Let’s Talk Poltics: Reconnecting With Those With Whom You Disagree

It’s hard to talk to people who are angry or full of hatred. After this election, you might’ve flipped the table when your Aunt Shelby mentioned how great certain politicians will be for America. Or she might’ve flipped the table when you talked about the questions Elizabeth Warren posed to Betsy DeVos during her hearing, or, in the same hearing, that satisfying thud when Senator Murray dropped all the precedence down on the table.[Read more]

Breaking Political Branding

Politics aren’t as easy as the 1800s when you could ply your voters by providing enough booze to kill them and hope they hit your name on the ballot box. It involves complex branding and image control. There are degrees based around setting up a good political image. It’s a serious business.

The real question is how much of your vote is based around branding and not candidates?… [Read more]

Chris Christie: Mr. GOP Establishment, 2016?

David Corn, the prescient pundit at Mother Jones has dubbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the “GOP Establishment Candidate for 2016.” We love Mr. Corn and have no reason to doubt his instincts. And, yes. If the Republican Party has any hope of winning the White House in a battle against Hillary Clinton in three years, Gov.… [Read more]

Pulling back from the eve of destruction

Among the best protest signs I’ve ever seen is one that said, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.” This week’s ‘Say It In Song‘ post was written decades ago. It reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’ I’m sitting here just contemplatin’ I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.[Read more]

Municipal Debt and Congressional Hypocrisy

Since the City of Detroit made history by declaring the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history, there has been much talk about credit ratings, debt burdens and the legalities of bankruptcy, which allows those who declare it to take time to restructure their financial obligations and, often, to repay less than what was previously owed.… [Read more]

The Family

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to easily contact and talk to ranking U.S. government officials, ambassadors, high-ranking foreign politicians, corporate executives, and leaders of religious and humanitarian organizations? Wouldn’t it also be nice to work closely with senators and congressional representatives to pass or influence legislation?

I know, you think I’m talking about lobbyists, but I’m not.… [Read more]

‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Voted on by Congress

An update on the Republican party’s insistence on pushing forward with its ‘War on Women‘: The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalised abortion up to the time a fetus is considered ‘viable’, which is generally considered to be approximately at the 24-week stage of pregnancy.… [Read more]

Another Day, Another Massacre

A week ago another lunatic armed to the teeth descended on the town of Santa Monica, California and the Santa Monica City College killing 5 innocent people and wounding scores of others. The gunman, wearing an assault style military uniform, carried an AR 15 assault rifle with over 1800 rounds of ammunition. He killed his father, brother and three innocent random people, shooting indiscriminately at drivers of cars and a city bus before he entered the school where he fired on anyone he saw.… [Read more]

Do Politicians Care About Our Youth?

I question the commitment of our politicians when it comes to the education of our young people.

Educating young minds takes more than classroom instruction and standardized exams. It requires a commitment to nurture students and expose them to a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities. How can this happen if one of the first things on the chopping block during budget discussions is funding for after-school programs and the arts?… [Read more]

Going Around in Circles

The title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that came to mind several times, one of which was during President Obama’s press conference at which he talked about progress being made in states that have accepted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

If the states would allow for the Medicare expansion, and let the ACA do what it’s supposed to do, the forces of competition will help to do what is currently happening in California: insurance companies working within the healthcare exchanges and their exorbitant premiums are competitive.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Should There Be a Mandatory Retirement Age for the House and Senate?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Should there be a mandatory retirement age for the House and Senate? This Congressional Afterlife Country Club I joined is letting just anyone and everyone in.  I’m thinking of coming back from the dead and running for office in South Carolina.

Regards, Even though I hate your work and everything about you, The Hoovering-Around-The-Set-Of-A Scooby-Doo™-Cartoon Ghost Of Jesse Helms.… [Read more]

Moving Forward on Immigration Reform…Or Not.

Today, in a 224-201 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to reject President Obama’s June 2012 policy to end deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally but brought to the United States as children.

When Mr. Obama put the policy in place it was done by executive action, and it did not provide that class of undocumented immigrants legal status but it did protect them, for a two-year period, from deportation.… [Read more]

Out of Control

Out of control….

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is not a typical song. The performer, Reggie Watts, is a stream of consciousness improvisational comedian and musician.

Mr. Watts does the performing. You pick the message you want to receive.

In an over-politicized world in which many issues become political drama or manufactured scandals, it’s nice to know that we are allowed to make up our own minds about what’s important to us and how we communicate with others.… [Read more]

Ordinary Day

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is ”Ordinary Day” as performed by Omar.

or·di·nar·y (/ˈôrdnˌerē/)

Ordinary is defined as having no special or distinctive features; normal.

It’s what is commonplace, regular or standard. In an era during which so much of what we see and hear is hype that is meant to frighten rather than enlighten and manipulate rather than teach, there’s beauty in being able to experience what is simple and ordinary.… [Read more]

Things Have Changed

Events in the news this week have some of us thinking about change on a national and global level. Today we’re posting this week’s “Say It In Song” pick: Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.”

People are crazy and times are strange I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range I used to care, but things have changed.[Read more]

Race for the Virginia Governor’s Office: Choices

Many of us pay attention to national elections and our local political races. It’s often a challenge to get people to pay attention to elections that don’t have impact them directly. One political race, however, is receiving widespread attention: the Virginia governor’s race.

The recent fundraising e-mail sent by the Democratic Governors Association is a reminder of the stakes :

Friends,BREAKING: A new Roanoke College poll on the Virginia governor’s race shows radical Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli beating our Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, 34-29.[Read more]

Spinning Hate: The New KKK

On April 24, 1867, the Ku Klux Klan held its first national meeting in a bid to organize and build structure among their many disparate often groups. In 2013, one hundred forty six years later, the klan still exists.

On Wednesday I spent the entire evening surfing through Ku Klux Klan affiliated websites. I read their literature, watched videos, and scanned through a ton of pictures.  … [Read more]

Backstabbers

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is an oldie but goodie by famed R&B group, The O’Jays. ‘Backstabbers’ feels appropriate based simply on its definition; it means to attack someone particularly in a sneaky, deceitful and underhanded manner.

Doesn’t that seem like what’s going on in U.S. politics today? We have elected officials in place to make the nation better for its citizens but, clearly, the agenda is controlled by far too many special interest groups.… [Read more]

Immoral…

Religious leaders have called it immoral; some have even suggested that Jesus himself would oppose it. Various leaders of the Republican party have opposed it and even David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director, called it a fairy tale. Many on the left have referred to it as ‘austerity on steroids.’

What has all of these different people so upset?… [Read more]

Budget Bargaining

Many of us are watching the next move in the political game of financial chess. Today, President Obama will submit his long-awaited budget proposal. Keeping focus on deficit reduction in the face of a slowly recovering economy and unemployment figures that hover in the upper end of the 7 percent level, the president’s proposal includes $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, which is expected to bring in total deficit savings to $4.3 trillion.… [Read more]