Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Immigrants: Ryan and Company

Dear Republican Immigrants:

No, not the newly despised, the formerly despised. YOU. All of you recovered immigrants.

Paul Ryan, remember when your Irish family came to these shores? Remember when they were starving in Ireland? Literally. Dying of malnutrition. Watching their children die. Of starvation.

Paul, I don't know your ancestry, of course, but if you have anything in common with other Irish immigrants... Did you just spring up in Janesville with a beautiful home in the Courthouse District. I doubt it. Even if you did, most of your fellow Irish did not.

Did you know that your kith and kin from Ireland came here in something very similar to slave ships? Called coffin ships. They were packed together in their own excrement with barely enough food to make it. Well, really, they often didn't. Just like slave ships.

Did you know that your ancestors were not considered "White?" The Irish were considered a minority race.

They were unwelcome and they faced a solid wall of discrimination. Businesses boldly put up signs: "No Irish Need Apply."

Your Irish family was dirt poor. They had to work at any form of job or hustle that they could get. 

Did your family come straight to the Midwest? Did they live in a single room (maybe even 10 ft. x 10 ft.) in a tenement in Chicago or Milwaukee first? All of them. Parents and children. Procreating, giving birth, wasting away, and dying all together in one room.

Without running water, ventilation, windows, electricity, or toilets perhaps? 

Remember when WASP's just despised the Irish? Wasn't one of those horrid diseases called "Irish Fever?" Oh, yes. Typhus. 

Notice how we associate contagious illness with the people who suffer the most from it? HIV in recent years. Typhus? Smallpox? Spreading wildly in tenements by.. What?  British Isles and European immigrants? 


They were dying of malnutrition or the contagious diseases of cramped squalid conditions: Poverty -> squalid conditions -> malnutrition -> poor health -> agonizing lives and deaths. And, oh, yeah,  being despised as lazy drunken people with too many children.

Oh, yeah! Almost forgot. The WASPS who got here first just hated you Catholic Irish. Hated drinking. Hated your large families. Hated your poverty and illness and squalor. Hated your religion. Hmmm... something like hating Islam?

Now, we would be shocked by those cruel attitudes  toward the Irish or the German or the ... well any of those former "good" immigrants.

And, I am shocked and enraged when people who belong to formerly despised immigrant groups blame people for their own lot in life.

Haven't you learned anything from being here?

You did clearly not get enough love when you were growing up. I am so so so sorry. Because people who did not get enough love grow up empty and lacking in compassion.

There is love enough. You can spare some for the current crop of despised newcomers.

Love, VLL


"From 1820 to 1860, 1,956,557 Irish arrived, 75% of these after the Great Irish Famine (or The Great Hunger, Irish: An Gorta Mór) of 1845–1852, struck. Of the total Irish immigrants to the U.S. from 1820 to 1860, many died crossing the ocean due to disease and dismal conditions of what became known as coffin ships." Wikipedia

http://www.history.com/news/when-america-despised-the-irish-the-19th-centurys-refugee-crisis

I highly recommend this book:
https://bookspics.com/ebooks/flesh-and-blood-a-history-of-my-family-in-seven-maladies/





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dear Fascists... errr Republicans

THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA

For decades now, the Republican Party, Republican leaders and officials, Republican talk radio, and Fox news have been aggressively pursuing an agenda that sometimes doesn’t seem to make any sense or have any cohesive message.

But, there is an agenda and the message makes perfect sense if the goal is to create an unquestioning citizenry willing to turn over US assets and commons to private corporations for the benefit of the 1%.

Long ago, we saw a marriage of convenience between Evangelical Christianity and the Republican Party. There is nothing quite like having God and the only true religion on your side! Evangelicals vote in droves for Republicans. And, single issue voters create a win for Republicans: Opposition to abortion sealed the deal.

A bonus is that creating a marriage made in heaven between the Republican Party and the religious right gives Republicans a large following of people predisposed to be authoritarian followers. See what I did there!

