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Monday, January 09, 2017

The Beat Goes On







In 11 days, these will be Presidential pronouncements.

And by the way:



And this is what Ms. Streep said that enraged the PEOTUS (I would recommend reading the whole speech; context is all):

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.
That instinct to humiliate goes on, too.  Because the best defense is to say:  "I know you are, but what am I?"


Happy days are HERE again!*

*The full take-down of Trump's original comments is here.

1 Comments:

Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

Someone who knows more Latin or Greek than I do ha to come up with a technical term for government by a senile, spoiled 2-year-old. We're about to need one really badly.

8:32 AM  

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