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My problem with Bernie

Bernie Sanders is a smart, thoughtful senator from Vermont. I remember, before he ran for president in 2016 or, this time, in 2020, he was a regular on the Thom Hartmann radio program. He was there almost every Friday. Sen. Sanders and Thom Hartmann, one of the smartest man in radio, would discuss the events of the week. Bernie Sanders would then take calls from people who called into the radio program. If he didn’t know something, he said he didn’t know it. Frequently, though, he was able to expound on what ever question the caller had and explained what the progressive solution would be to that problem.

My problem with Bernie Sanders is threefold. First, Bernie Sanders is only a Democrat when he is running for president. The reason that he decided to run as a Democrat is because it is nearly impossible to win the presidency as an independent. Bernie Sanders needed the Democratic apparatus. There is nothing wrong with this. It is just an important thing for us to factor into the whole equation.

Secondly, Race. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has lived in America for more than 1/2 an hour that we have a race problem in this country. Is the problem better than it was 40 years ago? Yes, undoubtedly. Black families and Hispanic families have a total net income which is significantly less than white families. This is a fact. Why is this? What can the government due to help fix this inequality? These are questions which Sen. Sanders is uncomfortable in addressing. We all remember four years ago when he was confronted by Black Lives Matter. Bernie Sanders froze. He had no answer. He had to get with his advisers and he spent three or four days formulating a policy before he could answer. His answer was halting. It was not fluid. It was awful. In my opinion, no matter what problems we face in the United States, we have to come up with multicultural solutions in order for the solutions to work for everyone.

Thirdly, Sen. Sanders seems to have an all or nothing approach to politics. Politics is about give-and-take. Politics is about negotiation. Bernie has lots of great ideas – Medicare for all, no tuition colleges and more. Yet, it really doesn’t matter what kind of progressive wave crosses the United States, it is nearly inconceivable that the Democrats will have super majorities in both the House and the Senate. Without super majorities, he’s gonna have trouble passing any sweeping legislation. Democrats will not all fall in line like Republicans. Many Democrats will want to negotiate the finer points in the legislation. Many will have their own ideas which they will think are better than what Sanders has put forward. If Sen. Sanders doesn’t want to negotiate, then the legislation doesn’t get passed. Right now, we need victories. We need to slowly move the country in a progressive direction. I’m afraid that an all or nothing approach will leave us with nothing.

Finally, in spite of the fact that Bernie Sanders has a very energetic and passionate following, I’m not sure that’s going to matter, in the end. Somehow Bernie Sanders went from being the obvious front runner after winning Nevada to being a second-tier candidate after losing South Carolina and super Tuesday. Whatever momentum Bernie Sanders had, he has lost it. In order to win in November, we need a united Democratic party. We don’t need animosity. We don’t need bitter feelings. Can Bernie Sanders help fix this? I really don’t know.

By |2020-03-06T18:09:38-04:00March 6th, 2020|Elections|Comments Off on My problem with Bernie

Happy New Year 2020

I love the anticipation of a new year. I think reviewing the old year has some purpose just as long as we do not get melancholy. Please have a safe and happy new year!

By |2019-12-31T23:24:43-04:00December 31st, 2019|Domestic Issues, Fun|Comments Off on Happy New Year 2020

Dallas Cowboys – Aftermath 2019

Jason Garrett

Well, the long season is over. There is no more speculation. There is no more hope. There is no more hype. Long time Dallas Cowboys announcer Brad Sham described the season as the most disappointing in Dallas Cowboys history. I don’t know. Over the last 23 years, the Dallas Cowboys have had lots of disappointing seasons. The problem with this year was that the year started off with so much hope. We seem to have an offense that had the ability to both run and throw the ball. The defense is really coming on last year and there is no reason to believe they wouldn’t play as well if not better than they did last year.

