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Monday, April 19, 2021

Derek Chauvin's Case Being An Illustration Of The Current State of American Race Relations

 It's no secret that we're in a polarized time with regards to race relations in America; something that Derek Chauvin's trial for murdering George Floyd last year represents very clearly illustrates. What we're seeing with the trial is a growing realization that race relations aren't/weren't what they seemed. In 1 sense, it's good to see that people are coming together regardless of their background, but don't ignore the fact that for all the progress we've made over the past nearly 60 years, we still have more work to do. 

Irrespective of whether Chauvin's found innocent or guilty, it still doesn't change the fact that expression of racist tropes has been on the rise for the past 10+ years. No, Donald Trump's presidency wasn't the cause of any it, it was a byproduct of that steep rise. The problem goes back to just prior to Barack Obama declaring he was running for president in February 2007, with photos with racist commentary having been allegedly leaked from Hillary Clinton's campaign in January 2007 (There isn't enough evidence to confirm that accusation).

Should he be found guilty, however, it would be a significant step to realizing the long held principle of "Equality under the law." We need to send the message that we practice what we preach." It would also send the message that Black and other people of color's do actually matter and that America hears them in their time of pain.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Resist The Republicans Effort To Disenfranchise Us

 The Republicans are looking to take away your voice to get back at you for taking out their dear leader in last year's presidential election. So far we have 361 bills in 47 states being considered for becoming law. We need to do everything to keep this from coming into fruition. If you're able, get into the streets and demand that the Republicans quit trying to silence you. We're all part of the whole system of self-governance, so let's make some noise about it. Keep up the pressure on companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Pepsico, demanding that they use their influence to rein the Republicans' effort in before it turns our nation into an oligarchy.

By the way, those same 47 states are going to turn into 50. It's a matter of when, not if. The Republicans' efforts to silence us might not work for 2022, but it certainly will for 2024. We need to be doing everything we can to make noise! So let's get to it!

Republicans Caught Flat-Footed Trying To Oppose Biden

 It's not lost on anyone that Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have been running circles around the Republicans in Congress with great success thusfar. While it is great to see that, it's also a warning sign, too. Here's how: It's a warning sign by illustrating just how broken our system of governance has become; and with 1 of the 2 major political parties out to lunch, fixing it is going to be a real challenge. The first means of getting control of our nation from the hijacking done by the far-right is to rein in corporate excess and wealth inequities that have been driving its extremism.

So far, the Republicans seem content on embracing this far-right extremism and making it their party's brand; rejecting the will of the rest of the electorate in the process. To them, the far-right's extremist conduct and rhetoric is their ticket back into power in 2022. That and extreme gerrymandering. Whether all of that will work or not isn't the question we should be asking ourselves. The question we should be asking ourselves is how to go about changing the culture in Washington, DC so that the Republicans have no other choice than ditching the far-right for good. That is going to take some time, and a few electoral losses, for the Republican Party to ultimately reach that conclusion. In the meantime, many veteran Republican senators and representatives are heading for the exits as they don't see any reason to remain in an environment that encourages the worst abuses of power for personal gain. Essentially they're tired of being forced into concentrating on scoring political points instead of doing their actual job, which is governing and keeping tabs on the current issues of the day to craft policy.

It's the 1 fact that Democrats in Washington are beginning to recognize, they need to start moving the government's policy-making closer to where the people are. If they keep remaining responsive to this fact, it'll help them hold strong in the 2022 midterm election; maybe even gain seats in both chambers (the incumbent party has pulled off this result 4 times in US History: 1806, 1818, 1934 and 2002). Should the Democrats continue to successfully illustrate actual governance and productivity looks like, it'll help them make the case that the Republicans should not be given any lever of power given that they don't govern at all and their party has become the unproductive do-nothing party. 10 years of Republican mismanagement has taken a heavy toll on us all, and so far the Democrats have demonstrated that they understand that point very clearly. They recognize now in 2021 that they screwed up badly in 2009 and 2010 by going by the old manual of crafting legislation, which did little to help people as the economy began to recover from the worst throes of the Great Recession.

