We all need a laugh and so today, a bonus blog with only one short piece that will make you laugh. Also, more from Playing for Change
From the Mouths of Babes. Yesterday I had a long talk with one of my sons, Jesse. He is a regular reader of the blog, a progressive and somewhat of a lapsed activist. He advised that while the blog was great (what else would he say?), he thought that it had strayed into too much negative commentary couched in fear and not enough content to motivate, couched in hope. He suggested I devote more time to what could be and less to what we can’t do anything about. Wise words and oddly timed, as I have just begun reading Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy, a book that Roxanne just finished and wants to read again. And I’ve been thinking more about Bernie’s speech when he withdrew last week — he stated that before we can get justice, we need to see it as possible and believe we deserve it. Going forward, while I will continue to write about Trump and his GOP bedfellows, I will devote more time to what could be, what should be.
I am thinking of capturing the theme of this with: “What if? Why not?” For example, I’ve written much about the potential for reorganizing business around cooperatives, a business model promoted by The Democracy Collaborative and the cities of Rochester and Madison. This morning it occurred to me that we have thousands of small businesses in danger of going bankrupt. “What if” a pot of stimulus money were used to help small business owners restart as employee-owned cooperatives? What if? Why not? Of course, Trump would never do this, but do you feel there is value in airing ideas like this and fleshing them out in more detail and examining the kinds of new economic and political systems that could be possible?
What do you think?
If Trump Were Captain of the Titanic
I got this from Bobbe Besold, one of our longtime readers. Thanks, Bobbe. I hope this makes you all laugh. The funny thing is, if Trump were the Captain, this would absolutely be the flow of his rhetoric. Read on.
Of course the whole sinking was fake news!
“There’s no iceberg, believe me.
There is an iceberg but it’s in a totally different ocean.
There is an iceberg in this ocean but it will melt very soon. Very soon. Believe me.
There is an iceberg but we didn’t hit the iceberg.
We hit the iceberg, but the damage will be repaired very shortly. Very shortly. Believe me. We’ve got lots of people working on it. Very good people. We’re working on it very very hard. It’s a beautiful thing to see how hard we’re working on it.
The iceberg was a Chinese iceberg.
We’re taking on water, but every passenger who wants a lifeboat can get a lifeboat. We’ve got so many of them you wouldn’t believe it. They’re beautiful lifeboats.
Look, passengers need to ask nicely for the lifeboats if they want them. I really don’t think we need that many lifeboats. The lifeboats we have are supposed to be our lifeboats, not the passengers’ lifeboats.
Passengers should have planned for icebergs and brought their own lifeboats.
We don’t have any lifeboats, we’re not lifeboat distributors.
The lifeboats were left on shore by the last captain of this ship.
Nobody could have foreseen the iceberg.
I’m an expert on icebergs. I’ve got lots of friends who deal with icebergs. Some of the best. Really good ice people who know ice and their forms of berginess. They all say, ’Mr President, you should have been a Professor of Icebergs rather than running for President of the United States’.
Paul and Roxanne
All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix…. Timely or what?