Sunday, November 11, 2018

Gun Violence and SCOTUS, Butterflies, Humor and a Bit of Politics

On Veterans Day, November 11, take a moment to honor those who have served to protect and defend our country.

Reducing Gun Violence Rests with the Supreme Court

Although retired since 2010, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has advocated repeal of the Second Amendment.  He has called the reasons for its existence “a relic of the 18th century."   But unfortunately, Stevens is no longer on the Court which is now dominated by five conservative Justices.
 
I recently wrote to these conservative Justices (Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh) about the Second Amendment.  Writing to them is preferable to Emails.  Hopefully such correspondence will perhaps reach one of a Justice’s clerks.

These Justices are all fully aware of the facts.  What they might not be aware of is the shift in the feeling of most American citizens toward the regulation of firearms.  Making them aware of that shift is important.  Letters can accomplish that.  The repeated tragedies in which the Court’s 2008 interpretation of the Second Amendment may have played a part may already be weighing heavily on their consciences.  They know what happened in Parkland, in Pittsburgh and in Thousand Oaks this year!   











Here is the text of the letter I sent recently to these five Justices:


Justice _________:

“I am certain that you are aware of the historical basis of the Second Amendment.  One does not have to be a strict interpreter of the Constitution to understand its clear language:

"A well-regulated militia" (this means a volunteer military force operating under a set of rules, and not just a gang of people running around with weapons),"being necessary to the security of a free state," (there were thirteen “free states” at the time comprising the “United States,” which a few years earlier had not been “free” but under British rule), "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" (for the purpose of being available with their arms to serve in those well-regulated militia in those “free states”).

Broader interpretations of the Second Amendment, including those ignoring its first dozen words, are political and should be avoided.

Some of the thirteen original states, remembering British rule, were still wary of the military power of a central government and wanted some counterbalance to that power, should the Federal government ever use it against a state.  That was the reason for the Second Amendment.  (The states which insisted on it were the ones where slavery was practiced. That was their underlying motivation.)”

I encourage you to write your own letter or copy the one I sent.  Emails aren’t the way to go with Supreme Court Justices.  But you can mail it, individually, to the Justices mentioned above at this address:

Supreme Court of the United States
 1 First Street, NE
 Washington, DC 20543

The chance of repeal of the Second Amendment during our lifetimes is highly remote.  Over the years, however, there will be legislation on both the Federal and State level which will accomplish that by providing that certain weapons be restricted or highly regulated and that other measures be taken to control who gets to possess them. 
Supreme Court Building in Washington


Such legislation will be challenged in the courts and the ultimate decision will rest with the Supreme Court.  That’s why letters such as this are important.
Jack Lippman


Laughs

“Seymour, get up!  You have to go to school!  You’ll be late!,” his mother shouted.
“Ma, I don’t wanna go to school,” Seymour answered.
“Why not?” she asked.
“Because all the teachers and all the students hate me, that’s why,” he answered.
“Seymour,” the mother declared, "You HAVE to go to school!  You’re the Principal!”
  
When you chuckle (?) at a joke like this, what is it at which you are laughing?  Could it be that you find it amusing that a middle-aged man is still living at home, as much under his mother's care as he was when he were a child?  What's funny about that?  He has problems, and they should be addressed properly, not laughed at.

If "Seymour" were "Shirley," or if the "waker-upper" were his father rather than his mother, would there even be a joke?  I doubt it.  This story is generated by the wellspring of humor based on the relationship between Jewish mothers and their sons, and which has contributed mightily to the income of many Catskill Mountain comedians as well as to that of many psychiatrists.
JL


News from the Butterfly Garden

This has been a bad year for Monarch butterflies.  Scientists have offered several explanations for this most common of butterflies becoming an only occasional visitor to its usual haunts. These reasons include the increase in the use of herbicides and pesticides in agriculture throughout the country which can not only kill Monarchs (in the form of eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises or actual butterflies) but can get rid of the milkweed without which Monarchs cannot survive.  Climate change and deforestation in areas of Mexico to which Monarchs migrate are also suggested as explanations for their decline.

