in what i can only imagine could be the republican perspective

“Robespierre, haunted by the ghosts of his female victims!”

The above image is meant to depict a scene in Victorien Sardou’s play, Robespierre. On a mission to rescue a victim from the Terror for the purposes of personal comfort, Robespierre gets hounded in the Concierge Prison and by the ghosts of his victims: Camille Desmoulins, Georges Danton, Madame Roland, and even Charlotte Corday all make cameos. Unfortunately for their republican sentiments, they also all bow to the ghost of Queen Marie-Antoinette, implying that they really did have monarchist sentiments all along and that Robespierre’s bloodhounds were right on the money with their accusations. (I mean, I’m just sayin’.)

There’s also some implicit misogyny, with Robespierre’s displays of fright and guilt being described as “womanly,” because only women get frightened of vengeful ghosts who are upset you decapitated them. Manly men like Danton would laugh it off. There’s actually a lot going on here and none of it is necessarily “good.”

The play was later novelized and the prose-version of the scene is under the cut. See for yourself! 

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In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton vowed that he would never permit any Republican to be perceived as tougher on crime than he. True to his word, just weeks before the critical New Hampshire primary, Clinton chose to fly home to Arkansas to oversee the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, a mentally impaired black man who had so little conception of what was about to happen to him that he asked for the dessert from his last meal to be saved for him until the morning. After the execution, Clinton remarked, “I can be nicked a lot, but no one can say I’m soft on crime.”

Once elected, Clinton endorsed the idea of a federal “three strikes and you’re out” law, which he advocated in his 1994 State of the Union address to enthusiastic applause on both sides of the aisle. The $30 billion crime bill sent to President Clinton in August 1994 was hailed as a victory for the Democrats, who “were able to wrest the crime issue from the Republicans and make it their own. “The bill created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and expansion of state and local police forces. Far from resisting the emergence of the new caste system, Clinton escalated the drug war beyond what conservatives had imagined possible a decade earlier. As the Justice Policy Institute has observed, “the Clinton Administration’s ‘tough on crime’ policies resulted in the largest increases in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history.”

Clinton eventually moved beyond crime and capitulated to the conservative racial agenda on welfare. This move, like his “get tough” rhetoric and policies, was part of a grand strategy articulated by the “new Democrats” to appeal to the elusive white swing voters. In so doing, Clinton—more than any other president—created the current racial undercaste. He signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which “ended welfare as we know it,” and replaced it with a block grant to states called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). TANF imposed a five-year lifetime limit on welfare assistance, as well as a permanent, lifetime ban on eligibility for welfare and food stamps for anyone convicted of a felony drug offense—including simple possession of marijuana.

Clinton did not stop there. Determined to prove how “tough” he could be on “them,” Clinton also made it easier for federally-assisted public housing projects to exclude anyone with a criminal history—an extraordinarily harsh step in the midst of a drug war aimed at racial and ethnic minorities. In his announcement of the “One Strike and You’re Out” Initiative, Clinton explained: “From now on, the rule for residents who commit crime and peddle drugs should be one strike and you’re out.” The new rule promised to be “the toughest admission and eviction policy that HUD has implemented.” Thus, for countless poor people, particularly racial minorities targeted by the drug war, public housing was no longer available, leaving many of them homeless—locked out not only of mainstream society, but their own homes.

The law and order perspective, first introduced during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement by rabid segregationists, had become nearly hegemonic two decades later.

—  Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Scandal Review, The Lawn Chair, Episode 414

I’m sat here, hours after watching this episode, and I literally can’t stop crying. My eyes are puffy, there’s snot running down my nose, and I can taste the salt from the tears on my face. Oh, and to top it off, I have a headache the size of Mount Etna.

Man, that was a lot. That was a lot.

It was a truly wonderful, well done episode of TV, and honestly it deserves all the awards. The great thing about having a black showrunner, is that stories like these can be told from our perspective. I wish Shonda would use her powers for good more often, but The Lawn Chair was beautiful, heartbreaking story-telling. 

I give the writers a lot of crap on this show, and rightly so, because episodes like the one tonight, is proof that these people have the ability to create amazing tv that literally touches our souls. Zahir and Shondaland brought their A game tonight. 


Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into this episode.

