America – Is Democracy A Myth

This isn’t a post trying to argue politics. I am discussing what I find interesting from articles I’ve read and my understanding of Plato’s views of government. I normally write poetry or things of that nature, so I wanted to explore a different style of writing on here.

Reading about democracy being a myth reminded me of Plato’s views on democracy.

I was reading an article in The Walrus titled The Myth of American Democracy Here are two quotes from the article that resonated with me:

The self-glorifying opposition to Trump is as foolish as the man himself.

Meanwhile, in the White House gilded cage, the unscripted and overweight canary sings his ferocious songs of sixpence.

The first quote goes on to describe “The Resistance” and how Americans against Trump desire impeachment even if it is unjust, it will mean he is no longer president.

I’ve had friends that I went to highschool with in the 1990s before social medias such as Facebook were around, unfriend me on Facebook because of the election. I normally don’t use Facebook as a sounding board perhaps because I was brought up in a different time.

To be honest, it was probably for the best because their post with hashtags of “Trump not being their president” made me find them childish. The same as I find the MAGA slogan foolish.

This article described my feelings on both sides and had me recalling Plato’s view on democracy.

Plato’s 5 regimes (5 forms of government) interested me long before Trump’s presidency.

Plato discussed in his  Republic  – Book VIII the 5 forms of government.  They are Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny. Here is a link to Fact/Myth and an explanation of each form of government per Plato with in depth examples. I will quote the basic example of how democracy leads to tyranny

The problem is, when everyone has total liberty and equality, the state is destined to descend into anarchy and then tyranny.

Plato uses a lot of metaphors and there leaves room for a lot of debate over take aways from each form. What I basically understand about Plato’s theory is that in all life’s goodness, everyone is equal in every way possible. However, eventually one or more ways will be desired above others, so it leads to the next form of government. This government will give away to the next. Once democracy fails, their is chaos.

From the chaos of democracy failing comes a leader and this leader probably will be cheered on as a hero because he’s restoring order. The people want him to lead until the chaos is gone and the people without realizing it, vote the leader into full power. When there’s no more chaos, the people will once again want to share power but the leader who is use to being praised and unquestioned will refuse. The once hero becomes a tyrant. Eventually, the tyrant must be over thrown which brings the government and power back to the beginning where every person shares in everything. This will repeat.

As I said, I’ve used examples that make sense in my mind without over explaining the virtues that each form possess according to Plato. Just like the tyrant may not be the people’s hero. He may just be the one to step in when democracy fails to end the chaos the failure causes.

I can see though that America is divided and it seems half consider Trump to be a hero while the other half view him as a tyrant.

Regardless of which side a person is on, it seems Plato’s  5 regimes that will repeat themselves again and again are very much accurate.

This of course is just my mind over thinking things. I don’t agree democracy is a myth but obviously the founders of America didn’t consider all aspects as Plato did because no man is created equal when it comes to power, money, or other things people lust for. Philosophers for many years have ask should each man hold all virtues equal or should they be divided up? The checks and balances are bound to separate due to the very nature of man. I find that in itself extremely thought provoking.

 

Eminem & Ed – River

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8062837/ed-sheeran-eminem-river-russell-crowe

 

This is the link to watch the interview and read about how Ed Sheeran sent off his music and song lyrics to Eminem’s manager, thinking he wasn’t going to hear back.  He did in fact hear back and their song, River, which has appeared on Eminem’s newest album, Revival, is one of my favorites! I’ve been an Eminem fan since his 1st album with Dr. Dre producing came out. His album caught a lot of flack over his political views, his choice of artist to feature on tracks, (Ex: Ed Sheeran) and some say the old Eminem is missed. 

Eminem anticipated as much and responded to critics with a mixed version of Chloraseptic ft 2 Chainz. He addresses critics and he apparently was aiming this diss to a former D12 member. This mix proves he can be as comical, vulgar, and ruthless as he wants to be. He  showed the doubters that the younger Eminem was still around but on his album Revival, he is showing a more grown-up side to himself and his music. 

What is ironic to me is the fact that this not the 1st time Eminem has brought politics into his music. Throughout his career he has rapped about Bush, war, and the younger generation standing up to the government. His song White America dealt with the president. Another song, Mosh, was kept off of radio stations. He has rapped about President Bill Clinton receiving oral sex while in office. He’s made no apology for any political position. On the BET Awards show, Eminem freestyled a song to President Trump, highlighting Trump’s remarks about “liking his war heroes not captured.” He rapped about the President’s ties with white supremacists, building a wall, and dividing the country. I think the shock was the ending, in which Eminem stated that anyone that was for Trump, was no fan of his. Or rather, he didn’t want them as fans. So before this turns into a political post, I will end with saying this:  I love the depth of this song dedicated to an aborted child and it shoes Eminem has grown as an artist since the days of “Slim Shady.” 

Women’s History Month 2017

March 31st, 1888 – Imagine if you can, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth along with other women organizing The National Council of Women of the U.S. which is the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization. They must have felt excitement, pride, and a little fear. 

It would take from 1888 to 1972 for Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendments granting women equal rights, however, it was never ratified by the required number of states. 

The year before The National Counsel of Women of the U.S. was formed, in 1887, Helen Keller met her teacher and lifelong friend, Anne Sullivan. With the help of Sullivan, Keller became the first blind and deaf person to graduate from college. They began advocating for people with disabilities. 

