It occurred to me last night that Canada’s perpetually embarrassing Prime Minster is living out the plot of a Shakespeare play.
Back in June of 2019, I tweeted about the latest egregious example of MSNBC excluding Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang from their ongoing coverage of the 2020 Presidential candidates. There had been previous examples, but that was the worst up to that point because they had photos of all 20 candidates who were going to be in the first debates, and instead of including Yang as one of them, they included someone who wasn't even going to be there. I then started to add each new example as a new reply, and that ongoing thread has now been covered over and over again with each new example as a source of entertaining absurdity. It's been covered by traditional media outlets like The Guardian, Vox, and The Hill. It's also been covered by new media like Ethan and Hila Klein of the H3 Podcast for their two million subscribers.
“The establishment does not appreciate a serious primary candidate against a longtime incumbent.”
Money is the root of all evil, some say. Money plays the major role in the outcome of elections. Money, via lobbyists, determines which laws and regulations are enacted and which aren’t. And, money seeps into the very core of our nation by manipulating the nation’s values. It does that by controlling the media, which controls the message. It has been this way since the beginning. As a historian, I understand that when we fail to learn from history, we repeat it. I prefer learning over repeating.
The once burning beacon of America’s democratic ideals is fading quickly and has been for four years under a president who has no more regard for the Constitution than an aethiest for the Bible. After four years of sending countless tweets like a pubescent discovering social media, President Trump has left no doubt to the extent of his narcissistic personality, his petty grievances, and his paper-skin sensitivity to anything less than adoration.
When Kamala Harris won her seat in the senate, Black people across the country were happy to see a woman of color in office, but at the same time, there are Black people who don't trust her. If anybody wanted to tell you about Senator, Prosecutor, or Attorney General Kamala Harris and how she is; the people of California could probably tell you better than anybody. The residents of the cities of San Francisco and Oakland Metropolitan area (also known as the "Bay Area" or "The Bay"). Kamala Harris had a stiff and staunch stance on truancy and wanted to keep more kids back in school; because she had grown tired of the number of truant students rising in the state of California year after years after comparing the rates, numbers, and percentages against the other states in the country. Now, Harris champions herself as a "pioneer for reform in criminal justice," but her approach of how to keep students from being truant. She would start her "crusade on truancy" she started this back in 2010 campaign for Attorney General. She explained that the point of her campaign was to focus on chronic school absences. Harris sponsored a bill and to took it to the state and was passed. Harris' sponsoring of this bill made it a misdemeanor for parents of kids who missed more that 10% of the school's calendar days. This misdemeanor would consist of a $2,000.00 fine, up to a year in jail, or both. This law sent a lot parents to jail and even in some cases made the truancy problem worse. Harris was interview by Pod Save America and stated, "In some cases, the arrests and jail sentences were 'unintended consequences' of the state law that she championed her anti-truancy campaign on." She put black and brown parents behind bars while enforcing this anti-truancy law throughout California.
Is it ethical for a leader to make an unethical or immoral decision? Clearly, if you dare to lead, you will be frequently faced with such dilemmas. Yes, you may have to decide to do the “wrong thing” for the right reason.
It's the year 2019, the country is gearing up for the most important election of a lifetime, and more than 20 candidates, most of which are polling at about 1-2% percent, still believe that they are the only one equipped to do the job.
It has been in the news that the famous DiFara’s pizza in downtown Brooklyn was seized and shuttered for not paying back taxes. The mayor of NYC wants to throw his hat into the ring and reopen the shuttered pizzeria that is in his Brooklyn neighborhood.
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Voting is one of the most important rights we have as citizens, but more than that, it is a responsibility and civic duty. We are lucky to live in a country that allows us the right to participate in the political system by voting. But, if we do not exercise the freedoms we already have, someone will see fit to take them away from us.
The TV debates are a go, and there are a plethora of Democratic candidates to choose from to rival Donald Trump for the Presidency in 2020—over 20 in fact. We’ve already had a few candidates drop out, like former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel and recent Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, and more are expected to follow with the race heating up in recent weeks. If you’re right clued up on who’s running and who’s not, and just missed the recent round of television exchanges, you can get the lowdown here. However, if you need a little bit more detail on who the main runners and riders are at this stage of the campaign trail, then look no further.