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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Sunday Morning Post (V.2, #26) – We Need This Now.


Given my long rant yesterday I will make this short.

I will post this video without further comment beyond boy, do we need this now!


(Thank you for reading. In unity we will find justice and peace.)

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Arteejee Saturday Special: July 4th, 2020 or Calm Down Old Man!


A special weekend is upon us which calls for additional commentary on our society and culture at large.

Translation:  I’m as mad as hell and I can’t hold it in anymore.

Last night the President appeared at Mount Rushmore for a rally and fireworks display. As per the President’s and the South Dakota governor's guidelines, very few people wore masks and social distancing was not encouraged. 

The soon-to-be-appearing-on-Covid19-death-statistics-soon participants cheered on the President as he railed against the recent protestors who have sought to expand justice for all (and they do mean all).  The President has advocated a strong penalty of 10 years imprisonment for anyone who defaces or destroys a monument, believes that those on the left want to destroy our history, and generally ranted on against what he called a left-wing conspiracy and “cancel culture”.

Moooom!  The President is deflecting again!  Make him stop!

It was an event in which any other president in our history would have sought to soothe the country’s wounds, inspire us to forgive each other and…okay I’ll admit. I can’t finish this line of thought without keeping a straight face. Instead, we got an old guy rant seething that the kids in the neighborhood are coming on his lawn and knocking over his ornaments.

Okay, calm down old man.  No one wants to destroy our shared history.  Our heritage is what it is. 

We Americans have much to be proud of, but at the same time we shouldn’t delude ourselves into thinking that we do not have any past sins that need to be corrected.  There is a lot that needs to be corrected and protestors over the years have been thoughtful enough to give us this message.  In the past, society has watched these protests on the evening newscasts, shook their heads, tisked-tisked the demonstrations as anti-social behavior, turned off the bad news and went about our business.

This series of actions never solved anything. The protests would invariably crop up again when the next societal outrage happened. Summer of 1968 anyone? 

This time it feels different.  The protests are not going away and the Establishment is feeling uncomfortable. 

First, we must recognize that the American history many of us learned in the nation’s public schools was not the complete and true history of our country.  True, it did have its share of important and significant dates which we needed to know for the final, but the listing of significant events seemed to only pertain to the white mainstream culture.  The lessons dwelt on the white race and maybe, once in a while, the lesson would acknowledge the contribution of other members of the melting pot. 
 
We need to consider other perspectives on the subject. History lessons were also woven with a strong thread of American citizenship and chauvinistic patriotism.  Significant events, yes good to know.  Memorizing The American Creed and being called upon to recite it as some sort of totalitarian loyalty oath?  Not so much history as a relic of Cold War paranoia.

There is nothing wrong with loving your country, but we don’t have to shut the other guy up if he/she has a point of view which opposes ours.  This has always been the lesson we needed to learn.  And as is apparent from last night’s campaign rally (for that’s what it was), we still need to learn this lesson.

So again, calm down old man!   Left leaning progressives and protestors on the street are not trying to defame your history. We are just footnoting the hell out of it and hopefully creating a new just society in the process.

(Thank you for reading and Happy Fourth of July to everyone.)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Morning Post (V.2, #25) – End of the Month Satirical Clearance, Clarence


This week, a modified version of what I used to label Snort Bites when I could muster up at least one paragraph on a minimum of three unrelated topics, but not enough to fill my customary 7-11 paragraph entry. 
 

TOO WHITE-COLLAR FOR X, TOO BLUE-COLLAR FOR Y


This may turn out to be the beginning of an intermittent series of lists in which I contemplate my attitudes towards certain things and thus settle into a niche somewhere in the societal hierarchy.  We hear all the time about blue-collar workers and white-collar workers, the difference between those who roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to put food on the table, and those sophisticated individuals who dirty their hands through other means.


Kids, google “exploitation of the workers” for more information about the white-collar place in the hierarchy, but I digress.


This may be our shared attitudes towards stereotypes talking, but there are more differences between the color of our collars then meets the eye.  Each group has a set of values and beliefs which I reckon are hard wired into each individual.  I like to think I’m in the middle between these two value systems. I have a little of both: raised in a blue-collar middle-class household, but possessing a college degree which enabled me to acquire a modicum (i.e., not much) of intellectualism.


For example, I have determined that I am too white-collar for country and western music, but I am too blue-collar to really appreciate opera.  (Apologies to Spo.)


I am also too white-collar for Thunderbird, but too blue-collar for snobbish high end, out of my middle-class pay scale, sipping whisky.  (Again, apologies to Spo.)


That’s a good start for this list.  Do any readers have any thoughts on their relationship between white and blue collars?


ANNOYING HABITS OF THE PRESIDENT


I really shouldn’t care about the President peccadillos, but I just have to spout off about some things about him that really annoy me. 


First annoying habit: constantly displaying his ignorance of the American Constitution and democracy.


Second annoying habit: when he steps up to the lectern to speak to his subjects (I am not one of them), he has to adjust the microphone which is in a perfectly good position in the first place.  Yo, Mr. President, stop playing with the microphone like it’s your dick!  If only the microphone could sprout arms and fists to fight back.  


Again, readers, please feel free to chime in with any Presidental habits which annoy the crap out of you.


POLL AFTER POLL SHOWS JOE BIDEN WITH A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD OVER PRESIDENT PLAYS-WITH-DICK


I am heartened by the news that our former Vice President is showing strong numbers going into the Democratic National Convention, which is wisely being done virtually due to the pandemic.  If memory serves me correctly, Hillary Clinton was enjoying a similar lead over The Donald in the summer of 2016 and she ended up losing anyway.


Then the Access Hollywood tape surfaced which showed The Donald bragging about his ability to treat women — live, breathing women with souls — like they were nothing more than a play thing to be grabbed, used and thrown over his shoulder when he finished playing with them.  Such a revelation previously spelled the end of many (male) political careers and by all rights it should have ended The Donald’s race to the Oval Office.


And Hillary still lost…


Keep it up Uncle Joe!   You don’t far to go now!


(Thank you for reading, and as the late Michael Conrad would always say in Hill Street Blues: “Let’s be careful out there.”)