Friends of the Everblog, I am certain we are all gearing up for the Labor Day Weekend, right? If you are anything like me, the grilling, laughter, and (perhaps, more than one) beer are well and truly anticipated. I’ll just use my soapbox to share with you a few pieces of what I think are good news events. Nothing too heavy, I promise.
On Thursday, the protests involved workers at nearly 1,000 restaurants in more than 50 cities, organizers said, spreading to areas of the South and West including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Raleigh, N.C.
Workers have garnered the courage to strike. Now the only question is will we – consumers – support them in spirit… And in choices?
This past week, we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a wonderful opportunity for all to ponder and pontificate on exactly what his words meant to each of us. And (our resident Pinhead) Bill O’Reilly told us what he thought. What is possibly good about this? After having made such a ruckus about conservatives being excluded, he admitted he was “Wrong“.
Last night during my discussion with James Carville about the Martin Luther King commemoration I said there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong. Was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak. They declined. And that was a mistake. They should have spoken.
Meanwhile, down in Florida…Republican, David Simmons (an author of the state’s Stand Your Ground law), would like to tweak the controversial legislation. Especially where cases of Neighborhood Watch programs are involved.
…something that would affect the ability to go ahead and follow somebody else, for example, and confront them. That’s generally believed to be outside the parameters of anyone who’s participating in neighborhood watch and this is something that I think needs to be debated.
Would that this could have occurred sooner, but it is happening now. In all fairness, this is the second time Simmons has filed this particular bill. He hopes it will actually receive a hearing this year. And, what do you know? I agree with a republican.
Even though I don’t “light up”, I think the Department of Justice was correct in its decision to not tell me I can’t.
The Justice Department said it would refocus marijuana enforcement nationwide by bringing criminal charges only in eight defined areas – such as distribution to minors – and giving breathing room to users, growers and related businesses that have feared prosecution.
This balanced approach to handling marijuana usage just may work. States (Colorado and Washington) are given authority to handle the situation, with an assurance that the federal government will only step in if it is proven that they are not up to the task. I know, I know..it’s the DoJ. I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.
Allow me to leave you with this:
The past fifteen years, we have been doing a hell of a lot of crawling. But crawling is moving forward.
Support those union workers.
Accept (or gloat) when someone who is wrong…admits it.
Continue to speak out, loudly and proudly, against dangerous legislation.
Remember that there is a delicate balance between individualism and collectivism.
We won’t be crawling forever. As long as we all have a dream…or two.
Be safe and enjoy!!