TV or Not TV – The Question

I don’t ordinarily watch TV except to view the weather report.

The question is to watch TV or not watch TV during the the two weeks before the coming election.

Do any of us really want to have our ears and eyes assaulted with noxious negative campaign ads?

In an anti-Max Rose TV ad, a woman using the bleeped-out word motherf**ker protested how Rose turned his back on police officers. This made me only want to vote for Max Rose instead of Nicole Malliotakis.

The fact that most white people see nothing wrong with cops using chokeholds alarms me. Max Rose cosponsored a bill against the use of chokeholds.

Am I the only person who thinks there’s something wrong in America when Black individuals don’t have the freedom to walk down the street unharmed?

Max Rose is not the biggest clown that has emerged from the clown car of our elected leaders’ circus.

He represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island in the U.S. Congress. He is an Army veteran. In the campaign ads in which he talks to viewers he comes across (IMHO) as aggressive yet accomplished if you can believe his claims.

Max Rose wears a beige sweater in his TV ads.

His opponent Nicole Malliotakis has sunk to a new low by allowing a toilet-mouthed talking head to represent her in the TV ad. The woman shouting obscenities against Max Rose was openly against Black Lives Matter.

Is someone who calls a leader of our government a motherf**ker a credible character witness? People who live on Staten Island should be ashamed that this wonky woman represents them.

I was told Max Rose won the election the first time because he was military. He toppled decades of Republican rule in that district.

Ordinarily I have voted for the Green Party candidate.

Is this what America has come to—people with their hatred of social justice talking loud and proud invading my living room when I want to watch the weather report?

I’m terrified to turn on the TV.

I don’t want a gutter gal with delusions of grandeur parroting hate speech on my TV screen.

Sadly, a political committee pixilated with power could afford to buy air time.

Money equals might in America–and this is the ultimate injustice.

Telling Our Stories

The veteran in the video I link to at the bottom is quoted: “You served combat. Or not. You have a story. Tell it.”

Children are asked to sign a life-sized poster board thanking our veterans for serving our country. A bunch of us are conflicted when those brown-skinned children’s grandmothers’ houses in Syria are being bombed.

The two of us think we shouldn’t have started the failed endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yet joining the military is like taking a vow to become a priest: you might not be under oath yet it’s what you signed up for: serving our country.

We can argue that having blind allegiance regardless of the outcome (think: desecrating a Doctors Without Borders hospital) doesn’t solve anything. We can argue that the billions spent on these wars should’ve been spent on mental healthcare instead. We can argue that we could’ve taken the money spent on war and used it to fund the college education of kids who live in poverty.

Hold those thoughts.

I want to talk about veterans of all stripes now: those who pledged undying (and sometimes dying) loyalty to serve in our military. Those who’ve been through psychic wars. Soldiers fighting mental illness. Those of us battling discrimination because of our mental illness or because of our other perceived “difference.”

It might not be OK to lump all veterans together with our armed forces. Yet my point is that Joe Bruni is right: “You served combat. Or not. You have a story. Tell it.”

I dream a world where there’s no war of any kind. Where American soldiers are not sent into dubious battles programmed to kill. Where people with schizophrenia don’t have to do battle every day with their illness because they’ve gotten effective treatment as soon as they need it.

Where fighting for our rights as human beings is not necessary.

The message is: “Land of the Free Because of the Brave.”

In this regard: I raise a pint to every brave soul who has fought in a U.S. war. I raise a pint to every person who’s fighting some kind of battle in their lives.

We must never forget the lives of anyone who fights. Whether a person is fighting for our country or fighting for their rights or fighting for wellness inside of illness: we must never forget them and never abandon them.

Here’s the Tribute to Joe video on CNN: