I know many of my liberal friends are looking forward to talking to that one Uncle that you know is going to bring up the election. At some point he might get around to Obama Care. As a public service, here are some notes on talking with him. Be gentle, healthcare is going to be rough topic for Republicans, now that they actually have the power to do the foolishness they have been promising.
African Americans have a right to be bitter about the Obama Presidency. Mitch McConnell and the Republican Leadership did everything possible to make the President fail, to only allow him to be 3/5ths of a President. It’s hard to view this as anything other than the impact of racism. Watch the video HERE.
Few things will be funnier over the next several years than watching the Republican Party deal with healthcare. Why? Because Obama Care borrowed from the best of right wing ideas. The only thing left for Republicans is to force the people that have insurance pay higher rates to cover the costs of those that can afford it but chose not to by. Yes, the Republican reform proposals will socialize the cost of healthcare irresponsibility. Watch the video HERE.
Here in Ferguson protesters used to chant “This is what Democracy looks like”. No it’s not. Shouting down residents at a city council meeting isn’t democracy, and neither is disrupting a Trump rally. It’s become some strange form of narcism that is just highlighting how powerless it is. Want change? Do real work getting ready for the next election. Watch the video HERE.
It’s going to be okay. The most important thing to remember is that Donald Trump HATES to lose, and he knows that if he does a bad job he will lose in four years. He knows he won’t be running against the Clinton empire – he will be running against his own record. But more importantly, good or bad, the Republic will stand. Watch the video HERE.
I’ve avoided talking about politics over the last six months or so, because well, I’m a Republican that is going to vote for Clinton and a lot of the people I know are voting for Trump.
I just can’t do it, even before the recent madness. None of the people that I know personally that are voting for Trump are racist, and this includes some of my nicer and more thoughtful friends and relatives. But I do consider Trump to be a racist, and in Ferguson we don’t use that word lightly. There is no other way to characterize his avid support for the Birther movement, among other positions.
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 08/02/16
Last week, the Baltimore prosecutor’s office ended its efforts to convict six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore resident who died last year as a result of spinal injuries he suffered while in the back of a police van. Many Black Lives Matter activists immediately suggested that, yet again, the police had gotten away with the murder of an African-American.
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I had the strangest conversation recently. I was at the rally/protest for the new Ferguson Police Chief, talking with one of the social justice protesters. She insisted that socialism was the answer for the United States. Afterwards I couldn’t help but think that the social justice movement’s fascination with socialism was somehow undermining the economic gains being made by African Americans.
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 02/21/16
Something has gone terribly wrong with the social justice movement. The heavy lifting of making things better is being consumed by a free-floating anger that has little connection to what is actually happening in our country.
Think I’m exaggerating? Some of the angrier members of the social justice community are calling for the recall of Ferguson Councilwoman Ella Jones.
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Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1/28/16
Baffled by “White Privilege” in Ferguson
“White privilege” recently made an appearance in the presidential race when a college student, Thalia Anguiano, asked Clinton what the term “white privilege” meant to her.
I have to admit I am baffled by the term. As a resident of Ferguson Missouri, my wife and I have had more than our share of conversations using terms and ideas such as white privilege, white supremacy, white male power (my personal favorite was when I asked an activist at a social justice meeting, an older white woman, the goals she saw for the organization and she responded “I won’t be forced into your white male hierarchy”).
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