Congressional leaders

John Boehner tells American Unemployed its You...

John Boehner tells American Unemployed its Your Fault for Being Lazy (Photo credit: Cory M. Grenier)

I think that the two parties’s Congressional leaders say a lot about who they are, where they come from, and who they represent. GOP leaders Boehner from Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky, and McConnell from Kentucky represent the country’s past, an aging white majority, rooted in the Middle West and border South. Democratic leaders Pelosi from San Francisco and Reid from Nevada represent the western shift of the population from the rust-belt to the sun-belt, a shift in the composition of our population, and toward a future dominated by a younger, more diverse populace.

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Ashley Judd part 2

Judd, as YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, speaks a...

Judd, as YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, speaks at an event in South Africa (January 2005) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All That Is Bitter & Sweet by Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vollers:

“As I gaze upward, I ponder a few things of which to be conscious during an upcoming trip to Africa, a return to the Congo:

  • Expectations are premeditated resentments.
  • Live life on life’s terms. Be a woman among women, one among many.
  • Do the next, good, right, honest thing. Keep it simple. I am responsible for the stitch, not the whole pattern. Turn the outcome over to God.
  • Ask for help. Write Bishop Tutu, Ted, keep in touch with Tennie. Pray. Cry. Get on the yoga mat. Journal. Read 104th psalm. Listen to gospel bluegrass.”

The principal difference between Ashley Judd and Mitch McConnell is the size of her heart. Her heart is huge; his is not.

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Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd "All That is Bitter and Sweet...

Ashley Judd “All That is Bitter and Sweet” 2011 (Photo credit: dcnerd)

All That Is Bitter & Sweet, A Memoir by Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vollers. Ashley Judd describes herself as “a Sicilian-hillbilly rabble-rousing actor-activist.” Ashley was an abused and neglected child while her mother, Naomi Judd, and half-sister, Wynonna Judd, spent their time rehearsing to become stars of country music. Ashley entered treatment in a clinic in Buffalo Gap, Texas, and since that time has divided her time between the movies and travelling the third world as an AIDS activist and spokesperson against the sex trade in poor women and children.

In May, 2010, Ashley graduated from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Her course of study was in the Women and Public Policy Program in which she achieved almost straight A grades. She is expected to declare her candidacy for Mitch McConnell‘s Senate seat in May, 2013. McConnell is an experienced politician and a wily campaigner. It will be a tough fight, but I believe that Ashley Judd can and will be the winner in November, 2014. McConnell is already running scared with TV ads against Judd although she has not yet entered the race. The US Senate will be a better place with Ashley Judd as a member. Good luck, Ashley.

Rand Paul part 3

The Tea Party Goes to Washington

The Tea Party Goes to Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The TEA Party Goes to Washington by Senator Rand Paul with Jack Hunter. The first thing that puzzled me about this book was that it was published in February, 2011, only three months after Rand Paul was elected to the US Senate. Either it was a hurry up job or was in the works long before the election. Most of the book is about Paul’s campaign, not about what he will do in Washington, which is to never compromise. In that, he is a firm supporter of former Senator, Jim DeMint.

I found the book to be full of misleading statements and criticism of current policies without cogent suggestions for meaningful change. Paul claims that the TEA Party is non-partisan, but who has ever heard of TEA Party Democrats? The only subject that I agree with Rand Paul is the need to reduce defense expenditures and stop trying to be the world’s policeman.

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Rand Paul part 2

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Rand Paul, US Senator for Kentucky, claims that he was not named for Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged. He says that his first name is not Ayn; rather it is Rand, short for Randal.