While Ron DeSantis is worried about children reading about two male penguins taking on the care & feeding of a baby penguin, and Jim Jordan is worried about accusing the FBI of discriminating against Republicans, and other Republicans are worried that white people are losing their status as the majority in this nation … there are more important issues at hand that our congressional ‘leaders’ seem not to see. Children are dying in schools by gunfire. Polar ice is melting, temperatures are warming, our air/water/food supplies are in danger. People are reaching adulthood without being able to function in the workplace or in life because our education system is failing. People – mostly Blacks, Jews, and LGBTQ people – are being abused and killed by a bigoted society who thinks there is only one sort of viable human: white, straight, and Christian. There are people sitting on billions of dollars, laughing at each increase in their investment portfolio, while others are sleeping in cardboard boxes under highway overpasses hoping that someone will give them a dollar for something to eat in the morning.
Priorities, people!!! A line from Harvey Milk in the movie “Milk” …
“Worry about gun control, not marijuana control. School supplies, seniors, not the books we read.”
I don’t know if Harvey Milk actually said that, though it does sound like something he would have said, but the principle is sound, whether fact or fiction. Here is a list of my top five priorities …
- The environment
- Human rights
- Civil rights
- Women’s rights
- LGBTQ rights
- Wealth inequality/poverty
That is not to say that nothing else matters, for certainly many other things matter, but … we need to put things into perspective somewhere along the line! I honestly don’t give a damn what is on Hunter Biden’s laptop, but I DO give a damn that our children are being murdered in schools around the nation. I don’t give a damn about Kari Lake’s inane claims of election fraud while more than half a million people in this country are homeless.
The ’United’ States of America needs to get its collective priorities straight. What will still matter 20, 50, or even 100 years from now? Will Hunter Biden’s laptop still matter? I think not … in fact, I don’t think that in that time frame anybody will even know … or care … who Hunter Biden was. Will gun deaths still matter? Will poverty and income disparity still matter? Will ignorance still be a factor in who rules nations? Will we have potable water to drink and plentiful food to sustain life? Will women be forced into second-class citizen status around the globe? Some things matter … really matter. Other things are just minutiae designed to distract us from the things that really do matter. We need to learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.
What is on your top five list of priorities?