Brewing up political commentary for over twelve years, welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee! Some of the stories you've seen, or missed, all laced with my thoughts because it's what I get to do before the sun comes up. So much to do today...so maybe just one cup rather than a whole pot.
It's Who You Are
We've known for a very long time that the president is not fit nor qualified to do the job he was elected to do. But, here's the deal, him I can understand but those who follow him and support him I do not understand. I try to come to grips with it but in the end I guess that what we are really seeing is who you are: Fearful white men and women who pretend to be Christians but present a tortured rendition of their faith. Now, fear is a motivating factor and you who support this man are just that...scared and angry. Scared because you've bought into the idea that you are quickly falling into minority status as our nation becomes more and more diverse. Scared because there are people living in your city or town that don't look like you, talk like you, worship like you and love like you. And that fear makes you angry.
Rather than bring out the best in Americans this president had spent years picking at the scab of hate and resentment. You see this man as the last stand in a fight you are losing. You believe the lies and the deception because you must; because the America you believe in is gone. The America of the 1960's where "colored people" knew their place and were kept there. An America that believes Jesus is some white dude with flowing golden locks of hair. An America where if you are gay nobody talks about it and you're convinced it is a sickness that can, somehow, be corrected. An America that accepts only the language of the majority, never mind that at one time even your family didn't speak it.
You are angry and frightened...and I feel so very sorry for your tortured soul.
It was the 2007 Harkin Steak Fry when I met, for the first time, Joe Biden. He was there, long after others had left "holding court" with five or six reporters. For those of you who have had the opportunity to be with Biden you know how he loves to mix it up, listen and then give very long answers to, often, simple questions. The sky was gray that late afternoon and a chilly wind whipped over the, now nearly, deserted field. But Joe Biden wasn't done and his smile and radiant personality stood in stark contrast to a day that was quickly fading.
I'll never forget that afternoon or the subsequent meetings with the former Vice President be they at the Jewish Temple on Grand or on a bus tour with the Nuns. Or more recently at a small gathering where he and I teared up remembering those who we have lost.
You can tell alot about a person and their character by how they treat others. How they listen. How they emote and offer thoughtful, measured responses. Joe Biden is, my friends, the balm our nation needs right now. The man will unite and heal this country and restore decency to the White House. There is a reason Joe Biden is at the place he is today...a higher power is delivering to us an opportunity. We must grab it.
OK, gotta be honest...I had never heard of Randy Rainbow or his parody songs until last night at the Polk County Democratic Steak Fry. One of the videos presented was his version of Camelot but using Kamala. Sorry if you've seen this before but thought it worth sharing.
Neat...and yes, not only a big fan of Camelot but also Kamala Harris.
Together We Can Build A Beautiful City
One more? Last night at the Polk County Steak Fry they played this. I had not seen it before...enjoy.
So much to do today and gotta get to it. I've got 50 more doors to visit with Vote By Mail requests and several other pressing projects before Monday hits.
The fact that the Polk County Democrats pulled off the 2020 Steak Fry in a safe manner speaks to the humanity of so many volunteers. For those of you not joining us last night you missed something special. We've got 51 days before the election. It's time to double down. More next week but for now...a huge thank you to all who worked a great event. It matters.
Thanks for reading/watching and have a great Sunday!