August 20 – August 25
If you are like me, then you are suffering from a severe case of Trump fatigue. The man is a straight up sociopath and he is making the rest of us insane as well. The condition actually has a name now, Trump Anxiety Disorder. Get this: The symptoms are feelings of loss of control, helplessness and too much time spent on social media. Sounds like what you are going through, right? Well, I have the antidote. Better yet, it is painless, non-habit forming and free. All you have to do is google Beto O’Rourke NFL and watch the viral video that the whole world was talking about this past weekend.
For those that don’t know, Beto O’Rourke is the Democratic candidate challenging the execrable Ted Cruz in Texas. Asked at a town hall about NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, Beto O’Rourke did not shy away from giving an answer that was insightful, cogent and nuanced. It was a perfect display of something we see too little of these days: leadership. In many ways, Beto reminds me of a young Barack Obama, thoughtful, optimistic and earnest. In fact, this speech may one day be seen as equivalent to the one Barack gave at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that propelled him to the presidency only 4 years later. Beto’s comments brought tears to my eyes and gave me hope again after the constant daily heartache of the Trump Era. So please, please, please, watch the video and share it with abandon especially if you know people in Texas. We have to give Ted Cruz an early retirement. See a small bit of the speech below.
“Peaceful, non-violent protests, including taking a knee at a football game to point out that Black men, unarmed, Black teenagers, unarmed and Black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability, and without justice. And this problem – as grave as it is – is not gonna fix itself and they’re frustrated, frankly, with people like me, and those in positions of public trust and power, who have been unable to resolve this or bring justice for what has been done and to stop it from continuing to happen in this country. And so non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it. That is why they are doing it. And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any time, anywhere, in any place.”
Amen, brother, amen…
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