The New Shameless

Monday, December 11, 2017

I watched MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on this night, the eve of the momentous Alabama election for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat in the Senate. I thought about the moral bankruptcy of President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell. I heard about their probable efforts to fire Robert Mueller.

Then I listened to the Republican candidate Roy Moore at a rally. Then I listened to Steve Bannon at the same rally, who for his own reasons brought up the tyranny of Condi Rice. Weird, and racist. And then I listened to Mrs. Roy Moore responding to accusations of her husband’s anti-Semitism: “Well, one of our attorneys is Jewish!” I exploded with spontaneous laughter for a few seconds. But then I saw the delusional look of smug entitlement on her face.

Congressional Republicans are backing a sexual predator, a felon, and a shameless liar in their mighty effort to keep that Senatorial seat from a decent man who is a Democrat. So they don’t lose their majority. So they can pass the tax bill that guts the middle class and rewards their Republican Party donors. So that the fiendish red monster in the White House will not be impeached before they can complete their heinous acts against the United States.

It’s heartbreaking, to think back to only a year ago, to President Obama, his poise, his intellect, his beautiful family, and the goodness that was evident in what he tried to do for Americans, for the environment.

Then I watched the most recent episode of the Showtime series Shameless, the most-excellent, most-authentic show about Chicago of all time. It’s the same TV show that not too long ago had us reeling with disbelief at the shamelessness of its characters. Remember William H. Macy’s character Frank Gallagher at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach, straight from the hospital with his brand-new liver, drinking whiskey straight from the bottle?

In the past year, who among the cast of real politicians and fictional Shameless characters has become the most shameless? The fictional characters possess more compassion, wisdom, humanity, and a more deeply held moral compass than those Republicans who control the United States. Except, pointedly, the Russian character on Shameless, the epitome of the soulless Russian predator. Brothers Karamazov and Vladimir Putin, anyone?

Tuesday, December, 12, 2017

I think the still-racist media are missing the point about the Doug Jones Democratic victory in Alabama. It’s not all a “vote against Trump.” I bet the large black turnout for Jones had a lot to do with this:

From 1997 to 2001, Doug Jones served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. He is known for prosecuting the remaining two Ku Klux Klan perpetrators of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four African-American girls.

Doug Jones, Democratic Senator from Alabama
Doug Jones, Democratic Senator from Alabama
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