Super Bowl Anthem

How far we have come as a country when you have to ‘defend yourself’ for singing the national anthem?!

Gladys Knight, whose popular hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” made her an iconic figure, was chosen to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in two weeks. As an African-American woman, she was criticized for singing the anthem when others have made protests against the anthem a personal cause.

Knight responded with a statement…one that speaks for itself and has no need of comment, so Thinking Man will just quote it here:

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone. I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good—I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

Giving Back and Helping Others-A Look At Ourselves

As we close the year, people often give though to taxes and year end charitable giving. As we do, Thinking Man couldn’t help but ponder the topic. And because, after all, we do talk about ‘politics’, we talk about charitable giving and helping those less fortunate among us in the context of the ongoing debate that we have in our country about social programs, and how much the government should spend on programs to help low income individuals and families. A broad generalization, which admittedly leaves out very important details such as the effectiveness of social programs and their social effects, is that liberals tend to favor more spending on social ‘safety net’ programs that give money to the lower income or disadvantaged while conservatives tend to not want to spend as much as liberals on those programs.

Part of the premise of ‘Thinking Man’s Politics’ is to think and not to give attention to blind rhetoric or political ‘talking points’. To get answers, and answers that work we much think for ourselves and to find what’s best no matter which side of the political spectrum it comes from or who is in favor of an idea. So, Thinking Man wanted to use data to examine the intersection of those topics-does a certain political belief or perspective indicate a level of compassion, at least as indicated by personal charitable giving. And so the following is a summary of parts of that discussion: of where charity-specifically personal donations to charity- comes from and who gives the most to others. (In examining the issue, several sources have been used, including IRS data from 2012-admitedly a bit dated but it’s what was readily available and compiled). Continue reading “Giving Back and Helping Others-A Look At Ourselves”

US Economy Chugs Along But Potential Potholes Ahead

The US economy has been growing at a solid pace, though not quite at the ‘recovery’ pace that has been the case coming out of previous recessions. One of the bright spots has been the drop in unemployment. Yet there are signs of weakness, even after a few years of economic growth. Continue reading “US Economy Chugs Along But Potential Potholes Ahead”

Holiday Week Quick Takes

An idea worth implementing from a socialist member of Congress, an update on progress of the Paris Climate Agreement and other news of note on this week between Christmas and New Year.

Socialist in Favor of Not Paying Congress

Newly elected socialist Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an idea that should be worth considering, if only Congress didn’t make its own rules. Continue reading “Holiday Week Quick Takes”

Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party

(Editor’s Note:  This is part three of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

In the first two parts of “Politics in the Trump Era”, we took a look at prospects going into the mid-term elections of a couple of weeks ago and of the effect that Donald Trump has had on both the Democratic and Republican parties, driving each to be less compromising and driving out those in both parties who may be willing to compromise with the opposing party.

In the final part of this series, we’ll look at the effect of Donald Trump on the elections and the Republican Party, which he leads as its highest officeholder. Continue reading “Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party”

The Biggest Threat to Journalism in America

Most would agree that journalism in America is under assault, in some form or fashion. What is the biggest threat to the press, one of the vital freedom’s outlined in our Constitution?

In the article below, a link to an opinion piece, the author proposes a thought-provoking conclusion. Continue reading “The Biggest Threat to Journalism in America”