NBA legend/civil rights warrior Bill Russell died on Sunday at the age of 88, but he leaves behind a life of good works. Mr. Russell helped the Celtics win eight straight NBA titles – it would have been 11, but for that one year Wilt Chamberlain’s 76ers went wild – and he did this at a time when Jim Crow still throttled Black folks in half of the cities in which he played, and his own city treated him like dirt, his money and fame apparently not good enough to get him into more exclusive communities, nor enough to keep feces-smearing assholes from trashing his house. So what does one do about all of this? Do what Bill Russell did – organize against evil, and excel at what God put you here to do. We can all do better, thanks to his example, and that’s all you can ask of anyone.
Ho hum, our “liberal” media seem to be against Chile’s draft constitution, though they can’t seem to decide whether that’s because it’s “undemocratic” or too democratic. They call it “woke,” a word that only right-wingers ever seem to use these days, or a “left-wing wish list,” and boy do Our Glorious Elites brutalize our language! Who thinks “wish list” are bad words, until some Thought Leader tells them to? My personal favorite moment, though, is when the right-wing hack says the proposed constitution “could destroy Chile’s economy, democracy and integrity as a nation.” I love how these clowns put “economy” before “democracy” and think no one can tell they’re sociopaths.
I’m sure the right-wing media had a field day with an unnamed Friend of Biden comparing this Administration’s first two years to Ronald Reagan’s first two years, and it’s true that the American Rescue Plan Act isn’t as consequential as the Kemp-Roth tax cut, nor has Mr. Biden had a defining moment comparable to Mr. Reagan’s firing of striking air traffic controllers. But I’d also say it’s no worse than 50-50 that the Biden Administration might actually turn America around – thanks to Lina Khan, Jonathan Kanter, and Rohit Chopra, mergers are going down, and I think our Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes will ultimately break the banksters’ hold on our economy, because why buy up real estate (or bitcoin!) just to show assets for cheap loans if you can’t get cheap loans anymore? Hell, why financialize the economy if you can't get cheap loans? To put it more poignantly: I wasn’t as optimistic about America in August of 2010, and I was more innocent then.
Jesus Mary and Joseph why on Earth does anyone care if Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D?-AZ) “was caught completely off guard” by the announcement of the Inflation Reduction Act? We’re not supposed to care about politicians’ feelings! They’re supposed to do their job, which is to listen to their constituents and do their constituents’ will. On that latter part, I understand that Sen. Sinema’s office has hemorrhaged staffers over the last two years, at least in part because they tire of taking angry calls from good Arizonans wondering why she’s not voting the right way. I’m not sure how many more ways can I say I hate drama.
Finally, I was going to say you can judge this article by its headline – "Democrats Are Dangerously Close To Changing Laws So Our President Is Elected By Popular Vote" – except that it’s actually much worse. Why? Not because the author assumes that anything the Founders wanted should stay; not, even, because he cries about tyranny like Donald Trump’s only obstacle to tyranny was his own bad character, but because he assumes that the Presidential election is the only election that matters and the “interests of the minority would naturally be set aside” if the popular vote won a Presidential election, as if there is literally no other way a “minority” could win legislative battles. We can set aside all the legislative battles rich minorities have been winning the last couple of decades, and just mention that Wyoming, for example, has two percent of all U.S. Senators despite having less than two one-thousandths of one percent of America’s population. You may be able to see why I have little patience with right-wingers whining about unheard “minorities.”