It is easy to fuel the fires of envy and jealousy and nothing does it better than propaganda against non-white non-Chrisitan groups. And, add a heavy dose of  “Us vs. Them” and you have a winning political strategy. We seem to have large numbers of citizens who
·        hate Muslims and African Americans, and immigrants, and…
·        approve a ban on Muslim immigration,
·        are happy to break up families to deport people who have been law-abiding hard working members of our communities for years,
·        believe that Black Lives Matter is a violent anti-white group and that white men are the most persecuted group in the USA.

There have been decades of Republican attacks on education – which makes a smooth transition to for-profit charter schools and religious schools which are able to further the Republican agenda. This paves the way for big tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations.

Add to that, decades of slander against higher education, tenure, liberal professors, etc.and we are contributing to an uneducated unquestioning populace of followers. And, that is terrifying.

Countless attacks on experts and expertise, science and scientists have produced a devout citizenry who put their trust in … a political party!?!

And, that makes deregulation – of wall street, banking, environmental protection, media, etc. very very easy and very very profitable.

Yes, if scientists are liars and scientific processes cannot be trusted, but the GOP can… Well, cut more funding to universities, research programs, the EPA and give more tax breaks to the 1%.

All this leads us to the present where a large segment of the population believes politicians and no longer see science as a means of progress.

Then, falsely present pseudo-science as science and we produce
a voting public who are so ignorant of basic science that the non-expert doesn’t know what legitimate science is and what it isn’t. Global climate change? Accepting the science on climate change might put a damper on business, so that is unacceptable.

Now, we have a large minority of the population who do not believe that experience, knowledge, or expertise is needed to run the government! And, we get 45. His supporters are still happy with him.

Constant attacks on the free press have created a citizenry who seem to feel it is their duty not to listen to or read anything that isn’t specifically Republican. 

95% of talk radio is right-wing. Every day, our 45th president rails against “fake news.” And, every day, citizens flock to fake news sites and believe even the most demonstrably false information.

These attacks pave the way for total trust in propaganda and “fake news” while insisting that any divergence from the right wing message is “fake news” by definition.

After decades of hate talk about “libtard femi-nazi agnostic atheist humanists (!)” plus successful efforts to own the airwaves and end the fairness doctrine, we have a media dominated by the right wing.
But, large numbers of our citizens are unaware of this.

Listen to more Republican talk radio, watch more Fox News, read more “InfoWars.” We have an uneducated unquestioning populace that are willing to be followers of authoritarians – and, support Fascism.

Have mercy on us.
VLL



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dear Evangelicals: Just Breathe

My dear evangelical friends, please relax! Breathe! You are not under attack. Whatever made you think you were? Oh, yeah. The Republican Party - who are manipulating and using you. And, Fox. You know that there never was a "war on Christmas," right? 

Do facts count? I do hope so.

More than 90% of our House and Senate are Christian! If you count Catholics. You do count Catholics as Christian, don't you? 

Those who are unaffiliated with any religion (terrifying, I know) make up about 20% of the general public but only 0.2% of Congress. That's because voters would rather elect thieves, liars, cheaters, divorcees, drunks, and ... well anyone as long as they are a proclaimed Christian!

There is generally 0-1 person in Congress who is not Christian. Is that one too many for you?

Jews - who are rumored to be taking over the world in spite of being only .02% of the world's population - make up ... oh... about 1 person in the the Congress at any given time.

Over 90% of Republicans in the House are... Christian!

Around 80% of Democrats in the House are... you guessed it! Christian! We do have some diversity - a few Jews, Mormons, occasionally a Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist thrown in.

Does it really sound like Christianity is under attack? 

Our currency does not have "In Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Johovah & Yaweh We Trust" on it, now does it?

After asking for donations, our city council had to have a talk to decide if it was OK to add a dreidle to the holiday decorations. What about all that "Judeo-Christian" BS?

Are the 6 major beliefs and the 5 pillars of Islam up in the courthouse? 

Hey, I want the Jewish commandments on the wall of the courthouse! All 613 of them!