Monarch in caterpillar form. (Tiny orange dots behind it
 are eggs laid by female Monarch butterflies
from which these things hatch)
I put several milkweed plants in the ground some months ago and they must have attracted some Monarchs because numerous Monarch caterpillars were spotted in the garden devouring most of the milkweed plants’ leaves.   But their evolution into butterflies just didn’t occur, and even with the regrowth of leaves on the milkweeds, only one caterpillar has been seen recently (pictured to the right this morning)which at least suggests that there have been Monarch butterflies around.  I just haven’t seen them.  My theory was that the caterpillars were being eaten by the geckos in the garden.  To get rid of them, I liberally scattered garlic cloves and also a few mothballs in the garden.  I also threw some egg shells there.  These are supposed to make the geckos think there are birds around, making them seek other hunting grounds.  The number of geckos has been reduced and I suspect the cause is the garlic.

Meanwhile, I have spotted an occasional Giant Swallowtail hanging around the wild lime tree in my yard.  The books say that is their favorite plant on which to lay eggs.  I haven’t seen any caterpillars on the tree, but the presence of these beautiful gold trimmed butterflies indicate that they must be there, unless the ones I see are just visitors.   If they are, they are welcome to lay their eggs right here.   I’ve also seen a few White Peacock butterflies around, but I doubt if they are breeding in my garden.  I suspect they inhabit the slopes of the canal behind my house.   These three varieties are pictured below.



















From top to bottom, Monarch, Giant Swallowtail and White Peacock butterflies

JL


Back to Politics

The Democratic Party will be a majority in the newly elected House of Representatives, all the seats of which were up for election on November 6.   They also captured seven governorships from the Republicans.  On the other hand, in the one-third of the Senate which was being elected, the Republican Party increased their majority by two or three seats over the Democrats.  This increase, while significant, represents voters in only one third of the nation’s states and is not so much an omen for the future as were their losses in the House, which represents the entire country.

Generally, the margin of victory for Democrats came from the votes of women, minority groups and younger people.  Republican victories came from the traditional Republican/Trumpian base, its hard-to-crack core anchored in older white male voters and recent right-wing recruits to the G.O.P.

The Democratic victories did not prevent the loss of Senate seats in North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana and possibly Florida, where the factors discussed below all come into play.  The Democrats did capture a Republican Senate seat in Nevada, limiting their losses to two or three seats in the Upper House.

Let’s look at what prevented the Democrats from achieving a greater gain on Election Day than what they did accomplish in races for seats in the House of Representatives, in governorship races and in State legislatures.  What strength did the G.O.P. have in places like Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, for example, to repel the Democrats?  I think it is a matter of “image.”

In the eyes of many voters in rural areas and small cities across America, beyond whatever their programs might contain, the Democratic Party is seen as representing the urban elite of the major cities on the east and west coasts, along with the large minority populations found there, along with the social services these groups may require.  

The G.O.P. attempts to cash in on this image by making Nancy Pelosi the poster girl for it.  The history of political bosses and machines in these places, while no longer a factor, also lingers in their image of the Democratic Party.  While these voters, basically from a White Protestant culture, are not specifically racist nor bigoted, they are well aware that the Democratic Party has many Black, Latino, Jewish and at least in big cities, Roman Catholic adherents.  They don’t openly criticize the Democrats for this but it is often buried in the back of their thinking somewhere.  They see the Democrat “cohort” as different from theirs.  They can sense that what might be good for Los Angeles or New York City might not be good for Des Moines, and vote accordingly. 
 

Kansas Governor-Elect Kelly
This “image” problem is all that prevents the Democrats from picking up all the marbles once the old white guys die off.  Better (and more highly paid) analysts than me are probably working on this right now.  One of the things they probably are examining are the details of Democrat Laura Kelly’s victory over Kris Kobach in the Kansas governorship race.  If the Democrats can pull that off in Kansas, they can do it anywhere.
JL





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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Election Day Posting, Demeaning Men and a Nursery Rhyme


Election Day Commentary:

Do We Deserve to Live in a Democracy?

Voting should not pose a dilemma for the American people.   Most people in the country, as they did in 2016, will be voting Democratic because of that party’s forward-looking positions on health care, taxes, jobs and the environment.  Sadly, their doing so didn't help two years ago.  More will have to vote Democratic on Tuesday to accomplish that.

