Why Civilizations Decline
Most of the lyrics are incomprehensible, and when they can be deciphered, they are often simplistic, involving tortured rhymes, and at the level spoken by a semi-literate teenager about to flunk out of middle school. Sound effects and recording embellishments are ever-present. Sometimes romantic, sometimes social, sometimes political, the words are ejected rapid-fire in a monotone on top of an everpresent “beat.” The DJs speak far more properly, but with an accent attuned to their listeners. Risking being accused of racism, I would guess that 103.5’s listeners are mostly Afro-American.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I listen to this kind of music, I get a "separate but equal" feeling that I thought Brown vs. Board of Education and the heritage of Martin Luther King had corrected. Even though there is some appreciation of this kind of music among others than Afro-Americans, slowly easing it into our broader culture, it still comes across to me as "their" music and I feel that this is wrong. Again, 103.5's listeners deserve better.
Listen to 103.5 in South Florida, or similar stations elsewhere and make up your own mind.
Just You Wait, Henry Higgins, Just You Wait!
Be that as it may, however, by now some of those stupid or gullible folks who voted for Trump may be starting to recognize that they bought into something other than what he was selling. Rather than “making America great,” they bought into a traditional, right wing, conservative Republican policy of reducing government involvement and with it, reducing spending for the kinds of things Americans have come to expect from their Federal government over the past quarter of a century.
Republican majorities in Congress and in State legislatures are the result of clever, if not dishonest, gerrymandering of district boundaries, and do not reflect the nation’s natural Democratic majority. I have repeatedly urged Democrats to focus their efforts on State legislative seats. That’s where redistricting takes place.
And don't forget that Trump said that Mexico would be paying for a “wall.” Well, now it’s reduced to just some more “fencing” and guess who will be paying for it? Americans, that’s who! And the Republicans say they will try to figure out some way of eventually getting it out of Mexico through currency exchange and/or tax manipulation. Fat chance! Just so long as the wealthy here don’t face a tax increase to pay for it.
Comment on President Trump's Inaugural Address
Since his inauguration, Trump has frequently voiced complaints that the media does not treat him fairly. His spokespeople have been presenting "alternate" facts with which to challenge "real" facts, shedding unwarranted doubt on them. This is just a diversion to take the spotlight off of what he is really doing to weaken programs which benefit most Americans, including those whose votes put him in office. That should be the big news, not his battle with the press. Claiming to "Make America Great" was just a campaign slogan while the Republican conservatives whom he dragged into power are intent on doing exactly the opposite.
Thus far, the Trump Presidency, as was his campaign, is based on lies, and a lie is a lie, no matter what you call it. Here are photos (from Fox News, not one of those liberal media sources) of the crowds at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and Donald Trump's inauguration last week. Make up your own mind between the "facts" and the "alternate facts."
The Anti-Business Businessman
(Bear in mind that Hillary Clinton was against it too, but I believe that she only said that out of expediency, and didn't mean it. On this issue, Trump and Bernie Sanders were on the same page!)
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