What I Hated

1.  Jake.

Always Jake. Once again, he was pointless in this episode. I assume that he’s part of OPA now, but that feels like such a cheap way to go with him as a character. The writers obviously can’t be bothered even writing decent dialogue for him these days, let alone give him a decent story line. Not that I care, mind you, because I just want him gone for good. When Olivia pretend-yawned at him to get him off the phone, I got my life. And did you all notice the subtle eye-roll from Olivia? I did, and I lived. 

Another episode that excelled when his total contribution to the show was less than three minutes of screen time.

2.  Fitz opting to choose an un-electable candidate for the VP’s job so that Mellie can run virtually unchallenged was annoying as hell, but I’ll get to that later.

What I Loved

1.0  Courtney B. Vance and Kerry Washington did their thing. 

Man, they had great chemistry.  My heart broke and kept breaking for a father who’d just learned that his son had been murdered by a cop. I can’t even imagine the pain.

2.  Olivia: “I can get the attorney general here

Unfortunately, David wasn’t ready to listen to her because he was about to go into a meeting with Fitz and Cyrus. And besides, it was way too early in the game to bring the big guns out.

3.  David: “We could impeach him

But of course nobody can impeach Andrew, because then everything would have to come out about how Fitz went to war for his ex mistress, so that wasn’t going to wash.

4.  Fitz: “I am tired of my Vice Presidents trying to overthrow me

Well Fitz, you need to choose better candidates.

5.  Fitz: “Mellie’s next, I promised her. She doesn’t need the competition

I think that we were all Cyrus when Fitz said this. He looked as incredulous as I felt. The idea that Mellie wants to be president without working for it, shouldn’t surprise me. Mellie Grant hasn’t worked a day in her life, so why should she start now? She’s literally the epitome of an entitled white woman, who doesn’t realize how privileged she is.

6.  Cyrus: “Do you know what an uphill battle it’s going to be for Mellie to go from being First Lady, to being president" 

Tell him Cyrus!

I’ve been giving Scandal a hard time for not treating Mellie’s ambitions for the presidency with the disdain that it deserves, but actually I think that they have more to say about her ambitions and how qualified she is to even consider being the party’s presidential nominee, than I originally suspected..  I’m assuming they’re making her look lazy and stupid on purpose, because if she’s supposed to come across as presidential, the writers and Bellamy are failing big time.

7.  Police Chief: ”Neighborhood activist, he’s given us trouble before

Ugh. Freaking judgey cops.

8.  ”Mr Parker’s my neighbor, he drove me home from the hospital when I was three days old

Man, I liked Marcus Walker straight away.  I could totally see him at OPA. He’d be a great replacement for Harrison. Shonda, can you make this happen? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

9.  Olivia - ”I’m not the enemy
     Marcus- ”Are you sure?

Marcus basically calling out Olivia for not being black enough. More on that later.

Was I the only person who was reminded of Jesse Williams. Knowing Shonda, Marcus was probably inspired by him.

10.  ”You’re about getting a white Republican president elected. Twice.

Way too judgey Marcus. But I still like you.

11.  Marcus:  ”No thanks Olivia, your black card isn’t getting validated today

For all those people who probably forgot that Olivia Pope is actually black.

The scenes between Marcus and Olivia were just so interesting to me. And his attitude is actually one that I’ve experienced from within the black community. I’ve been told that I wasn’t black enough because I talked "like a white person”. Seriously, when I was growing up, some black folks had a problem with the way I spoke. The fact that I loved reading was even a problem.

My parents weren’t rich or anything, but we were comfortable in comparison to a lot of my friends, and somehow living in a nice neighborhood, being well educated, and not speaking in Ebonics made me less black. When I was younger it used to bother me that I wasn’t as “black” as my friends, but I’m older now, and I’ve realized that the ones who felt that I wasn’t black enough for whatever reason, were the ones with the problem, not me. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to finally cast those insecurities where they belonged.

12.  Olivia: “The fact that they stand in groups and say things that you do not like does not make them a mob, it makes them Americans

I was so proud.

13.  Olivia “Stand up, fight back, no more black men under attack

I was chanting and punching the air along with them.

14.  Susan Ross: “I’ve been thinking a lot about vaccination protocols!

This was the perfect time for Mellie to step up, and look the part, but nope, she dons a fake smile, and tries to get rid of Susan without hearing her out.  This is the woman who wants to be president, and she doesn’t even have any interest in making time to hear a newly elected senator out, or at least pretend to. Convincingly. Mellie’s case for being president grows ever weaker.

