Re: American Politics: Discuss and Debate
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The pope has been a hologram since last year! There has *got* to be a Sliders story in there!
That PURPLE background, clearly written in HTML 1.0, doesn't throw you off??????????
Why are the secrets of all humanity so often imparted by people who haven't learned the secret of WordPress? (The secret is that 20 bucks USD and an eBay account will get you all the templates and plugins you need to craft something that mimics a professional-looking web design. I feel this knowledge was Transmodiar's most vital contribution to my life even though we all know it was his dialogue revisions to SLIDERS REBORN.)
Biden won the election. I now resume my customary criticism of America's Grandpop (which is not necessarily an insult as Biden reminds me of my grandfather, a man of moderate ability and immoderate decency who didn't always know what to do but would always find SOMETHING he could do that needed doing however small or large it might and he would make sure to be useful, supportive and present).
Grandpa passed over Bernie Sanders for Secretary of Labor, choosing Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh. This pissed me off. A lot. But Biden provided his explanation and I shall let minds better than mine consider its value.
When I say our future will be made in America, it will be a future built by American workers. A future with historic investments in infrastructure, clean energy, manufacturing, and so much more that is going to create millions of good paying jobs. Marty knows worker power means encouraging unionization and collective bargaining -- not just saying you can have the union, but saying that the government should encourage the formation of unions.
It also means protecting pensions, ensuring worker safety, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring workers are paid for the overtime they have earned -- like we fought for in the Obama-Biden administration but this administration has weakened -- and making sure we have a trade policy where, for every decision we make, unions are at the table focused on winning good jobs for American workers.
This is one of the most important departments to me. I trust Mayor Walsh. And I am honored he accepted.
But I also want to say I did give serious consideration to nominate my friend Bernie Sanders to this position. I am confident he could have done a fantastic job. I could think of no more passionate devoted our life to working people in this country.
But after Tuesday's results in Georgia, keeping Democratic control of the United States Senate and a tie vote, Bernie and I agreed -- as a matter of fact, Bernie said: We cannot put control of the Senate at risk in the outcome of a special election in Vermont. He agreed we could not take that chance.
We also discussed how we would work together, travel the country together, helping Marty and me working with men and women who feel forgotten and left a behind in this economy.
We work closely on our shared agenda of increasing worker power and to protect the dignity of work for all.
I want to thank Bernie for his continued friendship and leadership and look forward to us working together with Marty. He thinks I made a good choice.
Biden also said of the attack on Capitol Hill by people who apparently no longer want America to elect its leaders:
Initially I was going to talk about the economy, but all of you, all of you been watching what I've been watching. At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault — unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty. The Capitol itself.
Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. Do not represent who we are. What we're seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.
For nearly two and a half centuries, we the people, in search of a more perfect union, have kept our eyes on that common good. America is so much better than what we've seen today. Notwithstanding what I saw today, we're seeing today, I remain optimistic about the incredible opportunities. There's never been anything we can't do when we do it together.
This is nonsense. I'm sorry to say this -- I like all the Americans I know and Biden's fine -- but what we saw on Wednesday is exactly what America is: a nation of privileged white people who think they can attack their own elected government with impunity and are so certain in their supposed immunity that they photographed and filmed themselves attacking a government building and carrying zipties and planting pipe bombs and carrying weapons -- encouraged by their (soon to be former) president, permitted by the very police officers supposedly there to guard the premises and allowed to walk away (although it occurred to federal agents to look up the selfies to arrest some of these people afterwards). These are privileged white people in a country that was founded on enslaving black people to do all the labour, who are enraged that being white and loud doesn't put them at the top by default.
This doesn't have to be what America will be tomorrow, but it's what it was on Wednesday and it's what it has been historically even as people have fought and suffered and sometimes given their lives to change the United States into a less appalling version of humanity. As many have said, democracy has proven to be the worst form of government except for all others that have been tried. But to claim that America is a shining, polished gem of human conduct and that Wednesday was an aberration --
Joe. Grandpa. It's a kind lie. I understand the need for leaders to talk to us as though we're who we should be instead of who we actually are. And if that's what you need to do, then go ahead, Grandfather. But even a kind lie is still a lie.