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What can we learn positively from the week of Rep. Joe Wilson, Kanye West, and Serena Williams?  Even if you are sure you’re correct about something, you must function in a civil and orderly manner. 

Serena should appreciate the line judge’s call because we tennis players foot-fault all the time and correction starts with acknowledgement of the problem.  I think Kanye West has some mild mental health issues, which could be related to the car horrible car accident that injured his head, so hopefully he will feel better after his self-imposed break. Taylor Swift’s song is nice but for me Beyonce’s “video” was better.  Politics can learn from this brouhaha because the validation of your work becomes from those most familiar with your genre.  As Swift was saying before she was so rudely interrupted, she could not believe she was getting this award on MTV—as oppose to the CMA Awards.  Remember, D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince won a Grammy for Rap over Public Enemy’s classic “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.” Are you kidding me?  Will Smith and Taylor Swift should continue making what they want for whomever they want but the purist and history will be the final judges—ask MC Hammer and the Dixie Chicks.    

Rep. Wilson needs to read the congressional history of Representative then Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina.  While Calhoun was a strong supporter of states’ rights and slavery, he worked with Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, and Henry Clay of Kentucky to forge the Missouri Compromise in the 1820s, voiding a civil war by bringing Missouri into the union as a slave state and Maine as a free state.  In a side note about slavery, school kids today don’t understand that much of the North’s opposition to slavery wasn’t based on freeing slaves.  The opposition was to expanding slavery as new territories became states because slaves did work for free that the unemployed or underemployed wanted to do for wages—it always comes back to money. 

Rep. Wilson’s opinions reflect the mindset of his constituents and if people in Washington have a problem with that, they should do what always works—“mess” with his funding and appropriations requests.  That’s how LBJ passed civil rights legislation.  You don’t talk trash about powerful people and still expect something from them nor do you stand idly by while people on your side say things you know are not true.  Rahm Emanuel has some LBJ in him so don’t be surprise when some Blue Dog Democrats and some Republicans start noticing their beloved projects on the chopping block.  Don’t mess with Texas?  Please.  Don’t mess with that crew from Chicago, the city with big shoulders.  They are hard and tough up there.  “You want to reduce the size of government..let’s start with your district and state.”  Ouch

http://www.cracked.com/article_15856_7-most-unforgivable-grammy-award-snubs-all-time.html

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