Thursday, January 18, 2018

Larry Nassar – Complains Because He Is Not Used to Being Held Accountable

With his lofty position as a man and a physician, Larry Nassar, accused sexual abuser of top-level gymnasts, is not used to being held accountable. He is complaining that he is.

Today, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina released a letter Nassar had written accusing the judge of grandstanding and conducting a "media circus" by allowing so many of his victims to testify, which he said was negatively affecting his mental health.

Poor guy, can't stand to see the consequences of his actions. Thinks he should be spared because of his position on his hierarchy.

The judge responded to Nassar sitting in the witness box, "You may find it harsh that you are here listening, but nothing is a harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands."


Friday, January 5, 2018

Time's Up on Sexual Harassment

As reported in the New York Times, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives have formed a powerful initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.

Included in the initiative are a legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations to help women with less financial resources; legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment; a drive to reach gender parity at studios; and a request that women wear black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

With the name Time's Up, an open letter was signed by hundreds of women in show business, running as a full-page ad in the New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.

We are making progress in the fight against ways that the top of the hierarchy, in this case men, keep women in less powerful positions.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pence "Postpones" Visit to Middle East

If people who want to build hierarchies in the United States refuse to see what they are doing and remain clueless at the top of their efforts, other people around the world are not so clueless.

Vice President Pence's planned trip to Israel has been indefinitely postponed, with Israeli officials citing “various scheduling difficulties,” The Times of Israel reported today. Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday published its list of foreign dignitaries expected to visit in January, and Pence was not included.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would not meet with Pence in light of the decision. Other regional leaders condemned Trump’s announcement, saying it would undermine peace efforts in the region. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted in December to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Evangelicals: Supporting Hierarchy Conservator Leaders is Priority

"Eighty percent of white, self-identified evangelicals in Alabama voted for the disgraced and disgraceful losing pedophile Roy Moore," Ed Simon points out in his Newsweek article, "How Can True Evangelical Christians Glorify the Godless Trump?"

He also reports that the Public Religion Research Institute reported that over the past five years the “percentage of white evangelical Protestants who said that a politician who commits an immoral act in their personal life could still behave ethically shot up from 30 to 72 percent. The percentage saying such a politician could not serve ethically plunged from 63 to 20 percent.”

Now that hierarchies are slipping, we are seeing diehards make whatever rationalizations required to keep hierarchy conservators in power.

As to how to address these hierarchy conservators, Simon states, "Writer and scholar Burke Gerstenschlager writes for our current moment that 'In the midst of Propaganda and Gospel, we must resist … with love where there is hate. Resist with kindness where there is abandonment. Resist with grace where there is cruelty. Resist with justice where there is impunity. Resist with knowledge where there is ignorance. Resist with truth where there are lies. Advent is our season.'"

Sunday, December 31, 2017

GOP, on Top of Their Hierarchies, Decides Who Deserves What

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday stressed that her colleagues are focused on preserving benefits for recipients who deserve them as House Republicans push entitlement reform.
"We're not talking about taking away benefits from those who deserve those benefits," Blackburn said on the Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures."

Typical in hierarchies, the top believes that those in lower groups do not deserve the benefits that those on top receive, including health care and a good safety net. Those on top have the power to channel to themselves what they want and need, but rationalize away why those in the lower groups should not have the benefits.

Blackburn's comments come as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has angled to make entitlement reform a GOP priority in 2018, calling Medicare and Medicaid the “big drivers of debt."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Assimulation Not Diversity – Way to Keep Hierarchies Strong

According to Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa, “Diversity is not our strength...Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.”

In other words, people like me on top of my hierarchy are superior, and everyone else will benefit from being just like us.

Friday, December 8, 2017

HIerarchy or the Highway – The Current Republican Party

For decades, the goal of the Republican Party has been to build and maintain hierarchies, including those of the top abusing lower groups and lying, using race as a way to keep whites on top, channeling resources to the top, and excusing the behavior of those who want to do whatever pleases them. 

Conservative columnist David Brooks states in the New York Times concerning current options for Republicans:

"Now it’s clear that middle ground doesn’t exist. That’s because Donald Trump never stops asking. First, he asked the party to swallow the idea of a narcissistic sexual harasser and a routine liar as its party leader. Then he asked the party to accept his comprehensive ignorance and his politics of racial division. Now he asks the party to give up its reputation for fiscal conservatism. At the same time he asks the party to become the party of Roy Moore, the party of bigotry, alleged sexual harassment and child assault."

Brooks claims that Trump is taking the soul of the Republican party, but to a large extent, it  is being given willingly.