The Republicans have no program for health care, their tax reform only benefited the wealthy and businesses so they don’t talk about it.  Contrary to what the Democrats propose, they have ignored the infrastructure, the environment and the economic “safety net.”  The highlight of their accomplishments, reduced unemployment, is cancelled out by the failure of wages to increase, which normally accompanies low unemployment.  Further, growing economic hardships are resulting from their unwise trade and tariff policy.  

Bottom line:  The Democrats have programs to deal with these issues. The Republicans have none so all they can offer are fear, insults and disunity … at which they are very good.  But gerrymandered Congressional districts and tricky voter suppression techniques may bolster Republican chances to lessen their losses anyway. 

The elephant in the room is Donald Trump.  His intemperate appeal to the gullible who permeate his “base” has forced legitimate Republicans legislators to cower in fear of challenges from the right and given reassurance to the bigots, conspiracy peddlers, and racists among his supporters.  There is a direct traceable line between his participating in campaign “lock her up” cheering, his equivocation about racist terrorism in Charlottesville, and his emboldenment of the Pittsburgh synagogue murderer and the Florida mail-bomber by his incendiary speeches and tweets.  

He talks about “nationalism” with no understanding of the word. “White Nationalists,” however, all of whom are within his loyal base, and are far smarter than he is, do understand it.  It is an “exclusionary” word.  The first two letters of “Nazi” parties, wherever and whenever they may be, stand for “Nationalist” in its most exclusionary sense.  Trump is too ignorant to understand that.  He has no knowledge of history and is not capable of reading books.  (I still cannot figure how he got through four years at two very reputable universities, but that is a story yet to be written. I wouldn't be surprised if their accreditation is questioned.)

But he does know that the gullible, without whom he is dead meat, fear people who are “different” and of course, that includes immigrants, so he caters to those fears.  His constant harping on a “wall” to keep “them” out and his mischaracterization of the caravan of Central Americans currently trudging northward is a prime example of this and was probably the direct motivation of the Pittsburgh murderer who associated HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) with that caravan and set out to kill Jews.  The President has abysmally failed to recognize that and avoids taking responsibility for the result of his words and concentrates on changing the subject (with Fox's aid) in order to keep his pathetic and gullible base in line.  

Words have power and once unleashed, their results cannot be easily controlled.  Trump’s fictitious description of the caravan as including “gang-members and Middle Easterners” and calling the press an “enemy of the people” can uncontrollably inflame passions once they are let out of the bottle. The President (and his foul mouthpieces on Fox News and talk radio) cannot absolve himself from responsibility for the results.  He shares guilt with the perpetrators of crimes which, without his words egging them on, would not have been committed.  In other countries, provocateurs like our President ultimately end up in prison or worse. 
  
Enough Americans, even Republicans, are aware of this and they will have their say on Election Day when they vote.  Many decent Republicans, excluding the bigots, racists and conspiracy peddlers who have supported Donald Trump, have had enough of him.   A limit is being reached.  In fact, many Republican candidates are now carefully trying to distance themselves from the President, recognizing that he is becoming as much of an albatross as an asset. 

But that won’t fool many. There will be nation-wide Democratic gains, perhaps enough to give that Party control of the House of Representatives and elsewhere, and this will drive the racists, bigots and conspiracy peddlers into a mad frenzy.  Shortly thereafter, the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team will be coming out, and that, together with the election results, will further polarize the nation, putting it on the cusp of a second civil war.  There are many, having found a home in the right wing of the Republican Party, who are still fighting the first one.

The choice before us seems either to engage in that second civil war, standing up for democracy with demonstrations, legislation and litigation, or to back down, attempting to achieve temporary peace by shameful compromise, which was the course followed during the half century before 1860, which culminated in our bloody first civil war.  This second civil war, if it must be fought, will not be bloodless, because its first blood has already been shed in Pittsburgh.  And the Supreme Court’s cowardly and tortured misinterpretation of the Second Amendment has guaranteed that there are enough weapons around to fight it on many levels.  

