Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles defined Monday a little differently for us singing the following lyrics penned by Prince Rogers Nelson (the artist once again known as Prince).
“It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
‘Cause that’s my funday
My I don’t have to runday
It’s just another manic Monday”
With Hoffs’ singing echoing in your mind, here are few thoughts for the week on this “Manic Monday.”
– Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has had a manic few days, but it will only continue as ghosts come out of the past. I am still trying to come to grips with the severity of the issue, but I do know being tried in the press of “gotcha politics” won’t get us to the correct answer. Washington and its pundit followers rarely like to talk about real issues, so we will spend our time over who said what to whom and how. Even though her husband was one of the most effective Presidents we have had in the last fifty years, with his wandering eye and trysts, there is plenty of fodder for this election, so we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
– Speaking of manic, combining the Ferguson report which indicts a police force for extremely poor behavior to African-Americans in the community with the 50th anniversary remembrance of the Selma march, it shows how far we have still to go. The Ferguson report is offensive to many, including the many police officers who try to do their job in the right way, day-in and day-out. And, it is not restricted to Ferguson. On the flip side, I am rather amazed at the lack of attendance of members of the GOP leadership at the Selma and earlier 50th anniversary events remembering various civil rights milestones. This does a disservice to the bi-partisan support that LBJ needed and got from the GOP to get civil rights laws passed. It also shows how the current leaders of the GOP are scared to show up, so as not to ostracize the extreme members of their party. Counting only House Whip Kevin McCarthy and former President George W. Bush, there were few sightings of others. This is poor form which I hope will be remedied for the next event. Maybe the party would rethink some of the voter suppressive state laws that have been ruled unconstitutional and are in courts today.
– Then, there is more mania, when we consider the ruffled feathers of North Korea Kim Jong Un, who is declaring war on anyone who does anything that is offensive to his country and pride. While he seems justified to be upset with South Korea and the US doing drills together just south of his country, he does not realize that when you rattle your saber at people over time, you should not be surprised when they prepare for the worst. If I were him, he may want to look at South Korea’s flourishing economy and relationships with buyers and sellers around the globe and say maybe we should emulate that behavior rather than spending more money on weapons. When you make yourself an island, do not be surprised when people don’t come to visit.
– Finally, mania abounds in the Middle East, but at least the fight is being taken to ISIS by several countries, including the US. I have said before, the brutality of ISIS toward Muslims and others has been a tipping point. It helped other Muslims see who the real enemy is. Some have noted it is akin to Christians fighting back against the KKK for hijacking their religion for evil causes. While ISIS continues to bait westerners to join the fight with ground troops, the consolidated effort is doing more than pushing back on them. I also read where progress is being made against Boko Haram who has aligned itself with ISIS. One thing is for certain. A sure-fire way to slow down recruiting of disenfranchised young people is to show ISIS’ fallibility which is being revealed more and more. People want to join a winner and the more losing ISIS does, the harder it will be for them to be a draw. Yet, as they are cornered more, it is imperative that leaders are more egalitarian and inclusive to ameliorate the causes of disenfranchisement. They need to put on the clothes of Nelson Mandela who showed by example how to govern different people.
I hope everyone’s week is less manic. And, now that I have a few cups of coffee in me, I am ready to go. It just another manic Monday…..