A Liberal Woman’s View

I’m not a fan of any political party in America–neither Republicans nor Conservatives nor Democrats nor Liberals.

I was quoted in a Yahoo news article as saying “narrow minds are a prison.” A person below the story in the comments section branded me as a liberal because I said that.

That’s what’s not right in America–I submit that most people lack kindness and compassion in how they treat people. These qualities are seen as weaknesses.

My guy companion told me that a person who acts kind towards and cares about other people is a liberal because that’s the true definition of liberalism as a humanist ethic. Not in terms of a political ideology.

The government has failed ordinary Americans of all stripes.

Bill Clinton is responsible for turning the U.S. into the biggest mass incarceration penal system in the world. That word is eerily similar to penis–and this is what’s wrong with America–men in empty suits are enacting policies. The only difference is the color of their ties on their shirts. That’s how to tell them apart.

Circa 1985 I was told by a security guard when I worked in a supermarket that he always wore a red tie to court when defending himself against a shoplifter. I would have to be a witness in the room when he interrogated female shoplifters so that he wouldn’t be accused of taking advantage of them.

This is why I’m impressed that Mr. Toupee is often seen wearing a red tie: it signals that the wearer of the suit is trustworthy. No kidding. If you’re a guy and you want to convey trust: wear a red tie.

The security guard’s motto to me was: “A red tie never lies.” He said that over and over and I remember it to this day: “A red tie never lies.”

My prime beef with Washington is that our elected officials won’t ever legalize street drugs. I think street drug use should be legalized and taxed and regulated like any other business. It would cut down on the crime associated with street drugs.

No one who has a serious street drug addiction should wind up behind prison bars instead of getting the right treatment. The drug rehab center industry is not regulated and is a bigger revolving-door system than psych hospitals are.

Our government’s failed policy on the war on drugs is the prime reason I align myself with the Green Party.

Instead of building more jails: why not fund and build best-practices drug treatment centers that might have a better chance of helping people get and stay clean?

Now is the time to legalize marijuana use at the least if not all drug use.

Yet I doubt whoever is our next president will have the guts to listen to people like me who say: We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

The Republicans are big fans of the Ayn Rand playbook–which is the ultimate reason I shudder to think that Mr. Toupee will become our next president.

When he does it will be open season on women, minorities and people with disabilities.

When kindness and compassion toward the less fortunate are forbidden nobody wins.


Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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