The Democratic primary field is getting into formation and things are looking interesting, especially for progressives; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is set to officially announce her candidacy for president. My feelings are dicey, but one thing I remain firm is Gabbard's right to religious freedom and her personal beliefs on queer Americans; But the buck stops there in my defense of Rep. Gabbard. Her foreign policy stances are all over the place, from isolationist to interventionist. That's troubling for me. More so, her defense of Assad enrages me.
In the latest episode of Still Ungrateful, I disclose why I've been AWOL with my podcast. I briefly opine about the Facebook and Twitter purge of independent news sites. Full disclosure: I worked at Reverb Press, a media company that was victim to the cleansing. I also address my lack of editing skills. Then I speak with a political friend and former coworker at Reverb Press, Ed Hanratty. In May 2018, we discussed a host of topics, from the Trump Administration, conservatism, and the future of the Democratic Party.
Sidebar: Ed Hanratty recently wrote about being a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his Priest when he was in the eighth grade. You can read his story on HuffPost at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/ed-hanratty.
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Ed Hanratty @GratefulEd77
Quiana Fulton @thequianafulton and @stillungrateful
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) has upset the Native American community by responding to President Trump Pocahontas slur - releasing a corny video that 123 and me revealed she is in fact Cherokee, like .105 tenth or something... But you still white tho, says the Cherokee tribe.
Rick Santorum blames Obama for racism but Roseanne Barr and President Trump get a pass. Reference: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/santorum-says-trumps-racism-obamas-fault-whats-ignored-role-barack-obama-played/
Sen. Rubio (R-Fl) and Sen. Warren (D-Mass) partner to pass legislation that tackles online sex trafficking of children - has led to sex workers bank accounts being frozen arbitrarily - because the finance industry is afraid of being accused of exploiting children. Although understandable, it's also utter nonsense, and is further proof that big sweeping laws may be good on its merit but sometimes harms unintentional bystanders.
Tensions escalate at the boarder between Palestinians and Israel as the the United States embassy is moved to Jerusalem. A New York Times op-ed, " The Myth of Conservative Feminism," by Jessica Valenti causes a stir about feminism vs. conservative women, and of course, liberal feminists are falsely accused of not supporting conservative women. Six Democrats vote to confirm pro-torture Gina Haspel because red/purple-state liberals still haven't learned how to stand-up for its principles. A royal wedding for the black culture. White people keep calling cops on black people.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi refuses to step aside to make way for new voices and ideas in the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton continues to litigate the 2016 election. Once upon a time Roseanne Barr was my comedian hero. Kanye West is cancelled.