By Victoria Lynn Hall
At this moment my kitchen is really a mess and I should probably get around to cleaning it. Or I could behave like a member of congress and just tweet, “My kitchen must be cleaned! That’s it. That’s the tweet.”, and be content that some of my followers will assume the kitchen is going to be cleaned whether or not I actually get around to doing it.
It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that tweeting, or posting on Facebook, or telling the media that you want to do something or think something ought to be done, is not the same thing as actually getting it done. And yet somehow our politicians get brownie points, and votes, and campaign donations based on doing just that.
So as much as I disagree with Congressman Ro Khanna’s absurd tweet about how a war criminal “is one of the most thoughtful voices in defending liberalism and democratic institutions in our country.”, at least it is about something that actually happened (his having lunch with Bill Kristol) and honestly expresses where he is (unfortunately, in my opinion) putting his effort.
We don’t elect members of Congress to tweet about what should be done. We elect them to actually get things done, or at the very least try to get them done. So I’m going to need all of our “progressive heroes” to stop tweeting unless they are telling us what they have actually done towards getting us Medicare for All or affordable housing or higher wages, etc.
No one is going to SAVE DEMOCRACY! by having lunch with war criminals or tweeting about how awful the Republicans are. We save democracy by making it work for everyone and not just the people with the most money and power.
And my kitchen won’t be clean until I actually get off my ass and clean it. I’ll tweet out a picture when it’s done.
For more perspective of why Khanna’s tweet about Bill Kristol was upsetting to us, read The left shouldn’t make peace with neocons — even to defeat Trump by Robert Wright
In this episode I mentioned Caitlin Johnstone’s article: Warmongers Should Be Treated Like Serial Killers And Child Rapists
Jesse mentioned this 2014 article about Ro Khanna by Yasha Levine: Silicon Valley’s Own(ed) Man (Pando Quarterly)
I talked about a livestreamed conversation between Marianne Williamson and Katie Halper that you can find here.
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.