Fact or Fiction: Current Events
Voting, Michael Jackson, Racism & More
March 14, 2019
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Fact or Fiction column. It’s also been a while since I hit on political stuff or more specifically, current events so why not just combine the two? I did this yesterday actually and was in the zone. I was writing like Shakespeare on meth, but then, just as I was finishing up, there was a power surge and the computer blinked and I lost everything. I was so pissed off. But it happens and we just have to roll with the punches and now, before I head out to work, I’m ready to try it again. So before Duke Progress Energy decides once more to be a douche, let’s get busy and do this. The statements come from the headlines and news of the day. And the opinions that follow, that’s all me baby. And away we go.
The voting age should be lowered to age 16.
FICTION: This, along with a line saying that non-citizens should be allowed to vote, was actually in the original reading of a bill brought to the floor by Democrats and passed by the House of Representatives. Both provisions were dropped before the actual bill was brought to a final vote where it passed along party lines. Now it’s headed to the Senate where Mitch McConnell has already declared it DOA. And it should be because these two ideas are,in a word, stupid. Think about the average sixteen year old. Not all of course, but most are not exactly the most insightful or intelligent of people. Their minds are on partying, their friends and sex… period. Not who can help improve the economy or who has a better jobs bill or what’s the best approach to dealing with China and North Korea. The average sixteen year old gets their news from Facebook and Twitter if even that and don’t realize that what sounds good isn’t always what’s best. There are exceptions of course, but the founding fathers decided upon 18 for a reason. It’s the age that we consider a passage to adulthood and where you can get married, own a hone, run for office, buy a gun, buy cigarettes and aere considered an adult. Voting is an adult privilege and that’s how it shoud remain. As for the non-citizens voting, I’ll put it like this. If you’re not a citizen, then you don’t have the right to vote in our elections. I can’t go into Mexico and vote in their Presidential election and I can’t go to Canada, not that I want to because it’s too cold, and vote for their Prime Minister. I can’t go to New York City for the weekend and vote for their Mayor. And people who are in the U.S., but not here legally, can not vote in our elections. Period!
R. Kelly is guilty of the allegations against him.
FACT: Witnesses and video don’t lie. Well, sometimes they do, but not in this case. He’s Bill Cosby all over again, but at least Bill gave them a Jello Pudding Pop first. Kelly just pees on them. He’s a piece of garbage. Bye Felica!
Radio stations should quit playing Michael Jackson’s music.
FICTION: Some radio stations have, with the new revelations following the release of the documentary “Leaving Neverland”, have quit playing songs by Michael Jackson. That’s their right as private business owners, but do I agree? Nope and I’ll tell you why. Michael has allegedly done some bad things so they don’t want to promote his music. Okay, I get that, but then what. Who’s next. If every single musician and entertainer who has done something controversial or “bad” has their music removed, then what’s left to listen to? Waylon was a drug addict. Remove his songs. George Michael solicited sex in public bathrooms. Remove his stuff. Elton John dressed up like Donald Duck. Ban him. Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old cousin. He’s gone. Chuck Berry took pictures of women in the bathroom. He’s out of there. Almost any rocker, rapper or country star of any name value has a blemish or two on their record and if we start removing the music of people who have allegedly screwed up, all we’re going to have left are Debbie Boone and Zamfir, the pan flute guy. And these allegations, it’s amazing how they are here now that Michael’s dead and can’t defend himself rather than the one’s behind the documentary coming forward when he was still alive. I just find that interesting, but that’s neither here or now. The music is what matters and it’s good, moving, inspirational and worth listening to and sharing. If Michael’s music is banned, then everyone’s should be banned. And where would it stop? Simple. It wouldn’t.
Wearing a t-shirt that says “Black Pride” is racist.
FICTION: Not at all. There is nothing wrong being proud of your race and culture, be it being black, white, native, Irish or whatever. Thinking that your race makes you better than anyone else or that you deserve special treatment and entitlements because of the color of your skin, that’s the racist stuff. We are all equal in the eyes of God and we all bleed the same color (unless you’re a Klingon or Vulcan and then it’s green… freaks!) The color of one’s skin is just like the cover of a book. It’s just a cover. It’s what’s inside and the character of a person that makes them better or worse. It’s how they treat themselves and others that matter and the values that they share that matters and nothing more. “Black and Proud” is cool. “White and Proud” is cool. Being proud of who you are is cool. Just don’t think that it makes you automatically superior to anyone else because, NEWSFLASH, it doesn’t.
Texting while driving should be illegal.
FACT: Texting while driving and talking on the cell phone while driving should both be illegal and be enforced by the police if they happen to see it. I see it all the time where people are so busy texting at stoplights, they don’t see the light change or they’re so busy talking on the phone, they’re not paying attention to the traffic and drive like idiots. People are too easily distracted as it is and playing with their phones while driving around in a 2000 pound piece of metal at high speeds while they text or talk is not a good mix. People should issues tickets, as they do with the seat belts, and after a third offense of texting and driving or talking on the phone while driving, then driving licenses should be revoked. If we can be forced by the law to wear seatbelts and wear helmets on motorcycles, both of which should be individual choices, then doing something that actually is dangerous to people on the highways and as distracting as cell phones should be illegal and punishable as well. If a call is that important, then pull over to the side of the road to talk. The same goes for texting. Whatever you have to say, it’s not that important that it’s worth killing yourself and others to say it. ‘Nuff said!
Amd there you go. So what do you think? Thoughts & comments welcome. Let’s argue it out and discuss these issues and others. Drop me a line and we’ll talk. And with that, I’m out of here. My thanks for reading. Until the next time, take care. See you on the flip side.