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This week, Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal. Among the lowlights is a proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare in exchange for a few very modest tax increases on the wealthy. And that's just his opening bargaining position.
I decided to conduct a little experiment. I'd watch or listen to some mainstream news, such as CBS or NPR during prime news time(early morning and late afternoon), and see how many times the media mentioned this very important news. For the most part...(crickets).
Gary Bauer Threatens GOP: ‘Bail Out’ On Marriage And I’ll Form Third Party
Would you, Gary? Bring Huck along with you while you're at it? Because if you take today's GOP and subtract the fundies, you have today's Democratic Party. Gary taking his ball and going home could be the start for a much-needed political realignment.
Three years ago, the Supreme Court, in what Keith Olbermann correctly called "Our Dred Scott," ruled that corporations had all of the rights of human beings and, more importantly, that any attempt to limit their campaign contributions violated their First Amendment right to free speech in the infamous 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC decision.
Since then, there has been a growing movement to overturn that decision. Today, on Democracy Now!, thanks to a college NPR station on my way home from work, I heard the following exchange:
Researchers from Duke Uninversity have released a new study on the life long effects of bullying. The research shows that both the bully as well as the victim have a higher incidence of psychological disorders as adults.
Elections are supposed to have consequences. The vote of the people is supposed to translate into policies being enacted by the politicians they have elected. The Republican use of the filibuster has made the last two elections virtually inconsequential. During the 2012 campaign, Harry Reid vowed to enact filibuster reform that would prevent the Senate minority from blocking legislation or presidential nominees to positions ranging from federal judges to cabinet positions.
The following is my own admittedly biased interpretation of what President Obama really meant in his State of the Union speech last night. I will loosely follow the transcript provided by the Washington Post,
"History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon," Napoleon said. "Even when I am gone, I shall remain in people's minds the star of their rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto of their hopes."
In just a few hours from now, a travesty will happen. President Barack Obama will publicly begin his second term by taking the oath of office while placing his hand on the Reverend Martin Luther King's Bible, and on the holiday that was set aside to honor the latter to boot. If such a thing as sympathetic magic or a wrathful God really existed, either the Bible or the President would burst into flame.
I am an activist for my people. As I have grown older, I have more likely performed my activism with my words, which is the tool I have had at hand.
Sometimes I am repetitive. I am a teacher. Some lessons are hard. That's a clue to the fact that they are important. Important lessons need to be taught more than once, again and again, time and again, using different words, approaching the issue from different points of view. That's what I do. Some of you claim that I do it "ad nauseam." It's your nausea, not mine.
Many of you know me as the transsexual woman (or whatever you call me...I'm sure that it is not favorable in many instances). Some of you know me as an artist or a poet. Some of you see the teacher in me. Or the glbt activist and PFLAG parent. I am all of these. I am a human being.
I was born in a place and time. I have absorbed the life lessons presented to me since then. I am still learning.
I've tried to pass on what I have learned. I continue to make that effort, in whatever new venues are available, wherever I can find an opened eye or ear.
My mother passed some weeks ago. And though it has been a long while since I actually lived at home and got up Christmas morning to presents and stockings there. And a while since I spent time on Christmas with her, having moved from Florida to Ohio. It still seems rather melancholy to not be able to talk to her on Christmas. To send her something. Usually some of my Pulla sweat bread.
I do miss this part even though I have not really celebrated Christmas myself in a while.
I have got to wondering what parents want for their children and what they should want.
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