What if... we got a school holiday for every Jewish and Hindu and Buddhist and Muslim religious holiday?

So, cool your engines. The gestapo is not on its way to your door. You are the gestapo! No worries!

Love and Peace, 
VLL

Statistics from PEW

Monday, July 3, 2017

Democrats and Republicans Have So Much in Common!

Dear Friends,

It has been utterly shocking to me to discover that Republicans and Democrats share virtually identical beliefs!

Liberals believe that they play fair and conduct themselves with decorum and that Republicans don’t. Republicans believe – well, you can guess!

Republicans believe that Democrats value nothing but power and winning – and Democrats view Republicans the same way. Amazing!

Liberals don't believe that Republican positions are legitimate. And, vice versa!

Republicans want to shut up Democrats and make them go away. And… you guessed it!

Democrats view Republicans as racists, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic because they do not speak out against racism, oppose access to birth control and OB-GYN care for women, oppose same sex marriage, and oppose immigration.

Republicans view Democrats as “bleeding heart liberals” who choose these positions because they are fashionable.

Republicans and Democrats both believe that, “These people are not arguing in good faith. I'm convinced that many of them don't even really believe their own crap.”

They both believe that the "other side" is destroying our country!

Liberals and Conservatives both believe that they are “Going to have to come to terms with this reality (the lack of good faith and good will) and start playing hardball back.”

Both sides believe that going low is “a coordinated strategy” on the part of the other side. So much in common!

 Each side sees the other as “vicious.” Evidently, the viciousness of the other side explains one’s own viciousness.

Liberals and Conservatives both believe that the other side is evil.

Many on both sides seem to believe that “the ends justify the means.”

Republicans seem to be aware of every insult to their side and their politicians and completely unaware of negative behavior on their own part. And, vice versa!

Democrats think that Republicans “never turn their backs” on one of their own and…Surprise! Republicans believe that to be true of Dems!

With so much in common, it would seem that everyone could put the welfare of country first and work toward solutions!

Nah… Not gonna happen.  But, I can hope, can't I?



Hoping for reconciliation, 
VLL
















Monday, June 26, 2017

A Love Letter about Health Care

Dear Republicans:

I am going to hold you responsible for every single death that results from lack of health care if your catastrophe of a bill passes.

Remember facts? Those pesky things! Read on. You can do it!

I really love health care! And, life. Life.
V

FACT SHEET ON THE HEALTH CARE DELIMMA

Health care is a moral issue:

 “The issue of universal coverage is not a matter of economics. Little more than 1% of GDP assigned to health could cover all. It is a matter of soul.” (amsa.org)

There are 18,000 excess deaths for people between age 25-64 per year because of lack of insurance and health care.  (amsa.org)

Our friends, neighbors, and family are suffering:  emotionally and financially.  (amsa.org)

The United States of America is the only developed country in the world that sees health care as a privilege and not a right. (amsa.org)

The US treats health care as a product – an economic product – and, not as a social good.
(amsa.org)

Who are the uninsured?

80% of the 45 million who don’t have insurance and health care – or it isn’t adequate – are employed or from working families.  (pbs.org)

How does lack of insurance or under-insurance affect the lives of our fellow Americans?

The uninsured are more likely not to fill their prescriptions. (amsa.org)

They are more likely to pay more. (amsa.org)

The uninsured are more likely to have difficulty getting medical care. (amsa.org)

More than half of the uninsured postpone medical care for financial reasons.  (amsa.org)

Over 1/3 do not have recommended medical tests or treatments because they cannot afford it.

40% of our uninsured do not have a regular source for medical care. (amsa.org)

20% of those without insurance get their care from and ER while only 3% of those with insurance use an emergency room for regular care. (amsa.org)

The uninsured are 50% less likely to receive preventive care.  (amsa.org)

The uninsured are far more likely to be diagnosed late and begin treatment late.  (amsa.org)


Health insurance and health care have become unaffordable for Americans.