There is a lot of blame for this polarization to go around, and it must be shared by (1) Trump-fearing Republican legislators, by (2) right-wing blowhards at Fox and other conservative media, and to a lesser but still very significant extent by (3) otherwise decent Republicans who went along and voted for Trump and his acolytes because they believe in traditional Republican positions and Trump just happened to be the Party’s candidate.  None of them can walk away blameless.  They’ve all slept with dogs and now, they too have fleas!  (The argument that the media is “left-leaning” and therefore must share in the blame is false because the media’s business is to objectivity report well documentable truths, which it does, while Trump’s warehouse is filled with undocumentable lies.  There is a difference.)  

Trump’s combination of shallow ignorance, moral bankruptcy and historic corruption ought to result in most thinking Americans, even lifelong Republicans, voting for Democratic candidates on November 6, because they will have finally recognized that any Republican candidate who is still loyal to Donald Trump is not worth voting for.  

If Americans really are as stupid as Donald Trump believes us to be, we do not deserve to live in a democracy.  

Get out and vote on Election Day … but be aware that regardless of who wins, the years following will not be pleasant ones for democracy in America.  They will demand citizens who are willing to stand up and fight for that which they believe, and not just write letters to newspapers and post on the internet.
Jack Lippman






Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,       
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,    
All the King’s horses and
All the King’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty
Together again.






A "Pseudo-Presidential Election"

We elect a President every four years.  The last time we did so was in 2016.  The  democratic process failed us then and gave us a President who has proven to be incapable of properly filling his office.  All polls show him to have the highest disapproval rate of any President in American history.  But, because both the House of Representatives and the Senate are in the hands of his political party, whose members survive in office only so long as they support him, there is no chance of his being impeached although there are numerous grounds available for that action. 

By electing a Democratic House of Representatives and a Democratic Senate in 2018, however, the nation will be able to severely limit the President’s excesses.  While a majority sufficient to succeed in impeaching the President is unlikely, such victories on Tuesday will go a long way toward limiting his powers.  Even capturing only the House of Representatives would be a massive step in the right direction.

Although we are not voting for a President on Tuesday, this mid-term election is really an attempt to redo the Presidential election of 2016 by electing a Congress which will tie that President’s hands to the extent legally possible. Hence, it is actually a “pseudo-Presidential election,” with the candidate's name not appearing on the ballot anywhere. 

It is a rare opportunity for Americans to have the chance to reverse the wrong direction in which our democracy, and the 2016 election process, permitted the nation to turn two years ago.  We should take advantage of it.

JL 




The Demeaning of Males

A few postings ago, I pointed out how advertisements, particularly on TV, were emphasizing the superiority of women over men, showing the women to be smart and their husbands, usually not so smart.   

Recall the husband attempting to carry about fifty grocery bags in from his Toyota Rav, all at one time, because it was "his thing" and his wife smirking knowing in the background, waiting for him to start dropping some of the bags on his way to the kitchen (which we know he would do, off screen, of course.)



And then there was that poor guy spending hours trying to locate a suitable used car to buy interrupted by his wife who accomplished it in 


about four seconds on some car buying website.   



Equality of the sexes should not mean that it is open season for demeaning men!  Note that the comic strips have even joined in, propagandizing the children who read them.  Check out “Baby Blues” from the Sunday, Oct. 28, comics of your local paper. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT or just go to http://babyblues.com/comics/october-28-2018/.  

After the kids rejected eating supposedly inferior “generic” brands of breakfast cereal, the mother poured the stuff into the father’s bowl.   The dialog went something like this: Mom (to kids) – “I didn’t think you could tell the cheap stuff from the brand-name stuff.”  Kid – “Ha! What kind of doofus couldn’t tell?”  Dad – “Mmm … Good cereal.”

So Dad is a “doofus.”  (defined as a “stupid person.”)  If this kind of demeaning thing keeps up, there will be no required role remaining for males in our culture.  Their traditional duties of being the hunter, leader, provider, breadwinner and protector have been minimized by women being quite able to also perform those activities, and his essential biologic role as the provider of sperm to enable his mate to bear children has been supplemented by “in vitro” fertilization techniques.

The role of men in the centuries to come has yet to be defined but watch TV advertisements and the comics for clues.  Also look closely at anthills.
JL



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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Election Day Approaches - Some Thoughts

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Some of it had already been distributed in various forms to politically active friends, but all recipients of this blog are still asked to pass it on to at least half a dozen contacts.  Please.   It can make a difference on Election Day.   To paraphrase John Donne, "Ask not for whom the rooster crows.  It crows for YOU.  Wake up!"


