. Despite calls for him to step down from the office of Governor, he remains in office and appears to ignore those who are calling for his resignation.

Of course, you know who had to add his own two cents to the conversation.

Should he be given a pass for making a stupid mistake that is often the mark of a young person? I don’t know. I don’t know because these pictures are offensive, then and now. The excuse of stupidity of youth can only go so far. By a certain age, we all know right from wrong. It’s matter of choosing to either do the right thing or do the wrong thing and face the consequences.

The fact that Governor Northam first stated that he is in the picture, then said he wasn’t is questionable. The answer to the question is a simple yes or no. Any other answer brings up more questions, including if he is able to do the job the voters of Virginia hired him to do.

I’m sure that some Republicans are literally jumping for joy that a Democrat has been accused of racism. This issue does not belong to any specific political party. Racism and prejudice, no matter where one stands on the political aisle. We are all Americans, we are all human beings and we all deserve the same respect, regardless of what we look like.

 

 

 

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Would DACA for the Wall Work?

As the government shutdown continues on, the emotion and frustration on both sides of the political aisle continues. One could argue that both the Republicans and the Democrats are digging in their heels instead of trying to make some sort of agreement that appeals to everyone.

I’ve been thinking that perhaps if Democrats agreed to the wall in return for the Republicans signing off on DACA, that would finally get this country back to normal.

According to an article in Newsday today, the administration supposedly offered to fund DACA in return for the Democrats signing off on the wall. Though to be honest, it feels like a trap. I don’t trust that the administration will keep DACA as leverage if and/or when the Democrats come to the table.

The irony of this offer is that in the past, the Republicans have fought against DACA with everything that they have.

I count myself lucky that I personally have not yet been affected by the shutdown. But someone close to me has and that hits home in a way that only adds to the frustration that we are all feeling.

As the days go on, this shutdown appears more to be more about the individual needs of the major political parties as a pose to doing what is right for the country and the voters. This is why many Americans don’t vote. They feel apathetic, ignored, like their voice means nothing to those in power.

If this shutdown does not come to an end soon,  I fear that this apathy and feeling of being ignored will grow to the point where many will not vote at all. Without that vote, the American Democracy that we know it to be will cease to exist. That is the scariest thought of all.

 

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C Is For Compromise, Not That He Would Understand The Concept

If compromise is not the spice of life, it allows all of us to keep going, especially when we do not see eye to eye with another person.

The problem is that a certain person does not understand the concept of compromise.

The government shutdown due to the disagreement over the border wall continues into its 4th day. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are working without pay or on furlough. At this point in time, it is still up in the air as to when the shutdown will be over.

From my perspective, the Democrats have done everything they can to work with you know who and the Republicans. But he does not want to compromise. There is a way to keep our borders safe without wasting billions of American tax dollars (not Mexican tax dollars) on a border wall, but he doesn’t care.

Any seasoned politician will tell you that we, the voters of this country, have a long memory. That memory extends to elections. The stock market is on a free fall, people’s jobs/financial futures are on the line and another Guatemalan child has died in the custody of the government.

When it comes to government, compromise will always get you somewhere. The only place arrogance and thinking that you know it all will get you is losing an election. But he has not figured that out yet and probably never will.

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Thoughts On The Midterm Election Results

After months of polling, pundits, ads, campaign rallies and debates, American voters went to the polls last night to vote for their chosen candidates for the 2018 Midterm elections.

While the Blue Wave was not as powerful as some had predicted, the Democrats did not walk away from the election empty-handed. While the Senate remains firmly in the hands of the Republicans, the Democrats gained control of the House Of Representatives and some districts that turned red in 2016.

Any Midterm election is partially a referendum on the President, regardless of who the title belongs to during that specific election cycle. As I was watching the results last night, I was cautiously optimistic. While I was hoping for the Blue Wave, I also understand that you know who holds a certain portion of the voting public in his sway. If nothing else, he knows how to sell, whether it a luxury apartment or a candidate who is running for political office.

From my perspective, the results of the election was not all doom and gloom. Come next year, there will be a balance of power in Washington D.C. The yes men and women in the Republican controlled Senate who automatically kowtow to you know who will have to work with the Democratic controlled House to keep this country moving forward. There was also a major uptick of voters who for whatever reason, had chosen to sit out during previous elections. Many of those who were elected into office last night represent who we are as a country. Instead of electing various versions of the white Christian heterosexual male, many of those who will be sworn in next year are people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ Community.

My hope is that this election reminds us all that we are all Americans and that we have to work together. But in this current political climate, hope often springs eternal.

 

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Where There Is Smoke, There Is Fire: A Third Woman Comes Forward

In the latest news regarding the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, a third woman has come forward.

Julie Swetnick stated that when Judge Kavanaugh was in high school, he and several others boys purposefully spiked the drinks of girls attending local parties to ensure that they would be sexually compliant.

With the previous two accusers, one could have argued that this was the act of an underage boy who drank too much and acted stupidly because he drank too much.

The argument is out the window, especially with the new turn of events.

If the accusations are true and Judge Kavanaugh acted maliciously with the intent of gang rape, he should not be confirmed. If the Republicans still push Judge Kavanaugh through, in spite of the new allegations, then they had better pray that they can keep their majority come November. There are too many women in this country who have been raped or sexually assaulted who have the power to vote and have the power to send a men to those in Washington who think that they hold the cards.

Where there is smoke, there is fire.

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Fahrenheit 11/9 Movie Review

The ideal of the American democracy has been alive and well for 242 years. The question is, does the reality match the ideal?

Filmmaker Michael Moore asks this question in the new documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9. The film starts off recounting the 2016 Presidential election and takes a hard-hitting look at the current state of American politics. Referencing Nazi Germany, the water crisis in Flint and the school shooting at Parkland earlier this year, Mr. Moore shows how broken the system truly is.

Above all, Mr. Moore points out two important facts that hover throughout the narrative of the film. The first is that despite the spotlight being on you know who, he does solely place the blame on the Republicans. Democrats also have used the political system for their own needs as opposed to the needs of the voting public.

The second (and more important point) that Mr. Moore makes is to vote. Far too many Americans did not vote for either candidate during the 2016 Presidential Election, feeling put off, angry or frustrated. We can only ask in hindsight what the results of the election might have been if every American had voted in November of 2016.

The overall message that I got from the film is clear: we can fix this broken system. We can live up to the Democratic ideals put forth by our Founding Fathers. But that requires stepping up the political plate and there are far too many in this country who are not doing that.

I absolutely recommend it.

Fahrenheit 11/9 is presently in theaters. 

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Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together Book Review

The corner-stone of any democracy can be described in one word: compromise. These days in America, compromise is a dirty word, especially when one has to reach across the political aisle.

Earlier this year, writer and television news commentator Van Jones published Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. In this non-fiction book, Mr. Jones calls out the political bullsh*t on both sides of the aisle and forces the reader to examine how we all are guilty of putting our own interests and beliefs ahead of the good of our country and our fellow citizens.

This book is  wake up call for all Americans. It reminds us that at the end of the day, we must find a way to compromise and get along, even if we will never see eye to eye. In the book, he uses an analogy of a family reunion. A young child has wandered away from their parents and has fallen into a well. While the Democrats and The Republicans bicker and disagree, no one is doing what should be doing: finding a way to get the child out of the well. I can’t think of a better analogy for the current political climate in America.

I absolutely recommend it.

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