Gender-Shaming & Scapegoating: It’s Not Just For Republicans Anymore


6a0148c7b55aa3970c019b028bfea0970dThe presidential “race” in America has turned into something that has been brewing for decades and is finally coming to a head. But it’s not just the Republican Party that is crumbling under the weight of its own shifts to the right and its years-long stoking the flames of discontent and anger.

The Democratic Party has also been wildly divided this election cycle and age-old resentments and indignations are surfacing and the vitriol surrounding it is immense. Which isn’t to say that the anger isn’t justified. It is. On all sides, if you ask me. It’s what we do with that anger, that outrage, that will define our future.

We’ve seen the anger and discontent on the Republican side play out in the form of racism, homophobia, xenophobia, fascism/intolerance, and misogyny. This is, in my opinion, a wildly misdirected and highly manipulated response. But the emotions that lie at the base of it – the social, cultural, and political disaffection – isn’t imaginary. But where the powers-that-be point their fingers and exclaim “It’s their fault!” is. That kind of manipulation has been with us since the dawn of recorded history. From Aaron using fear and distrust to convince the Israelites to embrace false idols and reject Moses at the base of Mt. Sinai, to the Salem Witch Hunts to Adolph Hitler to Joe McCarthy to the age-old gross manipulation by entire governments and political and religious parties across the globe that so effectively and efficiently turn neighbor against neighbor.

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Gender-Shaming & Scapegoating: It’s Not Just For Republicans Anymore

IS THERE MORE TO BEING A DEMOCRAT THAN TOWING THE PARTY LINE? To Vote Or Not To Vote…


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In the continued expression of ideals, values, disappointments and frustrations being shared and vented across the internet and elsewhere surrounding America’s presidential election, I have found many voices calling again and again for unity. But not unity as a country. Unity for the party.

The problem I see with this that I don’t think is being expressed or articulated properly – or is simply falling of deaf ears – is that the two major parties that represent the presidential race no longer speak for a vast number of this country’s citizens. I’m talking millions of people.

I’ve been told by friends that if Hillary is the nominee and I don’t vote for her and instead decide to write in “Bernie,” they don’t think they could ever talk to me again, that our friendship would be over. Understand, I haven’t made up my mind yet about my vote in the general if Hillary is the choice. And yet that indecision alone is SHOCKING, unforgivable even, for many.

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IS THERE MORE TO BEING A DEMOCRAT THAN TOWING THE PARTY LINE? To Vote Or Not To Vote…

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, & The Demise Of The Two-Party System


U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

I think it’s a worthwhile question to wonder why Hillary’s efforts to run for president are always threatened by someone with far more left-leaning, progressive ideas than her. There’s a real progressive movement in this country and many voices who are not represented by the political culture Hillary Clinton was raised in. While it’s way past time for the United States to elect a woman president, it may also be way past time for a change from the type of politics and politicking that Hillary Clinton represents.

Obama ran on a very progressive platform. Unfortunately, in my opinion, he surrounded himself with more centrist and conservative advisers and that, mixed with the rampant racism that allowed politicians to block him at every turn and the reality that his voting record as a senator was more centrist than progressive, resulted in someone who ended up more like Hillary Clinton in the end. But what Obama tapped into during his presidential run is still out there. If anything, it’s grown even stronger and is seeking a voice. Right now, Bernie Sanders is that voice. Hillary can never be that voice. No matter how much she struggles to paint herself as progressive or equally as liberal, she simply isn’t. My personal opinion, she should run on her strengths — of which she has many — for those who share her political leanings. Give them voice. But understand that what the people who vocally support Bernie Sanders right now do not want is Hillary. She is not their voice. This is an important distinction when we’re talking about government reflecting the people.

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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, & The Demise Of The Two-Party System

Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?


selmaI liked SELMA. And I thought it suffered a bit from the usual standard biopic pitfalls of not digging more deeply into the complex areas inherent in its story and characters, as well as not trusting actual events to be powerful enough of a story to not have to alter history to create extra drama or to paint a more “desirable” picture. That said, I still found the film effecting and it stayed with me longer than either THE IMITATION GAME or THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, the other 2 biopics from last year made in a similar mold.

For me, these kinds of linear tellings of stories with historical beats that need to be hit always feel too manufactured. Which isn’t to say they don’t have impact or are not good films. Many are, and this one is. But there’s a deeper level of human experience, the human condition, that these types of films never quite manage to reveal for me. More often than not, this begins at the script stage. These films often feel like the events themselves were strung out in a line with index cards and the characters’ personal struggles inserted to up the drama instead of revealing and exploring the many layers and complexities of the human beings and their struggles being portrayed. For me, the film MR. TURNER was the only biopic I saw from last year that transcended this issue. Perhaps because the filmmaker/writer, Mike Leigh, knows that it’s the characters’ inner journeys that dictate the “events” that unfold and not the other way around.

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Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?