The forces of evil had perhaps their best week in Washington since January 6th. Most often I choose the biggest political story of the week just ended as the subject of my Sunday article. This week I have a three-way tie and therefore it will be Sunday on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week. I will cover them in the order they occurred. Today’s subject will be a vote in the Senate.
My generation’s war was Viet Nam. Primarily due to a 333 in the lottery I didn’t go. That doesn’t prohibit me from empathy and understanding. I do not speak Vietnamese nor did I know the geography or customs. (I could have found it on the globe but that is about it – and more than a lot of other young men of my generation.) Had I been on the ground my life would have been in the hands of an interpreter and my organization’s success would have been in large part dependent on cooperative denizens. Fast forward two generations, change the location to Afghanistan and the story is basically the same. If I can realize this why couldn’t 16 House Republicans?
The biggest outrage of last week was Bill Cosby being freed from prison. The saddest part is that the appeals court’s decision was legally correct. Cosby was not found innocent; he was freed on a technicality which was caused by a poor decision by an elected official. I’ll endeavor to expand on that below and tie it to several other things. The ultimate blame lies with the American people.
American democracy finds itself in an abusive (and adversarial) relationship with the Republican Party. That is a monumental problem. The first step in solving a problem is to realize that it exists. I spent ten years on the Board of an organization that helped people deal with abusive relationships. The key to solving that issue is also straight forward.
I generally write articles at least one day ahead of publishing. When I woke up Wednesday morning I had two different ideas for Thursday’s article. After reading the papers option three won and the others will have to wait for another day. Continue reading 21 Without A Single Ace