“The Post” – Boycott?

This morning, I received a Facebook post from an old compadre of mine down in Texas, suggesting the boycott of Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, presumably for being politically inflammatory. Knowing little about the new release, except that it features Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, I proceeded to Google it and found some interesting results!

The featured items at the top of my initial Google results:

Having not seen the flick yet, perhaps my opinion may be a little premature and even unfounded, but here goes.

Trump has definitely been one thing throughout the first year of his term, and that’s controversial, but he definitely doesn’t need an All the President’s Men to further antagonize him and his administration.

I’m not necessarily “Pro Trump”, I just have to learn to “like it”. Regardless of being a Republican by tradition or whether I “like” our current President or not, it’s just “prudent” to stick with the collective decisions made by one’s peers (consensus). After all, nothing is permanent, is it?

I do like Spielberg, Streep and Hanks, however, and can’t see how this latest work could be anything but entertaining and worthwhile. Anxious to see this one, regardless, or maybe because, of the suggestion to “boycott” it!

Is Sexual Harassment “The New Black” in News Fashion?

It seems that the massive surge in accusations of sexual misconduct have become the latest news fad. Why is this trend all the rage in the national news now? Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, and most recently, Matt Lauer. Did all of these high profile men suddenly start taking Cialis or Viagra? Or maybe it’s a result of rising sexual tension enhanced by easy access to pornographic content on the internet. Perhaps, this phenomenon has always been a common occurrence but victims have finally broken their code of silence.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

In regards to his recent strong statements in response to threats made by the government of North Korea, Donald Trump’s motives are transparent. It’s blatantly obvious that the escalation of tensions between North Korea and the White House provides a golden opportunity for the President to shift the focus of the media from the strife that’s been haranguing his administration since first taking office 6 months ago. Though this “opportunity” may explain the “trigger happy” demeanor of Trump’s retorts, the North Korean problem is indeed a very real one and needs to be carefully dealt with using tact and diplomacy.

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Daily Violence is the New Norm

Rarely a day goes by these days where there is not a tragic act of violence in the news, usually involving guns, somewhere within the United States of America. I had a workmate update me yesterday on the circumstances of a particular multiple shooting that took place recently and I could not even place the event nor where it took place, though I vaguely had some recollection of it. These incidents are so commonplace anymore that they are all getting mixed up and convoluted to the point where citizens can’t even pay their respects for the victims of a recent tragedy before a brand new incident takes place.

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A Shot in the Arm to the tune of $54 Bs

With President Donald Trump proposing a $54 billion increase in defense spending, what will be cut to offset this exorbitant cost? Federal agency spending, that’s what!

Foreign aid cuts don’t bother me too much, but dissolving domestic programs certainly gets my goat, especially in regards to the impact on my own baby-boomer generation. Will social security even exist when I’m finally eligible to access it?

Granted, upgrading weapons guidance and control systems still unchanged from the 1960s, may seem somewhat justifiable, but the United States already has by far the most powerful military in the world. If you already have a double-barreled, full-choke 12-gauge to protect your household, why buy a sophisticated rocket launcher or even an expensive Ithaca Perazzi? Those funds should be used to raise the salaries of school teachers, police officers and emergency medical technicians. They would be better spent providing basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and health care to the aging as well as those with infirmities and incapacities.

The Trump administration first appeared to demonstrate an agenda centered on quelling the unrest that has plagued this country for many years now, as evidenced by his desire to cut unnecessary programs, restructure health care, and delineate boundaries (even to the extent of building physical walls), to prevent outside interference. Now he plans to divert the funding that would enable efforts toward internal improvement.

Basically, instead of cutting expenditures for frivolous programs, which appeared to be his initial intention at the beginning of his office, he merely wishes to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, and of course, this is not surprising at all being that our new President absolutely epitomizes capitalism in its purest form.

Folks, I’m definitely getting too old for this!