Health insurance premiums have been rising at a rate of increase that is 2-3 times the rate of inflation. (amsa.org)

These costs have led to a large increase in the number of people without health insurance and without health care. (amsa.org)

Before the ACA, 45 million people were without health insurance and millions more had insufficient insurance. (amsa.org)

More and more middle class Americans are unable to afford insurance and have no access to health care. (amsa.org)

Fewer and fewer employers provide insurance to their employees. (amsa.org)

There is a trend for employers to provide insurance with higher deductibles that cover fewer and fewer medical expenses.  (amsa.org)

As fewer employers provide insurance, more people turn to Medicaid – the safety net – but there are constant cuts to Medicaid funding.  (amsa.org)

There is vast room for improvement in quality of health care, in delivery, and in cost cutting in the USA.

The USA spends $8,233 per person per year. (pbs.org)

Our health care budget eats up 17.6 percent of our GDP.  (pbs.org)

We spend more than 2 ½ times what most other developed countries spend.
(pbs.org)

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

The USA has fewer practicing doctors/population than most other OECD countries.

We have fewer hospital beds/person than other developed nations.

Our hospital stays are shorter – yet, our costs are much higher.

Our life expectancy is one year less than other OECD countries.

Life expectancy in the USA increased by almost nine years between 1960 and 2010. There was an increase of over 15 years in Japan.

Other countries use a common fee schedule, but in the USA how much a health care clinic or hospital gets paid depends on the kind of insurance a patient has. 
(pbs.org)

Providers can choose which patients they will and won’t see based on insurance.

U.S. payment rates are less flexible than those in other countries: They can address increases in costs easier and faster.

The USA has fewer methods for cost containment because our for-profit insurance companies find it easier to pass on the costs than to negotiate with providers – doctors and clinics. (pbs.org)

We spend three times as much on administrative costs than France does.

Our hospital costs are higher than other countries – it isn’t that we deliver more hospital services. (pbs.org)

The quality of care in hospitals in other countries is a good as in the US and they are still able to attract people to health care professions. (pbs.org)

Many common procedures cost far more in the US than in other countries with comparable quality of care. (pbs.org)

Why does the health care cost so much more in the US?

U.S. doctors make far more money than in other countries.

We use more expensive diagnostic procedures.

No organization has a motivation to cut waste – from insurance companies to clinics to doctors: this is a for-profit industry.

The US does more testing and more expensive testing than other countries and performs more of some procedures.

Providers make more money the more that they test, treat, prescribe, etc.

“The uninsured are more likely to receive poor care for chronic diseases.” Living and dying thus are determined by financial status. (pbs.org)


The Case for Universal Health Care

There are costs of not having UHC:

Fewer years of participation in the workforce. (amsa.org)

“The annual cost of diminished health and shorter life spans of Americans without insurance is $65-$130 billion. People who do not live as long do not work and contribute to the economy as long.” (amsa.org)

Developmental delays for children without health care. (amsa.org)

“Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and the criminal justice system have higher costs than they would if there were universal coverage.” (amsa.org)  (amsa.org)

There is a cost to communities that have more uninsured people (poor communities): Providers leave, reduce staff, or relocate and there is less availability of health care. (amsa.org)

Emergency rooms are over-burdened and the insured and uninsured suffer from lack of availability Some ER’s shut down. Some reduce capacity. (amsa.org)

Lack of health care facilities in areas with high uninsurance rates weakens the local economy. (amsa.org)

“Communities with high rates of uninsurance have less effective control of communicable disease (e.g. less vaccinations, less surveillance of TB) and an overall greater disease burden in general.” (amsa.org)

Unnecessary use of ER’s is a financial burden. It is estimated that over 10% of ER visits are for non-emergencies, costing the health care system billions of dollars. (amsa.org)

The under-insured and uninsured don’t get the preventative and maintenance care that they need are more likely to need more expensive care later. (amsa.org)

Lack of Universal Health Care results in “job-lock” (people who have insurance through a job cannot afford to leave) and people may not be able to retire because they cannot get or cannot afford insurance. (amsa.org)

