This is how I often feel talking to folks who are on either end of the left / right political divide.
Hi I'm Sean Reiser, this is my Personal Blog
I posted a shorter version of this, commenting on a friend’s post about replacing the Star Spangled Banner because Francis Scott Key was a slave owner.
I can separate an artists' background from their creations. It’s why I can still read Harry Potter without thinking of transrights or watch The Usual Suspects without thinking of Kevin Spacey’s crimes. In my heart I know that every beautiful thing, every funny thing, everything that makes us feel something has been created by an imperfect person who has done something in their life that would disgust me.
All that said the problem with the Star Spangled Banner isn’t Francis Scott Key. The song itself celebrates slavery. It starts off fine enough…”we made it through the battle! the flag is still there, ain’t we great!!!” Then in the third stanza it takes a rather dark turn:
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
You might say to me “I didn’t know there was a third stanza, we don’t sing that part”. Yeah I know, but it’s part of the song and a little too close. I mean it is an accurate representation of the pre-civil war south, but doesn't represent what I want 2020 America to be. And with both "America, the Beautiful" and "God Bless America" just sitting there, waiting to be used.
The article my friend posted suggested John Lennon’s Imagine. I can’t sign off on that. Honestly, right now, I think the world would be better if most people imagined there was a hell below us.
Plus as far as the SSB is concerned, let’s be honest no one can hit that High F at the end.
Since DACA has been in the news the last few days, I'd like to repost the piece I seem to post every year around this time (6/18/2018, 6/20/2019 and today 6/19/2020).
As the markets continue to climb to a level near the pre-pandemic levels I wonder what it is telling us. It’s either:
1) We anticipate the reopening going well and things will be better.
2) Things are going just fine during the shutdown. The non-essential employees really aren’t essential and we don’t need them working.
As I've gotten older I've gotten more scared of number 2. Anytime I’ve worked as an employee and there was a message that went out that due to weather only essential people should come to work. I would come in (or do my best to do so). Unless I’m told personally not to come in, I’ll go to work Why would I announce to my superiors that I thought myself or my job was non-essential? I’ve also said if I were a very senior person at a firm, I’d walk around take notes on the departments that were light or empty and seriously look to see how necessary they really were.
Doing some cleanup on the blog and found a piece I wrote last year about tribalism and thought I'd reshare it.
On another note, I hate this photo which gives the impression that Cuomo is a saint.
So I know I’m on record as a person who believes that a business owner has a right to choose his customers. Although this is immediately conceived as racist / homophobic / etc. I believe that same right allows me to refuse members of the KKK or the Westboro Baptist Church. It allows that restaurant in DC to refuse service to the Trump Administration, it also allows a place to refuse service to members of the Biden campaign. It allows business owners to refuse service to that “creepy guy” who sits in the corner of a coffee shop looking a women a little too long and making them feel uncomfortable.
This same right allows business owners the right to refuse entry for people who don’t wear masks. You don’t need the governor to give businesses dispensation any more than a fine dining establishment needs permission from anyone to require jackets and ties for men.
On this Memorial Day let us remember those who courageously gave their lives for our freedom.
On the other hand, intentionally getting yourself infected is stupid.