Fifteen Questions for Senator Al Franken

 

This is not a Republican issue. It is not a Democratic issue. It is not a celebrity issue. It is not a women’s issue. It is a men’s issue. It is men who have the problem.

  1. Have you always thought objectifying women was funny?
  2. How far will you go to get a laugh?
  3. Does the word ‘hypocrisy’ mean anything to you?
  4. How exactly does one recommend that they themselves be investigated?
  5. Can you see how your first attempt at an apology really was no apology at all?
  6. Can you see how your second apology feels a little disingenuous?
  7. If pictures like this were about Ted Cruz–who you’ve admitted to despising–would you call for his resignation?
  8. Do you think saying, “I’m sorry” after being caught makes the whole issue go away?
  9. Who else, sir, have you treated like that when there weren’t cameras around?
  10. Do you think being a liberal gives you a free pass?
  11. Will you call on congress to release details of the $15 million in payouts to ‘workplace discrimination’ on Capitol Hill?
  12. Have you realized yet that you have lost all credibility on almost any issue that might come up?
  13. Can you understand that a person can be forgiven for their actions, but still be unqualified for positions of leadership?
  14. Have you considered resigning your seat, and then running again to see exactly how the voters in Minnesota feel about your actions?
  15. How does it feel to have created yet another #metoo ?

Fifteen Questions For Alabama Voters

 

I find that questions often help me, and others, come to a form of clarity on a subject. This started out as five questions, but became ten, and then morphed into fifteen. Go figure.

  1. Do you understand that ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is a legal concept applicable to crimes and not about suitability to be a U.S. Senator?
  2. How many women, with credible stories, would it take to convince you?
  3. How young is too young for a thirty-two year old man to chase?
  4. Has it occurred to you that some people engage in behavior that is wrong, but they don’t think it is wrong and this gives them the appearance of innocence?
  5. Would you let Roy Moore babysit your daughter?
  6. Do you believe that two wrongs don’t make a right?
  7. Similar to that, do you believe that the ends justify the means?
  8. If you were about to eat something that had poop in it, would it matter to you at what point someone warned you about the poop so long as it was before you put it in your mouth?
  9. Have you ever heard of a “write-in” campaign?
  10. Does the boring and uninspiring Luther Strange look better to you now?
  11. Have you considered that the kind of person who waves a gun around at a political rally could be perceived by a woman as a threatening figure?
  12. Do you know about victimization and the psychology of victimhood?
  13. The name Harvey Weinstein, does it mean anything to you?
  14. Sadly, Bill Clinton got away with abuse of power and violating trust with a young intern, but tell me how that has anything to do with a candidate who has yet to be elected?
  15. Can you see how, if you elect Roy Moore as a U.S. Senator, you will prove that personal morality and character no longer matter?

Loosely Related Thoughts on Trump’s Big Weekend

 

Thought One: Protesting is an American right. It has been since the Boston Tea Party. It is woven into our DNA. I don’t protest, though, as I prefer to vote and engage people in discussion. Protesting just isn’t my thing, and I don’t think it generally accomplishes much unless the protesters can organize, network, and plan for real political action at the ballot. Otherwise, it is only an exercise that makes people feel empowered. Protesting does not change the outcome of elections.

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Thought Two: I’m not exactly sure what the SNL writer was thinking when she tweeted that Barron Trump would be a “Homeschool shooter” but children of politicians–especially POTUS, are off limits. It was true of Bush’s daughters and Obama’s daughters and should be true of Barron. The adult grown children who are politically active are fair game, but not an adolescent. That’s just not right. As an example, when Chelsea Clinton was in the White House growing up, it was not right to drag her into political discourse or satire. However, when as an adult she was actively campaigning for her mother, then everything changes. Same for Trump. Barron is off limits. He’s just a kid. Cut him some slack. And stop speculating.

Thought Three: The Missouri State Chorale was awful. Just awful. It might have been the song choice, to be honest. Someone on Twitter had the best line–comparing the song to the theme music from The Omen. Not a good sign. Not a good song. Seriously. Listen. If you dare.

Thought Four: I hated the way the prayers and readings were done at the Inauguration. It looked to me like the program just said “sprinklings of God stuff here” as they stacked them up by threes in two different places. It felt lazy and unorganized. For the record, whenever a future POTUS asks me to read Scripture at his/her inauguration, I plan to read 1 Samuel 21:15.

Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence?

Thought Five: What was up with the press briefing on Saturday. Newsflash to the Trump Administration–specifically the Press Spokesman–You won. You’re the President. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone. It doesn’t matter how many people showed up for the inauguration–You won. You need no more validation.

Thought Six: It looked like George Bush was having the best time of anyone at the event. Trump looked sullen. Obama looked anxious. Clinton, well, he kept staring at Melania. Seriously, did you see that shot of Hillary catching him looking? And if you’re wondering, that is precisely why some people voted for Trump. They remember President Clinton and didn’t want his presence anywhere near government.

 

HILLARY CLINTON, PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

I recognize, even as I hack out this blog, that we can’t make the candidates answer questions. When Secretary Clinton is asked anything, she deflects to a measured speech about her long term commitment to championing the cause of working-class folks. When Mr. Trump is asked anything, he automatically begins to talk about China, ISIS, Mexico, and Bill Clinton.

But if I could make them sit down and be forced to answer the question asked, here is what I would ask Hillary Clinton. I have a similar list for Donald Trump on another (click here) blog post. 2701a6d0-clinton-4x31

  1. Secretary Clinton, you once said “What difference does it make” in regards to the investigation of the death of Ambassador Stevens and other U. S. citizens in Benghazi. I know what you meant–they are dead, and that is a tragedy, but we have to move on. I agree with that to some level, but before we do, would you share with us what exactly you learned in that process, and what could have been done differently?
  2. You tend to vilify pro-life people as being anti-women. Is there no room in your worldview for a person to be both pro-women and also champion the right of the unborn to have a chance at life? In other words, will you afford your political opponents the benefit of the doubt that they are coming at the issue with a noble purpose?
  3. Why did the famous “RESET” button with Russia fail? If you are elected president, will you try another reset, or will you move forward assuming a Putin led Russia is our enemy?
  4. Will you lead the attempt for a single-payer healthcare system?
  5. Your opponent, Mr. Trump, has a position on free trade that is very similar to Senator Bernie Sanders’ approach. During the primary, Sanders protectionist rhetoric forced you to recalibrate your stance on trade, specifically the TPP. Could you take a moment and spell out how you differ from Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders on trade policy?

 

Or course, there are other questions I would like to ask about–things about the email server, the decision to take out Bin Laden, her Wall Street speeches, and the shocking policy of choosing outcome based Supreme Court justices. But these questions would do for starters.