WTF: July 31, 2020

Who do we want to be?

The funeral service for Rep. John Lewis yesterday was an important reminder to Americans of what we can be if we so choose. So today, I ask you: Do you want to be a marmalade-masked Twitter grievance demon with a catanus mouth and father of the live action version of Beavis and Butthead or a dancing superhero in a trench coat who practiced preaching to chickens and transported fruit and toothpaste in a backpack? The chasm between what we currently are and what we could be has never been wider. One thing that was made very clear yesterday is that the concept of "founding fathers" is something that should not be static -- carved in stone on a stolen mountain -- but constantly evolving to include those whose extraordinary service and heroism brings us ever closer to a more perfect union.

And also not just fathers.

Marmalade-masked Twitter grievance demon with a catanus mouth and father of live action Beavis & Butthead and a son in law who'd let his family die if it benefited him.

Okay I'm gonna show you the Vanity Fair article first because it's some seriously depraved behavior by Kushner and you should know about it, but then we will just make fun of them for a bit to feel better. And then to feel even better, read about John Lewis to learn about what we CAN be after we are done with this hideous chapter of American history.

Vanity Fair: How Jared Kushner's Secret Testing Plan "Went Poof into Thin Air"

They kinda buried the lede here. I have pulled it out for you: Letting Americans die as a political strategy. Do you think it's coincidence that Don and Eric live in NY?

Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

That logic may have swayed Kushner. “It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert said.

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Today, @realDonaldTrump was dancing with the sunset and strong winds when he walked to the Oval Office from the Marine One on the South Lawn.

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it's honestly hypnotic pic.twitter.com/RFdGwW6Lto

A short video of a white man born into great wealth, currently "serving" as President of the United States saying "unfair" on Twitter.

 

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Low Information President. pic.twitter.com/7BpAWkHW1m

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This is so unfair! No matter how divided or polarized we have become, that's still no excuse for insulting Beavis & Butthead.#DumbAndDumber pic.twitter.com/RofoiddYTj

Dancing superhero in a trench coat who practiced preaching to chickens and transported fruit and toothpaste in his backpack

John Lewis' speech at the March on Washington

The last words of John Lewis as published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral. Full of optimism and hope:

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Three former presidents spoke at John Lewis' funeral yesterday. One sent a letter. The current president couldn't be bothered. Here is Barack Obama's eulogy. It enraged Tucker Carlson, so you know it's worth a watch.

Lewis had an enormous capacity for faith, hope, joy and love and an abiding belief in young people.

The New York Times: When John Lewis Cosplayed at Comicon as Himself

His goal that day in 2015 was to help the children understand that you don’t need super powers to be a hero, Mr. Aydin said.

“He was trying to show them how his faith and his belief in America fundamentally put him in a position where they would look at him as a hero,” Mr. Aydin said.

The congressman said that it was “another children’s march, just like they called it in Alabama,” Mr. Aydin said.

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John Lewis was a giant and a moral compass. I can't wait to see what kind of good trouble these kids get into. https://t.co/StYY1S9xO9

Buy the March Trilogy from an indy bookstore: Book One, Book Two, Book Three

 

Lewis' last public appearance was at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Rep John Lewis Tours Black Lives Matter Plaza with Mayor Muriel Bowser

"It's very moving. Very moving. Impressive," Lewis said, according to Stephanie Ramirez. "I think the people in DC and around nation are sending a mightily powerful and strong message to the rest of the world that we will get there."

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We've walked this path before, and will continue marching on, hand in hand, elevating our voices, until justice and peace prevail. Thank you for joining me at Black Lives Matter Plaza, in front of the White House, @repjohnlewis. pic.twitter.com/4l3y4lY4hV

The new documentary Good Trouble is available now. Gather the children and watch together.

There is a yawning void between our current state and our potential. A Florida sinkhole. A door to the underworld. America is both its best and worst stereotypes wrestling for the soul of the nation. Make sure you pick the right team.

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