Sunday, February 21, 2016

Atticus Finch, Harper Lee, and the American Presidential Election

Doesn't it make you tired?  Our country is divided.  Some of us want to keep Muslims out of our country. (What a cockamamie idea - I'm sure they must be native Americans, since the rest of us come from immigrants.) Some of us want single-payer health care.  Others want no legal abortions no matter what. Free college. No IRS. No Obamacare.  No government. More government. No national debt. More national debt. Oy. We cannot agree on anything. 

Doesn't it make you tired?  Hillary Clinton is a dishonest bitch. Bernie Sanders is an old hippy.  Donal Trump is .... well, Donald Trump. Cruz is mean and creepy. Rubio is a robot. Who is fit to be President?

I must like conflict more than I care to admit, because I have dealt with conflict professionally for close to 33 years. But, I am growing tired. I fear this country is turning into a big dysfunctional family. We fear everything - terrorists, wackos, "thugs,' rich people, poor people, corporations, politicians. I understand Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along."

Where are the rational people?  Harmony must count for something. We need more empathy.  As Harper Lee wrote, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." Of course, she also wrote, "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it."  

And so it goes.  Ms. Lee also wrote, 'They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."  

So, the political climate has been crazy ever since we elected a Black man. And now a woman is running. Is racism or sexism partly responsible for this discord?  Maybe.

And so it goes.


  1. Lynne Bratcher begins this post with, --"Doesn't it make you tired? Our country is divided." To which I would ask, when has our country not been divided? Just review Lynne's previous post in which she reflected upon the Sanders versus Clinton race, and her own divisive political stance as a young person rebelling against the status quo.

    "Some of us want to keep Muslims out of our country." Now, I'm not sure, but this sounds like another dig at Donald Trump's candidacy. If that is correct, then Lynne has repeated a misquote and misrepresentation purposely disseminated by the liberal-biased national media.

    "Some of us want single-payer health care." This statement certainly did not reflect the views of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when they lobbied for and eventually got a nationalized healthcare plan that favors the big insurance, pharmaceutical, and provider groups.

    "I understand Rodney King, 'Why can't we all just get along.' " This one made me laugh! Please recall that Rodney King had three daughters by three different women, was driving at high speed with likely twice the legal blood alcohol limit, refused to pull over for police because he knew a DUI charge would violate his parole for a previous robbery conviction. Due to his bizarre behavior, officers thought King was under the influence of PCP and acted according to their training. The now infamous videotape of King's arrest and beating, showed him resisting arrest and charging at officers. After the case sparked the Los Angeles riots, and became a media sensation, King sued the city and a jury awarded him $3.8 million as well as $1.7 million in attorney's fees. Lynne Bratcher likely thinks Rodney King was a blameless victim, when in fact he represented the antithesis of a law-abiding society.

    "So, the political climate has been crazy ever since we elected a Black man. And now a woman is running. Is racism or sexism partly responsible for this discord?" This passage reflects Lynne Bratcher's own self-delusion. She seeks to equate our "crazy climate" with the election of Barack Obama, when she herself wrote recently that Richard Nixon was the worst President ever. And although Ms. Bratcher cognitively knows that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt lying degenerate, because she incorrectly associates Hillary Clinton with her own struggle to succeed in a once male-dominated profession, she's willing to fool herself and project positively upon Clinton's phony decrepit public persona for the sake of women's rights.

    Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that she's married to former President Bill Clinton and they have a normal marriage. In fact, Hillary is a publicly-closeted lesbian who lives full-time with her aide Huma Abedin.

    Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that Chelsea is her daughter with Bill Clinton. In fact, Chelsea is not the biological daughter of Bill Clinton.

  2. Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that she's a champion for women and girl's rights. In fact, Hillary has been instrumental for decades in attacking the sexual victims of Bill Clinton to keep them quiet. She's accepted money and gifts from foreign governments which don't extend basic rights to the women of their country. As an attorney in Arkansas, she's defended an admitted child rapist.

    Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that she was a good Secretary of State. In fact, she constantly flew all over the world to solicit funds for the Clinton Foundation, a slush fund that repeatedly violated tax reporting rules. She accomplished little to nothing of substantial value, yet produced havoc in Libya, Ukraine, and Syria, resulting in the deaths of thousands and destruction of representative governments.

    Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that she's fit for office. In fact, this 68-year old woman is in poor health and suffered serious consequences after falling and hitting her head with concussion. A cerebral blood clot resulted in cognitive impairment, double vision, balance problems, lethargy, etc. Her own political aides have described her as "easily confused and forgetful." On the campaign trail, she's had multiple outbreaks of uncontrolled coughing spasms. She's had problems with basic functions like working her phone and sending emails.

    Hillary Clinton wants you to believe that she's had a long career in public service helping Americans. In fact, while an attorney at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock Arkansas she was extensively involved in financial corruption, money laundering, influence peddling, Arkansas Economic Development Corp. illegal diversion of public tax dollars. Her husband, then Attorney General and Governor, was abusing drugs, abusing women/underage girls, abusing his oath of office, violating Congressional orders prohibiting arming the Contras, trading political favors/protection for campaign cash with people like the Tyson family, Jackson Stephens, and Dan Lasater. As First Lady she pushed not for single-payer health care reform but a plan favored by Big Business. She became a U.S. Senator for New York state though she didn't meet residency requirements and had no previous ties to New York. She's the rare Democrat who is part of the Neocon pro-war pro-intervention cabal. She's great friends with and a beneficiary of the Wall Street banks which have caused financial destruction to so many American families.

    And so it goes.....people like Lynne Bratcher ignore reality and support criminal enterprises like the Bush and Clinton organized crime families.

  3. Anon 12:09

    That's extreme hyperbole that only convinces people that you are unreasonable.