Lack of health insurance and health care stops people from opening their own businesses. There is an “entrepreneur” cost. (amsa.org)

The employer based health insurance system in the USA puts tremendous strain on businesses. (amsa.org)

And, the costs of insuring employees is added in to the cost of products making USA made products more expensive. (amsa.org)



 “In summary, the cost of universal health care would be at least $34-$69 billion, plus whatever costs are associated with covering out-of-pocket expenses and uncompensated care for the uninsured. Specific solutions may entail additional expenses as well, depending on their design parameters.” (amsa.org)

But, “The issue of universal coverage is not a matter of economics. Little more than 1% of GDP assigned to health could cover all. It is a matter of soul.” (amsa.org)


SOURCES:

https://www.amsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CaseForUHC.pdf



http://kff.org/uninsured/fact-sheet/ke

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear Liberals, Progressives, Democrats: Join the 21st Century!

My dear liberals...  Oh, how I love you! But... Well... Something is wrong!

Liberals, progressives, and Democratic Party organizations – formal and informal - need to get organized to meet the demands and challenges of these times using 21st century means.

Many of us are using tactics that are outdated and ultimately destined to continued failure.

Political organizations must use social media.

Every political party unit should have an updated easy to navigate web-page, a Twitter account, a Facebook Group, and a Facebook Page.

Then, get to work connecting with other groups, sharing your info and events, and promoting your message!

What about live-streaming a meeting, a speaker, a portion of a meeting, an event…? Using Twitter during a meeting? Taking pix and sharing them on FB & Twitter?

Social media is a very powerful tool that cannot be ignored. It may not be the answer to everything but it has to be a part of the plan.

A look around social networks reveals that many groups, including local Democratic political parties, are not using social media effectively, if at all.

The boards of directors or the executive committees of some groups purposely refuse to support the use of social media: to allocate resources (money and time), to learn to use social media as individuals, to hire consultants to train board members and members, etc.

Why? They believe that it is a waste of time.

County Democratic Parties and other progressive groups often don’t have Twitter accounts or don’t use them and may rarely even post on their own FB pages and groups.

Board or committee members of liberal organizations often do not “Like” or “Share” the posts on their own pages/groups to increase their own Facebook visibility.

Chairs or other leaders of liberal groups refuse to share their events on other FB pages or on Twitter.

This means that other people and organizations using social media have to check numerous other groups and pages to collect info that should be shared by the groups themselves. Whew!


It's 2017! Get crackin'!

Love,

VLL

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dear Anti-Abortion Rights Friends

Ah, friends

There will never come a time when we all have the exact same values and beliefs. But, I hope that we can always have the same facts - from a diversity of sources and with citations, of course!

Even if you believe that blastocysts have souls or you don't believe that people have souls, can we all agree with science has to say?

Many abortion restrictions are not based on sound science. (Guttmacher Institute)

Scientists have found no link between abortion and cancer. (American Cancer Society)

A large study by the New England Journal of Medicine found no link between abortion and later pregnancy complications including miscarriage. (VeryWell)

The American Psychological Association found no evidence that the termination of a single pregnancy caused psychological problems. (APA)

95% of women do not regret their decision to terminate a pregnancy. (Time)

It is a myth that infants capable of independent life are “ripped from the uterus.” All states have term limits on abortion. (The Atlantic)

The fetus does not suffer during abortion: They do not feel pain until about the 27th week of pregnancy.

“Indeed, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said it considers the case to be closed as to whether a fetus can feel pain at that stage (20 weeks) in development.”

“The science shows that based on gestational age, the fetus is not capable of feeling pain until the third trimester," said Kate Connors, a spokesperson for ACOG. The third trimester begins at about 27 weeks of pregnancy.” (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.)


