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The State of American Politics: The Democrats Messaging Problem and the Republicans Attack on Big Bird

When it comes down to it, politics is about two things: messages and action. One can say the right things, but without acting on what has been said, nothing gets done.

I am a lifelong Democrat. My first major election was the 2000 Presidential election in which George W. Bush ran against former Vice President Al Gore. For the last twenty-ish years, I have voted mostly along party lines. But that does not mean that I can’t or won’t speak when I feel the need. The problem with today’s Democratic Party is not the message. They just finally passed the Infrastructure Bill, for G-d sake. The problem is how the message is being presented. Instead of hearing that our young children will be educated, our seniors will be provided for, and our roads will be maintained, the only thing we are being told is the cost.

There were three recent elections that exemplified this issue. In my hometown of New York City, former police officer, and current Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won handily against activist Curtis Sliwa in the Mayoral election. Truth be told, Adam’s win was not a complete given, but generally accepted that it was the obvious outcome. NYC is, for the most part, politically blue. It was not a surprise that Sliwa lost.

Across the river, current New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy won his Gubernatorial election against Jack Ciattarelli, but only by a narrow margin. Down south, the shock that Republican Glenn Youngkin was proclaimed the winner in the Virginia Gubernatorial election rippled across the nation. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe lost because instead of focusing on kitchen table issues, he spent his time on you know who. Youngkin won because he mostly repudiated the former President and spoke to the everyday problems that voters are dealing with.

While this is happening, the Republicans are making mountains of out molehills. With the announcement that children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, the powers that be reached out to the people at Sesame Street. Via Twitter, Big Bird is encouraging young children to get the shot.

Ted Cruz, in his usual unhelpful way, decided to attack this most beloved of characters. Instead of remembering the 760,000 Americans who have died from the virus, he is opening the door for even more of us to lose our lives. When will he get it through his extra thick skull that the only way to stay alive and return to normal is to be vaccinated?

There is no doubt that the American political scene is nothing short of a shit-show. Until we get our heads out of our asses and do what needs to be done, it will continue to be a shit show.

P.S. How is Paul Gosar still in Congress when he posted a video in which AOC is killed and the President is attacked? He doesn’t have to agree with her, but he crossed the line with the suggestion of violence.

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Have the Members of the Texas GOP Lost Their Minds?

The game of politics has always been a sticky one. The question I have to ask, is when push comes to shove, do those in the halls of power serve themselves or the voters who hired them?

The big political news of the week is that Ted Cruz decided that it was a good time to take a vacation in Mexico while his fellow Texans are trying their best to survive a snow storm that has knocked out power, heat, and water.

On top of what can only be described as a foolish decision, Governor Greg Abbott went on Fox News and blamed New York Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal for the outages.

The cherry on top is the following statement by the state’s former Governor, Rick Perry

. “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,”

What is the purpose of the federal government, if not to step in when a storm of this magnitude creates such destruction in its wake? People are burning their furniture and bundling up in as many clothes or blankets as humanly possible to stay warm.

I don’t know who these men are trying to impress. It’s as if they care more about themselves or their careers than their constituents. But considering the party’s track record over the last few years, I expect nothing less.

P.S. While the Texas GOP does nothing, both AOC and Beto O’Rourke have stepped up to help. It doesn’t take a genius to see who is putting their money where their mouth is and who isn’t.

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How Do You Spell Hypocrite in Texas? Ted Cruz

These days, its easy to dream about vacation. Writing this post as New York is hit by another snow storm, I can’t help but let my mind drift to a sandy beach with the ocean lapping at my feet, a book in my lap, and a drink in my hand. But that does not mean I will jump on the next flight to someplace warm.

This week, as Texas is experiencing what can only be described as an historic winter storm, one of the state’s Senators, Ted Cruz was seen on a flight to Cancun. Back in December, he criticized the Mayor of Austin for going on vacation.

Back in 2014, he slammed then President Obama for golfing while spending time with his family at Martha’s Vineyard.

His reason for leaving the country was the following:

“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”

I understand wanting to be a good parent, but it is possible to say no to your kids.

What bothers me is that while he easily criticizes the other side, he can’t take the heat when he is in the same position.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If Democrats can be called out for doing what they shouldn’t be doing, then Republicans (or any politician, regardless of party affiliation) should expect the same.

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New York Values

Dear Ted Cruz

A little birdie told me that you aspire to be President Of The United States.

Late last week, in your attempt to convince voters to vote for you, you accused Donald Trump of having New York Values.

According to you, we are too liberal, too focused on money and too focused on the media.

Let me tell you about my New York Values: honesty, integrity, hard work, persistence and inclusion.

No matter who you are, what you believe or whom you go home to, this city does not turn you away.

A century ago, my family, like millions of immigrants, came to New York looking for a better life. Was it easy to adjust to life in America?  Absolutely not. But New York and America was not called the goldene medina (the golden land) for nothing.

I am proud to call myself a life long New Yorker.

Let me tell you about New Yorkers. We are a warm, loving, compassionate people. We also have very long memories. We may forgive, but we do not forget.

While I disagree with Donald Trump on many issues, on this issue, I completely agree with him.

While no one at this point in time can predict who will take the oath of office next year, I suspect that if you continue to insult voters, there will someone else taking the oath of office.

Sincerely

A New York City voter

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