I don’t normally talk about my personal experiences on this website, but today as we celebrate Labor Day I thought it might be a good time to talk about what labor unions have done for me personally, and why I love them.
I was born in 1946, which makes me geriatric. However, the era I grew up in was an era of powerful unions. My first job was at a large department store, where there was no union. I made .86 cents an hour. Thank God, this was only a summer job between high school and college.
I was going to college and near graduation when my boyfriend and I got pregnant. Oops. That caused some gear shifting. This was 1966, and pregnancy was a common incentive to speed up the wedding ceremony. No worries, life goes on. So after the birth of our gorgeous son I thought I should get a job and finish up the university degree part time. Well, in 1966 the minimum wage was somewhere around $1.25 per hour. Do some math. I’ll give you a minute. That is about $50 bucks a week or $2,500 a year; that’s before taxes and other withholdings.
Tenacity, Perseverance and Determination, all in one woman, Cori Bush
On Friday 7/30/2021 First term Congresswoman Cori Bush sat down on the steps of the U.S. House of Representatives with a camping chair, a sleeping bag, and a commitment to stop the potential eviction of millions of Americans from their homes.
By William Jones and D. S. Mitchell
Those At Risk
When it became clear that neither Congress nor the White House was going to act to stop a pandemic-era federal eviction moratorium from expiring, leaving hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of low-income Americans at risk for eviction from their homes Cori Bush stepped up. Ms. Bush — now 45 and a first-term Democratic congresswoman from St. Louis — felt a familiar flood of anxiety and a flash of purpose in the face of the pending crisis.
Stephen Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Breyer has been a consistent defender of liberal priorities in cases involving abortion, marriage equality, voting rights, and other issues. There’s growing urgency on the left to see Justice Breyer step down from the court to be replaced by a younger liberal justice. This is only possible while Democrats are the majority party in Washington.
A Billboard Truck
In early April, the progressive group Demand Justice ordered a billboard truck to be driven around the Supreme Court building featuring the words “Breyer, retire.” The message was directed at Breyer, one of three remaining Democratic appointees on a court that has become increasingly dominated by conservative justices in recent years. Much of that anxiety is informed by recent history. Liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not retire when Democrats controlled the Senate during the Obama administration. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from cancer at age 87, shortly before the 2020 presidential race. Republicans moved swiftly to fill her seat with Amy Coney Barrett. This cemented a 6-3 conservative majority on the court that legal experts say may soon undo many rulings that defined Ginsburg’s judicial career.
**This article was written and published on March 14, 2020. A lot has happened since then. Senator Sanders has since endorsed Joe Biden.
Doing The Math
Bernie Sanders has committed to remaining in the presidential race, despite big losses to Joe Biden. I have not heard him say that staying in the race means going all the way to the convention. I strongly believe that he will stay in the race long enough to carry out two goals. First, he will want to reach the point at which there is no obvious way forward in the eyes of 80–90% of his supporters. Once they can see for themselves that the math does not support staying in the race, I believe they will be more amenable to Sanders’ endorsing Biden.
Secondly, any endorsement will be contingent upon Joe Biden publicly committing to incorporate Bernie’s pet progressive planks into the Democratic party platform. To me, that seems reasonable, for a man with millions of supporters. By cutting it short somewhere in the near future, and not dragging the fight all the way to the convention, Joe Biden can then focus on building party unity. By embracing the Sander’s progressive faction in some measurable way, before the primary contests are over both Bernie and Biden get something they want.
With these goals in mind, Sanders will take part in Sunday’s one-on-one debate with Biden in Washington, DC. I think he’ll ask for everyone who supports any part of his movement’s agenda in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Arizona to turn out in a big way. A showing so large that the movement’s goals cannot be ignored. If polling in these states is as close to true as it turned out to be in Michigan, Biden will improve on his current delegate lead. This will allow Sanders to turn his supporters to Biden and party unity, even as he leverages the incorporation of the movement’s goals into Biden’s platform.
The younger generation has an odd sense of history. A recent example of this phenomenon is the apparent assumption among today’s young progressives that Progressivism in media emerged about five years ago. Many pointed to the 2018’s Black Panther as the first movie based on a comic book that featured a black lead character. This flies in the face of Blade (1998) starring Wesley Snipes. Or, identifying 2019’s Captain Marvel the first female superhero movie when there were several before it, most notably 2017’s Wonder Woman. More than this, Progressivism and Feminism in media predates the 21st century and indeed film itself.
Like A Club
One of the most famous cases of Progressivism in media, even if it is constantly misunderstood, is Mark Twain‘s Huckleberry Finn (1884). Huckleberry Finn is full of racial slurs that would put people into conniptions today. I believe as many others, that Twain was using such words, with unbridled repetition, in order to literally beat people over the head with their vulgarity. Using the words, which Twain knew even then were wrong, like a club to make people see the error of their ways.
The first time I can remember, actually thinking about pollution, I was watching a ‘Keep America Beautiful’ campaign, in which Iron Eyes Cody, had a bag of garbage thrown from a car, land at his feet. Iron Eyes, in full American Indian regalia, looks into the camera, and I watched as a tear rolled down his cheek. That was probably 1968 or 1970. Very powerful.
