While the definition of mixed marriage in Alabama means the union between an Alabama fan and an Auburn fan, I was the product of another type of mixed marriage, the union between a Republican and a Democrat. My Dad was an Alabama fan and so was my Mom. However, had my Mom married an Auburn fan, she could have just as easily been an Auburn fan. BUT SHE WASN’T. This is a bit unusual, but my Mom was the Republican in my family and my Dad was the Democrat. Even though Daddy would never admit it, I think he shifted Republican before he died.
When I was growing up and when I was a young adult, politics wasn’t discussed. Mama always indicated that politics was dirty on both sides. But she always thought that Democrats would get their way, no matter what. It was only after Daddy died that Mama and I would discuss politics. I got my political views from Mama, while I got my football from Daddy.
As a result of coming from a family where politics was off limits, I never sought to go into politics because I knew Mama and Daddy wouldn’t approve. I am what I am, a political junkie, and would have sought public office under different familial circumstances. I said that I would have sought, not necessarily obtained public office because I’m not sure that I have the personality or gravitas to get people to rally around me. So, here I sit writing about it with hopes that this blog might go national one of these days.
But I must confess that I could use some rest. With Hillary’s emails, BB’s visit, Selma, the letter to the Iranian heads of state, the negotiations with Iran, and so much more, I just want to bury my head in in my hands. I want to purge politics from my being for a while.
I want to debate the ACA and discuss what may happen with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King vs. Burwell. I want to discuss foreign policy and the need to destroy ISIS. I want to discuss the economy and how best to balance the budget and pay off our unfathomable national debt. But my head is spinning and I need something for the migraine that is sure to develop.
I have written a lite fiction novel under a pen name. It’s published with Amazon. Should I concentrate on the marketing of that book for the next few days and hope that the political cobwebs somehow clear out of my head? No, I do owe my readers something during this very rich news week.
Hillary’s emails: Having the email server in her home and refusing to let an independent investigator have access to it is disturbing. As an IT professional, I’m reminding everyone that technology moves very fast these days. In fact, it moves way too fast for me and that’s the reason I’m trying to get out of IT. We do have to be cognizant of the times and what technology was available at the time. She assumed the job of Secretary of State in 2009. The first iPhone was released in June 2007. Hillary indicated that she used the personal email because she didn’t want to carry around two devices. Of course, now days, you can have multiple email accounts on your device, but could you then? I think you could, and surely the IT folks working for the state department could have fitted Mrs. Clinton with everything she needed on one device. I’m trying to think back to my phone history and it’s a blur. I didn’t run out and purchase an iPhone in June 2007 and had a blackberry for a while before purchasing an Android. I’ve used Android devices and will probably continue to do so.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in front of Congress: Israel is our ally and we must stand with them. The Democrats are making a big mistake by turning their backs to him and Israel. The fact that the current President didn’t meet with the Prime Minister was disgraceful.
Selma: Selma is an hour and a half away from my home and I’ve been there many times. I didn’t attend the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, but I know some folks who did. In fact, I didn’t even watch it on TV. A friend from college grew up just outside of Selma and I also have some relatives that live outside of Selma. The family members of my college friend did tell some different stories about the day than what has been told on the news. I do find it interesting that Alabama Congresswoman, Terri Sewell, a Democrat from District 7, a carved out predominantly black district, chose to post on Facebook, a picture of herself with former President George W. Bush and former first lady, Laura Bush.
Letter from 47 Senators to the Iranian heads of state: Isn’t it convenient that the Democrats are forgetting about all of the letters sent by the late Senator Ted Kennedy to the Soviet Union during the Regan presidency? Also, practically the whole Democrat delegation in the House of Representatives was aligned with the Soviet communists in Nicaragua. Besides, the Senators were just warning that any agreement made by the current President without the approval of Congress would become null and void once this President leaves office.
U.S. Negotiations with Iran: I don’t trust this administration at all to make a sound deal with Iran. I’m scared and you should be also.
There you have it; my thoughts on some of the top news items of the week.