Sad Day in American History

NOTE: I’m sure many of my friends will have a different opinion than me, and that my post will sound condescending. I more than likely do not mean it as condescending to you, just venting about the country we live in. If you are fixated on the idea that it might be meant as condescending towards you, well then hey, maybe it is. I don’t care tonight. Tonight we sleep, tomorrow we start the fight again.

Tonight is the saddest night in American History. The country has voted for hate tonight, and I want to say I’m sorry to everyone. I’m sorry to all the women in this country that we now have a President who thinks it is okay to talk about grabbing women “by the pussy”. I’m sorry to all the Hispanics that we have a President now that thinks you are all rapists and felons. I’m sorry to all the African Americans that we now have a President that is endorsed by the KKK. I’m even more sorry that we have a Congress, and a Senate, and soon a Supreme Court that will buckle under any bullying from such a President (fronted by the same party) thus making our system of Checks and Balances all but null.

It is not okay that tonight less than 1/3rd of our population voted, and less than half of that voted for a man that is unequivocally unfit to be President, and unfit to lead our country. It’s so depressing that our country is in such a state. I honestly don’t know what is to be done. I am ashamed of you tonight America.

To my friends that are religious and still voted for such a man, it is so frustrating and painful that you could be okay voting for such a man. Rationalize it how you will; He says it like it is. He is a horrible person but she lies a lot. He is a horrible person but he has good plans. He is a horrible person but I’ve always voted Republican. He is a horrible person but I can’t vote for anyone else. He’s a good businessman so it’s okay that he says all these bad things about everyone else. Rationalize it anyway you like, tonight you endorsed all that he has said and done by casting your vote for him, and that is a very poor reflection of any worthwhile religion that you think you belong to. If your religion excuses voting for such a person, that’s probably not a good group to belong to. There, I said it. Hate me for it if you want, I honestly could not care less anymore.

In the past, elections have been about the differences on the issues. This election was not about the real issues, and you cannot make that claim. It was about race (racism), sex (sexism), terror (terrorism) hatred, and corporate interests. If those are issues that you can take the Trump stance on, I feel sad for you and your family.

I hope America gets through this, and maybe we will. I hope we don’t end up in a ridiculous war because someone insinuated that Trumps pinky finger is a bit smaller than the average pinky finger. We will see I guess. I hope that my friends of different ethnicity, different cultures, different sexual orientations are not bullied or bothered by those who are empowered by this horrible day.

For those people that are happy the election is over and don’t really care who won, won’t affect your life, you are part of the problem too and you should be ashamed of yourself. People have died for your right to vote and you don’t give a damn, so maybe you shouldn’t have a damn opinion about anything that happens in the country for the next 4 years? That work for you? Cause it definitely works for me, I really don’t want to hear your opinion, or your analysis of my long blog.

Whatever America, go watch your reality tv I guess. Commence the belittling of my post, bring it on. But yeah, in finished, I’m sorry to those who are sane and see how horrible this day is.

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From Great Universities to “Knowledge Factories”: Another American Institution in Decline

This is a very important article that everyone should read.

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Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for What’s the Matter with Kansas?, an examination of America’s new conservatism, has an article in Salon, “The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism.” Toward the end, he writes this:

The new press lord’s deeds are all made possible by the shrinking significance of everyone else. Compared to the patois of power, the language of journalism is but meaningless babble. Compared to once having been a friend of Zuckerberg, no form of literary genius matters any more. Compared to the puissance and majesty of the CIA, we amount to nothing. We are playthings of the powerful, churned out by the millions every year from the nation’s knowledge factories. We are zeroes to their ones, ready to rationalize monopoly or rectal hydration at a moment’s notice.

We’ve been through all of this before, though Frank doesn’t write…

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The Sad State of Ferguson & Falling Rocks

In light of the events in Ferguson tonight, it seems essential that the first post in this blog’s hopefully long future addresses this moment in American history. First lets address the fact that this is a moment that will go down in the history of this nation, for better or worse (and as I write this I see an innocent reporter, doing her job and trying to inform the nation about what is going on, pelted by a rock in the middle of her report).

To the protesters who are lighting fires, throwing rocks, and causing mayhem, you are not acting in a way that shows you are Americans. Citizens of this country should not behave in such a way, they stand up, they fight, they do things to affect change. Being violent and destroying your community is not a means to that end, and anyone who thinks differently is either ill informed or has a more nefarious goal in mind. It is impossible for anyone else to understand your frustrations, and the pain in that community (though there are many communities in the nation that go through similar scenarios unfortunately) but sometimes you have to rise above it. We all have to rise above it, and respond in a more responsible way.

To the Grand Jury who did not indict officer Wilson, it is impossible to understand your logic on the sad event. Any other person in the community would have certainly been indicted based on the amount of evidence that was available against him. This officer was tasked with keeping the community safe, and in the very least, he did not live up to that oath. The officer did not act responsibly in firing his weapon at least a DOZEN times. This is the most unbelievable part of the whole situation, how many times the officer’s weapon was fired. In my mind, I cannot think of any justifiable reasons for a person to fire a weapon so many times at another, unarmed, individual. The officer in doing so put everyone in the vicinity at risk, and acted irresponsibly, and for this at least, he should have to submit to a criminal trial.

To the Prosecutor and officials who decided to have the announcement late at night, this is an incredibly irresponsible action. It felt like it was done in order to get “Primetime” ratings for your announcement, and not in the interest of the community, general public, or safety of your citizens in the least. The most amateur of government officials should have had the foresight to prevent this scenario from replaying in this community again. The announcement should have been made the second it was known, (very early this afternoon) and not at the very end of the night when antagonists felt that they could get away with rioting under the anonymity of darkness. The rioters need to be held responsible for their actions, but so do the officials who created a perfect scenario for the rioting to occur. Where is the police in all of this? They seem to be guarding their police house pretty feverishly, but that is about it. On the television we are currently seeing riots all over the community, but instead of going out and trying to put the rioters to rest, they still stand in their line, blocking the path to their police station, letting the citizens in the community fend for themselves (perhaps I am watching the wrong news station and they are doing their best to quell the panic on the videos of the other stations?)

Tonight it is difficult to be an American, and to watch this play out on our television screens. It is a historic moment nonetheless that must be viewed and that we each must be aware of. What kind of historic moment it turns out to be though, that is up to us. It should be all of our sincerest hopes that this moment will be the turning point, and that in the future we can look back on this night and say, that was the darkest it got before the dawn. It was after that night that we all finally, after generations and generations, decided to put forth the effort needed to heal our nation, our communities, and to put aside stupid, asinine racial prejudices that do nothing but tear us all apart, and to build a better America, and a better world.

Perhaps in the future, things will get better for humanity. In the meantime, if we all just try to be the best human that we can be, that is a good start.