Politically Speaking – August – 13, 2019
This cartoon says it all. For years, it has been Republicans and Democrats more concerned about the next election, rather than working together to fix America’s problems and creating a greater United States. Nothing in recent years gets passed because the other side might get the credit. And don’t tell me it’s always been that way. It used to be both sides reached a compromise (a word not used anymore) to move the United States forward, rather than a stalemate (a word used a lot).
In the news:
•Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide
•The movie “The Hunt” is canceled by Universal Studios
•Attacks on Trump
First up: Millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, died by suicide late last Friday night or early Saturday morning. Law enforcement sources and Bureau of Prisons officials confirmed he was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Lower Manhattan. He was transported, in cardiac arrest, to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Epstein, 66, was set to stand trial next year for alleged sexual trafficking and abusing dozens of girls, some as young as fourteen.
Epstein was put on suicide watch three weeks ago, leaving many to question why he was no longer on suicide watch and was not being monitored. Recently, Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, he knew he was facing forty-five years in prison. In my opinion, it was not something he could deal with and he realized the only way around it was to “sing like a bird.” And then, what would others do to him? He had been linked to many high profile individuals along with past and present politicians.
It was reported late Saturday that Attorney General William Barr announced that the Justice Department, specifically Inspector General Michael Horowitz, will launch an investigation into the circumstances of Epstein’s death in his jail cell. This move is in addition to the FBI inquiry that was underway immediately. Barr said in an interview, “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”
At this point, I have my own theory as to what happened and who was responsible, but trust, I’m convinced this was no suicide. But chances are we’ll never know.
Up next: The Hunt.
The R-rated movie, The Hunt, a satire about a group of liberal elites who hunt “deplorables” for sport, has been shelved. Representatives of Universal Studios said this was a tough call, which I find doubly disgusting. This is a movie that never should have been made. Obviously if the movie was about “deplorables” hunting elites, there would have been protests in the streets. Instead it was just a perfect example of how far Hollywood will stoop to promote their political agenda. And we wonder who is causing the uptick in violence and mass shootings. It certainly isn’t all about President Trump, in spite of what the “Democratic Socialist” presidential candidates and others proclaim.
Taking a look back, President Obama had 30+ mass shootings (of 3 or more people) during his time in office. Did former President George W. Bush condemn Obama as Obama did Trump?
Did anyone or the media blame Obama for the rise in mass shootings? Of course not!
Below is a chart showing the historical rise in shootings (8 or more deaths):
1989-1993 (4 years) 3
1993-2001 (8 years) 4
George W. Bush
2001-2009 (8 years) 5
2009-2017 (8 years) 18
The worse shooting in U.S. history was in 2017 in Las Vegas on Trump’s watch, but certainly something was happening in our society, long before President Trump took office.
As I said in the beginning, let’s all work together as Americans to change what has been happening.
Until next week.