There are more Americans who consider themselves atheists or agnostics than there are American Jews. (And there’s probably a lot more in the closet, afraid to admit their beliefs because of the discrimination they’d face if they did.) But apparently non-believers don’t count and don’t matter to many Americans.
Because right now, what many of us hear when the pledge is read is “One nation, except you.”
The pledge of Allegiance didn’t used to have those words “Under God.” Those were added in the 50s, during the McCarthy era, to show that we weren’t like those godless commies. But what it did was immediately exclude Americans. The irony of excluding Americans and then immediately saying “indivisible” is lost on them.
So be kind. Refuse to say “Under God,” explain why to other Americans, and be inclusive instead of exclusive.
I’ve seen more than one post from people complaining that AOC was supporting Bernie instead of Biden because she was one of the people nominating him at the Democratic convention last night.
That’s not true.
Bernie delegates are required by the rules to vote for him on the first ballot. If Biden did not get a majority, then they could switch their votes on the second ballot.
And under the rules, someone has to officially nominate him and someone has to second the nomination. Someone has to do it.
So someone did, and she seconded it. It was a formality. She had already long ago endorsed Biden. She spent most of her sixty seconds talking about issues that were important to her and then, at the very end, seconded the nomination because it had to be done.
Now we can discuss whether politically she should have done this (as opposed to letting someone else take on that job), but that is a separate issue.
As a lawyer who works with DAs and AGs every day, allow me to say: they’re not all bad. Some are even liberal Democrats who want to see justice done, help victims, and stand up to bad cops.
And not all cops are bad, either. I know, I work with them every day, too.
So I’m really sick of my fellow liberals saying “You can’t support Harris for VP — she’s a cop!”
To place them all in the “bad” category is like when we defense attorneys try running for office and people say “You can’t vote for them. They’re on the side of criminals!”
No, we’re on the side of justice, and that can be fought by both DAs and defense.
I personally want more Democrats to run for DA and AG. But when my fellow Democrats consider that a disqualifying factor, then I guess I won’t expect a lot of reform coming. (If you want to make change, you have to be in the room where it happens.)
So let’s see how terrible this cop was in California when she was a DA and later an AG. Hmmm. Well, she refused to enforce the state’s death penalty. She took felony marijuana arrests and reduced them to misdemeanors and refused to even prosecute the misdemeanor marijuana arrests. She set up a hate crimes unit to help LGBTQ victims and refused to defend California’s Proposition 8 that prohibited gay marriage. She stopped prosecuting young prostitutes, realizing that they were the victims, and worked to provide them with support to get out of their situation.
And when she ran for AG, the police union refused to support her.
So much for “but she’s a cop.”