Mellie Stans may think that her looking in disgust at Susan and pretty much dismissing her was funny, but it highlighted all the ways that Mellie has no chance of being president. She never sees the big picture until it’s too late.

15.  "I never let Brandon leave the house without him saying where he was going. I never fell asleep until I heard his key turn in the lock. No being around girls. We fought about that one. A lot.

It may sound so simple to you, but I just kept saying to myself, “get him to eighteen”. Get him a diploma, don’t let him end up dead, locked up. There was a thrift store down on Browning Road. I used to buy Brandon old portable radios, TVs calculators, cheap crap. Because he loved taking stuff apart. Seeing how it worked, he always had a mind for that kind of thing. He was gonna do the apprentice thing after graduation, become an electrical contractor. 

Even though he wasn’t going to, college, I put a University of Maryland sticker on my car anyway so if he ever got pulled over, the cops wouldn’t think that he was just a thug.

I could literally feel an ache in my heart for Clarence. OK, I’m crying again.

16.  Chief Connors: "Who’s side are you on here?
       Olivia “Not yours”

Olivia joining the protesters despite fear of being tear-gassed.

This moment was so powerful for me as an Olivia Pope fan. You could see that she was frightened to death, she knew that in that crowd, there was a chance that she would no longer be Olivia Pope, and she’d be just another black face. Part of the unruly mob.

17.  Mellie: “You told me that you were going to pick someone boring and unelectable. I prostituted myself so that you would get your mistress back, and now, you’re going to take someone young and charismatic, and female and Latina, and make her the Vice President of the United States, how dare you! What happened to my turn!?

Mellie lies so much she can’t keep any of it straight. Last week she was sleeping with Andrew to save Liz and her daughter. Or did I dream that part? I’m still staggered that she literally wants to walk into the White House as president without having to work hard for it. I can’t.

18.  Olivia “you talk about fairness and justice as if it’s available to everybody, but it’s not! That man standing over his son’s body thinks he knows that he’s going to end up in one of two places, a jail cell or a drawer in the morgue, and to hell if I can’t look him in the eye and tell him that he’s wrong. I can’t fix this David. I have nothing left, no more tricks in my bag, it’s too much. It’s too…much.

My poor broken, exhausted Olivia.

19.  Liv: “I thought I was going to die. For about a week straight, I thought I was a goner. I lived in complete and total fear. Imagine feeling like that every single day of your life.


20.  Fitz “Let’s pick a VP that won’t get in your way”
Mellie “I have one
Fitz “Competent?”
Mellie “Yes, and completely un-electable.

21.  We know that this is going to come back to bite Mellie in the ass. Susan Ross was completely un-electable as a senator, until Olivia made her electable. She cares, and she has a heart, and she’s genuine, and she’s smart. And most of all, she’s accomplished more by herself as a single mom, than Mellie has as the wife of the president.

22.  Jake coming into OPA and making random noises at Huck and Quinn:

Fuck me, he’s pointless.

23.  Olivia: ”Talk faster or say less

I’m gonna use this in my real life from now on.

24.  Jeff Newton: ”God what the hell is it with you people?
Olivia: ”Us people?
Jeff Newton: ”Yeah, you people! I didn’t misspeak. You people have no idea what loyalty is, what respect is. You’re here because you were supposed to help us, instead you spent every second of it trying to tear us down, tear me down, push your own damned agenda!

The truth is those people in Rosemead have no respect for anything or anyone. No, they’re like you, they just take whatever they want and they have no problems turning their backs on the people who gave it to them. People like me, who strap on their boots everyday, kiss their wife and kids goodbye and trek 40 miles into a city where everyone including little babies are taught to look at us like the enemy. They are taught to question me, to disobey me. And still, I risk my life for these people, every day for seven years, I’ve allowed myself to be disrespected and hated by these people, all to protect them from themselves. I mean all I hear about on the news are dirty cops, cops who shoot innocent black kids, it’s crap! There were eighty four murders in this city last year. Were all of those cops shooting innocent black boys? Hell, no! Those were blacks turning guns on each other, and yet somehow I’m the animal!