A Drawer Of Bags
The Iron Eyes Cody series of commercials made a big impact on me, and I made sure I never threw garbage out the window of my car, again. I also, discovered recycling, something my Mother had done for years. My Mom lived thru two World Wars, and a near country collapsing economic Great Depression. She had a drawer for the perfectly folded paper bags. There was a another drawer where she stored a ball of rubber bands, a giant ball of string, and sheets of aluminum foil layed flat. She had learned to recycle out of necessity, rather than as an environmentally beneficial behavior. Although her purpose was different from mine, the results of her actions were good. The thought of garbage on the roadside, toxic waste in rivers, polluted air, brings a tear to my eye.
Calamity Politics is a political blog that presents the world as I see it. I am hard on the Republicans, but they deserve it. My political comments today center around the ACA and the Republican attempt to restore pre-Obama times.
A Healthy Citizen
Everybody in this crowd wants to go backward. What the fuck, is going on in their heads. A healthy citizenry is one of the best resources a country has at its core. Every civilized western country has health care for all. No questions, no arguments, it is a recognized right of citizenry.
The Grand Lie
Why is that concept so difficult for American politicians to embrace. This great, grand lie, that we make it on our own is some dime novelists idea of the American ideal. The fact is, we have a lot of sick people in this country that cannot pay the exorbitant cost of health care, or health insurance without government help.
My head just keeps spinning. In case no one has noticed the political discussion in the United States has become so heated between opposing factions that I am hearing of divorces and office fights over the 2016 election results. Really? So, just for fun, I played with some numbers and I thought I might light a political fire under my readers. It’s seat of the pants mathematics but, it seems that more than one person is operating by the seat of their pants. American politics at its most outrageous.
How much was your vote worth in 2016. You probably already figured out, not much; if you voted, for Hillary Clinton. Hillary WON the popular vote by 2,865,075. Everyone knows that, right? Trump WON the Electoral College with 304 electoral votes.That’s old news, right? Looking behind those numbers we discover that: 112,155 votes, cast in three states (Michigan 13,104, Wisconsin 27,257, and Pennsylvania 71,794) turned my world, and maybe yours, upside down.
Electoral College Math
WHEN IS 112,155 EQUAL TO 2,865,075?They are equal if you are using Electoral College math. Every single one of those 112,155 “rust belt” votes, equaled 25.55 votes, cast elsewhere. In other words, 1 vote in Pennsylvania is equal to 25.55 votes in Oregon. In my opinion, absolute insanity.
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” Christian Grey
“Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.” Arthur Rubenstein
“To be happy and contented, count your blessings, not your cash.” Chinese Proverb
“Studying American politics has taught me several disgusting lessons, the first being, money buys friends in Congress. That alone should terrify the American public.” D. S. Mitchell 2021
“Those who think they can control the mob are fools and are often the victims of their own incitement.” D.S. Mitchell 2021
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. So I elect for neither label.” – James Branch Cabell
“I don’t need to attend every argument I’m invited to.” Unknown
“Voting is like a prayer.” Raphael Warnock 2021
If puppies and kittens don't make you smile, you might consider therapy.
“We are all valuable. The problem is not everyone is smart enough to realize it.” D. S. Mitchell 2021
“The problem with beauty is that its like being born rich and getting poorer.” Joan Collins
“Dimming the lights will not hide the social injustice in America.” D. S. Mitchell 2017
“Silence in front of savagery is savagery itself.” Abhijit Naskar
“We can never be too busy to be kind.” D. S. Mitchell 2017
“We only fail when we fail to try.” Rosa Parks
“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” T. S. Eliot
“Every lie is like stepping in a quicksand pit. Every lie as dangerous, as telling the truth.” D. S. Mitchell 2020
“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” Charles Dickens
“Thoughtful people are slow to anger, not necessarily less efficient in their killing.” D. S. Mitchell 2019
“Endings are not always bad. Most times they’re just beginnings in disguise.” Kim Harrison
“The United States like so many countries around the world has chosen to give to the few and deny the many.” D.S. Mitchell 2020
“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. This is true, its called life.” Terry Pratchett
“Law without humanity is injustice.” D. S. Mitchell 2020
“When people start acting as though the past is the same as the present and context doesn’t matter, things start to get dangerous.” Trevor K. McNeil 2020
“Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.” – Benjamin Franklin
“In no instance have… the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.” James Madison
“Anger helps straighten out a problem like a fan helps straighten out a pile of papers.” Susan Marcotte
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Thomas Jefferson
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Albert Einstein
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The 7 Social Sins are: Wealth without Work; Pleasure without Conscience; Knowledge without Character; Commerce without Morality; Science without Humanity; Worship without Sacrifice; Politics without Principle.” Frederick Lewis Donaldson
“Trickle down economics is like having three dogs and giving one of them a hot dog, and thinking he’ll share.” Bill Maher
“All evils are equal when they are extreme.”-Pierre Corneille
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John F. Kennedy
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov
“People without vaginas shouldn’t be able to regulate them.” Unknown
“Let’s just remember that social security is not the government’s money, it belongs to the people who had it taken out of the checks involuntarily their entire working lives.” Mike Huckabee
“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln
“I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” ADELE
“I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black.” Shirley Chisholm 5/21/1969
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” John Kenneth Galbraith
“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” ― George Burns
“What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.” Edward Langley, artist