As for the original premise of this blog post, the fact is that Republicans are not just opposing the vast majority of the electorate when trying to obstruct Biden and the Democrats. They're also opposing their own base who actually supports what Biden and the Democrats are doing with their new trifacta. Biden is able to connect with them, making it easy for them to understand what's being churned out of Congress. The other problem the Republicans are also running into is that Biden is nowhere near as polarizing as either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton were when they were running for president (or in Obama's case, as president). And because he's nowhere near as polarizing, it's next to impossible to get their based all riled up in anger. Republicans have demonstrated time and again that they have nothing to offer and are bankrupt of ideas; that is with the exceptions of lowering taxes on the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations and expanding deregulation of the economy.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Tell Your Senators To Pass COVID-19 Relief As Is

This is about getting your Senators to do the right thing for once. Like and share my video with your friends and family, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Be sure to hit me up on Facebook and Twitter when you've emailed/called your Senators, especially if they're Republicans.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

What To Expect After January 20th

Now that the Electoral College has confirmed that Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President, there's no doubt that we'll at least see some actual governance again. But don't take this as the end all and be all just yet, as their inaugurations on January 20th are just another step into getting ourselves out of the hole Donald Trump and Co. dug us into over the past 4 years. We'll also start to see the final destruction of Mitch McConnell's reign of terror and obstruction.

We could also start to see the start of a particularly bad schism among Republicans between the MAGA (Make America Great Again) crowd and the Never-Trumpers that's going to get ugly fast. While this trend may mean short term gains for the Democrats, this isn't viable long-term. We need a party that can tilt leftward, and the only way to do that is to have a center-right political party to balance a center-left one. We can't have this dynamic between a center-right party (Democratic Party) and a far-right one (Republican Party). This type of dynamic ensures that reforms don't get implemented when they're badly needed. The political and social structures we have are not functioning properly, and it's only breeding more radicalism.

We need to ensure that we fight like hell to keep Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, together with Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi, don't lead us back to business as usual. We're still going to be fighting against the same powerful corporate interests that allowed Donald Trump to become president in the first place. They're not going to give up their spoils without a loud fight. If anything, we need to ensure that we tackle the causes of the radicalization that followed Barack Obama's departure from the presidency back in January 2017.

1 other dynamic to watch after January 20 is the interactions between Russia and China. Despite Vladimir Putin's bluster, the 2 countries are not as united as he claims they are. The reason is very simple, Xi Jin-ping is pissed at Putin for meddling in China's economic relations with America by egging on Trump's trade war for the last 2 years. As stated before watch the Russia-China diplomatic relationship carefully from the time Biden and Harris are inaugurated.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

YouTube Is Having A Major Shutdown

It looks as if YouTube got hit by some type of cyber attack. This wouldn't be the first time, and it certainly won't be the last. Don't worry, the company is aware of the service freeze and is working to address it. Have some faith and patience.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

What To Expect Post-Election

It's no secret at this point that the storm clouds are gathering between now and Tuesday's election. No, you're not nuts about feeling the tension gripping America right now; if you are, QUIT DOING SO! Many political historians (and political scientists) comparing the tension today with that of the 1850's, which, while accurate, isn't telling the whole story at hand.

It's true that Donald Trump is directing his supporters to act violently in helping his Republican allies in Congress and across the country suppress the voices of his opposition, and keeping them away from the ballot box. It's also true that he's calling on his supporters to engage in violence should he win or lose (the latter being more likely). The biggest factor to watch for is how many voices he, his supporters and Republican allies succeded in stifling; especially black and brown voices. This is what we need to vote out, a political party and movement that've been hijacked for the cause of racial supremacy and violence; and that've devolved into cruelly enforced minority rule (including oligarchy), sheer corruption (including nepotism), and, moreover, complete and utter incompetence.

I left out tyranny as it's been thrown out too many times to too many different scenarioes where we've tried to uphold rights for those who've been constantly sidelined in our historic social hierarchy by race, sex, etc. Terror would be a better descriptor, but even that doesn't come close to describing the effects of Donald Trump's tenure as the 45th President of the United States. The Trump administration's unyielding graft/corruption is what affects us, the American electorate, the worst; this is followed by the administration's utter incompetence, and cruel, and often violent, means of enforcing minority rule.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Far-Right Is In Full Panic As It Should Be

There's no denying 1 thing about the election campaign for 2020 thusfar, the far-right is in full on panic mode as we speak. Their panic is caused by the fact that they're aware of the probability of losing not just power, but influence over our body politic at this point. After having successfully regaining entry into the Conservative Movement back in 2009, they're now getting a taste of what real power feels like and they don't want to give it up after having been banished to the fringes. Their ideology of hate and racial supremacy is not resonating with the electorate at-large as its newest members are a lot more diverse than older generations where their ideology resonates more soundly.

Their panicking is also causing the Republican Party itself to panic, too. The party's been severely weakened among the electorate from the far-right's egging on Donald Trump's racist (also sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic) rhetoric, which is aleniating most of the electorate. The party is also losing support for its unwillingness to throw an electorate a financial lifeline after having bailed out big business.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Orange Sky

Orange sky outside my window; unspeakably apocalyptic. I'm just amazed by how dark the smoke has made everything. It's like it's nightime, yet these were shot at around 1:00 this afternoon.















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