Brandon Parker is dead because he didn’t have respect. Because those people out there who are chanting and crying over his body, they didn’t teach him the right values. They didn’t teach him respect. He didn’t respect me. He didn’t respect my badge. Questioning my authority was not his right! His blood is not on my hands!“

Man, I was so mad. Kudos to the actor for eliciting so much rage in me, because if I’d been Olivia, I would have straight up choked him out. And the unbearably sad reality is that many cops feel this way about black people. About black children. They don’t recognize black humanity. There are many Jeff Newtons out there, wearing badges, and promising to protect and serve as long as the people they’re trying to protect and serve aren’t black.

25.  Susan Ross in the Oval Office gave me a few deserved lighter moments. I really, really like her.

Mellie: The president is asking you to be his new Vice President”
Susan: “Why?”
Fitz: “Why?”
Susan: “I’m a terrible choice, I just got elected.”
Fitz: “That’s why I’m asking you. This town has a way of taking people and turning them into politicians, I don’t want a politician”
Susan “But if I was the Vice President and something happened to you…”
Fitz: “Then you would be president”
Susan “But I don’t want to be president, I mean no offense, but your job is the worst job in the entire universe.”
CindersinRags “Halle-freaking-lujah!”

Somebody in the White House who doesn’t actually want Fitz’s job. Yessss! This is so going to backfire on Mellie. Susan is literally everything that she’s not. She’s worked hard, has raised an adorable little girl by herself and has an actual platform and she’s not just a talking head. This is gonna be good.

26.  Susan: “That poor man who’s son was shot dead in the streets, my God! If anything like that ever happened to Casey, my daughter, she’s ten. If anything like that ever happened to her, but of course she’s white and the daughter of a senator so the police are actually going to think twice before shooting her, but that poor man, he raised that boy all by himself, can you even imagine what he’s going through right now? I can’t, I would die, I would literally die on the spot. I would have to kill myself.

The look on her face when she realized that she was talking to two people who’d just lost their son. I really like Susan. I love her and her verbal  diarrhoea.

27.  Fitz: “Mr Parker, I’m so sorry for your loss

I love that Olivia took him to meet the president. Two fathers who’d both lost a son.

28.  "Call me Clarence. My son’s name was…. Brandon

The realization of where he was, and that his son was dead.  Oh God. I cried so hard at this point. His boy, his precious child, dead. Brandon was just a baby. His baby.

Fitz consoling him was just…so touching. And heartbreaking.

And I’m crying again.

Random Thoughts

I love the fact that white certain people  are offended and swearing blind they’ll never watch Scandal again. That says more about them, than it does about this episode in my opinion. I think a lot of those people had probably forgotten that not only is the showrunner black, so is the lead actress, and the events at Ferguson couldn’t help but affect them personally. Hell, I think most of them had forgotten that Olivia Pope is black, and whilst some might see that as a good thing whilst wearing their Utopian All Lives Matter spectacles, as a black person, that’s the opposite of what most of us want. The reality is, we just don’t want our color to be the thing that people judge us on before they even get to know us. We don’t want our color to be the reason that a 12 year old boy is shot, while a guy who murdered 12 people in a movie theater gets to stay alive.

This episode of Scandal will be the one that fans will remember for a long time. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt so much emotion watching a TV drama. When a show can make you feel so much within an hour, it really deserves to be recognized. It truly was a brilliant episode, and my hats go off to the writers, the actors and everybody involved in this episode. Well done.

How amazing was the music tonight? When I Am Released started playing, I started sobbing and I couldn’t stop. Especially when they zipped Brandon into a body bag.

Olivia is going through it. All episode, you could see that just putting one foot in front of the other was hard for her. There was an air of sadness that clung to her throughout the show and honestly it broke my heart.  And her hands shaking made me cry. Powerful indestructible Olivia Pope. That facade was always that, a facade, but now, she’s barely holding herself together.  My baby girl needs therapy. And soon.


I’ve already said it, but I predict that Susan Ross will wind up being an amazing VP, and she’s gonna have Fitz’s back, unlike his other power hungry  VPs. Mellie literally just made life so much harder for herself, and she doesn’t know it. How delicious…

Olivia is obviously going to have to break down. She’s so tightly wound that it won’t take much to make her snap. I’m praying for some sort of release for her. She needs to grieve for herself, and she desperately needs to forgive herself.

