Most recently published stories in The Swamp.
The Crystal Lines
THE CRYSTAL LINES by Deborah Moran The drawings in the little black notebook were nothing special in my uncle’s estimation, when we found the little book at that rundown cottage’s estate sale in the countryside just beyond Cannes. Uncle Charles worked for an import / export company that frequently bought French flour and dairy products, so he lived half the year in France. He liked family visits so he could speak English with someone.
Negative Bash-Ads Got You Down?
It’s time to take back America. Greed and corruption surround our elected officials and politics no longer has much to do with public service. No sooner are candidates elected than they have to start fundraising to pay for their re-election campaigns. We need to stop treating our elected representatives like products for sale. Honest campaigning has been supplanted by slick advertisements filled with propaganda, and outright lies. As a result, to get elected, a campaign is almost always forced to “go negative” and spend as much as possible to degrade the competition. This results in election-time bombardment of radio and television programming with the never-ending bash ads we ALL hate. After being brow-beaten and brainwashed by these abbreviated and derogatory views of the candidates and issues up for election, we go to the polls erroneously convinced we know who and what we are voting for. Sadly, it takes so much money to produce these misleading campaign ads that politicians are already “bought and sold” by the time they take office. Virtually every politician must answer to the special interest money that paid for the costly media advertising required to win. This vicious cycle of money and influence has corrupted our political system. In short, the average American currently has no representation.
In 1921, Oklahoma had a racially, socially, and politically tense atmosphere. Many servicemen had returned following the end of the First World War in 1918, and the American Civil War was still in living memory, even though it had ended in 1865. Civil rights for African Americans were lacking, and the Ku Klux Klan was resurgent (primarily through the wildly popular 1915 film The Birth of a Nation), a film portrays African Americans (many of whom are played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive toward white women. The film presents the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a heroic force necessary to preserve American values and a white supremacist social order.
In Defense of the People We No Longer Speak to
Are we still mad at Trump? I guess the better question is “Are we still mad at the people who liked him?” This week, I got an email blast from some Facebook guru who got into my email list because of a quiz that asked “What is Your Creative Spirit Animal?” I confess, as a Millennial, I’m a sucker for a good (or even bad) personality quiz, but I digress.
Are Mandatory Vaccinations Unconstitutional?
Pew Research Center just released an alarming statistic: “About four-in-ten (39%) say they definitely or probably would not get a coronavirus vaccine.” Participants in this study said their refusal was based on mistrust of science, mistrust of government, and the belief that they are an exception, due to their personal health and hygiene practices.
The last thing on his mind was voting. There was a pandemic on and rioting in the streets, he had no desire to risk his life for something that he clearly had no control over, let alone any impact on. November 3rd got closer and closer and he just walled himself off from the political process. He was invisible as far as the politicians were concerned.
Trump’s Pardons Are the Most Corrupt of Any President
Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution gives the president the power to grant “Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” The only limitation on this power is that it only applies to federal crimes, not state crimes. Because of this, Trump wasn’t able to pardon former senior advisor Steve Bannon for state level fraud charges in his We Build the Wall Campaign, yet he was allowed to pardon ally Roger Stone for lying to Congress and six other felony charges.
Inside the Strange, Dangerous Mind of an American Fascist
The word “fascist” gets thrown around a lot these days by both liberals and conservatives, though few use it correctly. Fascist movements, though, have been studied for decades, and this word has specific meaning.
So you say that you are a proud member of the Pro-Life movement. When I hear somebody make that statement, I often have to use all of my self-control to not laugh. Before I go further, I will state that I absolutely believe there are people in this country who value life. It’s just that they all tend to be members of the Democratic Party and do not use the term pro-life. Of course, there is no way I can know everybody in the country, so I can’t say for certain that there aren’t Republican Party members who are genuinely pro-life. Then again, I also can’t say for certain that bigfoot doesn’t exist or that aliens don’t live among us. To me, it is very simple to see which side of the aisle actually cares about life and which side does not. If only laws regarding honest labeling applied to movements as well as food products.
Tryna "twerk a movement..."
19FEB2021; 2205, FRI Dear Famo, First and foremost, sincerest condolences regarding your fellow Texans that are now the dearly departed thx to sheer incompetence on account of their gov't. I'm dreading the all but inevitable time of having to explain such odious obtuseness, and asinine absurdity to my daughters someday soon.
How we can benefit from the Right to Information Act 2005
How we can benefit from the Right to Information Act 2005? Introduction/ Preface – Right to Information Act 2005 The Right to Information Act 2005, popularly known as RTI Act has ensured every citizen of India a basic right to seek information from the Government authorities to fight against corruption and also bring forth more transparency to the functionalities of the Central Govt. or different State Governments.
Dear Future Senator AOC
Dear Representative Ocasio-Cortez: I fully believe that you will be a New York Senator in the near future. I cannot wait to march as many souls to the polls to vote for you and your progressive agenda. You are going to be an amazing representative of all New Yorkers.