Analyzing and commenting on current news stories, politicians, and political events. According to The Society of Professional Journalists(SPJ) Code of Ethics: “Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other, and abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.” Politicians are accountable to the voters that elected them, and they, too, should be held to a higher ethical standard because of the impact their decisions have on the general public.
You can’t even have a
conversation with me about politics, the government, or much anything else if
you don’t vote.Seriously. I’m very
civic-minded and dogmatic about citizens seeing voting not only as a right that
others died for, but as a duty.
you approach me complaining about Republicans or Congress or even President
Obama(Warning: You liable to be cursed out if you think you
can disparage Barack Obama in my presence. For real.), the first
thing that I ask is “Did you vote?” If you sayyes,
we can talk. If you sayno, then your complaint is
invalidated and I turn a deaf ear to anything you have to say. If you don’t
vote, then don’t complain because you are a part of the problem.
White Americans, majority
of them on the far-right and aligned with the Tea Party and some southern state
Democrats, reacted to the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the first African
American President, in a much more racially charged and radically insensitive
way than whites did in 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson,
which effectively integrated major league baseball. White objection to Robinson
was not muddled in political correctness…he was a black man and simply not good
enough or deserving of the same opportunities afforded a white baseball player.
They spoke it out loud and were unapologetic.