The year started out with so much promise. We played the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and then the Miami Dolphins. We dominated all three games. Then, we went to New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints shut down what seemed to be an unstoppable Dallas Cowboys offense. The Dallas Cowboys rushed for only 45 yards. But, Dallas Cowboys fans felt pretty good because New Orleans Saints only generated 266 yards of offense. Yet, something didn’t seem right. The following week, the Dallas Cowboys had to play the Green Bay Packers. This began the start of what some called “slow starts” and Dallas Cowboys losses. The Dallas Cowboys got behind early. Aaron Jones, by the end of the game, has four touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. (In the history of the Cowboys they had never given up four touchdown to a back in a single game.) So much for their vaunted defense. Well, at least the Dallas Cowboys would get a breather. They would get to play the New York Jets. Let’s just say that things didn’t go as planned. Once again the Cowboys got off to a slow start. The Cowboys are down 21-6 at halftime. Sam Darnold, who many believe has not lived up to his expectations and may even be a bust, was 23 of 32 four 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Dallas Cowboys made him look like he was ready for the Hall of Fame. This was a terrible loss. This is an inexcusable loss. This is the kind of loss that you need to start scratching your head and trying to decide what is actually going wrong. When you look at the game, we really had very little pressure on the quarterback. We only had two sacks all day against the lowly New York Jets. Although the Jets didn’t run the ball particularly well, they threw the ball extremely well. They don’t have a top 10 receiver. This game exposed the Dallas Cowboys cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers. The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t cover. Chidobe Awuzie was a high draft pick. He was supposed to become shutdown corner this year. That didn’t happen. As a matter fact, he was a good corner last year. He struggled all year this year. To date, he is been targeted 85 times and allowed 54 receptions. Opposing quarterbacks have a quarterback rating of 97.3. He has one interception and is given up three touchdowns. Looking at the stats he is a slightly below average for cornerbacks in the NFL. On the other side we had Byron Jones. He also was coming off of a good year. He just didn’t play well this year. Neither one of them did.

The most telling game of the Dallas Cowboys season was the Minnesota Vikings game. In this game the defense was clearly exposed that the Cowboys couldn’t stop the run or the pass. At one point during a drive in the third quarter, the Minnesota Vikings did that best impersonation of the Dallas Cowboys. The Minnesota Vikings ran the ball 10 straight running plays. Not once did the Dallas Cowboys stop the Vikings for a loss. The Minnesota Vikings ate clock. They ran the ball extremely effectively and they ended of the drive with a touchdown. Many people talk about the exceptional talent that the Dallas Cowboys had on defense. This one-game clearly exposed the fact that the talent was not that exceptional. As a matter fact the talent was average to below average. I would like to point out that Jaylon Smith was victimized and play after play. The Minnesota Vikings would run these zone stretch plays to the outside and Jaylon Smith would overrun the play time after time. Jaylon Smith is a good player who is just signed a big contract. Right now, he hasn’t played up to his ability or to his contract.

On offense, the Dallas Cowboys have to look at their offense of line. The offense of line was not as dominant. There were several times during the season when we needed to be able to do something special in the running game and it wasn’t there. Sure, there were times where Ezekiel Elliott just didn’t seem like he was running as hard as he could. He just didn’t seem to have that explosiveness that we’ve seen before. In tight games, the offense seemed to be completely unable to impose their will.

Jimmy Johnson used to always talk about there are three phases in football. There was offense. There was defense. And there were special teams. For some reason, it seems like the Cowboys completely forgot about special teams this year. Our special teams were abysmal. They were the worst in the league. The Cowboys can’t return punts. The Cowboys can’t return kickoffs. They can’t cover punts or cover kickoffs. This is simply unacceptable. At the very least you should be average.

Now, the season is over. The Dallas Cowboys have a perfectly mediocre 8 – 8 record. Jason Garrett will probably be fired in the next couple of days. I like Jason Garrett as a person. I think it’s probably an okay coach. But there have been games when Jason Garrett was just completely outcoached. I don’t think there were any games where Jimmy Johnson was outcoached.

The problem remains with Jerry Jones. He is the owner. He is the general manager. He’s the one that sets the tone. He’s the one that says is acceptable for Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper to tap their helmets and take breathers on the sidelines. If it was unacceptable he would make sure that that particular practice would change. Remember, last week, the Dallas Cowboys are playing the Philadelphia Eagles. It is fourth-down and late in the game. Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb are out of the game. They weren’t hurt. The season of the Dallas Cowboys was on the line and their best receiver was sitting on the bench. That is just unacceptable. Jason Garrett should be fired for that and that alone. The mediocrity will not stop until Jerry Jones will hire somebody who is a real coach. A real coach will take control of the team.

By |2020-01-19T01:20:26-04:00December 29th, 2019|NFL|Comments Off on Dallas Cowboys – Aftermath 2019