Republicans!  Please Read This

A word of advice to Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as to those who, for one reason or another, vote Republican:  When You Sleep With Dogs, You Get Fleas! 

The President, by virtue of his vicious and irrational attacks on those who legitimately disagree with him, gives encouragement to seriously disturbed individuals who go on to commit violent acts, and therefore, he cannot escape sharing in their guilt!  He cannot take back the words he speaks and the gestures he makes when he addresses 
“his base” at rallies.  Donald J. Trump is their accomplice, whether or not he likes it and regardless of whether or not he is ever indicted for his encouragement of their illegal actions.

Wise up, Republicans!  You have sold your party to the devil!  Evangelical Christians, especially, should be well aware of this and repent before they too are consigned to join with him in Hades for eternity.  

Remember, Republican voters, when you sleep with dogs, you get fleas! 

From a recent posting on this blog, I include the following:  "After the February 2018 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in a New York Times op-ed piece, advocated the repeal of the Second Amendment with these very logical words:

“Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that ‘a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.'  Today that concern is a relic of the Eighteenth century.”


Now, don't Stevens' words make sense in 2018?  A Supreme Court which continues to believe otherwise is also complicit in the violence made possible by their gross misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.
Jack Lippman




Health Care is the Decisive Issue!

Things all Americans should know about the most important issue in the 2018 mid-term elections which is, according to almost all polls, HEALTH CARE:

A Nine Point Primer on Health Care in 2018

1. MEDICARE - In 1965, Medicare came into being for seniors.   It is now taken for granted.  But Republicans want to chip away at what it provides, because they say it costs too much and creates a deficit.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has targeted it (along with the Obamacare, Medicaid and Social Security) in speeches on the Senate floor!  I am not making this up. Take his word for it!  Republicans will not admit that increases in the deficit are the result of 2018 tax cuts for business and the wealthy.  These are what has ballooned the deficit, not Medicare! 

2. MEDICAID - Medicaid provides health care for mostly poor people through state programs.  The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) offers states money to improve their Medicaid programs.  This offer has been refused by many States because it is an “Obama” program.  Although it costs the states nothing, many (including Florida) refuse to accept this added money, preferring to allow the poor to suffer.

3. SINGLE PAYER - Most Western industrialized countries have a “single payer” health insurance program (call it “Medicare for Everyone”) with the government as the single insurer.   The taxes to pay for these “single payer” plans are far less than the money we currently spend on our patched-up program of health insurance from private companies and the government which is paid for by the premium payments of insureds, their employers and taxation!  But these countries’ “single payer” programs are not “socialized medicine.” That would involve their doctors being government employees and their hospitals being owned by the government.   With some exceptions, that is not the case.  (Actually, our own Veterans Administration programs fit that definition and are “socialized medicine,” and most veterans in that system praise it.)  But ”single payer” plans are not “socialized medicine” despite what chronic liars like Trump and most Fox News people say.   They lie.  

4. G.O.P. ATTACKS ON OBAMACARE - Republicans in Congress have chipped away at the Affordable Care Act by (a) doing away with its mandatory provisions (tax penalty for non-participants) eliminating many young healthy people from the pool of insureds, resulting in the insurers increasing the cost for everyone else, (b) made it more difficult for Obamacare’s insurers to collect what is due them from the government, and (c) made it more difficult for people to sign up for “Obamacare.” 

5. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS - Republicans now claim to be in support of giving coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, as the Affordable Care Act (and also Medicare) does, despite their voting to repeal it 70 times over the past few years!  Pure hypocrisy!  They lie! With “pre-existing condition” policy provisions, people with heart, kidney and cancer histories would be left uninsured.  Republicans, including the President, are bald-faced liars, and have fought giving coverage to those with pre-existing medical histories at every possible opportunity.  They are now lying, saying they support what they have fought against for years, because it is dawning on them that providing such coverage is extremely popular with most Americans.  They feel that it is better to lie than to lose.  That’s the Republican way.

