There is no better way to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks than to behave honorably as Americans. While the endless recounts of the events on that horribly tragic day seem appropriate in most cases, sensationalist in others, I feel that is it more important to reflect on how our country has actually devolved since September 11, 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

“Yes We Could Have”

August 5, 2011

With “Yes We Can,” our confidence we bestowed,

Progress, we know, is best served á la mode,

But it is quite hard to figure,

When you’re secretly called “nigger,”

Why you choose to kick the “Can” down the road

Cartoon by Mike Luckovich at Atlanta Journal Constitution

Can someone please tell me what forces in the universe have aligned to allow women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann to garner tremendous support from Republicans, especially from Republican women? The list of falsehoods, historical revisions, and outright lies told by both Palin and Bachmann are endless. These “mistakes” can’t even be considered gaffes at this point. Gaffes are usually rare social blunders that the offender usually retracts. Not these women. They proudly ride their mistakes and historical inaccuracies to the bottom of the ocean like the captain of the Titanic, although not nobly as we would think of a captain, but frantically, running throughout the ship screaming, “Ignore the rising water at your knees! The ship is NOT sinking!” How many “gaffes” does it take to get to the center of a nincompoop’s thought process, for it to be seen as evidence of incompetence? More importantly, as the evidence of their ineptitude mounts, how do they continue to remain topics in serious political conversation? Read the rest of this entry »

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) did something very, very stupid and inappropriate for a political leader – sure. But this phony righteous indignation by politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, drives me batty. Sending lewd photos of yourself to someone other than your wife has nothing to do with the job of a Congressman. At this point, no laws have been broken, no one was victimized, and his actions were not hypocritical. Thus, it is a matter for he and his wife to resolve. Now, Weiner’s actions may call his judgment into question, but whether he should hold Congressional office is a matter for voters to decide. Weiner deserves to be censured, but the political and social pressure to resign was unjustified.

Did lying about his misdelivered tweet make the situation worse? Politically, sure; ethically, maybe. Read the rest of this entry »

America’s legacy of racism is alive and well. The evidence is apparent in the racial disparities in education, income, wealth, health, and incarceration. Let’s review some facts about the current state of the educational system – the most fundamental resource for upward mobility – and how it is churning out a class of poor, unhealthy, underachieving minority youth.

If only 51% of white students were graduating from high school in four years, I imagine that most people would consider this a national crisis.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Republican Brothers and Sisters:

When the word “entitlements” is stated, do you hear between the lines?  When uttered so vehemently by Republicans, I hear the implication that these programs are hand-outs – free, unearned gifts that are taken for granted by the non-rich.  I hear the undertones of Republicans’ assault on the poor and working class – the continued efforts funnel money from the working class to the rich (e.g., tax breaks for billionaires, billion-dollar subsidies for oil and farm companies, huge no-bid contracts to defense companies, and the constant push to deregulate the financial industry). Yes, there is class warfare.  The rich are winning by a landslide. Read on

 Dear Republican Brothers and Sisters:

I’d like to dispel a myth about the Republican Party, a myth that most of you seem to cling to as truth. I know that many of you have strong faith in God, and thus, naturally have a strong faith in your Republican politicians who claim to share that faith. Thus, you may naturally deduce that that shared faith should lead to trust. But let me say this bluntly: Republican politicians do not care about you. By “care,” I mean “willing to put your needs and well-being as working people above their own financial and political gain.” By “you,” I mean “the American people who do not own corporations.” It’s that simple. Republicans are passionate and true to one thing, however: Money. Read on