I have to admit that preparing last week’s post on immigration depressed the hell out of me. When I do these posts, my goal is to take an unblinking look at our history, but with the awareness that while the “wars” may not have been won, battles have. While looking at our past attitudes on immigration, I had a hard time seeing our progress. So this week, I wanted something a bit more uplifting. One would think that imperialism would be the last topic I would choose, but this is one area where, as individuals, we’ve become marginally more aware, more sensitive, and occasionally more cautious. Whether or what we’ve learned as a country is an open question.
The Obama landslide victory and reelection allowed Harry Reid to work in concert with President Obama to appoint as many pro dem policy judges they could. 329….. remember that number. 329 judges Reid helped rammed through. We as democrats, lovers of social justice and equality should always emphasize the importance and IMPACT of the courts… and who selects them.
We’re fighting to maintain the aca… rgb took part in saving it twice. The aca subsides exist TODAY because of 4 Democratic appointed judges and swing votes from Roberts and Kennedy. Jill Stein nor Gary Johnson does Nothing to help with tilting the courts in our favor. Those 6 million people who made that choice are in danger of having their h.c. radically altered or being the target of a blatant power grab that stumps on our constitutional rights.
ELECTIONS MATTER…. AND. HAVE GENERATIONAL. CONSEQUENCES
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 10: Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court William Rehnquist (R) administers the oath of office to newly-appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (L) as U.S. President Bill Clinton looks on 10 August 1993. Ginsburg is the 107th Supreme Court justice and the second woman to serve on the high court.
Yes…. the thirdway guy nominated and got the liberal champion on the bench.
The courts made us proud in stopping a bigot…. Rgb, you’ve made us proud as well.
The Village News & Views March 15, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
Good morning fellow Village people!
It’s Day 55 of the Resistance and the election is far, far behind us. Perception is a weird thing, and in this new America it often feels like one day is a week and every week is a month. So much tension, so many assaults on our sensibilities, Muslim bans, destruction of health care, Russian collaboration… the list unfortunately goes on.
So I realize I should “be over it”. However, it seems I may not be. In fact, my mind wants to argue that there is some illogic to “being over it”, that something valuable and important may be lost if I just give in and get over it.
March 15th is of course the Ides of March. I remember as a little girl demanding to know what Ides were and why Ceasar was supposed to fear them. Shakespeare has never been my particular thing but I always did love Marc Antony’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2, and have parodied it a time or two, however badly.
It appears I haven’t quite gotten that out of my system yet either.
Patient friends, I promise tweets and a cat meme or two at the end. Meanwhile…
“The High Tide of Immigration — A National Menace” (1903)
Continuing my look at our unspoken, unstudied history through historical images, this week’s topic is immigration. For those who are not solely descendents of either First Nations’ people or slaves, immigration is a shared legacy. And yet, our history shows our ongoing uneasiness with the Other, however that is defined at any given period in our history. Reactions were often harsh, mean-spirited, and without compassion, and defined the newest wave with the ugliest of racial, religious, and ethnic stereotypes. Sound familiar?
Many of those who actually voted for real estate tycoon-reality show TV host Donald J. Trump for President last November now have “buyer’s remorse” over their decision.
What I find so ludicrous is that there are still morons in our country that support the ape acting like he’s presidential when that is far from the truth.
Most new Presidents use a “first 100 days” to define their Presidency. Halfway through Trump’s first 100 defines a manic President out of control in a White House where the staff still has trouble finding light switches and the doors that lead into and out of rooms.
I join with many others who shake their heads and wring their hands over the incredible mess in our nation’s capital.If it’s not over Trumps narcissistic ways, chaos in the White House, the lies coming from nearly every spokesman in the WH or anyone associated with the conservatives, the turmoil created by the Trump-Russia connections and all too many people shrugging it off as nothing, the turmoil created by the WH in the far-east, and these are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are two things even more damaging to our country and the gov’t that we elect but can’t seemingly govern for the people.
The Republicans utter lack of showing any compassion for anyone but themselves and their partisan and prejudiced policies is a large part of why we are where we are right now. While Trump isn’t who most wanted as their President they are seemingly fine with it now as long as they are given free rein pushing through their conservative dismantling of our societies forward progress and installing repressive policies meant to demean and dehumanize anyone they see as liberal and beneath their status in life. The one thing I think they are forgetting is that they are elected by the citizens and work for us and can be voted out, which we are all hoping every available voter is educated enough on their BS so they thrown to the gutter.
The other thing we should be looking at and fighting against is pseudo President Bannon’s dismantling of the gov’t apparatus. There are numerous slots within any administration that need to be filled to carry out the everyday workings of the gov’t and some are high level positions. As of now there are 512 posts which Trump has failed to put forth a nominee. For instance the State Dept. is lacking at 111 positions and DOD has 50 un-staffed positions. This article from the WaPo gives a good breakdown of this and why it’s an alarming catastrophe in the making…
Opinion | Want to know what ;deconstruction of the administrative state; looks like? Look at Trumps staffing. https://t.co/F3LRd1OhvD
The Village News & Views March 8, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
In 1967 a television program aired called The Prisoner. Staring and in many ways the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who was directly off a 4 year stint on the espionage thriller Danger Man (seen in the US as Secret Agent), the show aired 17 episodes and became very possibly the literal prototype of the television cult classic.
Yes, there was a remake in 2009, but we are going to pretend that didn’t happen, because, well, it might as well not have.
There’s a massive amount of opinion and fan discussion both on the web and in published media about the original series and I will be shocked if very many Meeses are entirely unaware of it. It has been on my mind of late, for a number of reasons not the least of which was the name change that occurred in our original community over on the Daily K from the Village Under the Bus to simply, The Village. That renaming was an elegant effort on the part of one of our bedrock members to preserve the group in that location, however it struck me as both poetic and ironic that our fellowship should eventually end up with a name associate with one of the most extreme, and effective Resistors in all of fiction.
It was only a matter of time before I brought up the subject for consideration by my fellows and that is how we come to today’s post…
The Prisoner: A Resistance Primer
“If I could do it again, I would. As long as people feel something, that’s the great thing. It’s when they are walking around not thinking and not feeling, that’s tough. When you get a mob like that, you can turn them into the sort of gang that Hitler had.”
A postcard from about 1910; imagine receiving this in the mail!
I’ve decided to continue the exploration of the unspoken history of our country as seen through political cartoons and messaging. I’m not doing this as an exercise in hopelessness. It’s easy to fall into that trap when seeing so many of the same themes over and over. But along with the recurring issues, I see the battles that have been won, even when the “war” is ongoing. For me, remembering the past gives me courage to fight for our future. I hope it will do the same for our Village.
This week, I wanted to focus on the misogyny in our history, but the topic was so broad, it became unmanageable. Since I have no desire to do a dissertation, I chose the suffrage movement as the exemplar of the patriarchy in our midst. The images today are mostly postcards from the early 1900s, as well as political cartoons.