Mar 16, 2017

Blew To Me

Every now and then I make a video for an older song. The latest is "Blew To Me", from the POST CD.
This the first video I've posted that has Closed Caption embedded. So check those out!

Mar 7, 2017

Dear Senator Roy Blunt

I can only hope that you are not supporting the many destructive items on the GOP agenda. Should you choose to remove the existing healthcare laws and replace them with something that leaves me and many others derelict, I will hold you responsible. If something already exists, and you actively vote to remove it, then you're taking it away, personally. So I would be compelled to send all of my medical bills directly to you, the one senator from Missouri responsible for the ACA removal.
This applies for all the destructive legislation in the GOP/Trump agenda. Every time you support Trump, you are complicit, obviously.
No one can make you do anything. You are your own man. If your party is actively destroying America's support system, and you vote with it, that means you are actively destroying it. Try not to be on the wrong side of history.

The Democratic Process

1. Appease antagonists
2. Scorn allies for caring wrong.
3. Accept my congratulations.

Feb 10, 2017

Book Review: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
By Jon Meacham

This video review compares Ron Chernow's Hamilton book to Meacham's Jefferson book, in style and content. My conclusion is that they're both good, but I prefer Alexander Hamilton. More entertaining, more fair, more information.
There are a few things I didn't mention in the video. When he finally got to the President's House (the White House), he very consciously opted against pomp and much of the kingly processions that Washington and Adams did. For example, he wore no sword to his inauguration.
He was exceptionally casual, even when hosting grand dinners. Some diplomats from Old Europe were offended that he would receive them in his slippers. He wasn't a bum, of course. He was making his point about republican government, that ours was for the People.
Jefferson also chose to have a blind spot for his own contradictions regarding slavery. (All the old Virginians did, including Washington.) Unprepared visitors were shocked when they'd look across the table and see Jefferson's servant standing in the ready, with the exact face of his master sitting at the table. It was just never mentioned, lest you offend the patriarch. When Jefferson died, all the Hemmings slaves were freed, but not the rest.
His tombstone mentions three items.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson
Author of the Declaration of American Independence
of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom
& Father of the University of Virginia

The implication is he was more proud of his creations than his title.