6. THOSE WHO "DO WITHOUT" - Minor health issues become expensive major ones when people without insurance don’t get regular health care due to not having the money to pay for it.  Emergency Rooms are no substitute for health care (as Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis suggests) and their routine use increases hospital costs and insurance premiums for everyone else. 

7. WHO PAYS FOR HEALTH CARE - Employers got into the habit of providing health insurance during the Second World War when salary increases were limited.  They gave employees health insurance instead!  Now they find this to be a tremendous financial burden and are stopping doing it, leaving many uninsured.  Otherwise, its cost risks putting them out of business. What was once a drop in the bucket is now a major budget item for them.  Who will pick up this burden now?  Tax-supported “single payer” insurance such as “Medicare for All,” would be the solution.  Most Americans recognize this.   Most Republicans do not.

8. BANKRUPTCY - The greatest single cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is a family’s losing its money, savings and home (through foreclosure) because of having to pay medical bills.  This is even true of people with some insurance!   A single payer “Medicare for All” program would help resolve this.  Expensive private Medicare supplements are too expensive for many.  While Medicare Advantage Plans, which are an essential part of Medicare, may provide a financial solution for many, they severely limit a patient’s choice of doctors and hospitals.

9. CHEAP HEALTH INSURANCE - Republicans, including the President, are pushing skimpy, cheap short-term health insurance plans to replace the Affordable Care Act’s plans.  These plans, originally intended for people who were between jobs, do not cover pre-existing conditions, must be reapplied for every year, are cancellable and have extremely limited benefits.  They are, indeed, better than nothing, but even suggesting them as a solution to our health care challenges is a sorry statement to pitch to citizens of the world’s richest nation.  But that is exactly what the Republicans are doing.

                                                                    *  *  *  *  *

After reading this, there is no alternative for Americans who recognize Health Care as the pre-eminent issue in the 2018 Mid-Term elections but to vote for every Democratic candidate on their ballot and reject any Republican candidate.  It is that simple.

If any Republican, including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan or even Donald Trump wishes to contest anything appearing above, they can Email or telephone me.   My number is in the book.  Their response (or those of anyone else) may appear in a future posting.  I know they will not, however, because what appears above is the truth, and Republicans are well aware that their positions are based on lies.
JL




The Grand Tsunami

As we get closer and closer to the mid-term elections, it becomes clearer and clearer that the important issues which will draw Democratic and independent voters to the polls are (1) Health Care, (2) An economy producing “real jobs,” not just minimum wage dead end positions and (3) Reducing gun violence

But there is a strong and powerful current energizing Democratic efforts in all three of these areas.  It is the participation of the many women who are feeling, for the first time, a sense of empowerment which extends into the voting booth.  There are more women running for local, state and national office than ever before.  Women far outnumber men among the volunteers making telephone calls, registering voters, knocking on doors and participating in demonstrations.

Historians will note that this is the time when women stepped out of the background and assumed a role equal to men in our society.  Look at the women in high corporate positions such as Susan Sandberg at Facebook and Mary Barra at General Motors.  Look at the extreme popularity of the Hulu TV series, “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the novel which inspired it, surgically analyzing the role of women in society.  Look at important films such as “The Wife” where the title character played by Glenn Close is identified as the real writer of her Nobel Prize winning husband’s books and “A Star is Born” where the woman ultimately displaces the man as the leader in their artistic partnership. All of these represent the end of the era of women being “used” and the recognition of their innate talent and power.

Look at the correspondents, anchors and panelists on TV news programs.  Many, if not most, are now women where years ago, men prevailed.  At the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment, recall the roles played by Democrats Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.  Contrast this with the stubborn and graying old men who represented the Republicans on that Committee.

During the 2016 Republican nominating process, Donald Trump repeatedly insulted former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and got away with it.  He didn’t like the way she looked.  His continuing disrespect for women is well documented, and his Republican colleagues and lackeys just look the other way.  Well, they cannot get away with that with the women who are voting in 2018.  No way!   It’s a tough new world in which backward looking conservative Republicans cannot stop the grand tsunami of woman voters which will turn the tide in the 2018 mid-term elections and help to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from being attacked, along with “Obamacare,” by reactionary Republicans.

This will be “the Year of the Women” at the polls.  BE PART OF IT.  Mentooare invited.
JL






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