Many religious and ethical groups support or allow abortion. (Christian Life Resources)

The vast majority of abortions in the US take place in the first trimester – 90%.  (Guttmacher Institute)

A Southern Christian doctor came to believe that he had a duty to perform abortions because he saw the suffering of pregnant women and girls as young as 12. (Newsweek)

Most people do not appreciate the desperation that women and girls seeking abortion are experiencing and that has lead them to risk (and lose) their lives. (Newsweek)

Abortion is not a new issue: “Abortion has been performed for thousands of years, and in every society that has been studied. It was legal in the United States from the time the earliest settlers arrived. At the time the Constitution was adopted, abortions before “quickening” were openly advertised and commonly performed.” 
(National Abortion Federation)

The cost of unintentional pregnancy and childbirth is enormous: about 12 billion dollars annually for medical care for mothers and infants. (Brookings Inst.)

Among women and girls who are least prepared financially, socially, emotionally… the unintended pregnancy rate exceeds 60 percent. (Brookings Inst.)

Anti-abortion laws prioritize the life of a fetus over that of a fully sentient human woman. (Center for Reproductive Rights)

This is what happens when the rights of a fetus are more important than that of a fully sentient adult woman: A young beautiful Hindu woman died tragically when denied an abortion of a pregnancy (that was in miscarriage) that had become septic. (The Guardian)

“Birth control is not controversial: 99 percent of sexually active women use it at some point in their lives.”  (Guttmaker Institute)

“Making birth control accessible and affordable is the quickest way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.” (Naral)

 Peace, Vivian
















https://www.verywell.com/abortion-future-miscarriage-risk-2371749

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Dear Soul Mates

Liberals. Progressives. Democrats - from the far left to more conservative than most Republicans: 

Once again: There is not a day that goes by that I do not read posts from you using derogatory language that stereotypes poor and working class people.

People who would never utter a derogatory racist term or make a homophobic comment feel completely free to make negative assumptions about huge groups of diverse people and huge regions of the country.

And, they feel completely entitled to deride the poor and the working class without knowing one damn thing about the people that they are trash talking.

In the last 2 days, it was comments about the "ignorant toothless hillbillies that elected Trump," and the "redneck racists" that were at a rally. These are not useful descriptive terms. These are classist terms. Classist.

One comment was on how terrible the "redneck racists" at a rally looked and dressed. Fashion reviews from a rally?

Dearest Liberal Friends: THEY CAN SEE YOU! THEY CAN HEAR YOU! Yes. Poor people. Working class people. Toothless people. Hillbillies. They do have computers. And, smart phones. And, TV. Cable! Who knew?

Do you really think that you have 2,000 friends and not one of them is from a poor or working class background?

When I chastised the commenter for stereotyping, she kindly let me know that "most rednecks are racists." Another stereotype. I will let the admissions committee at the Country Club know that they have competition.

Remember the lessons on how stereotyping is just lazy thinking? It applies to your thinking about poor and working class people, too. Who knew?!?

Oh, and those huge blocks of the country that liberals love to hate (Texas, "The South," Appalachia, etc. etc. etc? They are not a monolithic group. Stereotyping, again.

Here are some convos that I have had: Stereotyper: Wow, there are some hilbillies there.
Vivian: I am a hillbilly.
S: No, you're not.
V: Yes, I am.
S: You are not like "them."
Now, substitute the word "Jew" or the word "African American."

Shocking though it may be:
My father in rural Eastern KY had cable 25 years ago. I live 3 miles from the Janesville city limits and have none.

My mother was a school teacher and my red neck father was a union construction worker that sent 3 girls to college.

They were "yeller dog Democrats" who told me that they wouldn't sent me to college unless I registered to vote as a Democrat.

My mother worked to organize a union.

My little town had doctors and lawyers and teachers and writers and police officers and builders and ... poor people.

Oh, having no teeth is not a fashion statement. People have no teeth because a dental implant can cost $2,000 but it just costs a few bucks to have your teeth pulled.

So... how's the "winning hearts and minds" thing going?

I will never believe that you are pure of racism and homphobia as long as you despise poor people.

Why some of my best friends are poor redneck toothless hillbillies.

We need more love in the world, less judgment and no name calling or stereotyping.

V









Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dear Friends on the Crazy Left - Yes! You!

