Score another one for the American voter’s cheer leader mentality about politics. This latest brouhaha over the NSA reading our e-mails, Facebook posts, and other online activities has highlighted that phenomena quite nicely. Since the news came out you have seen the usual suspects either defending or demonizing the President based on their party. There are, of course, those who question this invasion into our privacy based on actual moral conviction. Some folks are not so tied up in love of their party to condone or condemn based on the President’s affiliation. Sadly, if my interactions on social media are any cue, that is not the case by and large. Continue reading
Sometimes I feel like I’ve stumbled into Oz. No, not the old cable TV show about prison life, but Mssr. Baum’s fantasy world. There are times where what I read, hear, and watch does not quite seem real. Indeed, so much of what the mainstream media presents is not real. At best we get watered down reporting, diluted so the masses do not consume too much of that oh so dangerous mineral: truth. Through it all you have two groups of Americans, self-described conservatives and self-described liberals, who have actually fooled themselves into thinking they are drinking the elixir veritas. Continue reading
Kaylee keeps her head down, eyes obscured in her hood, as she makes her way home on the walkway following the Jefferson canal. It is raining, hard, and she tries to ignore it as it runs down her gray, plastic coat. It is only the third Nor’easter this week and it is Saturday, which means it was a good week. Forbidden manna falls from the sky and she pretends it does not matter as it trickles, wasted, at her feet. Continue reading
I have defended her against those that use unflattering pictures out of context to paint her as crazy (what public figure doesn’t have pics like that out there?) I have challenged those that attack her lack of eloquence rather than her policy ideas to debate in a more mature fashion. I have called out those who disseminate misogynist memes with her picture on them. All that said, I am very glad Michelle Bachmann is leaving Congress. Continue reading
It is a curious thing. Other than perhaps Christmas I can think of no other holiday that brings out the desire to blog, not just for myself, but for others, like Memorial Day. It is a day charged with emotions we have a hard time wrapping our heads and hearts around. Many choose just to sit back and enjoy the three-day weekend, which I suppose is their right. It is easier than taking the time to reflect on what the day means. It is simpler to just rattle off a few patriotic platitudes than think about what was sacrificed and why. Continue reading
What must it be like to have so many people put so much importance on your every decision? I am hard on the President, and will continue to be because as a citizen in a democracy it is my responsibility to be so. I have no intention of letting him get away with his pandering to plutocrats, war hawks, and those that would chip away at our civil liberties. Likewise I am grateful for the end of DADT, for his refusing to defend DOMA, and for his stated position on women’s reproductive choice. He is a politician like most others. He has his good moments, his bad moments, and some that are hard to define as one or the other. Which is why it surprises me that he is as polarizing a figure as he is.