Generational Politics: Part 1 (Op-Ed)

Our lets make a deal president is the confluence of a perfect storm of baby boomer politics. The lines were drawn long before the X’ers and Millenials were born. The disturbing cause of our polarized country? The sixties and the have everything middle class that existed as a by product of WWII. The most comfortable generation in history with everything handed to them on a middle class platter came of age during Vietnam. A crooked president was in office after a young progressive president was assassinated. Black leaders were murdered and women were marginalized. Everyone was either marching, rioting, or fighting a war far from home. A single line emerged and the boomers each took a side. Which side is right? Both of course. Boomers are in firm control and will be in control for at least another decade. It is up to younger X’ers and Millenials to understand political extremes do not work. Whether you like the left or the right, life is more complicated than that. Millenials grew up connected via the internet across the globe. That perspective should give the next generation a real look at their divided parents. If anything is left after the boomer generation has sucked up every resource you can think of in America, we will need the Millenials to work together to clean up the mess and show their parents that division over politics is worthless and a waste of time. Listen, be civil, and elect leaders that actually want to serve everyone, rather than taking turns between GOP and Democrats every four to eight years. The great generation was great because it was unified in war and then peace although many still didn’t have rights. The basic needs of humans are a right. It doesn’t take socialism to force the issue. Our constitution already says it. Boomers are set in their way. Hope that we still have a planet that the next generation can take over without extremism of politics.
The great gift of the entitled baby boomer? Need I say his name? Her name brings shivers as well. Both stand on opposite sides of a class system that has since desinigrated. 

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Scalise Shooting (Op-Ed)

The Scalise baseball shooting was driven by political hatred of that particular party by the deceased shooter. According to the FBI, the shooting was called an assault and not terror. That belies thier own definition. Why? Because he acted alone and had no ties. Domestic terrorists sometimes act alone. The motive of the descedent was anger at a political party. That makes it terror because the motive was to intimate and hurt the GOP. As in most every instance of terror, unity was the response. Unity brings people together after a hateful act meant to terrorize. The FBI is entirely wrong to say that the Scalise shooting was not terrorism. Read the FBI definition below.

The FBI’s definition of terrorism: The “unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, to further political or social objectives.”

The Scalise shooting was absolutely an act of domestic terrorism because of who was attacked and why they were attacked. The shooter was angered by the GOP party and had a list of targets from that party. The outcome of unity was the outcome to the objective of the shooter which was to instill terror and change the GOP party through fear. The shooter is dead but saying that it wasn’t terror related is willful denial. The Oklahoma bombing and attempts at assasination are politically motivated and calculated as was the Scalise shooting. The shooter sought change through violence. Just because the shooter didn’t involve himself with other terrorists doesn’t mean that wasn’t his goal. The FBI calls it an assault. It was a lot more than that. The bullets shot by the terrorist came with hate, fear, and violence, stopped bravely by the capital police. Thank goodness for their presence of mind and professionalism in stopping the hate monger from killing our lawmakers and associates. 


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Sea Ship, Sunk

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No Home

No Home
One minute you have hearth and home,

The next, a cardboard box on skid row.

Won’t you take my voucher please?

No, too much paperwork, feverish rental greed.

No sweat off my back, throw out the poor and disabled like trash.

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One Belt, One Road

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The Willow Tree

Weeping willows trees

Unspoken words winding by

Wailing in silence

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Pantsuit Nation

Pantsuit Nation 

Hilary Clinton lost her way,

Blaming the Russians every day.

Comey did not want to lie,

He had to cover his hide.

Democrats blundered their collective play.


By: Pauley TUP

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