Ok, let’s get this straight Jesse Smollett is one individual; his actions do not represent the African-American or the LGBT communities. There is no reason for anyone other than Jessie Smollett to apologize or feel shame for his actions. There is no reason to fear that his actions will cause individuals to assume the next reported hate crime is a farce, though sadly, some will do just that. You don’t see white America apologizing when it is found that the story of that woman being attacked by 3 African American men turned out to be a lie. You don’t see white America stressed out that no one will take future reports of a woman being attacked by a person of color seriously. We are all connected by our human DNA. For some of us, DNA determines our skin color, and as a result, we are grouped as a race. For others, we are born attracted to the same sex, so we are placed into yet another group. No matter what group we may be labeled at our core, we are all individual human beings responsible for our actions. So do not allow others to force you or take it upon yourself to carry Mr. Smollett’s missteps as your burden because you and he share a group designation.
It’s no secret where I stand politically on many of today’s issues or how I feel about the current POTUS. But despite my feelings for the man, I recognize he’s not stupid. He may not have gone to Oxford like Clinton or was editor of the Harvard Law Review like Obama, but you don’t become President being stupid, and he surely knows how to connect to his base. With that said, I wonder if I’m the only one who finds it puzzling that moments after announcing he was declaring a national emergency, he said there is no emergency. It’s almost as if he was giving the courts the ammunition to overrule him. Why? Well, once he gets the funding, that’s it. The issue kind of fades into the background, but if he’s overturned, he gets to hit the 2020 campaign trail riling up his base – see, I tried to protect you, I did everything I could, but those Democrats and liberal justices they stopped me. They left the floodgates open for illegal immigrants to come to this country and rape our women, murder our children, take our jobs. But the fight is not over; vote for me in 2020, and I’ll find a way to overcome these crazy liberals and protect you. Cue the Make America Great chants. If I didn’t despise how he has divided this country, I’d almost call this strategy genius.
In the 1978 Superman movie, Lex Luthor brilliantly played with both comic and villainous treachery by Gene Hackman hatches a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb along the San Andreas fault line, causing everything west of the fault line to sink into the Pacific Ocean and increasing the value of the hundreds of acres of currently worthless desert land he owns as it becomes the new West Coast. Today some investors are buying that same worthless desert land as they patiently wait for California, along with a host of other coastal cities becoming new multi-million dollar water reefs as a result of climate change.
Freshman Congressperson from New York Alexandria Ocasio Cortez introduced the ambitious Green New Deal last week, a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Focusing on the plan’s Green Transition Program, it calls for the elimination of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and construction by emphasizes massive public investment in wind and solar production, zero-emission vehicles and high-speed rail, energy-efficient buildings, and smart power grids, as well as “working collaboratively” with farmers and ranchers to move towards sustainable agriculture techniques.
Is the plan viable?
Is it cost-effective?
Will it achieve the ambitious goals it sets?
These are all questions open for debate. What is not open for debate is that the Earth is warming. The last several years have seen an increasing number of droughts, intense storms, and floods. Scientists point to climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Despite these ominous signs from the Earth herself and warnings from the scientific community, do the highest branches of our government seek to debate the Green New Deal? No, instead, they look to spread misinformation about their taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, you’re not going to be allowed to own cows anymore. It has become the way of politics today to paraphrase Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President. We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. Whatever your particular problem is, I promise you most politicians are not the least interested in solving it. They are interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a middle age group, middle class, and median income voters who remember with longing an easier time. You bring a snowball to the Senate floor and state that we hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, but now the script has flipped because it’s very, very cold outside.
Whether you agree with the Green New Deal or not, it should be a rallying call to get serious about climate change. To reject the climate change deniers, who are more interested in ensuring the profits keep rolling into the gas and oil industries, and looking for ways to slow, reverse or halt climate changes altogether before It is too late
I enjoy The Bill Maher show great guest stimulating conversation. Still, there was a time I stopped watching because It seemed clear to me that there can be no denying that his comments regarding Islam are at best the stereotypical misrepresentations of a group of people who number over 1.5 billion worldwide by ill-informed individual and, at worst the crazy ranting of a bigot.
I eventually eased back into the show, because let’s be honest, I liked it. But there was Maher on Friday letting slip yet another racial comparison when he asked Rep. Will Hurd from Texas, a black republican congressman, why he’s a member of the Republican Party … especially since he came from the CIA. Hurd replied, “I was in the CIA for almost a decade. I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 a.m. collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland,”… to which Maher commented, “That’s where they’d collect them, huh?” then added … “Wow, by the Popeyes chicken.”
It’s not the first time a comment has come from Maher that has made me think, hmm, that came out so naturally what other racist comments he makes when the cameras aren’t rolling?
As liberals, we continuously call out those on the right for their use of inflammatory rhetoric. We cannot simultaneously expect to pass to those we believe are on our side when they engage in similar tactics.
As as I have said in the past, words are compelling, and when spoken by someone with the celebrity of a Bill Maher, that power is multiplied tenfold.
While I don’t believe Maher is a bigot, I again am at a crossroads. Do I continue to watch his show? After all, I believe that bigotry large and small and those that preach it must be ignored, and Maher continued slips of the tongue causes me much pause.
A Bad Beat is a poker term for a hand in which a player with a solid hand loses to an opponent who is statistically unlikely to win but hits a lucky card (or two) and unexpectedly takes the pot. The losing player is then said to have suffered a “bad beat.” In looking at the 2016 Presidential election, some may say Hilary Clinton suffered a bad beat. But the reality is the bad beat went to Donald Trump.
Trump, who I firmly believed right up to Election Day expected to lose, had mapped out with others (Roger Ailes?) how to turn this presidential run into post-election BIG MONEY. But then the unthinkable happened he won. All the big money dreams derailed, but worst now, there would be a massive spotlight on everything crooked he was involved in. From the moment he watched as FOX NEWS, what other channel do you think he was watching, declared him the winner he went defensive. Lying and doing one over the top thing after another to distract America as he tried to cover up his actions in an attempt to stay one step ahead of what he knew was coming for him, the truth and likely jail time for him, his friends, and his family.
His Shaggy defense of saying it wasn’t you have kept his base at bay, but his lies, deceit, and attempts at cover-ups haven’t protected many of his friends who, Rodger Stone aside, faced with prison turned on him. It has slowly begun to drive people who initially were in his corner, mostly for their good, away. More and more isolated, his act gets crazier and crazier and more dangerous for the United States.
Hopefully, we are coming to a conclusion in which Trump, however it may happen, resigns or is impeached from a position of power he was never qualified to hold and probably really never really wanted. After all, with Trump-like, everything else was just supposed to be about the money. A bad beat indeed for Donald.