I get it, your Mom said, "Never discuss politics or religion!" Mom was wrong. Here is a brief look at some of the stories from the past week and, yes, it's politics and religion with a dash of gossip just for taste. Sunday Morning Coffee is not for the weak...strong stuff to help you think...progressively. Grab a cup!
The GOP Gives Up on Iowa?
While the base might be excited about their many candidates it would seem the party wants to take a pass on Iowa. My friend Pat Rynard from The Starting Line has gone to more political events during the past six months than you or I. He has written this opinion on the lackluster performance of the GOP in Iowa and suggests that if they don't get into the game...they might as well move on. Here is the link to the story.
The Media Does Suck!
This past week the Republican candidates took to the stage and, mostly, just made stuff up. And, when they didn't have an answer to the question they simply blamed the media for being liberal. While bashing the media isn't new...the fact the media allows these clowns to look straight into the camera and lie...does suck. That Donald Trump denies he ever took a swipe at Mark Zuckerberg that is on the Trump website is one thing but when Ben Carson denied having any "involvement" in a sketchy maker of nutritional supplements yet the evidence is right there for folks to see is quite another. There was Chris Christie telling the world that money was stolen from social security and Carly Fiorina recycled a stat about women's jobless numbers that Mitt Romney abandoned because it was...false. Meanwhile by the time the media "fact checks" the lies...nobody cares. The candidates have their ten second sound-bite and we move on. Weary.
Why a Progressive?
This week a friend asked me, "Hey, why are you a liberal?" Good question and an opportunity for a teaching moment. I'm a liberal because I believe that government and society in general needs to progress. That perfection is something we work on...all the time. That to be a progressive nation we need to advance the idea that all of us have opportunity and deserve to be treated with dignity. That is far different than the conservative view of "keeping things as they are". Our nation has a broken justice system, out of control education costs, a rigged tax code, a bloated military, racial injustice is real and my conservative friends seem to think that just fine.
Let's "conserve" what is not working or...as my cartoon drawing friend suggests..."Remember to turn your clocks...back!" Way...back. (Cartoon: Tim Lloyd)
Last week several media outlets took a swipe at the Bernie Sanders campaign following "The Dinner Formerly Known as JJ". They chided the Sanders campaign for leaving the event early and not sticking around for a "strong show of unity". They were whining that the buses that the Sanders campaign rented packed up and left early. That was a crappy dig. What really happened at "The Dinner Formerly Known as JJ" was that it started over two hours late. The reason? Security. There were way too many people and way too few security lines. The wait to get into the event lasted for well over 2 hours. That pushed everything back. Some called for an "adjustment" in the bus schedule but what about "adjusting" babysitters and other family members back home? Now, who...who..could have put some additional pressure on security to get it right? Perhaps had the former president picked up the phone and said, "Hey, yall, can you boys get a couple of extra security lines over in Des Moines? Me and Hillary would appreciate that." Oh well...it's history now.
I overhead a conversation last week that was stunning: "Well, what I have a problem with is the culture that directs Latino men to stay out of their children's education." WHAT? And, it gets better: "It's true, Latino men do not value education. It's their culture." Of course I called the
"very white" person out and suggested that stereotype is just like, "Well, you know Jews control all the money..." This, just after I had a long conversation with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia about education, family and progressive ideals. We talked about how education is the great equalizer and how, all over the country, Latino men and women have embraced not only education in their family but also activism in making education more affordable and accessible. But, hey...if white folks believe Latino males don't embrace education it must be true. What the hell would Chuy know? Weary.
Tuesday Election Day
Over the years I've watched lots of local city council elections. I've not seen anything quite as well run as what Threase Harms a candidate for the City Council in Windsor Heights. Signs, banners, cups handed out on Beggers Night. And, she is everywhere. At meetings, events, walking the neighborhoods. Prediction that she will win one of the two seats on Tuesday. The odd thing is that she, according to the financial reports, has done all of this and spent only $1,166. I also found reports for candidate Zac Bales-Henry and Charlene Butz but nothing on record for Dave Burgess. I may be looking in the wrong place?
Each Thursday afternoon I pick up my granddaughter from school and we go to the studio for the Business News Hour. After the broadcast we head back home (she and her Mom live with us in Windsor Heights). This past Thursday evening she said to me, "Know what I want more than anything in the world?" Me: "Nope, what?" She: "Well it begins with a D." Me: "A dog?" She: "Nope!", Me: "A dress?" She: "No. I want a Dad..." I'll spare you the rest of the conversation but for those of you who are Dad and you are there for your kids. Good for you...it matters.
Have a great Sunday and welcome to November!