Today is your lucky day! I have far more to do than I can possibly accomplish, nearly everything in the news sets me off on a grouse or a grumble, and my family has long since tired of listening to me, telling me to “go write a blog post or something”. And so you are the beneficiaries of today’s snarkiness! Thrilled, aren’t you?
I have lost count of how many times I have said we need to overturn Citizen’s United, need to remove money from the equation of elections. The utterly obscene amounts of money that are spent by corporations and lobbyists to promote candidates come with a hefty price tag … one that We The People always pay.
On November 6th, Americans spoke loud and clear when we sent a number of women and minorities to the House of Representatives. We said, “We are sick and tired of being left behind. We are sick and tired of our voices not being heard, of only those people who have millions, or billions of dollars being listened to. We are sick of our government representing only the top 1% and to hell with the rest of us.” And so, we elected new blood, people who are not yet so jaded that they cannot see the forest for the trees. And they will do the jobs they have been elected to do, despite pressure from others to ‘conform’ to the old ways.
On Tuesday, the incoming freshman lawmakers attended an orientation event sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. The event was billed as a bipartisan event and on its website the school says the sessions are designed to help incoming House members “forge bipartisan relationships and learn practical skills of lawmaking just one month prior to taking the oath of office.” Uh-huh.
Who were the speakers at this event? Corporate CEOs and Corporate lobbyist groups. Guess who else was there? Donald Trump’s former chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn. Hold on to your hats … you’re going to love what he told the newbie members-elect …
“You guys are way over your head, you don’t know how the game is played.”
Say WHAT??? This, Mr. Cohn, is not a game … this is people’s f-ing lives!!!
Goldman Sachs, the financial behemoth where Cohn was CEO before joining Trump’s administration were at the event. The heads of General Motors, Johnson and Johnson and Boeing were there. There was not a single labor leader or community activist, nobody who represented the average citizen. Only people who represent that all-important upper echelon, the infamous 1%. And we wonder why we have the most corrupt lawmakers ever in the history of the nation? Wonder no more.
The FBI has changed its mind and decided that one of the currently most radical white supremacist groups in the nation is not, after all, an extremist group. What, they’re just a bunch of kindergarten kids going around the country promoting political violence?
According to the Proud Boys website …
“The basic tenet of the group is that we are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Like Archie Bunker, we long for the days when “girls were girls and men were men.” This wasn’t controversial even twenty years ago, but being proud of Western culture today is like being a crippled, black, lesbian communist in 1953. Our group is and will always be MEN ONLY(born with a penis if that wasn’t clear enough for you leftists)!”
The group claims not to be white supremacist, however according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) …
“Their disavowals of bigotry are belied by their actions: rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric. Proud Boys have appeared alongside other hate groups at extremist gatherings like the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Indeed, former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler helped to organize the event, which brought together Klansmen, antisemites, Southern racists, and militias.”
In November, the FBI categorized the group as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism”. That was actually fairly mild, if you ask me, for I would categorize them as a bunch of bigoted, chauvanistic, murderous white supremacists. But yesterday, for reasons unbeknownst to anyone of good sense, the FBI recanted, saying they did not mean to designate the whole group, rather to characterize the potential threat from individuals within that group. Would somebody please explain to me what the Sam Heck the difference is? Nobody would join the group for any reason other than to follow their violent, bigoted ways, so … why is it only certain unnamed individuals and not the entire group that pose a threat? Oh wait … perhaps one of Donnie Trump’s family is a member and that is why the designation had to be changed! I call B.S.
On November 6th, We The People spoke. We spoke loud and clear. We made clear that we are not all a bunch of bigoted louts as some would like us to be, and we made clear that we value substance over form. We elected to the U.S. House of Representatives two very qualified women who are of the Muslim faith. Why? Because they are the best qualified to make laws that are in the best interest of the people of this nation … that is, ALL the people, not just the wealthy few.
Ilhan Omar (left) and Rashida Tlaib
The two, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are both Democrats and both well-qualified for the jobs to which they were elected.
However, there is one man, Earl Walker Jackson a protestant minister and wanna-be politician, who doesn’t think these two women should be in Congress. Why? Because he claims …
“Folks, I’m still trying to get over this whole issue of Nancy Pelosi allowing these women — these Muslim women — and apparently other women in Congress are now going to start, if this movement takes root, are going to start wearing the hijab on the floor of Congress. So what are we now gonna do? We’re going to turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law? I mean, folks, this stuff is just crazy … Lord help us. Floor of Congress is now going to look like a, it’s going to look like an Islamic republic.”
Mr. Jackson, by the way, is African-American and a disgrace to his race, for he has often made statements that were derogatory to gays, blacks, and Democrats and other minority groups. However, he is outdone this time, for representative-elect Omar had the best imaginable response to Jackson’s bigoted statement …
“Well sir, the floor of Congress is going to look like America … and you’re gonna have to just deal.”
Yes indeed, folks, we’ve got some new blood coming into Congress!
And now I hope I have gotten enough of the snarky out of my system so that I can proceed with the weekend, for I have much to accomplish this weekend and little enough time and energy with which to do it. Have a great weekend!