- And thank you as well! Because of you and a few others here, the editorial toon comment section is not a complete wash.
I’m told that Kentucky’s Democratic governor is brilliant and highly unpopular (outside of Louisville), and that the Courier-Journal is assembled out of state and now exists in name only. I too, still hold out hope for future Kentuckians. It’s a slow train comin’.
@martens – Aye, they do at that. Men having ‘power’ over women (and vice versa) seems morally degenerate to begin with. Admiring beauty and sexually objectifying are so close together in the typical male psyche there be little difference. Alas, pornography is ‘King’ of the internet, far more profitable than Amazon.
Until most all of humanity develops a proper moral compass, women and children will continue to be perpetual targets for abuse and harassment, and murder, 24/7 – 365. It’s not the next big thing, it has always been the biggest thing.
- No sir. You are quite mistaken, or at best arguing the wrong point. Joe Biden was elected by a majority of the voters with the understanding (in some cases hard promises) that he would do just exactly what he has been doing.
The call for unity sincerely advocates for people with all kinds of what you tag as beliefs to ante-up and pitch in to help things get better, to help each other to survive.
Again, the quest for greater unity is not about political policy, it is about people. There are a helluva lot of Americans ready to move forward and do right, which must include helping one another despite all the politics.
Honestly advocating in good faith for or against specific policies does not conflict with the spirit of unity necessary for us to survive. In fact, diverse p.o.v.s really are a strength. Leave us agree to disagree whilst helping each other along.
The call went out to the American people at noon on January 20th, 2021. Everyone is invited, welcome and necessary - including Republican politicians - who are, after all, American citizens too. However, in their hubris, conceit, delusions of grandeur, pompous arrogance, shameless posturing, etc., etc., most Republican stalwarts are whining that the Democratic outreach for unity is insincere. Not so.
No one, least of all Democratic politicians, has any thought of abandoning long held political ideological principles. The spirit of unity is insensible to some issues – and vital to others.
Joe Biden’s call for unity speaks for itself, as do the actions and words of a majority of Republican politicians and facebookers. We the People, including a majority of voters some 81 million strong, must root for unity.
American unity of purpose for achieving common progress, a goal that is critically important to everyone, has but little to do with one set of politicians sniping at another set. Ones that govern ineffectively can be replaced at regular intervals.
Unity = working together for the agreed upon common good.
“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the attack on the U.S. Capitol. No question about it. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”
“And having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”
“This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by the outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters’ decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Aye, sarcasm and wistful regret duly noted.
Each new day, humanity is presented with fresh opportunities to rise above the backward and immoral practices of our past, and each nightfall finds us wanting. No religion, no government – no ‘outside’ influences of any kind – can change the way that humans en masse behave. Time alone holds that power.
Human beings (with a small percentage of exceptions) do know the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. Sustained improvement of the human condition requires group cooperation, as Ms. Martens reminds us. More cooperation and choosing universally acknowledged ‘right and good’ behavior may be our only path forward.
So far, the limited cooperative efforts of humanity bring us unprecedented advancement and unprecedented dangers. We do not have the ability to effect immediate en masse advancement of human nature, only time can accomplish that. We do have the ability, through action or inaction, to destroy life on earth. Can we forestall total disaster long enough to evolve into a wholly civilized species? In the near future our cooperative success (or failure) at limiting AGW and nuclear war will tell us.
One can easily understand the evils of ‘pure’ capitalism (or ‘pure’ socialism). Can we also dig the goodness of a ‘pure’ democratic-republic — a system of governance that is directly responsible to the voters and to the Constitution?
Progress should not depend on the government for its advancement, rather it is wholly fueled by the attitudes and actions of people.
It is also true that the people are best served by representatives (leave us nevermore use the term ‘leaders’ when referring to them) who inspire progress and propose solutions.
As long as we are a democratic-republic, progress (and Mr. Rall) really have nothing to worry about — other than getting people to vote.
Beep… beep… beep… c’mon back, keep ‘er coming… back to the 21st century and officially back to our American ideals — the humanitarian and democratic ideals that most of us never left in the first place.
Every four years, there is much ado about striving for American unity. As we now know, about one out of three Americans does not approve of, nor support democracy. This is a grave and formidable obstacle in our quest for unity, although betting against two out of three Americans is foolhardy in the extreme. We shall overcome.
Gone At Last
The news was bad, the lies were bold
Grief was callin’, fools were nigh
And I was weary, from my worries
And I stopped to rest for a while
I sat down outside a Starbucks
I was thinking about what’s passed
We’ve had a long streak of that bad luck
But I’m happy it’s gone at last
Gone at last, gone at last
We had a long streak of bad luck
But today it’s gone at last
We ain’t dumb
Been kicked around some
We don’t fall too easily
But that man hooked us so deeply
He just grabbed our democracy
Good hearted souls now, what’s your problem?
Tell me why you’re so downcast
You’ve had a long streak of bad luck
Once in a while, from out of nowhere
When you don’t expect it, and you’re unprepared
Somebody will come and lift you higher
And your burdens will be shared
Yes I do believe, if we hadn’t stood up
We might still be sinking fast
But I know it’s gone at last
Paul Simon / Phoebe Snow & the Jessy Dixon Singers
fishbulb239’s amalgamated screed is a modern digital work of art, which cannot easily be refuted or denied. Collectively, the American Experience has always been a jumbled mess of failures and successes, progress and regress, brilliance and stupidity, etc., etc…
For our part, We the People of the United States of America are an amalgamation of almost every other people on Earth, and to condemn our collective nature en masse is to condemn all human nature.
Our founding ideals insist on the natural right of self-governance, thus inspiring billions of oppressed people all over the world to strive towards democracy. Countless times, parts of our government (and people) violate the spirit of our ideals, but the ideals themselves endure.
Each ‘generation’ of Americans has partially re-invented our ongoing American Experience (it is not a static state), and there are a myriad of signs that we are indeed slowly improving, albeit too slowly. The majority of us may be somewhat foolish, but that still leaves millions of us to do the right things and to help lead the way – not by shaming and punishing, but by example and inspiration.
Exposing and highlighting problems can be meritorious, but without something more it’s just another irritating whine to most people. Positivity’s potential is unlimited.