Tag Archive: politics

The Wait is Over

When Trump was first elected, people said wait it out. They said to give him a chance.

Then he began tweeting about Saturday Night Live and vote numbers and Happy New Years greetings to his enemies

womes-march-chicagoBy the time he was about to be inaugurated, I knew from his behavior and cabinet choices what he said during the election was true.

So I chose to march on the 21st. Did it proudly and didn’t throw it in people’s faces.

I hear people call the marchers lazy, “why don’t they go to work?” I had support from several friends who couldn’t go because they were working.

I saw women post the reaction about why they are proud that they didn’t march. They can’t believe others would because we have so many rights and women in other countries don’t. But what they refused to understand is that our marching was not only for our rights in this country but women around the world. Even women in the Antarctic marched. Womens’ Rights are Human Rights.

People want these marchers to shut up and go home. Back in October, there was a New York Post article that came out to say stop posting political stuff on Facebook and Twitter. Yeah, that’s not happening. Especially as 45 keeps at it. (I am not calling the orange one by his name, only his number).

So when 45 issues an illegal Executive Order, such as the Muslim Ban, I am speaking out. Bannon and co. think if they only talk about Islam as a political movement then it won’t be a religion, and any orders about the Islamic people are constitutional. That’s as silly as Paleonistas stating beans aren’t a real food.

When uninformed and uninterested persons are being nominated for cabinet positions, I am speaking out by calling my senators ad nauseum. I am calling my representative to make sure they get the tally mark for my opinion. (When calling your rep or senator state your name, your zip code, and your issue. Leave the reasons why out, just say the basics.)

Let me make something clear to 45, Bannon, Sessons, Pence, Gorsuch, the Alt Right, and their followers. All those people you hate are living beings. They are out of the closet, out of the apron, out of the plantation. None of us are going back. NONE. OF.US.

We like working so that we can provide for our families. We like being able to live wherever we want. We like being able to have health care and the medications we need covered by that health insurance. We like being able to pray in our churches, in our synagogues, in our mosques. We like not having to go to church if we don’t feel like it.

diverse-colorful-happy-peopleWhat we want is to be able to live and work and worship as we see fit. And, just like you, we do not want to be judged for the things that are none of your business – our religion, who we sleep with, the color of our skin. We want to walk in this world knowing we are not going to get shot, get raped, get bullied, -and have all the blame dropped at our feet – just because we are there.

What we want is the feeling you have everyday. And what you need to understand is that you will lose nothing in letting that happen. You might gain something. In words paraphrased from “Hamilton,” the world is wide enough for all of us.

All of us.

The Race is On…

My initial choice of topics for today was about some shows I am eager to see for the fall season. But then the weekend straw vote in Iowa took place.

Suddenly, my mind was on politics. My head was on Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Pawlenty.

Sarah Palin, image from topnews.in.

Does anyone know what Sarah Palin is up to these days? She has not participated in the events vetting presidential candidates but she comes close enough geographically to cause a disturbance from that event. Either the woman is crazy like a fox or she is a shameless publicity hound waiting for the field to decrease considerably before she finally throws in her hat.

Considering she resigned her position as Governor of Alaska instead of building a better record, considering her post-governor life has been filled with writing books and book tours and speeches without adding anything to the political discussion of our nation that is useful, it makes me wonder if this woman wants to run for president.

I realize Palin considers herself a ‘maverick.’ I realize she feels that she is breaking the rules and the boundaries and working to change the system. But at some point you begin to act like a candidate if you actually want a particular office. And that means making compromises by showing up at party events meant to present potential candidates.

You might want to fashion yourself after Michele Bachman, who is doing just that. The woman might drive me crazy with her absurd remarks and completely wrong-headed thoughts. Like today when she makes a remark about it being Elvis Presley’s birthdate. Umm, that was in January and his death date is today. I remember it being breathtakingly hot when he passed and we were all crying.

Bachmann from February 2011, image from Wikipedia.

But you have to give her credit for appearing to be a serious candidate. She shows up at the debates and straw polls. She makes campaign stops and gathers supporters in what she is now calling her “take back our country” tour.

You cannot deny that Bachman is inflexible in her viewpoints. You cannot deny that her husband has potential to embarrass her. After all, he runs a clinic that claims to be able to reverse homosexual behavior. But she is always well put together and speaks clearly. (I almost hate the woman just because she always looks great but that is being petty on my part.) People understand and like her. I suspect her handlers will teach her to be a little softer  and smoother in her delivery to avoid sounding shrewish.  They really need to work with her on pop culture references as well.

But she looks like a serious candidate while Palin is a sideshow. Showing up and acting like you are a candidate without gravitas makes you into a sideshow, Sarah. Maybe you should do something such as declare for President already. That might make the rest of us take you, well, seriously.

Pawlenty at a book signing in Feb. 2011, image by Gage Skidmore at Wikipedia

On a sad note, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has decided to end his campaign for president. He is a guy who has experience getting his state’s budget in hand. He is a Christian and the kind of guy who could have fought well against Obama. Pawlenty was the first in his family to go to college, became a lawyer and went into politics. Did I mention he is second generation American as his parents are German immigrants? It would have been the ultimate American Dream fight, of two men who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to become huge successes.

Sadly, Pawlenty does not have a deep war chest or name recognition despite at one time being on the short list for McCain’s running mate. What a race that would have been had McCain picked him instead of Palin.

So now we have Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann and newcomer Rick Perry.

Can we say fodder for the late night comic entertainment?