No Jamie and Claire Gifs this week, but a drink or two was certainly needed to get through The Lawn Chair, so here’s Snow…

“Robespierre, haunted by the ghosts of his female victims!”

The above image is meant to depict a scene in Victorien Sardou’s play, Robespierre. On a mission to rescue a victim from the Terror for the purposes of personal comfort, Robespierre gets hounded in the Concierge Prison and by the ghosts of his victims: Camille Desmoulins, Georges Danton, Madame Roland, and even Charlotte Corday all make cameos. Unfortunately for their republican sentiments, they also all bow to the ghost of Queen Marie-Antoinette, implying that they really did have monarchist sentiments all along and that Robespierre’s bloodhounds were right on the money with their accusations. (I mean, I’m just sayin’.)

There’s also some implicit misogyny, with Robespierre’s displays of fright and guilt being described as “womanly,” because only women get frightened of vengeful ghosts who are upset you decapitated them. Manly men like Danton would laugh it off. There’s actually a lot going on here and none of it is necessarily “good.”

The play was later novelized and the prose-version of the scene is under the cut. See for yourself!

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swegdaddy69-deactivated20161206  asked:

No problemo. Who do you think the evil one-percenters are that are giving money to the cronies to carry out their will. The Koch Brothers? They're at the bottom. Unions and Democratic PACs (Actblue, for example) top the list. Right under Actblue is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, National Education Association, and a huge list of trade associations. If that were a problem, I could see where you're coming from, but it just isn't.

Well first that simply isn’t true. Here is a list of the top Union Campaign contributions. They do contribute a lot, this is just a small list and the estimated union contributions are roughly $500 million to $1 Billion a cycle. Which I agree, is outrageous. I’ll also agree that a large portion of this money goes to liberal causes. That said, unions are made up of thousands of people. The AFL-CIO has over 11 MILLION members. So yeah, they have large political clout. They also have 11 MILLION members. It makes perfect sense they have political clout. 

Here is a list of outside contributions from Super PACS, while it doesn’t break it down by party, it does show that these groups contribute more than unions. Or at the VERY LEAST, the SAME AMOUNT.

Here is a look at how that plays out on the Republican side in 2016.

I’m not going to try and make this a partisan issue like you did. BOTH parties use Super Pacs, BOTH parties have unions, BOTH parties use these organizations to their political advantage. Liberals overwhelmingly get Union support and those Unions certainly spend large sums of money. Republicans get union support as well though, they also get more Super Pac money and more money from the wealthiest sectors of the economy. That said, Democrats utilize those resources as well.

The issue isn’t partisan. The issue is that someone like Jeb Bush, who is polling at 3-8% right now depending on the poll. He has raised over $103,000,000.SOMEONE WHO IS POLLING AT LESS THAN 10% HAS 3X AS MUCH MONEY AS HILLARY CLINTON. Imagine a world where Hillary Clinton is polling at 7% against a packed Democratic field. Hillary Clinton would have a similar level of Super PAC money. The Bush Campaign and Hillary Clinton campaign have both gone on record claiming they will spend over $2.5 Billion, the Koch Brothers will personally spend $1 Billion, Unions and other groups will also spend BILLIONS. ALL OF THIS HAS THE SAME ROOT CAUSE. It’s also the same force that allows people like Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie who have no chance at winning, to still have millions of dollars from Super PACS. 

It’s not a partisan issue. It’s a deeply rooted systemic issue and the fact that you tried to pin this on unions is exactly why I don’t respond to your countless messages. CAMPAIGN FINANCE IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. MANY POLITICAL ISSUES ARE NOT PARTISAN. This is one of them. So please quit trying to put everything in these boxes because you’re obviously not stupid. You have opinions and I’ll respect that they are different than mine. That said, I’ll only respect them when I’m sure they’re well researched and well thought out. I think campaign finance reform is probably more convincing from a conservative perspective, but instead you demonize Unions for doing what they can in a broken system. Instead of trying to fix the system. Which is why I like Bernie Sanders, unlike Hillary Clinton, unlike Marco Rubio, or Jeb Bush, he isn’t talking about “the Republicans” or “the Democrats”, he’s talking about “our broken campaign finance SYSTEM”. It’s a system and both sides are stuck in it, both sides are corrupted by it, and both sides need to fix it. 

The first step towards fixing it is appreciating how your side plays into the problems.