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Social Justice vs. Racism, Hatred & Privilege

social justice July 18th, 2019

This is one of the hardest starts I have had writing a blog – and usually they just pour out of me. I think it is because the topic is very disturbing to me as a Jew, a liberal, a person who is fairly educated. I also have feelings of hatred inside me, and that is uncomfortable and hard to deal with. Obviously, I don’t want to vomit a screed of ill-conceived hatred onto your screen. Finally, I feel a sense of opaqueness and stuckness when I try to envision the way through. I would imagine that some other folks do not feel so hesitant and overwhelmed, and that may be owing to their greater vision, wisdom, experience, or perspective. At any rate, I will try to share some of my feelings and a few thoughts as well! The topic: the deplorable man occupying the presidency of the United States. The setting: the day after he led a Hitleresque rally denouncing Representative Illyn Omar of Minnesota during which the nearly-all-white mob chanted “Send her back! Send her back!”

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GOP Chicanery is Really Treachery

June 24th, 2019

“The 2018 midterms were about voter suppression, which is also to say about robbing swaths of Americans of their constitutional rights, which is also to say about structuralized inequality. They were about enfranchisement and its opposite. They were about progress. They were about backlash. They were about women winning. They were about women losing. They were about compassion empowered, and racism rewarded, and hard work realized, and cruelty weaponized, and corruption unpunished. They were about hatred. They were about love. They were about history made. They were about history ignored. They were about American exceptionalism in the best sense and—at the same time—in the worst.” ~ Megan Garber

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Quotes About Fiscal Responsibility and Integrity

fiscal responsibility August 31st, 2018

I am going to attempt to demonstrate in this blog that Republicans have not been, at least in my lifetime, the Party of fiscal responsibility. This has a substantial affect on our finances and our lives. To some degree, Dems in Congress have in times-past been kinda spendy and porky. But it seems inarguable to me that Republicans in Congress and in the White House do not have fiscal integrity (or the peoples’ best interests at heart). In general, Republican politicians talk a good game, but when it comes to fiscal responsibility and integrity, they tend to cut taxes and increase spending. It has resulted in over $21,000,000,000,000 of debt. Red state Trump backers need to know that the GOP is not the party of the working class and that it cannot go on unchecked. 

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The National Discourse is in Danger

discourse August 14th, 2018

God, can you imagine wearing this t-shirt? What a couple of assholes. It boggles the mind what is in the head some Trump voters, Republicans, and far-righties. In this piece, guest blogger Jamie M. Lombardi analyzes the White House Correspondents’ Dinner comedic performance this year, by Michelle Wolf. Wolf took a fair amount of flak for her comments, but the question, I think, is: what is the best way to think about comedy and satire in politics and religion? 

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Sardonic Political Comedy: Positive or Negative?

comedy July 23rd, 2018

Courageous and conniving comic Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new series entitled Who is America? in which he sends up politicians, media figures, and other notable folks. It is stinging and sardonic and amazing, like Cohen’s gags as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno. The man is oozing talent out of his pores. In this guest blog, Joseph Mangano asks “Whether or not the show is subjectively ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as a comedic creation does not approach, however, the subject of whether or not Who is America? is a show that real-world America needs in the current political climate.” He cites, for example, “a recent piece by Aja Romano, Internet culture reporter for Vox, who believes Baron Cohen’s ‘prankster provocations are a bad match for our current cultural climate.'” This lengthy and well-written piece should help you decide how you feel about comedy as positive or negative in a time of political polarization and what I (using language from Chalmers Johnson) would call “the waning days of empire.”

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Bernie Sanders Reflects on Trump’s 1st Year

Bernie Sanders January 29th, 2018

Such a huge conglomeration of lies, deceptions, broken promises, subterfuge, and chicanery has resulted from one year of a Donald Trump presidency (I can’t say I am surprised), that there is plenty of grist for the mill if someone wishes to criticize the man. It’s just been abysmal. A panoply of ostentatious dissembling, propaganda, and class warfare. Conservatives bemoan the power and size of government, and when George W. Bush was in office and now this guy, I see what they’re talking about! For us political progressives, this is a gruesome spectacle to witness, but all hope is not lost. The following is what Bernie Sanders has say to those of us who are worried, dispirited, appalled, or anxious about Donald Trump (the day before the State of the Union Address, 2018). It’s good enough to reprint here:

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