Just a few thoughts from the cheap seats

When I was in college in Atlanta, the major league baseball team was in one of its ebb periods, where victories were less frequent than losses. Being a college student, we could get a $10 ticket to that night’s game and sit up in the right field bleachers. Yes, $10. Of course, we got what we paid for from these cheap seats, but two big beers later, the game got more entertaining, at least for us.

The cheap seats offer you a distant view of things, so please keep this vantage point in mind, as you review these thoughts.

  • If a politician has to tell you he or she is not a racist, ignore him or her. He or she is a racist. Senator Ron Johnson, who is not known for truthfulness, said he felt safe during the riots at the Capitol, but would have felt less so with a BLM crowd. This is beyond dog whistle racism and overlooks the fact, the BLM movement is multi-racial and largely peaceful.
  • If a politician has to modify an inane comment with two inane parts to it, eliminating only one of the inane parts, does that not mean they are doubling down on the other inane part? Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has amended her conspiracy parroted statement that Jews are using space lasers to cause wildfires, by eliminating the slight on Jews. OK. Space lasers? And, you are in Congress?
  • If a politician has to film a commercial saying “I am not a witch,” she has already lost. In 2010, Tea Party proponent Christine O’Donnell defeated much better candidates in a primary for the Delaware Senate seat. It was reported that she had made earlier claims of being a witch. This story blew up her candidacy, leading to said commercial. She lost the Senate race in a big way. Given the previous story, she might have won in 2020.
  • If a politician or celebrity is known for womanizing and womanizes again, he is more than likely guilty as charged relative to someone who may have strayed once. That does not make the latter person innocent, but one does need to consider a person’s history. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, Roger Ailes, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Gary Hart, Prince Andrew, et al, are well-known for thinking with the organ below their belts. When someone has dozens of people with whom his philandering or worse occurred, then that sets a precedent. Andrew Cuomo looks like he might fit the bill.

That is enough from the cheap seats. What are your thoughts?

8 thoughts on “Just a few thoughts from the cheap seats

  1. Talking out of both sides of their mouth sounds about right.
    Love this line Keith “are well-known for thinking with the organ below their belts. When someone has dozens of people with whom his philandering or worse occurred, then that sets a precedent. Andrew Cuomo looks like he might fit the bill”.
    Too soon to say, I hear people don’t like him and there are many allegations but I haven’t heard any compelling info throwing him in that category …. YET.

    • Cindy, many thanks. Even the best of male leaders have an ego to go with it. What has always troubled me, especially now, is don’t know they know things are recorded? Congressman Anthony Weiner went to jail for sexting a minor. He did it with more than one minor. SC Governor Mark Sanford goes hiking on the Appalachian Trail (his story) as he flies down to see his “soul mate” in Argentina. When his wife heard soul mate, she said “you are on your own.” JFK was a philanderer, as was FDR.. Newt Gingrich impeaches Bill Clinton for lying about his affair under oath, while he is in the middle of his own affair. And, this does not get into the more routine sexual misconduct that goes on every day by men in power. Keith

      • Oh yes they do and you are soooo right about all of this Keith. I love your moral fiber and oath in marriage, business and politics!
        Oh don’t get me started about the ones you mentioned. I get up in arms with all of that and I’m always surprised to hear even woman say, “it goes with the job and everyone in power is like that” but it doesn’t make it right. Have we no moral compass? I so agree with you and yes things need to be exposed and wrongs need to be righted. Oh this is a long convo because in some cases I want to say “Just say Excuse me but No, go away etc. We as woman have had to deal with this forever and we need to speak our truth and set the record straight, stand up, move up, not be bullied and the education needs to start there. We need to raise woman who speak out but not look for a hand out and as a way up. It has gotten where no one can say anything anymore and this is an atrosity too. I have clients from that generation and I just quickly put them in their place. It helps that I’m a double black belt. 🤣 Not really but you get my drift. Every woman should be trained in martial arts or take classes to know how to protect themselves.

      • Cindy, thanks for your insight. It should not come with the job. I am aware some successful men lean into subordinate-in-title females in an overbearing way. It is not sexual in nature, just meant to intimidate. It could occur in a meeting or one on one. This is not right, no matter who does it. Then you get the sexual misconduct from lewd comments to actual harassment This is also not right and needs to be corrected or dealt with. Too often, management will side with the star performers who feels their success allows them to be this way. It does not.

        I have said things to some of these men, but unless there is a reporting relationship, it is hard to make stick. I have counseled one or two for inappropriate comments as well, who did report up to me. I recall one telling a co-worker “she looked hot.” I was a made aware of this and sat down with him saying that was over the line.

        We need more men to come to the defense of women in the work place. As you note, we must also realize people will say stupid things, so we need to be mindful that some actions and statements can be corrected if addressed short of firing people. As a former manager, most people do not realize how hard it is to fire someone, as documentation, warnings, correction periods, etc. enter in. Nonetheless, it takes a concerted effort to get people to do better at this. Keith

  2. As I was writing my afternoon post about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, I had some thoughts similar to yours. When someone says, “I am not a racist, but …”, that’s a sure sign they are, indeed, a racist. It has been said that we all have inherent tendencies toward bigotry, and that may well be true, but by the time we’ve reached adulthood, most of us have seen enough to realize that there is no superiority, that we’re all in this world together. Those who haven’t figured it out yet are the cause of the biggest problem in the world today … not just the U.S., but the world. The recent hate crimes against Asian-Americans and the murders of 6 Asian-American women in Atlanta last week … are simply unconscionable stupidity. There are so many things to worry about in the world today, yet some are still wasting their lives in hatred. Sigh.

    You are quite right about all your examples. There’s a line from Hamlet — “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” — that sums up Marjorie Taylor Green, Andrew Cuomo, and many others.

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