A little over 30 years before any of this began, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabinis’ was published in 1852 and became a best selling book of the 19th century. Two years prior, in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was published. It explored women’s roles in society in Puritan Boston. 

In 1911, the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and it’s first female instructor,  Ellen Swallow Richard died.

On March 24th, 1912 Dorothy Height was born. Height served more than 40 years as president of the National Council of Negro Women where she worked to foster interracial dialogue. 

In Savannah, Georgia on March 12th, 1912 the first ever Girl Scouts meeting was held. The organization has grown to over 2.7 million members. 

March 8th, 1914 the first International Women’s Day is held. After 1914’s celebration and push for equality, the day became the annual staple for global awareness around women’s issues. 

Times were changing, slightly. March 4th, 1917 is when Jeannette Rankin – R – Mont took her seat as the first female member of congress. 

During March 1924, Bette Nesmith Graham was born. She invented Liquid Paper correction fluid, a brand of white out. Same year, Margaret Butler was born. She would be the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society and advocate for women in the science and math field. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933, and is the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Two years before Ruth was born, Geraldyn Cobb was born on March 5th. She would become the first woman to pass qualifying exams for astronaut training in 1959 but wasn’t allowed to train because of gender. 

On March 7th, 1938 Janet Guthrie was born. She would go on to become a female race car driver and competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in 1977. 

On March 9th, 1959 Barbie doll made her debut. Barbie has since then been in many debates about setting the wrong image for body types in girls. Was Barbie too skinny and later in years, questions would occur did they create her looking overweight which wasn’t a healthy image anyway.

In 1993, Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman to be U.S. Attorney General. 

Joan Jett’s song ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ hit number 1 on Billboard charts in 1982. Jett was said to be a pioneer for female rock musicians. Then in 2000, Julia Roberts becomes the first female actor to ever earn $20 million for a single film with her ‘Erin Brockovich.’

From March 1986 when Susan Butcher became the 2nd woman to ever win the Alaskan dog sled race to Simone Biles being born March 1997 and becoming the most decorated American gymnast; winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics women have made huge leaps and bounds.

It seems from 1986 with Debi Thomas becoming the first African-American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship and Georgia O’Keefe laying the foundation for American modernism art with her paintings that women can strive to be anything they want to be. 

There sure are a lot of women to look up to and respect. I think Women’s History Month should be as important to women as Black History Month is to African-Americans. 

Then I read about the Women’s March plans for Women’s History Month here in the year 2017. It makes me sad, angry, and it makes me ashamed to be a woman right now. 

I am in no way accepting Trumps behaviour of racism, sexism, and hate. However, I watched in January as women paraded up and down streets with pillows on their heads shaped like vaginas. The signs were vulgar. Madonna who was my revolutionary hero in the 80’s and 90’s is now in her late 50’s screaming out the F word and then justifying a threat to the President of the United States.

I watched as women turned protesting into an excuse to riot, to grab themselves, to wear signs saying “Here My P***Y Roar.” 

So the women I named in this article, the women who held onto their pride, and self worth in order to achieve huge accomplishments, I feel like the Women’s March of 2017 and the one women are planning now during Women’s History Month was a slap in the face to all the steps women have taken to be respected. 

You can not gain respect from wearing vaginas on your heads, leaving our streets filled with debris, vandalism, and anything else nobody deemed important enough to pick up. How can you look at all the outstanding accomplishments of Women in just this month, and then scream vulgar things that make Trump seem like a choir boy? 

These Women do not represent me anymore than Trump does and I  hope in the year 2017, women at least keep their respect. 



Media vs Presidents

Just a view I seen somewhere and wanted to share.

Where was everyone’s outrage when Obama tried the same thing back in 2009 and he wasn’t even the first President to try such a thing. This article was from CBS News. Go look it up yourselves 
By JEFF GREENFIELD CBS October 23, 2009, 6:43 PM

President Obama’s Feud with FOX News
After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
“FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director.
“If media is operating basically as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing, and if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another,” Mr. Obama said.
And the White House has gone beyond words, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.
“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Tension between presidents and the press is as old as the Republic. FDR was so incensed by the war reporting of one New York Daily News correspondent he tried to present him with an Iron Cross from Nazi Germany. John Kennedy tried to get New York Timesman David Halberstam pulled out of Vietnam; and Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s assaults on the network press is legendary.
“We have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew said.
What gives this dust-up special irony is that FOX News success comes in no small part from its ability to convince its viewers that the “mainstream” media are slanted to the left. Now, the White House is arguing that the network is not a real news organization at all, and that has brought some mainstream media voices to its defense.
There’s no question that FOX’s prime-time voices come from the right. Moreover, its owner, Rupert Murdoch is a staunch conservative, and its first and only CEO, Roger Ailes, is a veteran of Republican media wars.
But MSNBC in prime-time has its own lineup of commentators – all of whom are on the left side of the spectrum, some of whom met with the president the White House this week.
So why is the White House out to “de-legitimize” FOX? Not because it has opinions, but because its opinion voices are so hostile to Mr. Obama – and because FOX News is, as it has been for a decade, by far the most watched of the cable news networks. In fact, its ratings have increased 13 percent this summer. So if FOX is feeling any pain from the White House’s stance, it’s crying all the way to the bank.