My daughter is studying McCarthyism in her history class, and they’re watching the Jim Carrey film The Majestic, which takes place during that time of blacklisting artists. I have never heard of this film before, but I will see if I can watch it online.
Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to correlate the Salem Witch Trials with the un-American activities of the assholes running the House Un-American Activities Committee. I composed my magnus opus musical, WITCHCRAZE, to correlate the Salem Witch Trials with the unconstitutional activities and un-patriotic acts of the George W. Bush & War Crimes Cronies administration. Artists are always attacked because we encourage freethinking and individualism, both of which are detrimental to those who run the establishment. And if you have never heard or seen The Cradle Will Rock, you must check it out!
Those of us on the left side of politics see the same fascist, extremist McCarthyism mentality in the Tea Party and the neo-cons of the Republican Party. And those who do pay attention to the lessons right in front of us do indeed notice that those in power keep repeating the mistakes of history for political and financial gain, all to the detriment of the people, all while demonizing those who speak out against their tyranny as “anti-Americans” and “non-patriots”.
Only time will tell if the rest of America will see through their con-game, especially as we head into the presidential election of 2016.
Hillary made it official. She is running for President of the United States. While I and many other women and liberal Democrats have waited for this moment for a long time, I can tell the 2016 political races are going to have a negative effect on media, culture, social media, and America, in general. For this reason, I vow not to participate in the negativity and the drivel.
Already, Hillary has had to field questions about how she will balance being POTUS and being a grandparent — a question no man has ever been asked when running for President (or any other office, for that matter). Critics have already started in on her hair, her makeup, her “new look” for the campaign — none of which has anything to do with her capabilities of running the United States of America.
When I ran for Congress in 2014, I was open about my status as a progressive liberal, bisexual, pagan, single mom in the very Red State of Mississippi. The Tea Party and right-wing Republicans around the country criticized everything about my physical appearance, from my eyes (“creepy”), to my nose (“needs a nose job”), to my weight (“a sad, pathetic overweight woman looking for attention”). I thought my stance as a progressive liberal, LGBT woman combined with my track record as an activist would make me the perfect candidate to fight for the people of my state. To many in my state and elsewhere, I was exactly what they feared in political office — a confident, capable woman who let it be known I would not tolerate oppressive institutionalized (male) bullshit.
Hillary can expect the same treatment, but on a much, much larger scale and exponentially more vicious.
Granted, Hillary has been in the public spotlight for decades and is probably accustomed to such treatment, but the fact that a female candidate’s appearance is even considered by the media and the voters speaks volumes about how far women still have to go in attaining equality on every level of our existence. In fact, the more a female candidate’s appearance is discussed, the more likely she is to lose her campaign for office. This all undermines Hillary’s decades of work for women and girls and her ability to be the Commander-in-Chief.
While it is easy to degrade the GOP (Teahadists, Tealiban, Right Wing Nut Jobs, Stupid Party, ammosexuals, etc.), contributing to the negativity will not help. Therefore, I will NOT post any political snark. I have personal knowledge of what the female candidate is going through. I know for whom I will vote and why, and I do not need to sink to the level of the other party.