Dear Crazy Left:

You are my tribe. My people. The place where I feel most comfy. My soul mates!

But, you are costing me my sanity - any shred of sanity that I had left.

I remember the Vietnam War. The Civil Rights Movement. Sh!t! I remember George Wallace! Gulf 1. Iraq - oops, wrong country. Who knew? AF. 

But, you know what is killing my soul. YOU, my dear soul mates. YOU!

Stop fighting! Stop SHOUTING! at both friend and enemy. Stop with the fake news and Republican talking points! Stop name calling! Were you raised by wolves? No. That's an insult to wolves. 

Shhhhh... 

"Come together right now." Or, else.

Love, love, love is all there is,

VLL

Friday, April 7, 2017

Dear Trump Voters

Happy now? 

We certainly got something new and different.

For those who voted for Trump because:  
We have do to something different; (We didn’t.)    
We need someone who isn’t a political elite; (We got a financial elite.)    
We need someone with business acumen. (We got the bankruptcy king.)    

Here is a comparison: 
Let’s hire the CEO of Frito-Lay to be principle of our high school!
Let him choose people for the department heads:
English Dept:  CEO of bank!
Math Dept: CEO of restaurant chain!
Social Studies Dept: CEO of landscaping/nursery business!
Art Dept: Hmmmm… CEO of local hospital!
….

Wow! Look at all that business savvy we now have!

But... Oh, dear... They are in charge of something that they know nothing about. 

Isn't that refreshing? New perspectives! A business approach!

Now, let them start firing people and eliminating budgets! Let’s improve the English department by firing half the teachers! Yeah!

Let’s improve the math department by… firing 30% of the teachers and cutting the budget!

Art? We don't need no art! Eliminate the art department.

Etc. Ad nauseum.


But, let’s double the security force! And, double the security budget! Hire a private security firm! 

Put up a wall around our schools! Have ICE officials at the doors! 

Who knew that health care is complicated? Every single thinking person in the USA. And, every single person who doesn't or hasn't had health care.

Who knew that there is a history of effort and diplomacy with North Korea?  Career State Department Officials. And, any informed American. And, everyone over the age of 50.

Who knows all about the Middle East? What has succeeded and what has failed? Not me. Not Trump. Not the new Secretary of State.

Well, I am going to apply for a job teaching physics and nano-technology at MIT! Hope I get the job!

Love, love, love is all there is,

VLL

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dear Hypocrites

Don't worry! Some of my best friends are hypocrites. Is it the human condition or a passing fad?

The word of the day: HYPOCRITE
noun
1.
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
2.
a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.


Republicans, remember how enraged you were when President Obama issued an executive order? Hypocrisy much?

Oh, remember what a slacker President Obama was – He played golf sometimes. I’m listening for the outrage about #45’s weekend trips to Mar-a-lago.

You didn’t like Mrs. Obama revealing her arms? But, Mrs. T can reveal it all? Oh! She’s a Republican?!? Maybe. Maybe not.

Lordy, remember the fake stories about how much money President Obama’s trips cost? Where are the (real) stories about how much money #45 and his spawn are spending on travel?

You judged President Obama not a Christian but President T can talk openly about grabbing women by the pu$$y and that is OK? Because he began to claim to be a Christian in order to run for president? Because it is OK for Christian men to grab women by the pu$$y? Because he is a Republican? All of the above?


Remember way way way back when Republicans were all outraged by the TV show “Murphy Brown” and living in terror that teen girls were going to follow in her footsteps – by which they meant get pregnant. 

I was hoping that teens would follow in her footsteps and became the best and most daring investigative reporters in the US

I digress. Why aren’t you worried that your teen sons are going to follow in Mr. T’s footsteps and just start kissing every beautiful woman they see and grabbing them by the pu$$y? Hypocrisy much?

Honestly, I have a vision of masses of hypocrites wearing the letter "H" on their clothing. It would be so much fun!

Well, someone has to love hypocrites but it doesn't have to be me! You can all love each other!

VLL

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hypocrite