“The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” ― George Washington
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.” Robert S. Mueller
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” ― Albert Einstein
“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
“A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman of the next generation.” – James Freeman Clarke
“Imagination is the bridge between the things we know for sure, and the things we need to believe, when our world becomes unbearable.” Staceyann Chin
“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” Coretta Scott King
“Inspiration descends only in flashes to clothe circumstances; it is not stored up in a barrel, like salt herrings to be doled out.”Patrick White
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.” Doug Larson
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” ― Nelson Mandela
“Pretty comes in all sizes. My size is cute.” Honey Boo Boo, reality TV star
“If you can’t be a poet, be a poem.” David Carradine
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller
“We have, at the heart of our government, a perilous disease, and it is called greed.” D. S. Mitchell 2017
“Social Conventions are like Santa Claus. They only exist for those who believe in them.” T. K. McNeil 2021
“If you are planning on revenge, dig two graves.” Confucius
“I weep a lot. Thankfully, I laugh a lot, too. The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.” Maya Angelou
“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” John F. Kennedy
“People see God everyday, they just don’t recognize him.” Pearl Bailey
“No matter how great your accomplishments, the memory of man is short.” D.S. Mitchell 2021
“No matter how stupid or inane your cause, you can depend on getting at least 30% support from the fucking internet.” David Shadrick 2021
Self-isolating has forced us to turn even more to telecommunication and social media.
“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.” Eli Khamarov
The Major Cause Of Sex Trafficking Is Poverty
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” Unknown
“A fierce rage is not always followed by quiet exhaustion. In fact, it sometimes ignites an unstoppable fury.” D. S. Mitchell 2020
“Information is the currency of democracy.” Thomas Jefferson
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” Laura Claudette
“The deep political divisions in America do not run between big and small states, but rather, between the North and the South and the coasts and the interior.” D. S. Mitchell 2018
“Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
“Identify your passion and then pursue it recklessly.” D. S. Mitchell 2018
“What we think, we become.” Budda
“Pain and sadness are often the fruits of intense commitment to a belief or cause. That does not mean you should halt your activity or reject your commitment.” D. S. Mitchell 2017
“When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” Chinese proverb
“To argue with a person who has given up reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Lord Byron
“Certainly in the next fifty years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do.” Richard M. Nixon
“I would like to see a time when man loves his fellow man, and forgets his color or his creed. We will never be civilized until that time comes”. Clarence Darrow
“Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” Harry S. Truman
“Just because nobody complains, doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.” Benny Hill
“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Mark Twain
“Politics have no relation to morals.” Niccolo Machiavelli
“May we think of freedom, not as a right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Peter Marshall
“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Louis Brandeis
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Ronald Reagan
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Theresa
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims..but accomplices.” George Orwell
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” George Orwell
“All I can say for the United States is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.” Will Rogers
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
“It goes without saying that Fox News is not news at all-but pure propaganda geared to an audience of ignorant fools.” Richard Dawkins
“If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” ― Keith Richards
“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.” ― Robert Orben
“Some men see things as they are, and ask, ‘Why?” I dream things that never were, and ask, ‘Why not?” Robert F. Kennedy
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” J. Pierpont Morgan
“The man who has millions will want everything he can get his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.” Samuel Gompers
“Judicial abuse occurs when judges substitute their own political views for the law”. Lamar S. Smith
“When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening, foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us.” Barack Obama
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“The problem is that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities–that fact, is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.” Betty Friedan
“A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.” Harry S Truman
“If you see bigotry, oppose it. If you see violence, condemn it. And if you see a bully, stand up to him.” Hillary Rodham Clinton 3/12/16
“The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.” Thomas Paine
“Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.”-Aldous Huxley
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” Coretta Scott King
“People will dismiss facts, ignore science, and argue the unarguable; if it’s in the interest of their pocketbook.” Yogi Berra
“If you really think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath whilst you count your money.” Dr. Guy McPherson
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan
DEADPOOL QUOTES: 1.) “Never underestimate the stupidity of idiots.” 2.) “Today was about as much fun as a sandpaper dildo.” 3.) “My common sense is tingling.” 4.) “You can’t buy love, but you can rent it for three minutes.” 5.) “I’m gonna eat until I’m tired. Then I’m going to sleep until I’m hungry.” 6.) “I can say chimichanga in seven languages.” 7.) “Do you have an off switch?” 8.) “That’s a face I can sit on.” 9.) “Daddy needs to express some rage.” 10.) “I seriously need a speed bump between my brain and my mouth.” 11.) “I’m a bad guy who is paid to fuck up worse guys.” 12.) “Life is an endless series of train wrecks with only brief commercial like breaks of happiness.” Marvel Comics. Deadpool created by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefield
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.