Friday Night Music: 1/6/23

It’s 5pm here on the East Coast, and it’s Friday. Time to let the stresses of the week go for a few hours a day just soak the evening away in melodic bliss.

Well, unless you’re Kevin McCarthy. His stress is only beginning.

In spite of this being the 2 year anniversary of the Trump Insurrection, I’m not doing this for them because fuck anyone trying to overthrow the Constitution. I’m sending one out to Rep. McCarthy because he’s had one messed up week.

I briefly thought about Let’s Do It Again by The Staples Sisters, but that’s too funky for the shitstorm Kev’s living right now. Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping was also considered because he’s getting right back on that horse repeatedly after getting tossed flat on his face into a pile of manure.

I finally found one that’s worthy of Kevin in Beck’s Loser. So, in honor of all slick guitar licks everywhere and the losers associated with them…

Merry Christmas

We’re one week away from relegating 2022 to the history books. I just want to wish any and every person reading this a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas) or Happy Holidays.

We’ve all been through a lot over the past few years, so make sure you take time to pamper yourself. Don’t think that it’s selfish to take care of yourself because you deserve to be well mentally, physically, and spirituality just like anyone else. If you’re like me and always looking out for others, you can’t help people of you’re not well yourself.

This is a working holiday for me this year. Someone has to protect democracy. 😁 Enjoy your day today, and love on your loved ones.

Merry Christmas to all.

Second Civil War

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second American Civil War. If you haven’t already realized it, we’ve been living through a war since December 2008. War has not been officially declared, however I’ll suggest that the moment the GOP decided to go full obstruction as opposed to actually governing in the best interest of America was the day the war began.

I can already hear the questions and see the puzzled looks. “What war?” you ask. “Isn’t war supposed to be violent and deadly?” Well, the Cold War between the US and Russia was fought for decades without direct battle. Likewise, the second civil war thus far has not been fought as a traditional war.

This is a war against the Constitution itself, and the fight became visible on January 6, 2021. Since that time, we’ve had numerous people convicted for their actions that day on charges that include seditious conspiracy against the United States among others. The former president has even called for the termination of the Constitution and being named president again even though he lost his election.

The silence from conservatives about these acts and actions says more than any type of PR press release could ever say. The most any GOP group has done was to delete a tweet mentioning Kanye West. GOP voters continue to vote for the same people to sit in the same offices they held on January 6th, so the voters are just as complicit in the war. I’d even suggest this is exactly what they want based on their voting patterns and history. Georgia re-elected a Rep who has said the January 6th insurrection would have been successful had she and Steve Bannon planned it out. The problem is that she was part of the planning group, and Steve Bannon was in the “War Room” watching it all unfold.

So, the question is when does democracy begin to defend itself? When does the rest of America begin to fight back to defend the Constitution from this domestic onslaught? The time to act is running out as we’ve seen that the courts are willing to erode constitutional rights that get in the way of this rightward march. We also cannot depend solely on voting when we see that half of America is willing to vote for this attack to continue.

I’m not sure of how many people are aware of what’s going on, and there isn’t going to be some massive outcry from media groups either. Corporate owned media and others have paid for what we’re seeing now. There’s no coincidence in the massive spending that’s taken place since Citizens United. There’s also no coincidence in the wealthy having this money to spend because of favorable policies from Republicans.

What we do in the next few months and years will set our course for the near future. We cannot continue to ignore the canaries in the mine like the attacks on the power grid. We cannot keep sending seditionists to be members of Congress. If we don’t act like a country where no one person is above the law, then we soon won’t have laws to worry about.

Who do you trust?

Here we are, less than 16 days away from election day, and a major news outlet is putting out information like this.

My initial response is, “Who in the hell are they polling?” I also want to know in which alternative universe the polling responders reside.

Why would anyone outside of the wealthiest Americans trust the GOP with the economy? They’ve already said they’re going to cut Social Security among other programs. They’re threatening to default on the debt limit again to extract concessions from Biden. Now ask yourself, if these financial endeavors were so damned important, then why didn’t they do them when Trump was in office and they controlled Congress?

Face it America, if your net worth doesn’t include at least three commas in front of the decimal point, the GOP doesn’t care about you or your families. All they want from you is a vote to give them control of government. They will say or do anything to demagogue the Democratic Party or any other challengers to get that vote too.

You don’t believe me?

The GOP will claim, with a straight face, that Democrats are soft on crime when there’s a former Attorney General in the White House and a former chief of police running for the Senate in Florida. There are others within the Democratic Party who have worked to reduce crime, but the GOP will work like hell to claim the Democrats are soft on crime. Just don’t ask any Republicans about prosecutions involving the crimes around January 6th 2021 or the scheme to overturn election results with fake electors.

I would love for ABC News, Pew Research, Gallup, or any other polling group to update their polling methodology to get a more realistic sample of Americans and our opinions. Most things are not very black and white issues, but when it comes to which party is better for the country at this time, there’s no amount of evidence that shows Republicans are better. They have proven time and time again that they don’t govern for everyone, whether it’s on the state or federal level.

There will undoubtedly be people who disagree with what I’ve written here, and I am perfectly fine with that. There will be the rebuttals involving social issues and other distractions. They are designed to take attention away from the fact that Republicans tend to ruin the economic outlook for Americans when they’re in office. Look at the states where minimum wages have increased. Are they run by Democrats or Republicans?

Vote wisely folks. Your choice has effects far beyond what you can see.

 

Post-democracy politics

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Today starts the early voting period here in Georgia. We’ll hear the usual, “this is the most important election in our lifetime” speech over and over until November. While it gets old, this election is truly important and not just for the residents of Georgia.

Across the country, there are many candidates for office who are election deniers. The majority of GOP candidates on the ballot for November espouse the belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Think of the cognitive dissonance required to believe that Trump lost on the same election where hundreds of Republicans won.

Yet, here we are in 2022 staring at the ballot and there’s a chance that many elections in 2024 will be run by people who believe that very thing. Democracy itself is officially on the ballot and maybe even on life support. Welcome to the world of post-democracy politics.

At this point a vote isn’t just about a party preference, ideology, or your single area of concern. We’ve devolved to where we’re basically voting to determine whether or not we remain a democratic society where freedoms are enjoyed and rights are protected. It’s a simple yes or no vote, either you want democracy or you don’t. Period. One party is actively working to bend our democracy into a country that benefits them above all others. The other party is working to protect democracy for everyone, including the people actively working against them.

I don’t generally make endorsements when it comes to elections. Like religion, I think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs when it comes to politics. However, defending democracy and protecting the Constitution is priority number one for me. For that reason, I implore everyone to ignore the polls and naysayers. Get out and vote against the GOP like your life depends on it. That may very well be the truth for your neighbors.

Republicans don’t even hide their disdain for America anymore. In what universe would Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker be a legitimate candidate for an office of such importance as the US Senate? Do either of them project the confidence they could handle making decisions in life or death situations or have the ability to handle some of America’s intelligence secrets?

I can’t answer for you, but when I hit the voting booth, the choices will be very easy. Will I vote for folks who want to end body autonomy, end social security, and flood our streets with even more guns? Or, will I vote for someone who wants to ensure that my kids have the same rights that I have now? For me, the choice is easy, and I’ll do all I can to protect the rights of everyone. I’m not ready to give up on democracy, only on the party that’s trying to end our democracy.