Can this man save American democracy?

Here, right matters. The truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.
–Adam Schiff

America is anything but great again. It was great before. Not perfect by any means, but still a country other countries admired and tried to emulate. A country of unlimited opportunity others dreamed of making a new life in.

It no longer is a place the world looks up to, and in fact, leaders of advanced democracies think we’ve gone nuts. And they are right.

In three years, America has transformed into a nation riddled with hatred, racism, corrupt politicians (almost all Republicans), violence, intolerance for diversity, and worst of all, a nation standing on the precipice of fascism. If Republican senators vote to acquit Trump (even though they must know he’s guilty), democracy here is dead.  Say hello to a Russian-style, one party oligarchy where the president and his associates are above the law and cannot be held accountable, no matter what they do.   A nation with a King instead of a president, and totally at odds with what the Founding Fathers envisioned when they drew up the Constitution.

One man gives me hope. While he’s (of course) vilified by Trump and his conscienceless, corrupt cronies, Adam Schiff understands the meaning of democracy and the values that made America truly great. This may be the best speech I’ve ever seen in my life. If we survive this dark time in our history (and even if we don’t), this speech will be remembered the same way we remember the great speeches of Martin Luther King or John F. Kennedy today. It will be discussed in classrooms and quoted in books far into the future.

I hope and pray this great stateman’s passionate words caused some of the Republican senators to reconsider their resolve to vote NO to Trump’s removal.

Adam Schiff is showing us what patriotism truly is. It’s not the jingoism, canned slogans, and flag worship of Trump and his supporters, but an attitude that those things are supposed to symbolize: devotion to the TRUTH. Only with the truth can there be liberty and justice for ALL.

Every American needs to watch historic moment in our history.

So proud of you, Alabama!

A bit late, but thank you, Alabama, for getting Doug Jones, a good man who will be wonderful for your state and for the entire country, to a seat in the Senate!

I never cared much about state elections before, but this one was so important for our democracy!  I couldn’t have been more overjoyed if it was a presidential election and my man or woman won!

Doug’s win was all the more special because yours is such a deep red state and you, the good people of Alabama, finally turned it Blue on Tuesday night.  What a nail-biter that night was, but you did it!  You showed America you stand by what’s right.  Maybe we’ve underestimated you.

I woke up thinking about this song, one I’ve always liked, so I’d like to dedicate it to the People of Alabama who put patriotism over party and did the almost impossible this week.   A giant step for Alabama, a giant step for the country.  Thank you!

I think the blue waves in Alabama (and Virginia) are the start of a huge blue tsunami coming in 2018.  Trump and the GOP better be ready!    We’re coming to take back our country and American values!

 

I’m taking myself to see “LBJ” this weekend.

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I rarely go to the movies (the last movie I actually took myself to see was Inside Out), but I really, really need to see LBJ, the new dramatic biography about Lyndon Baines Johnson.    Johnson was the 36th president of the United States and served from 1965 to 1969.   I remember his presidency but was just a child so don’t remember too many details from that time.

Johnson (“LBJ”) is one of those presidents people always forget about.   If anything, he’s remembered more for sending thousands of young men to their deaths in Vietnam via the draft.  That hasn’t given him a great reputation compared with other past presidents.

But Johnson, a Texas Democrat, also did a lot of good things and cared about his fellow Americans, regardless of income, class or race.   He was involved in early environmentalism and gun control efforts.  He started Head Start, Medicaid and the Food Stamp program, all part of his far-reaching “Great Society” (much different in spirit than today’s War on the Poor).   He wanted to pass single payer healthcare.    He was a supporter of the Civil Rights movement, working toward more racial equality and passed the Voting Rights Act bill.

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It’s timely that LBJ’s contributions are being given the credit they’re due and someone finally made a movie about this man’s life and why America was so much more economically liberal than it is today (Bernie Sanders only seems so left-wing today because we’ve moved so far to the right; even Nixon would seem like a progressive today).    I think the egalitarian and progressive values Johnson held haven’t been held in very high regard since the 1970s, with even the Democratic Party moving ever farther to the right, but I think the tide is slowly starting to turn back.

I actually remember this commercial.  I was around the same age as this little girl when it was first aired.

I think most Americans, even some Republicans, are tiring of the anti-poor, pull yourself up by your bootstraps rhetoric and the “solution” of trickle down economics, which has never worked and never will work for the majority of Americans.   Many people are realizing we began to go down a very dark path when Reagan was elected and unregulated capitalism and the trend toward blaming the most vulnerable instead of helping them became the norm.    It’s been this way for forty years now, and we’ve finally hit rock bottom with Trump.  Now we can see where we went wrong, and maybe someone like LBJ is needed again (but who will also keep us from fighting immoral wars).   So I’m glad a movie was made about him and his memory is finally being honored.

I’ll write a review of the movie after I see it.