movie: state of the union

Good Morning Again

Good morning again dear friends from a thankfully sunny south f.l.a.   We have electricity, but no cable or internet access at home, so I won’t be able to enjoy your posts til later, but I promise the hearts are at the ready.  Actually went old school and wrote a poem on paper last night.  It’s inspired by The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby”, and hopefully I didn’t overly “borrow” from the song.  

Mike <3
Perspective | I watched the 2016 State of the Union address from prison in Iran. This year, I was there as a free man.
Iran's state television had been giving incredible amounts of airtime to the American politician most likely to bash Islam. Now I was there to hear Trump speak in person.

I sat in the gallery above the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night surrounded by a broad cross-section of American society that had gathered to witness the national institution known as the State of the Union, or the Address to a Joint Session of Congress as it is known during a new president’s first year in office. 

 From my seat among the guests, I could glimpse at least eight women wearing the Islamic hijab, including Aneelah Afzali, a lawyer and the director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network, who wore a scarf with the American flag on it. I could see Mona Hanna-Attisha, an Iraqi American who uncovered the lead in water crisis in Flint, Mich., and José Andrés, the Spanish-born chef who is being sued by President Trump after pulling out of plans to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Around me, too, were plenty of Republican supporters of the new administration; Layton Ricks, the president of Livingston Parish in Louisiana, was seated next to me. 

 All had been invited for a particular reason by a politician in the room. And as the main chamber of Congress began to fill, marking the start of the night’s pageantry, I felt very aware of the strange circumstances that had brought me to this moment.

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nothing like Trump’s State of the Union to turn me into an angry teen again

The ACA is actively harming more people than it helps. The cost of covering the average family of four is in excess of a thousand dollars a month. If you actually care about helping the poor, you will help us repeal this law that is causing families to choose between health insurance and paying the rent.