Each week I offer up some thoughts on politics, religion, sex with gossip thrown in for flavor. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee just my way of helping you start your week. Who knows, maybe you missed one of these stories, perhaps you share my opinion or maybe you're just bored. For me...it's just a mental health exercise. Grab a cup, sit down and let's have some fun. Sunday Morning Coffee is served:
Ted Cruz and Voter Punishment
You just can not make this stuff up. This past weekend the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) condemnation from Secretary of State Paul Pate (R-IA) for the deceptive mailer sent to GOP Voters. The official looking mailer had at the top the words "official public record" and went on to tell the voter they were guilty of a "voting violation" for failing to show up at the polls in recent elections. “There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting,” said Pate, who was elected statewide as a Republican in 2014. “Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.” The ride in the Clown Car continues...
Meanwhile former Iowa Secretary of State Matt (Voter Fraud) Shultz supported the mailing but he would he is the state chairman for Sen. Cruz. Is there any more reason to simply discount the good senator from Texas? Nuff said.
The Donald and Your Lust for Domination
For months I've been trying to figure out the lust some have for Donald Trump and, perhaps, it is the desire to be dominated by an authoritarian figure. I dunno, just guessing that you like
the way he talks down to you. How he belittles you. How he helps you move closer to the "Girlie Man" that is deep inside of you. You need somebody to tell you what to do, where to go and how to think. I get it...finally and don't be ashamed. It's OK to fawn over someone so powerful. On you knees and obey! I gotta be careful...the first two pieces here smack of S&M huh? Told you there would be...sex.
The Tampon Tax
I've got to admit this had not crossed my mind but then again, in the words of my Bride, "You're just a dumb ol' boy!" Here is something to consider: Right now in the U.S., of the 45 states that impose sales tax, 40 levy it on sanitary napkin and tampon purchases. That’s not terribly surprising, considering that most items are taxed under individual state laws. Nearly every sales-taxing state offers exemptions for items that are deemed necessities, a list that should include sanitary supplies, considering that biology drives women’s menstruation, and thus the sales of tampons and pads. Yet just five states—Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey—don’t make women pay an additional fee for the monthly occurrence of their periods. Everywhere else, sanitary supplies are essentially considered “luxury” or “nonessential items.” No, really. To a couple of my friends running for the Iowa House here in the Des Moines Metro....Claire Celsi and Jennifer Konfrst...let's do this!
End Our Fawning & Get to Work
If you've got Caucus Fatigue...I get it. It's nice to have the spotlight for a bit. To fawn over the presidential candidates as they shuck corn, pet hogs and attempt to be "regular folk". Tomorrow thousands will go to caucus sites. The GOP caucus will be filled with the most angry of white men and the winner will be Mr. Trump. They will fill in their secret ballots and leave...still angry at the realization they are being marginalized buy a changing demographic. Meanwhile the Democrats will meet in rooms that are too small for the crowd and they will choose up sides, in public. They may "horse-trade" a bit and then they will go home. The next day some will celebrate and others will vow to "fight again".
Meanwhile, if you are a Democrat we are wasting time. You have had your ass handed to you in city council elections, school board elections, county supervisor elections, Iowa Statehouse elections, the gubernatorial elections and the congressional elections. What was once a Blue State has become...bright red. The party that once had a "big tent" has become beholding to the same big money coffers and the base has been forgotten. Once mighty labor unions have failed to back a winner...for a very long time. Iowa Democrats often sound more like "Republican Lite" than a party with a People First Agenda. So, after all the glitter of tomorrow goes away don't bask in the sunshine of victory or lick your wounds. It is time to get angry and get even and in every city, every township, every county in Iowa rise up and work to restore the very soul of this great party. Or...continue to...lose. Your call...
Gov. Branstad Welcome
Yesterday I was at the I'll Make Me a World in Iowa celebration which was held in Des Moines. If you are a white person you probably don't know about it...and I didn't see many of you there. I did see Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) come by and he got a rousing welcome. Folks clapped and shouted when he was introduced as the longest serving governor in the nations history. Oh...people. Under his watch more and more African-Americans have been put in prison. In Iowa less than 4% of our citizens are black yet they make up over 93% of the population in our prisons. This is the governor who says that even after you have paid your debt to society you don't get to vote. This is the governor who is hell-bent on moving the care and treatment of Iowa's poor to private care and then says having an adequate number of ombudsmen to look out after their interests is "over-kill". A new friend of mine said it best, "When he was introduced I walked away. There is no way I would celebrate this man. He has not been our friend nor a friend of any minority person in Iowa."
I did get to visit, once again, with my friend Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) who was there as a surrogate for Bernie Sanders. He offered up a passionate speech on behalf of the progressive candidate. Sec. Hillary Clinton came by. She and Chelsea made an appearance and said some nice things and Dr. Willie Wilson also stopped in. I know..."Who in the heck is Willie Wilson?". He too is running for president. The successful businessman from Chicago spoke and I sat down with him for a business interview that we'll air this week during the broadcast. He had some great suggestions for folks and how they too might move forward in life.
GOP contenders? Crickets....
The I'll Make Me a World in Iowa was a beautiful event. So many friends and so much celebration. I spent eight hours there with my grand-daughter Jovie. She had a blast with face-painting, rock climbing, bounce houses, visiting with friends. She was one tired little girl last night but man, did she have a good time. And, it was good for her.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Sunday