Each week I drop in to write about politics...thanks for coming by. My name is Michael Libbie. For most of the week I attempt to remain objective. On Sunday morning...well. Some interesting events this past week, let's get started.
President Barack Hussein Obama delivered a press conference on foreign soil where he denounced his nation and built up an adversary nation? Think about that for just a moment. The talking heads on the left and the right and in the center would castigate him. Congress would immediately start hearings and perhaps even move to impeachment because clearly the act would be seen as an act unbecoming to the leader of the United States of America and could present a "clear and present danger" to our national security.
But because "45" is not President Obama politicians like Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) tell us we should be prepared to accept some things the president says and when he says he is "sorry" we should let it pass. What crap... Spineless until it serves their own interests. And, their interests are?
we are all wrong about the conservative movement and, in reality, it proves to be good for our nation and our people? There is nothing more American than slavery and indentured servants. Look at our "founding fathers", they got it. Maybe our position in the world is to have only two classes of people: The rich and powerful and those of us who are simply drones; doing the bidding of our masters. Imagine the freedom we would have as we cower on the floor boot-licking and waiting for crumbs to fall from the table. We wouldn't do that? But we do my friends. Every time you give a "pass" to those who do and say and do things that can not be defended and are clearly against the will of the vast majority of Americans you are complicit in creating a "two-class system". Ask any, still strong, supporter of "45" and they will tell you how well this is all working out for them... I have and you know what? Pretty much crickets in the response.
we decided that it was better to judge the greatness of our nation not by our GDP but by how we care for our citizens? Think about that for a moment. What might be the outcome be of a nation that looks to first care for the people rather than the Dow Industrial Average? What if we took those millions made on Wall Street and turned them into action dollars for universal health care? What if we applied the winnings of the "Great American Gamble" toward the highest quality public education on the planet? What if we invested in people rather than in stock buy-backs the way so many companies are doing since the Trump Tax Cut of last December? Too...socialist?
we decided that there are no longer minorities? I had a conversation with a man last week who rails against the use of the word "minority" because, as he says, "The word immediately lessens me." Think about that for a moment. If we define an entire category of people by the word "minority" it means something...it means they are less than the majority and they are unequal. It was a stunning interview that also spoke to Equity and Equality. If you have 15 minutes you really should listen to this conversation with Doug Minter from the Knoxville, TN Chamber of Commerce. Yes...the Chamber of Commerce. I know...but, it ain't what you may think.
we were to call a lie for what it is? Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) continues to hold up the disaster that currently plagues thousands of Iowans on Medicaid due to the, some say, illegal shift away from the state run system to private for-profit companies? Imagine already being poor and in need and then having to fight a corporation who has the mandate to make money first just to get health care coverage. I would have expected my "right to life" friends to be all over this. But, we forget. Once the child is born...fuck it. "Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps!" Except you can't afford...boots. She is lying to you and you are taking it.
you voted? Really, why is it that I must get phone calls from the "coordinated campaign" urging me to knock doors and make phone calls to people who fail to vote? I guess I don't get it. If the polls are open I go. To miss that moment of opportunity to help shape our local and national conversation through the vote is mind blowing. What the hell are you thinking? I get it that some of my friends in various communities have decided that it is no use because nothing changes. The reason "nothing changes" is that you are failing to rally around progressive, true progressive candidates who wish to change the system of inequality. But...to stay home? Yikes!
Last week I was shocked to learn that the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is not what I thought it to be. When you see the words "Chamber of Commerce" we automatically think of the United States Chamber of Commerce which so very often supports legislation that only serves those in power.
I share that with you because last week I attended the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) loaded for bear. I was ready to ask all sorts of social and economic questions about what I had assumed their stand might be...but I was wrong...so very wrong.
The first session I attended the speakers were talking about "Equity and Equality" (see the interview with Doug Minter). The next was on affordable housing. The next was about food insecurity. The next talked about wages and talent and immigration reform. WHAT? This talk coming from a group with the words "Chamber of Commerce" in their name? This week we'll air an interview (several actually) that came out of that event including a conversation with the first female President/CEO of ACCE, Sherre Anne Kelly. (pictured) They waited 104 years for a "her". You can tell a ton about an organization simply by checking out the "Staff Page" on their website. Impressive...
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!