5 Contemporary Political Headlines That Already HappenedPosted on by Kim McMurray (kjmcmurray)
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It was the wise George Santayana who said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In no arena is this truer than American politics (unless, of course, you count The Real Housewives of.... franchise). Over and over again, we fight the same battles and wage the same wars. And every once in a while, when you really think that an issue has been beaten to death, that it has irrevocably been decided (like say, forced sterilization or women's suffrage), it jumps up to bite you in the face again.
Here are five current political headlines that have already happened. A lot of times.
1. Arizona Decides That Federal Laws Don't Really Matter
This blog recently reported on a bill introduced in the Arizona Senate that would allow the Grand Canyon State to ignore any federal laws that it does not agree with/like. Arizona has been known for some crazy laws (see: legalized racism) so luckily, this is a problem that we have encountered before.
As a country, we calmly sat down and hashed out this issue. It was kind of a big deal. Oh right, it was the CIVIL WAR. Since the beginning of our union, states (especially those south of the Mason-Dixon Line) have attempted to nullify sticky federal laws. However, with the Battle of Gettysburg and the overall domination of the North because of a little thing I like to call a factory-based economy, we settled this issue once and for all. Or so we thought.
2. Unions Are Accused of Destroying the Country
This rhetoric has been made popular again through the off-kilter ramblings of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Unions want too much money. They are lazy and incompetent. The word "thug" is thrown around a lot. The truth is that the unions are the only group fighting for working families and the middle class.
100 years ago, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 workers. Many of the deaths occurred because managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits. They were real sweethearts. Those girls weren't allowed to unionize. Last year, a mine collapsed in West Virginia after skirting safety regulations for years. That boss was a union buster. Unions do not destroy the country; they just make it a little more fair.
3. Republicans Fight Poverty by Cutting Taxes for the Rich
Trickle-down theory says that cutting taxes for the rich will boost the economy because rich people will spend the money while middle-class and poor families will save it or pay off debt. This is great news for yacht salesmen, but leaves the rest of us out in the dark. The term was canonized by His Excellency Ronald Reagan, but has been breaking hearts for working families for generations.
During the 1890s it was called the "horse and sparrow theory," and is partially blamed by economists for causing the Panic of 1896. Although the awesome name got tossed out, the theory stayed around. It caused more families to fall below poverty during the Reagan era and hasn't helped us out much now. But Rep. Paul Ryan thinks we should give it another shot.
4. A Really Loud, Kind of Pretty, Conservative Woman Makes a Splash in National Politics
For a person who derives amusement from the political follies of others, Sarah Palin was a dream come true. And her doppelganger Tina Fey was just icing on a cake. Russia, book banning, interview notes on her hand? It doesn't get any better than that.
Then there was Christine O'Donnell, who may or may not have been a witch. Now we have...Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. She recently confused New Hampshire and Massachusetts. They are both cold. They were both original colonies. I think she can do better.
5. The Public Can't Get Over Seeing a Man Cry
Let's face it, I can't get over seeing a grown man cry either. In the past few months, Speaker of the House John Boehner shed some tears during an interview on 60 Minutes and again while addressing Congress. Tongues are wagging. Tongues are mocking and wagging. In 1972, Edmund Muskie broke down during an emotional speech about his wife. Tears were shed, or maybe they were snowflakes, but his career was over.
I'm not one to spread rumors, but some people think that Boehner cries all the time because he is always drunk.